6 Points on Inauguration, A Black Female Perspective

6 Points on Inauguration, A Black Female Perspective

Appeal Through Representational Politics: Lady Gaga, the recording artist selected to perform the national anthem, is the daughter of Italian immigrants, Jennifer Lopez, who was also selected to sing, is the daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants, just as new Vice President Kamala Harris is the daughter of two immigrants. This showcase makes a notable departure [...]

What Will His Story Remember About the Year 2020?

What Will His Story Remember About the Year 2020?

His story will remember this year for everything it wasn’t. The question the confused will ask years from now is: where were you during the performative gestures that inundated 2020? The appropriate question is: where were you before? Where were you before an anti-black media told you it was okay to stand up and speak [...]

The Black Woman and the Mythos of American Democracy

The Black Woman and the Mythos of American Democracy

I received several emails, texts, and alerts rejoicing in what the white media calls the first black vice-president-elect. A black female CNN political analyst even called Harris’s “victory” a poetic rebuttal to Trump’s four years. To this, I say two things. The first is that Kamala Harris as Vice President functions a lot like Black [...]

A Black Female Perspective on the 2020 Election: Part I

A Black Female Perspective on the 2020 Election: Part I

I write these words between a pervasive enthusiasm embodied in car horns, screams, and even singing. The celebratory fervor permeates a nation, despite the electoral race proving uncharacteristically paired with those supposedly exasperated with “Trump’s” America. The projected victory for former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris has engendered many to believe we [...]

A Missed Opportunity: A Black Female Perspective on Trump’s Presidency

A Missed Opportunity: A Black Female Perspective on Trump’s Presidency

I wrote this piece before Saturday's results. It’s somewhere around six am in the hours before dawn. Though the sun has yet to arrive for its shift, much of the world awaits the announcement of who will preside over the plantation that is the United States. This exhausting practice engendered a social reproduction of the [...]

Racism and Deflection in an Anti-Black America

Racism and Deflection in an Anti-Black America

Like many Americans, I, she who descended from the abducted Africans, watched most of Biden’s Pittsburgh speech yesterday. His words, juxtaposed the Jacob Blake shooting with “rioting” and violence, a pairing synonymous to following the phrase “black lives matter” with “all lives matter.” The speech betrayed Biden as the coward he is, and underscored why [...]