Who was Julian Bond?

Today I’m writing to all the would-be dreamers, the young people who would believe they could make a difference if only they knew what to do, and our future leaders—the only leaders who will be left in 50 years time. You may have heard that Saturday, August 15th, Julian Bond died. Who was Julian Bond?…

Why White People is Making Picket Fences Peel Nationwide

You may have heard that MTV is launching a new show called White People. You also may have heard that, because of this, the entire country is inflamed about the issue of race and racism. The trailer for White People (available on YouTube) has been slammed as “racist” and “white guilt-tripping” on major news networks,…

What is an Earnest Discussion of Racism?

The recent racist shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church has sparked discussion. This is good, right? This is progress, right? We can rest assured that in a few months we will have finally arrived: we will be a nation of unprecedented racial equality complete with counter-racist institutions and leaders who openly acknowledge the enduring,…

Responding to the Tragedy in SC

Today when I checked the news, I was deeply saddened to hear of the tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina. If you are unaware of what happened, here is the gist: last night at 9:00PM, a 21-year-old white man walked into a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and opened fire. He killed nine…

Color-Blindness Hurts

Color-Blindness Hurts What exactly happened to Tahera Ahmad on that United Airlines flight? According to news reports, a flight attendant denied Ahmad an unopened can of diet soda.  “Big deal,” you might think. “It’s probably just some obscure airline regulation about canned drinks, right?” Unfortunately, no.  This is about race. In Ahmad’s words, “This isn’t…

What do they think of me?

According to political conservatives, racial discrimination is said to no longer be institutional and there is no longer any need for policies that provide socioeconomic protections for blacks. Further, according to political conservatives, if any racial discrimination is happening, it is being committed by a few bigoted individuals, socialized to hold bigoted notions, believe that…

Black News and the Black Community

The very essence of the Black community is enshrined through Black news mediums.  They give expression to Black pluralistic cultural identity, allowing Blacks to pool and to share their resources.  The famous African proverb extols the notion that it takes a village to raise a child.  Black news mediums allow that village to operate on…

Homo Sacer: The State of Exception in Violation of Trayvon Martin’s Civil Rights

In the wake of the Zimmerman verdict everyone is being reminded that America is a nation of laws, the jury has spoken and that we should respect the verdict. Is it lawful to take the life of another when they were not doing anything unlawful? I think we all know the answer to that, no! …