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 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…

If not death then what will inspire blacks to abandon belief in post racial ideology? The Case of Trayvon Martin

In the wake of the Trayvon Martin jury verdict that declared George Zimmerman, not guilty for taking the life of the unarmed black teen, it is my hope that blacks are rethinking whether America is post-racial, coming to the conclusion that she is not and abandoning their embrace of this false ideology. The election of…

Stop and Frisk vs. Voting Rights Act: The Importance of Contextual Discourse

Question:  What do you get when you discuss a racial discrimination issue in a racial context? Answer:  You get a policy that makes the racial discrimination illegal. Question:  What do you get when you discuss a racial discrimination issue in a non-racial context? Answer:  You get the invalidation of a policy that makes the racial…

President Obama’s Response on Voting Rights Act Fuels Belief that Race Doesn’t Matter

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in a 5-4 vote ruled that parts of the Voting Rights Act are no longer valid. Chief Justice Roberts, writing for the majority, stated the rationale for the repeal is that the country has changed for the better. The conditions over the past 50 years that required…

Does the “N” word ever mean anything good?

Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.  I remember this rhyme from my childhood.  I don’t know its origins, but as a black child born during the mid-1960s, I wonder if it was used to shield marginalized people from the taunts and stings of racism.  Nice as it sounds,…