Late this spring, the publisher Spiegel & Grau sent out advance copies of a new book by Ta-Nehisi Coates, a slim volume of 176 pages called Between the World and Me. “Here is what I would like for you to know,” Coates writes in the book, addressed to his 14-year-old son. “In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body — it is heritage.”
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By Jon Queally, Common Dreams
This isn’t the story about a flag, but there’s a flag in this story.
On the same day the nation was reeling from the mass murder of nine black churchgoers in South Carolina by a calculating white gunman who reportedly made it clear to his victims the attack was inspired by racial hatred, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday June 18 issued a ruling saying that the state of Texas is within its right to refuse the depiction of the Confederate flag on personalizedRead more…
We live in a dynamic time. All of the distinctions and conventions that we once took for granted are now under frequent and aggressive questioning, one might say to the point of assault. Though I’ve considered the question before, the recent case of Rachel Dolezal has brought it front of mind. What does it mean to be black?
Though you surely know who she is at this point, Rachel Dolezal is the former president of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the NAACP. Immense controversy has arisenRead more…
Arrest Warrants Issued for 6 Police Officers in Death of Freddie Gray
I cried today watching the press conference of Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby regarding the death of Freddie Gray. As someone who has been involved in the struggle for justice for decades, including helping to lead numerous demonstrations against police brutality and killing of African American men, going as far
Mississippi’s Hinds County Supervisor, Kenny Stokes says he believes former Jackson mayor, Chokwe Lumumba was killed.
Two days after A Lumumba’s death, the county supervisor publiclyA demanded that doctors carry out a thorough autopsy to determine the cause of his death. Lumumba was an advocate of the creation of anA independent black-majority nationA in the US South. As a political activist,Read more…
Move over, Cookie Monster — another Cookie is about to steal the show.
Taraji P. Henson hosted “Saturday Night Live” this weekend and made sure to bring out Cookie Lyon from “Empire” in the best way.
During Cookie’s “Sesame Street” visit on “SNL,” the fiery character got in between Bert and Ernie,didn’t share with Cookie Monster, and brought along her broom.
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Editor’s Statement – #BlackLivesMatter
Local Prosecutors have Conflict of Interest ProsecutingA A PoliceA
Special Prosecutor Needed when Police kills African American
No Secret Grand JuryA #BlackLivesMatter
The Grand Jury
The grand jury, a secret, anti-democratic and coercive tool, has been used repeatedly by prosecutors in the US to indict people whom they want to indict. If you’reRead more…