Momentum
A blog from Medium about the fight against anti-Black racism.

RACISM + SOCIAL MEDIA

Photo by Silvana Alejandra Tejera on Unsplash

Right now, #IHadAWhiteFriend is trending on Twitter, and some of the responses might be pretty shocking for White people. So, as with any trend, you're probably wondering who rolled the snowball down the hill. Michael Harriot, a critically acclaimed poet and journalist who lovingly says he's from the Southside of…

RACISM + POLITICS

Birmingham police take Martin Luther King Jr., Rev Ralph Abernathy in for questioning (1962) | via Smithsonian

Ever since the federal government declared January 17th a national holiday to honor Martin Luther King Jr., many White people have misquoted his words, twisting them into a colorblind fantasy that goes against the very spirit of his life's work. …

HISTORY + CIVIL RIGHTS

Photo Credit | Louisiana Civil Rights Trail

In Louisiana, public high schools dedicate a small window of time to discuss the Civil Rights Era, typically during Black history month — the year's shortest month. Students are not provided a Black History textbook but instead read excerpts from key speeches. At some point, the teacher usually shows a…

RACE + EDUCATION

Ben Campbell Steamship | [between 1852 and 1860] | Photo Credit | Libary of Congress

The story of White people interfering with Black people’s ability to live and learn freely seems deeply embedded in America’s cultural landscape. We have White conservatives lambasting critical race theory and The 1619 Project as invalid and harmful in the modern era. …

BLACK ORGANIZATIONS MATTER

A black Union soldier and his family during the Civil War | Photo Credit | New York Times

First, let me say that I am an American descendant of slavery, and I believe that we deserve reparations for the demonstrable practices of slavery and Jim Crow that characterizes so much of the Black American experience. “Black people were enslaved here longer than we have been free.”

Even though…

RACE + HISTORY

Brad Jones of Black Panthers Organization serves breakfast to youngsters | Photo Credit | Associated Press

We never learned about the Black Panther Party in Louisiana’s public schools. But, ironically, the free toast, grits, and orange juice many of my classmates enjoyed wouldn’t be available if it weren’t for the Black Panther’s Free Breakfast for School Children Program.

RACE

This illustration of the 1898 Wilmington massacre typifies how publications of the time promoted misleading characterizations of the incident as a “race riot” or a Black insurrection. Source: History.com/Alamy Photo

When I researched an article on the Wilmington Coup of 1898 earlier this year, several things struck me about this little-known historical event. …

Momentum

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