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After the ‘racial reckoning’ in the summer of 2020, conversations on racial justice are once again on the back burner.

Talking about race and racial justice is never simple. Certainly not as basic as white America made it seem during international Black Lives Matter protests in 2020. While it’s easy to call out racism on the political right, it’s much more complicated when you try to address it among liberals in the United States. Conservatism is largely based on racist political dynamics that make use of tools such as voter suppression, an ever-growing police state, the defunding of social programs, and tax breaks for the mostly white wealthy population.

Republicans employ coded language to disguise the impacts of their policy…


Let’s Unpack This

Like all things in America, an eviction crisis will hit Black people the hardest

The impending eviction crisis is set up to become a catastrophic event for Black renters. To be clear, it’s going to be awful for everybody, but the problem will hit Black people the hardest. President Joe Biden came under fire after the original, Covid-inspired eviction moratorium expired on August 7. He’s since passed a 60-day extension that will expire on October 3, but he might just be delaying the inevitable.

The Pew Research Center, citing the U.S. Census Bureau, wrote that American renters made up roughly 36% of the nation’s 122.8 million households in 2019. Young people, racial and ethnic…


Let’s Unpack This

It’s strange to witness politicians support Cuban protests while railing against Black Lives Matter.

As an anti-racism writer, it’s striking to purview how often people push back against the cold, hard facts of how Black people are treated in this country. It’s becoming even harder to ignore as Cubans, both foreign and domestic, fight against mistreatment from Cuba’s government. Politicians like Sen. Marco Rubio and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis openly supported those protestors in a way they don’t and generally aren’t expected to do for Black people.

For those who don’t know, Cuba has been dealing with civil unrest for more than a week. Jorge Felipe Gonzalez, writing for The Atlantic, said the country’s…


My birth certificate lists my race as White, but I’m not.

Technically there are no White people who look the color White. There are no Black people either who look the color Black.

But there is a story of Black and White people. One of the greatest stories ever told. A story originating in Europe. Brought over to the land we now call the United States of America. The European settlers started living this story.

In this hard-to-believe story, a turbaned and bearded man with heritage from India is labeled in the late 20th century as White.

This bizarre fantastical story became the foundation for a new nation. The lighter-skinned settlers…


RACE/RACISM

Catch up on the race and racism news you might have missed.

If there were a theme for this week’s roundup of race and racism news, it could be “the problems behind the problems.” There are stories about how lack of access to healthy food can be a factor in gun violence, how policies about acceptable swim gear can make Black people feel othered, and more. Stick around until the end, though, and you’ll be rewarded with the tale of how a Black-owned Caribbean resort is defying stereotypes about Black locals’ role in tropical travel.

How hunger and gun violence overlap

Preventing gun violence isn’t just about who has access to firearms — it’s about preventing the circumstances…


Black people need equal access to America’s pools and waterways

My first summer job as a lifeguard made me a lover of all things summer. The sun seemed to kiss me, turning my skin dark brown. Each afternoon, I sat near the pool, watching kids splash about in the water. However, my favorite part of the day was in the mornings, when I taught Black children aged six and under how to swim. In an ideal world, the public pool would have hired a few water instructors, but the closest thing the facility had was me, a certified lifeguard willing to take on the job.

Many of the older children…


Let’s Unpack This

Fox News has been appallingly transparent in its opposition to the fight for Black lives

In 1964 at the Audubon Ballroom, Malcolm X had more than a few choice words about the press. He acknowledged its power but also levied a distinct criticism. “Newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing,” said the Harlem activist. Fifty-seven years later, his words encapsulate Fox News’ discussions of Black Lives Matter to its audience.

Despite how the organization or movement is being characterized now, Black Lives Matter’s 2013 beginnings were a response to the police killing Black people without accountability. …


Attempts to dismiss critical race theory are part of a larger movement to ensure the lie of American history remains intact

There’s a saying that those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it. It’s an apropos statement for where we are in America as the country wages a war on its education system for how its history will be taught. Or not taught. Right now, Republican Party members across the country are attempting to cover up the ills of America’s past by ensuring nobody discusses it in the present. And it’s not something anyone should be supporting.

Texas and Florida have been joined by eight other states in their quest to remove critical race theory from the classroom…


THIS IS AMERICA

When it comes to racism and classism, Republicans aren’t the only offenders

Last summer, Democrats rode the wave of what’s come to be known as America’s racial reckoning. White Democrats, in particular, went to great lengths to prove their “wokeness.” First, they paraded through the Capitol wearing Kente cloth, topped off by taking a Colin Kaepernick-inspired knee. Eventually, the attempts by the White political left to show their anti-racist bona fides bordered on pandering.

At the time, I tolerated it as I’m sure many others did. I knew a little performative pandering was par for the course politically. The sight of Reps. …


Close friends and a cookout commemorate a historic…

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