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

They may be works of fiction and art, but the “Black Panther” blockbuster and the “cosmic” compositions of jazz legend Sun Ra represent a genre that could offer inspiration for how we rebuild in a post-pandemic future.

Afrofuturism is an artistic movement that re-imagines worlds through the lens of black…


BLACK LIVES MATTER + RACISM

As long as they "don't know," they will never be held accountable

Photo by Dmitry Vechorko on Unsplash

Since the racial reckoning began, Black folks have compiled numerous resources to "teach" White people about racism, why it's harmful, and what they can do to fight against injustices. But, like many Black people, I'm having trouble believing that White people don't know all of this already.

Also, isn't it…


BLACK LIVES MATTER + POLICE REFORM

A recent study exposed a litany of dishonest practices. But, no one seems interested in police reform these days

Lavell Ford, brother of Ezell Ford, at the site where his brother was killed at 65th Street and Broadway in South Los Angeles | Photo Credit | LA Times

During the racial reckoning of 2020, it seemed like everyone and their mama was raging against the machine, speaking out against the disproportionate amount of Black people killed by police. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Jacob Blake became household names. But, since then, the topic of police brutality has grown…


Politics + Race

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

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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…


Let’s Unpack This

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

A stop eviction rally in New York City. Photo: Getty Images

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…


Let’s Unpack This

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

U.S. Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R-FL) speaks at a Cuban freedom rally near the White House on July 26, 2021 in Washington, DC. Cuban activists and demonstrators held a rally to urge the American government to intervene in Cuba to support human rights and end Communism in Cuba. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

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. …


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

The author’s birth certificate lists him as White. The author, however, self-identifies as South-Asian. What’s going on here?

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…


RACE/RACISM

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

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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…


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

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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…


Let’s Unpack This

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

Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who has called Black Lives Matter “a national humiliation.”

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…

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