I haven’t really been much of a superhero fan since my childhood days, when Adam West played Batman, Lynda Carter played Wonder Woman, Christopher Reeves was Superman, and Michael Gray as Billy Batson in Shazam!
Of course, like most kids back then, I watched superhero cartoons every Saturday morning.
The Wonder Twins. Wonder twin powers, activate.
Aquaman. Home is calling.
The Green Lantern. In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight.
Batman and Robin. Holy Hamlet, Batman.
Superman. It’s a bird… It’s a plane… It’s Superman.
Wonder Woman and her invisible airplane.
Until I was about…
A little over a year ago, we collectively witnessed the murder of George Floyd, which ignited America’s racial reckoning across the globe. The stain of the summer of 2020 reverberates with the continued presence of two justice systems in America: one for White people and one for Black people. This imbalanced justice system has disproportionately incarcerated Black men with longer sentences (and for nonviolent offenses) than the 22.5 years Derek Chauvin received for Floyd’s murder.
We repeatedly witness no shortage of examples of racial violence and police brutality. From an early age, Black children learn about the impact of racism…
You may have noticed that last week, the Race/Racism column took a hiatus. Though there’s no shortage of stories about race and racism, there are only so many hours in a day, and only so many of them that I can allocate to this roundup while still pursuing my other interests — my own writing, and as of this month, teaching.
So Race/Racism is moving to an every-other-week feature here at Momentum.
I hope you’ll continue to check us out for the stories about anti-Black racism and examples of Black excellence. Today you’ll find stories about the destruction and continual…
By Edith Bazile, as first appeared in Schoolyard News
“Politeness as filtered through fragility and supremacy isn’t about manners. It’s about a methodology of controlling the conversation.” — Mikki Kendall, Hood Feminism: Notes from the Woman that a Movement Forgot
Today, American public education is a caste system empowered by policies that push Black students to the bottom.
Things are not as they appear in this week’s roundup of race and racism news. We’ve got companies whose multibillion-dollar pledges to rectify racial inequality obscure self-serving investments, former sundown towns’ use of their small Black and Brown populations for political leverage, and the right-wing organization promoting a flurry of “anti-critical-race-theory” laws and discourse.
Remember all those large corporations who promised to give money to racial justice causes in the wake of the protests following George Floyd and Breonna Taylor’s deaths? Well, the Washington Post has done some digging about whether they’ve followed through on those commitments and found that…
I get it. No one wants to be called a derogatory name. We want to be regarded as kind, decent, and loving human beings.
But isn’t it more important to actually be a decent person than a terrible one who hides from accountability?
I’ve witnessed White people become enraged at the mere suggestion they may harbor racist ideals but will see injustice and not bat an eyelash. How is it that we live in a world where a label carries more weight than actual discrimination, brutality, and death?
When a person’s reputation takes precedence over humanity, what does that say…
Over the last few weeks, White celebrities have been making headlines for their hygiene practices. On schedule, social media descended into the cultural “cleanliness wars” as everybody realized “proper” hygiene has a great many definitions. But, there’s a strange hypocrisy when one juxtaposes White people’s crusade against soap and water versus their constant critiquing of Black aesthetics.
Ashton Kutcher and his wife, Mila Kunis, said they don’t shower frequently and only wash their kids if they “see” dirt on them. Kutcher washes his armpits and crotch regularly but not the rest of his body. …
They’ve become so predictable and, frankly, almost amusing. Every time I write an article about race, I’m prepared for the commenters who, like clockwork, will accuse me of being racist. “You can’t fight racism with racism,” one of them recently Whitesplained, as if chiding Black people for writing about it was her doing her part.
Here’s the thing: If you are fed up with reading articles critical of White people written by Black people like me, you can hurl the R-word at us if you think that can wipe your conscience clean. Black people, however, don’t flinch at being called…
Being a Black writer online can be a tough road to travel. It can be doubly true if you’re a Black woman writing in a space where people think you don’t belong. Enter Ash Parrish, a Black woman who covered gaming at one of the biggest gaming sites on the internet: Kotaku.
Ash wrote an article about a Black woman named Linda Guillory. Guillory recently won two Guinness Book of World Records for her uber impressive gaming collection. The report, to my mind, was an easy thing to celebrate since it shined a positive light on being a gamer while…
There’s no overarching theme to this week’s collection of race and racism news. But like every week, it provides examples of Black people persisting and fighting against a world that’s trying to crush them — whether it’s a homeowner trying to preserve a piece of the American dream, Haitian groups exercising self-determination to rebuild after a devastating earthquake, or ordinary folks using social media to set the cultural agenda.
A blog from Medium about the fight against anti-Black racism.