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I am sitting in my home across the proverbial pond in London wondering why a portion of White America violently stormed and sieged the heart of U.S. democracy last Wednesday. People who watched the violence keep saying: “This is not who we are!” But this phrase expresses their strange cognitive dissonance when it comes to racism and violence. When I hear it — which is frequently — it makes me spit out my tea every time.

Yes, actually, this is who “you” are. It took a deadly invasion of the Capitol building encouraged by President Trump and supported by some…


In Cape Town, gay men gave me a crash course in racism

“He came across as a well-educated bigot. I’d encountered plenty of those, though I’d never been rejected by a guy who specifically offered my race as the reason.” — Jeremy…


My Blackness put me in a position to been seen as inhuman — and my Americanness forced me to accept it

“Strangers would grab me and take photos without my permission. In passing, they would look so closely at me that my inclination was always to pull out my phone’s camera…


Is our suffering worth the frolic on the beach and a few Instagram likes?

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It has only been a year since Hurricane Dorian devastated Abaco and Grand Bahama in The Bahamas. The country has been reeling from its impact since September 2019, from unknown death tolls to the slow process of rebuilding. Now, the Covid-19 pandemic has been particularly difficult to contend with as people on the islands have just started to find their footing, only to lose it again.

With the first lockdown in March came the closing of the borders. It prompted resorts and hotels to close and put thousands of people out of work. This is not the first time that…


The government gave reparations to slave owners, and modern citizens paid off the debt

Hundreds of people of African descent took part in the Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March on August 1, 2017 in London, England. Photo: Barcroft Media/Getty Images

When Nadine Drummond pitched this story to me I was aghast: Black Brits were taxed — as recently as a few years ago — to pay off the costs of their ancestors’ freedom? What?!

On what planet is it okay to pay the slave owners to stop being slave owners, but to not pay enslaved Black people or their descendants for the work that they performed for said slave owners? Oh wait. This planet. The one we currently live on.

Drummond told me that ever since Britain got out of the slave trade that they kicked off, that reparations for…

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