I Found Home in the Trees

I Found Home in the Trees

I loved my Blackness, but I didn’t even know what it was. I had no community, no place, no space, no area where the big Black boy who loved the feeling of school pride but hated what school itself represented, who loved the meaning and heart of hip-hop, but whose awkwardness made him feel like a perpetrator, who wanted to take communion at church, but was afraid that “faith” would kill curiosity. My Blackness was lost, and needed a home. Continue reading I Found Home in the Trees

Lip Service: The Democratic Party’s (Historic) Attempt to Pacify Black Voters

Lip Service: The Democratic Party’s (Historic) Attempt to Pacify Black Voters

The DNC resolution is not for victims of state sponsored violence and domestic terrorism. Instead, it will provide easy political cover to “pro-minority” candidates who have a difficult time addressing systemic racism. This resolution is for establishment liberals who want the Black vote but do not want to upset donors. Continue reading Lip Service: The Democratic Party’s (Historic) Attempt to Pacify Black Voters

Why Bernie Sanders Can Get It Too

Why Bernie Sanders Can Get It Too

Black America (especially young Black Americans) has learned a lot about politics and governance since 2008. We have learned not to be complacent with campaign promises. We have learned not to be pacified with good intentions and impressive records. We have learned that when we attempt to play by the rules, we always end up getting played. We have learned that it is better to be hated and heard than to be respectable and rejected. The racists and ignorant backlash President Obama faced (and continues to face) has taught us that the game of politics is rigged and to play fare is only to play dumb. Continue reading Why Bernie Sanders Can Get It Too