We, America?

This post originally appeared on http://www.savemainst.com There is a tendency, after instances of violence against black Americans at the hands of white Americans, for people to passionately suggest “we” are one, and that if only “we” loved each other, then, “we” can solve the racism that plagues black bodies in America. When it comes to the oppression and destruction of black bodies in America, there is no “we.” “We” all are not victims of white supremacy, “we” all did not have to endure Jim Crow, “we” all are not shot and killed by police officers at the same rate. “We”…

Meet the Progressive, Bernie Sanders Supporter Running for Congress in South Carolina

“I’m not running for congress as a ‘berniecrat’. I’m running for congress as a resident of South Carolina’s Second Congressional District. The challenge is for us to find a way, beyond being liberal and being conservative to create a just and prosperous society.”

The Rise of Donald Trump: When the Media Flirts with White Supremacy

Forfeiting journalistic and social morality, news outlets have turned their frantic coverage of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign into a poisonous fetish, and contributed to the progress of the most distasteful kind clickbait–Trump’s narratives of white supremacy. Take, for example, chairman of CBS, Les Moonves, speaking on ad revenue generated from Trump’s presidential campaign: “It may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS”… “I’ve never seen anything like this, and this going to be a very good year for us. Sorry, It’s a terrible thing to say. But, bring it on, Donald. Keep going.” “I’m not taking…

Black Progressives, It’s Time To Unite Against Establishment Politics

This is a call for us to unite, and demand that our representatives—black and white— march to our anthems of progress, despite how radical they may seem and acknowledge that our vote for the Clinton Campaign is far from granted.

What The Bernie Sanders Unelectable Argument Says About Black Lives

There is something belittling about the language of the “Bernie Sanders is unelectable” fallacy—something that is subliminally dismissive. How is it possible that we live in a time when progressives say #blacklivesmatter, but call the ideas of Bernie Sanders too “radical” to implement, and conclude his “radical” ideas make him unelectable? When people say Bernie Sanders’ ideas are not politically viable, what they are really saying is: Satisfying the needs of the people his policies would support is not politically viable, therefore, we should not vote for him. Not only does this language illegitimize the needs of those people, but…

Why Fight Like A Man When You Can Think Like A Woman

My first lesson to you is this: Feelings, violence, and communication do not have a gender preference, but society has created and reinforced misconceptions of masculinity that could lead you to believe fighting for respect is what a man is supposed to do.

I can see that

Originally posted on Black and Wordy:
It started with grapes.  Grape started with a chat with Ms. Serena Blue about the modern LGBT movement, the flaccid backbone of the American Liberal Party and modern chick lit. I dropped the names of a few British poets (American women become soppy at even the thought of British accents), gave my best Hemingway reading, and untethered a feign blasé flick of the wrist to procure the wine. I did not plan to have the taste of yesterday, however sweet, on my tongue today, but I woke up this morning and discovered myself in…

Dear Black Body,

I could feel the weight of your tongue heavy with quiet and stories to tell. Perhaps you took my reticence as a sign of aggression, if not suppression toward your identity, but I never intended to trespass against your agency. I just wanted people to see me more than they saw you, and now I have learned that perhaps the two of us cannot be mutually exclusive.

B+

I sat and rhythmically squeezed a smiling, yellow rubber-ball and watched my blood, as dark as shiraz, inflate the flat canvas of a plastic bag.
I was at the Kilasch hospital in Godrej, India on a field trip to study sustainable practices in a small village. We were given a tour of the hospital which was designed with sustainability in mind. When we arrived at the lobotomy lab, our tour guide, Pranav, told us that the hospital was dangerously low on blood donations.

In Nepal, a Crisis “Worse Than the Earthquake”

“Can I order something from the menu?” I asked the manager at the Hotel Friends Home hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal.
“I’m sorry, sir, we are not serving lunch or dinner right now because we have to save gas because of the crisis.”
“What crisis?”
“The blockage of imports at the border, sir. We have not received imports from India.”