December 23, 2015
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Michael Brown. Eric Garner. Laquan McDonald. Sandra Bland. Walter Scott. Rekia Boyd. Tamir Rice. Most Americans have at least heard their names, and the stories of how they died. We have seen videos and images of their deaths, or of … Continue reading
December 11, 2015
Comments Off on Will Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Let Another Crisis Go To Waste?
Faced with outrage against police violence, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel must decide whether he will turn crisis into an opportunity for accountability and healing for his city. Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel is famous for “Rahm’s Rule” of political crises management: … Continue reading
November 25, 2015
Comments Off on Making Black Lives Matter Means Making Real Changes
Making Black Lives Matter Means Making Real Changes The release of the video of Laquan McDonald’s death, and the murder charges against the Chicago police officer who killed him show how much has changed since Ferguson, and how much still … Continue reading
November 24, 2015
Comments Off on One Year Later: Still No Justice For Tamir Rice
One year ago, Cleveland, Ohio police shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice within two second of encountering him. There is still no justice for Rice and his family. If the prosecutor has his way there will be no justice for Tamir Rice.
November 2, 2015
Comments Off on BlackLivesMatter Is Winning. That’s Why Conservatives Want To Stop It
BlackLivesMatter Is Winning. That’s Why Conservatives Want To Stop It The right-wing backlash against the #BlackLivesMatter movement has intensified in recent weeks. There are two primary reasons for this: (1) black Americans are telling the truth about their lives, and … Continue reading
October 15, 2015
Comments Off on Democratic Debate Proves Movements Matter
Democratic Debate Proves Movements Matter Once upon a time, progressives envied the tea party movement’s influence over Republican candidates and lawmakers. Tuesday night’s Democratic debate showcased how much progressive movements have influenced the candidates and changed the discourse.
September 3, 2015
Comments Off on Emmett, Trayvon, Freddie, and Sandra
Emmett, Trayvon, Freddie, and Sandra Sixty years after Emmett Till was killed for daring to assert his humanity, African-Americans are still being killed for doing the same.
August 6, 2015
Comments Off on One Year After Ferguson: Making Black Lives Matter
August 9 will mark one year since officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Too many black lives are still lost to police violence, but movements are now demanding that black lives matter. … Continue reading
July 29, 2015
Sandra Bland, My Father, and Me When I heard of Sandra Bland’s death in a Texas jail, after a traffic stop on a dusty road in Waller County, Texas, I thought of the time my father gave me The Talk … Continue reading
July 8, 2015
Comments Off on What Happens After The Confederate Flag Comes Down
What Happens After The Confederate Flag Comes Down South Carolina senate’s vote to remove the Confederate battle flag is an important first step towards honestly addressing our shared history, and the ways its legacy still haunts us 150 years after … Continue reading
June 29, 2015
Comments Off on The Worst Wingnut Reactions to Marriage Equality
The Worst Wingnut Reactions to Marriage Equality There was much rejoicing among proponents of equality and fairness on Friday, when the Supreme Court legalized marriage equality in all 50 states. Among fans of discrimination and inequality, there was despair.
May 18, 2015
Comments Off on President Obama Moves To Stem Police Militarization
Nine months after police in Ferguson, Missouri donned riot gear, and met protestors with paramilitary weapons and equipment, the Obama administration has taken its first real steps towards halting police militarization. As the president prepared for a visit to Camden, … Continue reading
April 28, 2015
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Right-Wing Media Blames Everyone But Police For Baltimore Unrest The right-wing response to stories of police violence and brutality against blacks, and black deaths at the hands of police, is becoming as predictable as the stories themselves. Only the names … Continue reading
April 28, 2015
Why The GOP Can’t Have It Both Ways on Marriage Equality Today, the Supreme Court will hear opening arguments in marriage equality cases challenging state bans on same-sex marriage. The resulting ruling could legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. A lot has … Continue reading
April 22, 2015
Comments Off on Will Marriage Equality Opponents Take Us Back To The “Green Book” Era?
As the Supreme Court takes up marriage equality again, conservatives are preparing for a likely landmark ruling by trying to bring back a phrase that once haunted black families: “We don’t serve your kind here.” Last week, my husband and … Continue reading
April 15, 2015
In Fox host Bill O’Reilly’s alternate right-wing universe, Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy means, “If you are a Christian or a white man in the USA, it’s open season on you.” Here on earth, two more unarmed black men were killed … Continue reading
April 1, 2015
Comments Off on The Backlash Against Discrimination And GOP’s “Indiana” Problem
The powerful grassroots backlash against Indiana’s anti-gay “religious freedom” law is yielding results and inspiring hope. Right-wing supporters of the law were seemingly caught unawares by a grassroots response that’s put them on the defensive. On Monday, the Georgia House … Continue reading
March 10, 2015
Comments Off on Republicans Ignore the Message of Selma
Republicans Ignore the Message of Selma Despite rumors that House Republican leadership would skip the 50th anniversary of Selma, several Republicans showed up to commemorate the historic civil rights march. They missed the point so completely, that they might as … Continue reading
January 28, 2015
Comments Off on An Unbroken Line of Violence
An Unbroken Line of Violence In ten years of blogging, much of my writing comes down to telling stories, and stitching them together into a bigger context. It’s been my thing, for a while now, because it just made sense … Continue reading
December 22, 2014
Comments Off on Conservative Media And Cop Killers Of A Diffrent Color
On June 8, 2014, white, anti-government, tea party supporters shot and killed two Las Vegas police officers. Conservative media was conspicuously silent.