VIDEO: Santorum Calls President Obama ‘Anti-War, Government N—er?!’

Here we go again.

Perhaps you’ll recall an incident a few months ago when Rick Santorum went on a tangent about how he didn’t want to “make black peoples lives better by giving them someone else’s money;” and then denied it, claiming he’d really said “blah people?”

Well Rick is at it again, this time possibly referring to our Commander in Chief as an “anti-war, government nigger.”

Let’s see how he explains this one:

The Second to Last Day of Women’s Her-Story Month: Honoring Leymah Gbowee


Adrienne Rich said, “When a woman tells the truth she is creating the possibility for more truth around her” (May 16, 1929 – March 27, 2012)

On the last day of Women’s Her-story Month, I honor Leymah Gbowee for her work to empower women and girls globally. My favorite part of the TED talk is when she recounts how a little girl from President Sirleaf’s village looked at a sitting male pro rape representative and said, “We will vote you out of office.” I tell you, I love to see a strong, confident, and perspicacious woman and girl of color. So, today I honor Nobel Peace Prize winner, Leymah Gbowee, for her work in Liberia to empower women and girls to speak “truth” to power.

The Arc of History: Why We Should Remain Hopeful in the midst of Trayvon’s Death

 When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice. — Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr

In the chaotic frenzy that is the still fresh and still unfolding aftermath of Trayvon Martin’s death, I still remain hopeful. And I think it is necessary to imbue a humble vestige of hope into the justified anger and action of our nation. Optimism always seems to be a dirty word that seems to be the more unwise choice between pessimism and realism. But we must remember, that the reason we fight for Trayvon, the reason that we remember the unjust deaths of black youths throughout our history, the reason we continue to force our country to live up to its ideals—undoubtedly must stem from an underlying hope—an optimism—that we can reach that ideal.

Racists Hack Trayvon Martin’s Email and Social Media Accounts; Find Nothing Relevant…

The never-ending onslaught of attacks on the character of the late Trayvon Martin continues, with news that white supremacists have hacked into the slain teenager’s email and social media accounts, and posted the contents online.

Gawker points to an anonymous hacker named Klankannon, who has proudly proclaimed to have procured evidence that Martin smoked marijuana, posed with a wad of cash, and planned on taking the SATs and attending college.


Remember, Remember More Than Just the 5th of December….Boyd, Martin, Bell, Diallo, Hampton, and Thousands of Forgotten Black Youth Killed by the Police

I have taken a quote from V for Vendetta and applied it to what I have currently been feeling lately. I hope it is useful in adequately articulating how I perceive the Trayvon Martin case, but also my take on how Black Youth are treated in 21st Century America. To be clear, this blog is written into the quote from the movie, in a historically satirical fashion. I hope it offers some insight into how movements are formed and how injustice must not be forgotten by the new internet fad of the week. We ultimately have found ourselves at the precipice of a choice to remember or to forget, not just about Trayvon Martin, but about thousands of black youth that have died before this year, in which we have already forgotten their names and their stories. I hope our memories do not fail us once again. The 5th of December is the day after Fred Hampton was killed, one of the most famous examples of a black young person being murdered by the police in this country. They STILL don’t teach about this in school and many of us have forgotten about this crucial historical moment. December 5th to me represents how long it takes to forget about the murder of those who are innocent.

The Black Matriarchal System: A Common Culprit in the Black Community

For decades, the existence of the black “matriarchy” has been studied, scrutinized and depicted in an effort to understand its causes and effects on the black family system. The term is contestable because while some schools of thought determine there is no black matriarchy, others who believe the matriarchy is the cause for the issues in the black community, and those who see no issue with a matriarchal family structure.

Shooting Death of Wisc. Youth Draws Comparisons to Trayvon Martin

The circumstances surrounding a Wisconsin youth’s tragic death have drawn comparisons to the Trayvon Martin case, and outrage from community members.

20 year-old Bo Morrison was attending an underage drinking party when the police were called. The party goers fled, and Morrison hid on the back porch of a neighboring home. The homeowner, Adam Kind, heard noises, grabbed his shotgun, and approached the porch. Mistaking Morrison for a dangerous intruder, Kind shot him once in the chest, killing him.

Adam Kind has not been charged with a crime in relation to the shooting. Community members are outraged, but Kind is protected under the “Castle Doctrine,” which protects homeowners from prosecution under such circumstances.

Community Holds Rally for Rekia Boyd; 22 yr-old Woman Killed by Off-Duty Police Officer

Over 200 angry protesters rallied in the Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago yesterday afternoon (Tuesday, March 27th), calling for justice for 22 year-old Rekia Boyd.

As we told you yesterday, Boyd was shot in the head at 1am last Wednesday after an off-duty officer approached a group of people in his car and asked that they quiet down. One of the individuals, 39 year-old Anthony Cross, approached the officer. Thinking he was holding a gun, the officer open-fired, striking Cross in the hand and (inadvertently) Rekia Boyd in the head. Rekia died later that afternoon.

On Lynching and Prejudice

Photos of lynched bodies have always given me pause. My body has a very visceral reaction to seeing a lifeless form hanging from a tree. More than the body, the white faces that stare up at it in contentment, contempt or fascination haunt my mind for hours, and sometimes days after seeing a photo of a person that has been lynched. My stomach churns, my heart races, my gut wrenches, my eyes close and I immediately turn away. I’m unable to stare, to analyze. I find myself paralyzed by an odd mixture of fear, sadness and disgust. My reaction seems completely opposite of those white faces in the pictures.

TRAYVON UPDATE: Lead Investigator Wanted Manslaughter Charges; Trayvon Attacked Zimmerman?

George Zimmerman’s account of what took place on the night of February 26th came to light yesterday.

Zimmerman claims that while making his way back to his vehicle, Trayvon Martin attacked him first, punching him in the face, jumping on top of him, and slamming his head repeatedly into the ground. In an ensuing struggle for Zimmerman’s gun, Martin was shot in the chest.