On Saturday, Donald Trump (for the third weekend in a row) jet-setted off to Florida on the taxpayer’s dime to hold a campaign-style rally where he whined, stirred up sentiments against the media and indulged in his supporters blind admiration of him.
I write for The Black Youth Project blog about twice a week. I love news media and think a free and fair press is essential to holding centers of power accountable. But it seems like, as of late, the only center of power dominating the press cycle is dumpster fire of a president Donald Trump.
Now, I have covered Trump. Extensively. And I believe it is my job as a political writer, particularly someone with the perspective of political science, to highlight the injustices and incompetence of the Trump administration.
W.E.B Du Bois was a prominent and prolific Black American sociologist who wrote about life in post-Reconstruction America. His work chronicles the horrors African Americans faced throughout the United States as they attempted to navigate life as second-class citizens after the Civil War.
We are about to learn the reach and limits of Trump’s executive power, as the judicial system challenges his constitutionally questionable executive orders.
The US has a long record of violence against Black Americans, especially in the form of public lynchings. Paying close attention to this history, and how these actions are often seen as justified, can explain how today’s political violence against Muslims, Mexicans, and refugees continues to be normalized in this society.
This week, I read a compilation of investigative journalist Ida B. Wells’ writings entitled, On Lynchings, which discusses anti-Black extra-judicial violence and murder in the United States in the post-Reconstruction period.
Hold on to your pocketbooks. Donald Trump signed an executive order on January 25th to initiate building a wall on the border of the United States. What’s worse? Republicans in Congress are going to designate taxpayer dollars to fund it.
You heard that right–the money you work for, day in and day out, is going towards a monument to Donald Trump’s ego and America’s racism.
Harlem-based writer, Brooke Obie, has some ideas about freedom that you need to hear. In her debut novel, Book of Addis: Cradled Embers, the first book in a three part series, she tells the story of 17-year-old enslaved Igbo girl, Addis, who kills her enslaver, the president of the new country Amerika. In this story, Addis is on the run for her life and for the freedom of her people.
Today is a big day for most if not all of us.
As Donald Trump takes the oath of office today, protesters, organizers, and advocates are ready to meet his dismal cabinet nominees and nationalist, sexist policies on their own terms: through direct actions, with several petitions, and every other possible way there is to take a stand.
Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey was in the news a lot last week, receiving both praise and ire from liberal progressives. It seems the once promising political figure is now experiencing scrutiny for many of his lesser known or publicized political decisions. Rightfully so.