5 Things I Would Rather Write About than Donald Trump

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.

Lynchings and Lies: Why Ida B. Wells’ Legacy Might Be The Answer To Donald Trump

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.

Let’s Talk About That Wall

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.

Brooke Obie Gives Us Black Girl Magic in ‘Book of Addis: Cradled Embers’

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.