“I’m thankful for being born indigenous to this continent,” a powerful statement I could never make; a powerful statement most people that live in this country cannot make, but one young Native American girl did in a video about the truth behind Thanksgiving with a group of 5 of her peers.
Richard Spencer made headlines recently as portions of his speech to a room full of white nationalist supporters giving Nazi salutes was made public. To explain his side of those actions and many more of the controversial stances the white nationalist group has taken, he sat down for a televised interview with NewsOne’s Roland Martin.
I have insulated myself from much of the political hullabaloo this election season for mental health reasons. Yet, there are just some days where events transpire that I can’t simply unsee, unknow, or ignore. Today is one of those days.
When the “alt-right” movement is referred to as neo-Nazis it’s not meant to be an exaggeration to show that its members are extremely conservative. This is a white nationalist group through and through which is only confirmed as more information about the group emerges.
A video was recently obtained and published that shows more than 200 people in attendance at an “alt-right” meeting this past Saturday where a speaker can be seen saying “Hail Trump! Hail our people! Hail Victory!” and speaking about a perceived entitlement to inheriting the United States.
Saturday Night Live made one of its best decisions in recent memory by bringing Dave Chappelle on as a host for the episode immediately following Donald Trump’s election victory.
As the results from Tuesday’s presidential election rolled in state by state, half of the country responded with shock and disbelief. Throughout social media, post after post inquired how a Ku Klu Klan-endorsed candidate with no previous political experience, numerous accusations of sexual assault and multiple lawsuits could so quickly ascend to the highest office in the land.
“How many times do we expect Black people to build our country?” asked Samantha Bee on the episode of Full Frontal following the presidential election. I have asked this question many times and while I appreciate these sorts of sentiments from “woke” White comedians on a national level, at this point I don’t know that the jokes and the efforts to push the point carry much weight.
Donald Trump’s late night tweet storms directed towards anyone he happened to disagree with are coming back to bite him a couple weeks before the election. Not only did the New York Times take out a two-page ad listing everyone he’s been critical of during the election, but those same people are starting to speak out – including President Barack Obama.
“This apology is a symptom of a social disease seen from football rosters in Ohio to busses in New Delhi. With outbreaks of slut shaming and victim blaming mentalities and no cure in sight under this current system of patriarchy.”
As a survivor, this video was difficult to watch. I imagine it would be hard for anyone to watch a someone begin crying before they can even get through their first few words of poetry. But, this poem is particularly powerful because it not only exposes the language that is so often used to justify, perpetuate, and legitimate rape, it shows the systemic and cultural commitments to rape culture that permeate every level of society and government in the United States. And, the fact that this young womyn has to be the person saying “sorry” for all of it is disgusting.