Black people not voting is logical, and vote pushers are usually anti-Black

For most of my schooling, I was treated as somewhat of a golden child. As an advanced placement student in a majority Black district, where most of the other Black kids weren’t surpassing their white peers scholastically like I was, the fact that I seemed destined to follow in the footsteps of my ivy-league older siblings did not go unnoticed by the approving adults in my life.

Not only did my “achievements” translate materially in the form of scholarship money, I received an enviable range of post-graduate opportunities, as well as positions of authority offered to me while still in school. I was also told flat-out many times and in various ways how different I was from the average Black student. It was never an insult. The average Black student was not someone to desire being in community with, apparently. My differences were always pointed out as if not being like them other niggas was the biggest compliment I could ever receive.

Solidarity can’t work without understanding that Blackness has a role in every struggle

The first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency have been marked by continuous attacks on the most vulnerable communities, just as promised. Those who have been resisting this administration have rightly responded to these attacks by attempting to shed light on every step taken toward such harmful efforts—from the blatantly bigoted “Muslim ban” and its equally bigoted second iteration, to threats against “sanctuary cities” whose governments refuse to go out of their way to target the undocumented.

However, in shedding this necessary light, many people have also chosen to distinguish struggles such as those against Islamophobia and anti-immigrant violence from the plight of Black people. While some have argued that its apparently lessened visibility is only a necessary evolution of the Movement for Black Lives, others have questioned the movement’s continued relevance after Trump’s ascension highlighted so many struggles that are seemingly distinctive and equally important.

The Bigots Are Right: The HIV Epidemic Among Black, Gay Men is from Immorality

By: Marq Montgomery

**This article was originally posted at AngryBlackHoemo.com and has been republished with permission**

 

It’s Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, so it’s a good of a time as any to dive into this topic.

When we talk about the HIV/AIDS epidemic among Gay men, in general, there’s often an air of judgement and condescension, dripping with implications that any of us who contract the virus “deserve it” for our “immoral” behavior. And when you add in the racism of addressing Black, Gay men, that attitude only grows…even from other Gay men.

Why asking Black people to forgive whiteness won’t ‘heal this country’

It’s time we have a serious conversation about what it means when white people offer disingenuous apologies to Black people they have harmed while expecting absolution and exoneration from those very same people.

Last week, news broke that a 79-year-old Trump supporter named John Franklin McGraw, who was seen on video elbowing a young Black anti-Trump protester named Rakeem Jones in the face at a Trump rally, was sentenced to probation. It was McGraw’s own words during that sentencing that draw attention to the ways that white supremacy operates to protect whiteness at all costs while demanding emotional labor from Black people in the form of forgiveness.

Freedom Square Occupation Imagines World Without Police

For the past thirteen days, the #LetUsBreathe Collective has been occupying Homan Square, the known Chicago Police black site where arrested individuals have been disappeared, tortured, and abused. The occupation began on Thursday, July 21st, following the national #FreedomNow Campaign against police unions and has continued in the style of a block party. #LetUsBreathe activists are feeding the nearby North Lawndale community, providing mental and health care, giving out books, and putting on arts activities for young people.

The Importance of Mental Health After Major Tragedies

I turned 24 years old on Wednesday, the same day I watched two black men lay lifeless after being shot by police officers.

Then I watched the aftermath of a sniper attack in downtown Dallas, interrupting a peaceful protest as an opportunity to cause pain and instill fear. I’ve laughed, cried, fought sleep and passed out due to exhaustion this week. Yet, these experiences are likely being felt by millions of people across the country along with me. 

It Looks Like The Academy Is Actually Listening To People Of Color

Maybe all of our griping and organizing around the lack of people of color awarded by the Academy is finally paying off. Maybe.

A few days ago, I sat in a room full of activists as they worked their way through a variety of issues that occur in their spaces. One of these was the challenge of avoiding exhaustion and complete burnout due to the constant fighting for a cause and, ultimately, feeling like you’re tallying up far fewer wins than losses.

My thinking on this problem is that the effects of social activism usually can’t be quantified until much later on. By trying to change an entire world’s thinking on certain issues, there’s no sort of instant gratification involved. A leader could spend their entire career fighting for equality and not see any significant change until years, or even decades, later. 

10 Songs for Your Juneteenth Celebration

By L.G. Parker

It’s ironic that I’m sharing a Juneteenth playlist after the attack on Emanuel AME. How might I suggest that you celebrate the June 19, 1865 emancipation from slavery when you’ve just witnessed a terrorist attack on a Black institution?

I suggest that this is the queerness of black celebration. Even as we celebrate, there are things that remind us that we shouldn’t. It’s the ache that makes the smile brighter, the dance stronger. Which calls to mind the life of joy, what comes before and afterwards that might lead us to re-imagine it.

In the South in particular, there are celebrations of Juneteenth every year.

I’ve witnessed these primarily as cookouts. During those hours, somebody’s uncle fries fish and babies waddle through grass almost as tall as them. Mosquitoes tear your legs up, aunties do their dance with a red cup in one hand and the world is still the world, your cousin still locked up, somebody kills somebody black, but the music is right so the work of forgetting is made easier and you arrive at something like joy.

 

 1. Earth, Wind, and Fire – September

2. Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody

3. Chaka Khan  — Tell Me Something Good

4. Earth, Wind, and Fire – Sing A Song

5. Carl Carlton – She’s A Bad Mama Jama

6. Maze feat. Frankie Beverly – Before I Let Go

7. Commodores – Brick House

8. Rick James – Give It To Me

9. E.U. – Da Butt

10. V.I.C – Wobble Baby

 

Photo: Wikipedia

 

15 Black Twitter Accounts You Should Follow Today

In the age of social media prowess, not only does everyone have an opinion, they have thousands and they have no hesitation when it comes to sharing every single one of them. While free speech and open dialogue is wonderful, a clear drawback to social media culture is an overabundance of thought. But these people are changing that.

Officer Acquitted on All Charges in Murder of Freddie Gray

Monday saw another disappointment for many in the Black community, as a police officer who involved in the murder of Freddie Gray, the black man who suffered a fatal spinal cord injury while in police custody, was acquitted on four charges. This brought up questions about whether or not any of the six police officers who were charged would be convicted in connection with Gray’s death.