Black Lives Matter, Taiwan’s ‘228 Incident,’ and the Transnational Struggle For Liberation

By: Chanda Hsu Prescod-Weinstein

Someone was selling cigarettes illegally. The State didn’t need the money, but it did want to be in control of how everyday citizens made money. When the authorities showed up, the enforcers could have let the sale of contraband cigarettes go, but they didn’t. Instead, they used force and the cigarette seller ended up on the ground. Not long after, a man was dead.

On first thought, this sounds like it’s just the story of Eric Garner’s death on July 17, 2014 in New York City, USA.

But Eric Garner’s story resonates across the continents and the decades. The story above could have been describing not his death but instead an incident that occurred decades earlier in another hemisphere, with the death of an unnamed man in a crowd that gathered when the cigarette seller was attacked by police on February 27, 1947 in Taipei, Taiwan.

‘The Jeffersons’ And ‘Good Times’ May Be Up Next For Reboots

In the 1970’s, Norman Lear was one of very few kings of television programming. He was responsible for creating shows such as “Sanford and Son” and “All in the Family”, which created classic spinoffs such as “The Jeffersons” and “Good Times”. The influence of these programs on not only the future of television, but millions of mainstream viewers is historical.

Which means that it was only a matter of time before they were revisited in some form. 

Oprah Talks To Michelle Obama About Fighting The ‘Angry Black Woman’ Stereotype

In less than a month, the Obama family will be out of the White House and moving on to the next chapters of their lives. While many of will surely miss the presence of President Obama, some of us will miss the First Lady even more.

Last night, Michelle Obama sat down for an exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey about her time as First Lady, the future of the White House and even if she’d consider going into politics herself, according to USA Today.

Jon and Pat Stryker Donate $10 Million To Lynching Memorial Construction

The United States has a history of selectively ignoring its long history of racial violence against black people, especially the thousands of lynchings that occurred. In order to commemorate these tragedies, the Equal Justice Initiative is working to permanently honor the fallen with a memorial but was having issues raising the funds needed for its construction.

Fortunately, the campaign just got some major backing.

Jon and Pat Stryker, sibling philanthropists and children of the late Lee Stryker, have donated a total of $10 million to The Memorial to Peace and Justice, according to MLive.

Chance the Rapper Brings Christmas On ‘SNL’ With “Jingle Barack”

Christmas is less than a week away so we’re running out of time to get into the Christmas spirit. Luckily, Chance the Rapper took advantage of his appearance on Saturday Night Live! to help us out.

The Chicago rapper joined up with SNL”s Kenan Thompson to celebrate the last Christmas with Barack Obama in office by spoofing Run-DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis.” 

Congressional Republicans Close Investigation Into Flint With No New Findings

Congressional Republicans have closed a year-long investigation into the events that resulted in tens of thousands in being exposed to lead in their water supply. But the investigation failed to result in any new information that wasn’t already presented in the high profile hearings that found both the local government and the EPA responsible.

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.

The Difference Between Casey Affleck and Nate Parker? Community Accountability.

Award season is officially underway for the arts, and some of our favorite films, television shows, and actors and actresses are finally getting the recognition they deserve. But one film is noticeably missing.

Though initially predicted to be both a box office hit and a strong contender for awards, Nate Parker’s “Birth Of A Nation” fell flat in both areas, most likely because of the college rape scandal Parker was embroiled in as well as his unrepentant attitude concerning the case. However, Casey Affleck (younger brother of Ben Affleck) has already nabbed a Golden Globe nomination for his role in the film “Manchester By The Sea,” despite multiple sexual harrasment allegations.

How the fear of losing whiteness gave us Trump, but losing it sets free

As a Black person in Trump’s America, it can be enticing to assume the persistence of white violence is due only to the continued ignorance and miseducation of the people who enact it. The solution is so much easier to embrace if the problem is just that white people don’t know any better.

This is the same assumption grounding the liberal narrative that poor white folks who vote against economic policies seemingly beneficial to themselves are “voting against their own interest.” It suggests a bargain with whiteness should be sought, oftentimes translating into appeals to the “white” working class. If we could somehow open their eyes to the truth, the story goes, we could win them over and coalesce against the ruling oligarchy which oppresses us all.