Liberation is a 3-step process: Broadening activism’s scope in the wake of the Movement for Black Lives

Contrary to popular belief, the Movement for Black Lives is not solely about police brutality. Bigger than body cameras and electoral politics, the Movement is about Black liberation and freedom for all Black people.

Liberation and freedom are unconventional in the sense that the system under which society currently operates makes those two realities impossible. In order to achieve them we need radical transformation, but how do we get there?

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North Carolina’s racial gerrymandering actions struck down

Yesterday, the Supreme Court struck down North Carolina’s 2011 congressional district map, where large blocs of black voters had been subject to racial gerrymandering and placed in oddly shaped districts. The Court determined that there was no compelling racial interest to permit the boundaries of these districts. The vote was decided by Justice Kagan, Justice Thomas (surprise), Justice Ginsburg, Justice Breyer, and Justice Sotomayor.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu delivers powerful speech on removal of Confederate monuments

Over the past couple of weeks, New Orleans has been at the heart of the debate of free expression vs. “erasing history.” For decades, the city has been home to multiple monuments to the pro-slavery Confederacy.

Eventually, city council voted to remove them. This decision came with plenty of controversy from Confederacy sympathizers and those who would wish to revise history and separate slavery from its integral role in the American CiviL War.

Before removing the final of four monuments, a statue of General Robert E. Lee, Mayor Mitch Landrieu delivered an address to speak on the controversy. Some are praising it as an honest take on race relations in contemporary America and the significance of the indisputable history that helped shape it from an unlikely source. 

Betty Shelby Found Not Guilty For Fatal Shooting of Terence Crutcher

Betty Jo Shelby has been found not guilty of first degree manslaughter charges connected to the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher.

In another controversial ruling following an equally controversial shooting, the Tulsa, Okla. police officer was apparently “elated” after jurors read the ruling. Meanwhile, Crutcher’s family was escorted out of the courtroom due to their emotional reaction, according to CBS News

I’ll still complain about politics even when I don’t vote – fight me.

I am a non-voter who has the audacity to still be upset that my people are dying. I have been told innumerable times that I am not supposed to be allowed this. “If you don’t vote, you can’t complain” is perhaps the most common non-voter shaming refrain I’ve heard, right up there with “your ancestors died for the right to vote.”

But I am not generally one to accept what society allows me to do as gospel.

I learned this from those very same ancestors, who, as even non-voter shamers acknowledge, lost their lives so that I could do what they weren’t allowed. Some say their deaths were only for my right to vote, but I know they died to get closer to freedom. I know they died also to be able to refuse the vote if it does not work towards that freedom. I know that my people are still dying–still died even when I did vote–and, if anything, my ancestors lost their lives so that I would never let anything get in the way of raising hell about it.

Richard Spencer leads white supremacist march with lit torches to protect Confederate statue

The statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Va. was surrounded by adoring eyes that reflected the flickering flames of lit torches. Chants of “You will not replace us” and “No more brother wars” could be heard from the crowd of Confederate sympathizers, according to NBC News.

This incident didn’t happen during the Reconstruction era or the near-century of Jim Crow. No. This happened this past weekend in 2017.