Why I’m not surprised there was a violent KKK rally down the street from Disneyland

TW: This story involves graphic imagery.

I moved out of Orange County, California nearly two years ago. I don’t miss it. At all. And, on days like today, I am ever grateful that I got out of there when I did.

Most people who know me know that I worked “for the Mouse” for five years. This means I worked at Disneyland.

I didn’t sell pretzels or ice cream. I wasn’t a character in a parade. I worked behind the scenes, what they call “backstage.” I have chronicled very publicly my experiences with racism and misogynoir there. Also, I, like many other people, have been critical of the economic disparity and racist frameworks on which Disneyland thrives. So, hearing about a violent Ku Klux Klan rally at a local park no more than 10 minutes away from my old place of employment was of absolutely no surprise to me.

Florida State Fraternity Suspended For Slavery-Themed Hazing Accusations

Florida State University’s chapter of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity has been suspended after hazing accusations were brought up against them.

According to a report filed by a former member of the chapter, hazing practices were conducted in 2013 where pledges were forced to “act like slaves.” Another incident left them stranded over one hundred miles away from campus which is in Tallahassee, according to the New York Post. 

Killer Mike: “The only person I have the conscience to vote for is Bernard Sanders”

The presidential election has been hotly contested on both sides of the aisle. While many folks have been concerned about the Republican ticket, many others have shown their general disfavor for Hillary Clinton.

Rapper Killer Mike has had some of the most clear-headed explanations for his support of Sanders. But, this video of his words at Claflin University are moving and heartfelt. They also point to Clinton’s lack of popularity with many young Black people.

White House To Screen BET Documentary On Homophobia In Black Churches

Christianity has been a crutch of the black community for centuries now as it sheltered people from the troubles of the outside world and served as a community center. Homosexuality has been a part of humanity for much longer. However, the two have seem to conflict when brought together.

A BET documentary entitled “Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay In the Church” focused on the place, or lack thereof, of homosexuality specifically in black churches. The Clay Cane-produced documentary will be screened in the White House for Black History Month, according to MSNBC.

Young Activists Disrupt Anita Alvarez Campaign Event Chanting “16 Shots!”

Coalitions of young people from activist organizations like Assata’s Daughters, BYP100, and Black Lives Matter, Chicago have been demonstrating against Cook County State Attorney Anita Alvarez for years now. Their efforts reached a fever pitch in the weeks following the November 2015 release of footage of the murder of LaQuan McDonald on October 20, 2014. Their concerns were stemming from the facts that it took Alvarez over a year to release the footage after she grossly mishandled the case from its start.

An Open Letter to Rep. John Lewis

WORKERS WORLD PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE’S LETTER TO REP. JOHN LEWIS:

 “Standing on the Wrong Side of History”

 

Dear Brother John Lewis,

I am a Black woman, who, like you, was born in Alabama at the dawn of the modern-day Civil Rights Movement. My parents supported the Montgomery Bus Boycott. I, like millions of others, suffered through the indignities of Jim Crow, including watching, as an adolescent, my mother being “escorted” out of a white-only public bathroom by the police.

So I understand firsthand and respect your bravery and your contribution to the Black freedom struggle.

Former Black Panther, Albert Woodfox, Freed From Jail After 43 Years

A former Black Panther activist who was in solitary confinement for 43 years was freed from a United States prison after years of legal cases trying to prove his innocence.

Albert Woodfox was the last one of the “Angola Three” activists to be freed from jail; their case invoked many emotions out of activist groups, but anger was the one that presided the most.