Why America Needs Justice-Oriented Civic Education Now More Than Ever

The United Negro Improvement Association. The Congress of Racial Equity. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. The National Association of Colored Women. The National Association For the Advancement of Colored People. The Black Panther Party.

The list of civic organizations that helped shape the course of racial justice in the 20th century seems almost endless.

The Complexities of Revolution We Can Learn from Fidel Castro

On Friday, the world learned that Fidel Castro, at 90 years old, had died. Over the days since, I have learned more about both the revolutionary and the tyrant than I did in school. Honestly, I have more questions than answers.

I am by no means an expert on Fidel Castro or the longstanding political conditions in Cuba but I do believe that we should advance radical ideas in the pursuit of justice; and to do so, we have to study.

Preaching to the Choir About Racism

“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.

5 Ways You Can Resist the Next President (Whoever They May Be)

Now that the debates are over, all that is left in this election cycle is Election Day itself, taking place on November 8th. While I think that everyone who is able should get out and vote, I know that many of us are not exactly overjoyed at either party’s candidate for president. Because we know that electoral politics not the most likely key to black liberation, here are some ways that you can resist and lobby the next administration, whether it is Republican or Democrat.

On Barack Obama, Absent Fathers, And The Jokes That Just Won’t Stop

Despite being published just a few months after I was born, I first read Barack Obama’s Dreams From My Father at 14. It was 2008, and it seemed as though the prospect of electing the nation’s first black president had consumed all of society. It had certainly taken over my family; for some of my loved ones, including my mom, it was their first time voting in a U.S. election.

Though I can’t quite remember who in my family purchased Obama’s autobiography for me, I vividly remember being captivated by his story.

We Need Revolution, Not Endorsements

It is true that the Movement for Black Lives is leaderless; it is also true that Deray McKesson has been dubbed the face of this same movement, and within his time as “The Face,” many people – including Black people – have come to critique his decisions. With his name most recently in the news for his endorsement of Hillary Clinton, we are given the gentle reminder that our community is not unified in its current demands and we cannot get caught up in the headlines that so often overshadow the work. 

The Final Debate and The Pain of This Election Cycle

I have done a lot of writing about the election this year. I’ve focused primarily on the shameful candidacy of Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for President. I have also spoken about the difficulties many have had in resigning to voting for Hillary Clinton–who seems very untrustworthy (especially for African Americans) and often hostile to leftist causes. What is a young, black female voter to do? While it is regrettable that we do not have a better Democratic candidate, this regret does not compare to the pain and intolerance that has been brought on by Trump’s candidacy and, if he wins, his potential presidency.

Chicago Teachers Reach An Agreement With Mayor Emanuel But Students Remain Underserved

This past Tuesday would have been the second time the Chicago Teachers Union went on strike since Mayor Rahm Emanuel took office in 2011 – if there were a strike.

For weeks there has been conversation and preparation for a strike in Chicago Public Schools, the largest school district in the state and third largest in the nation, however Mayor Emanuel managed to avoid the fallout at the last second and both sides reached an agreement. CPS teachers will get pay raises, pensions, and job security. Legally teachers are only allowed to strike over pay and benefits, so how do we meet the needs of students?

When Trump Came for White Women

Warning: This article contains graphic language that was once used by the Republican candidate for President of the United States, Donald Trump. 

This past weekend was an absolute political shitshow. First came the ~revelation~ to many Republicans and the American public that Donald Trump is not respectful to women. In a leaked 2005 tape from Access Hollywood Trump proclaims that, when you’re a star, women will let you do anything, even “grab them by the pussy.” Next came Trump’s deplorable debate performance wherein he threatened to throw his opponent, Hillary Clinton, into jail should he capture the presidency.

What to Expect from Tonight’s Presidential Debate

Tonight at 9PM Eastern, the Republican and Democratic nominees for president, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will be locked in the debate of the decade. This is the first of three presidential debates, and it is poised to be contentious, as the two candidates for president could not be more different in their approach to politics and communicating. Here is what I expect to go down on tonight’s debate stage.