Why calling the Charleston shooting terrorism is important to so many people

There’s a habit that we have as Americans to call a spade a spade unless it hits close to home. The media immediately and correctly labeled the World Trade Center attacks of 2001 as terrorism. Yet, when Dylan Hook walked into a historically black church in Charleston, S.C. this month and brutally murdered nine people, the media quickly classified it as a lone incident by a troubled youth. Why calling the Charleston shooting terrorism is important to so many people

Progress, according to Malcolm X

The definition of progress is “forward or onward movement toward a destination.” As much as we would like to say that we’ve made progress since slavery times, that’s clearly not the case. Nearly 150 years after the abolishment of slavery, there are still systems in place that systematically oppress people of color, with the majority of the non-minority population ignoring that there is even an issue.

We cannot start to embrace progress until we acknowledge that the issue exists. Progress, according to Malcolm X

Racism Will Be Cured By Action, Not Discussion.

Here we go again…

Connecticut College canceled classes Monday to hold day-long discussions on racism and hate speech following the discovery of the words “No N***ers” written several times on the walls of a campus building. This comes a few days after a school custodian was told to “shut the f**k up you ignorant n***er”, and just weeks after a professor posted a Facebook status describing Palestinians in Gaza as “a rabid pit bull chained in a cage, regularly making mass efforts to escape.” Racism Will Be Cured By Action, Not Discussion.

The “N” Word

I have a complicated relationship with the “N” word.

It is a part of the normal vernacular in the neighborhood I grew up in. Depending on the tone of voice used, it can mean a number of different things. It isn’t in my regular vocabulary, but in the past it has been known to roll off of my tongue with ease.
The “N” Word