The Tale Of Two Americas

I learned early on in life that we live in two different Americas: one for whites, and the other for people of color. Most white people are only aware of the one they live in, whereas everyone else has to maneuver in both to survive.

We constantly have to analyze and adjust our demeanor and behavior in order to avoid being profiled, labeled, criminalized or murdered just for possessing melanin. What I wear, how I speak, where I go; nothing I do is spontaneous. When you’re black (and a product of the inner city), you don’t make it to 30 being careless. Yet, even when you do everything “right”, you could still die. The Tale Of Two Americas

Who Is Policing The Police?

Yvette Smith called the police with the hope that they could “serve and protect” her from a dispute between two men that she felt was getting out of hand. Yet, within two seconds of her opening the door to the officers answering the call, the unarmed mother is shot and killed by one of them.

The officers say she was armed and ignored their commands. These claims were corroborated by their supervising officer. Yet, dash-cam footage disproved them all.

It would be easy to call “racism” in this case, as the victim was black and the officer is white. However, as we saw with the Zachary Hammond case, there is a larger issue at hand: the overall lack of accountability in police departments that allow officers to avoid the consequences of their actions. Who Is Policing The Police?

You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Color

Social justice activist Shaun King spent the greater part of this week being vilified by conservative media and their minions based on haphazard evidence that suggested he is a white man pretending to be African-American. However, anyone with common sense could read the context clues of his writings and see that (1) his biological father is black, (2) the circumstances are complicated, (3) he didn’t want to talk it out of respect for his mother, and (4) it is none of our business. Of course, these outlets were relentless, pulling out “family members” and birth certificates to support their attacks.

Eventually King was pushed into posting this piece explaining his lineage, why he didn’t want to talk about it, and the true motivations behind the “investigation” against him. A part of me wanted him to remain silent, throwing the middle finger to their desperate attempts to disqualify his life’s work. However, another part of me is glad he eloquently dismantled each one of their thinly-veiled arguments. You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Color

The Misconceptions of Privilege

One of the most misunderstood topics on planet earth is the concept of privilege. People who don’t fall into the 1% seem to glance over the various privileges that we are afforded based on factors such as gender, sexual orientation, level of education, and of course, race.

Some refuse to admit their existence based on our personal circumstances, but that doesn’t disqualify their validity. The Misconceptions of Privilege

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.