Is Anarchy the Answer?

If you’ve heard of this Rebecca Solnit book, you probably know the hypothesis – that people come together and form caring communities in times of crisis, in contradistinction to the myth of scarcity violence and mob mentality that supposedly happens after “natural disasters.” The book is a combination of historical evidence and theory, with examples […]

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The Fine Art of Voter Suppression

Racism knows no political party. In a country founded on & still supporting White supremacy in culture & policy, holding white supremacist ideas is endemic & pretty much unavoidable. You could argue that Republicans have demonstrated more overt racism, and a Rep candidate is less likely to lose support over some blatantly racist shit than […]

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Black History Month 2021

Hi, friends. My wrist is still in a cast, and much of my typing strength & focus has gone to paid work lately, but I promise I’m working on some posts in my trusty recycled notebook (so much nicer than typing) and you’ll see more before Feb runs out. In the interim, I’m sharing our […]

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Shadows of Jordan Peele’s Us

At its best, horror is a genre of deep metaphor. And Jordan Peele is Its Best. Us explores dual identities, what is recognized and what is hidden, what is acceptable and what is not, citizens and second-class citizens, the human and sub-human. It is about segregation, inequity, and identity. As such, Us is absolutely about Race in America without ever explicitly naming race in America.

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Western Civilization is an Oxymoron

Basically, Western Civilization implies that wearing lots of clothes, writing things down, low melanin, and an insatiable drive for more of everything – land, resources, subjects – makes a culture superior, gracious, compassionate, and mild-tempered.

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Do I Hate Our Country?

my spongy, precocious childmind did what we humans are so good at: it looked at the evidence that was given to me, detected a pattern, and drew a conclusion based upon that pattern. Slavery, killing Indians, Civil Rights Movement = White People Suck and The US Sucks

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The Wrong Question

I am beyond tired of the “is he or isn’t he racist” debate that leaps onto center stage whenever someone says or does something offensive, supports legislation that will maintain inequity, or harms a Black person. If the subject of the question is a White person who was raised in the US, the answer to the question is yes. Always yes. 99.999% yes.

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White Men Who Fear Falling

If we don’t oppress women and people of color, they have the potential to be just as successful as us. Which would force us to confront the lie of our own superiority and work as hard as they do to succeed.

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