10 Thoughts on Ending Anti-Black Violence

1. Liberating Black people from racist violence requires the complete transformation of the US as a racist, colonial state—not selective outrage at individual manifestations of racism or piecemeal reforms of police departments. 2. No act of racist violence is surprising when you realize the United States itself is a 400-year act of racist violence. From its inception the United States has been built on individuals, institutions, and states that harm Black people without repercussions or justice (see: slavery, segregation, policing, prisons, lynching, forced impoverishment, and discrimination in education, healthcare, and housing). 3. The United States = Black Death and Indigenous . . .

Who Gets To Define Hate Crimes?

In the wake of the recent shoot-out in Jersey City on December 10, and the political reactions to follow, it would be instructive to break down the role that the media filled as a conduit between a public still shaken from the gun violence and the white ruling class fully prepared to exploit that violence before the broken glass could even be cleared from the streets. There was not a report coming out of Jersey City that was untouched by misdirection, half-truths, and factual errors. From the outset, the intentions of the media, and by extension, the White ruling class, . . .