Voting and the Illusion of Democracy

Democracy is not possible under capitalism. The very nature of the beast is that capital,  profit, is concentrated in the hands of an engorged minority who use it to further enrich  themselves at the expense of the vast majority of the world’s people, and to the detriment  of planet Earth herself.  Poor and working class people cannot participate in this wealth-driven process because  we have been locked out of the all-important ability to acquire sufficient wealth to  determine our own destiny. Still, under capitalism, a system that can more accurately be  called “profitism”, we have been indoctrinated to believe with . . .

Pan-Africanism and Digital Technology

Digital technology in its current form is here to stay – or at least until we break the supply chains draining the Congo and her kind – and we know how much of a role it plays in communication. For better and worse, the devices and networks that enable this technology to function have become quite important in the functioning of urban society, and not necessarily the rural communities. It is important to make this distinction because if or when the servers that run the internet that we are so addicted to crashes, it is the people in ‘modern’ society . . .

Plantationization

I live on a plantation. One of the largest plantations still in operation. I never realized that I was on a plantation until about a decade or so ago. Up until then, I thought I lived a normal existence. It was a nice working class and lower-middle class community. There were also families on public assistance. It wasn’t perfect; it had its share of thugs, hoodlums, and players. The plantation community maintained a balance between all facets of life. This gave us a false sense of respectfulness, security and stability.  My early years were spent on the plantation until my mother . . .

TikTok & Neo-Colonialism: The Race to Serve the Enemies of Humanity

Social media in general and Tiktok in particular have exploded across the entire planet. Everything from losing weight to romantic tips to movie and show clips are featured in short, quick video snippets for millions of people to experience in a matter of moments. Situated evenly among the catalog of topics are wide ranging and hard-hitting videos that attempt to discredit any efforts to promote the actual histories of colonialism, slavery, and current day oppression of marginalized people everywhere. These specific types of videos range in topic from denying the existence of systemic white supremacy to support for zionist israel . . .

Peace, If You’re Willing To Fight For It?

Decolonization is always a violent event. Frantz Fanon I risk extreme menace to my personal and professional ambitions by sharing the following offering in this moment of chaos. Especially because I am of African descent. Especially because I am not wealthy. Especially because I am not a man. Given all that, I know that in this moment of incredible cruelty, this potential sacrifice is actually the very least I can offer when Palestinians face the threat of complete and total extermination cheered by the western world. What are my ambitions in the face of genocide? As I write this, my . . .

Anti-Woke Crusaders Aren’t Ignorant. They’re Organized.

The Washington Post published a story about a high school teacher, Mary Wood, who teaches Advanced Placement English Language and Composition, who was reported to authorities by her students for having her class read Ta-Nehis Coate’s Between The World And Me. The Post reported that two of Wood’s students had reported her to the school board for teaching about race. At least two parents complained, and within days, school administrators ordered Wood to stop teaching the lesson. They placed a formal letter of reprimand in her file that instructed her to keep teaching “without discussing this issue with your students.” . . .

Unpacking #BlackLove and Neurodivergent Love Languages: A Personal Journey

(Black women are cis, trans, femme, and non-binary persons who identify with Black womanhood.)  In the ever-evolving labyrinth of identity, mental health, and relationships, navigating a world rife with simplifications and misconceptions becomes a profoundly empowering odyssey (Smith, 2020; Johnson, 2019). As a Black woman, this voyage has unveiled profound discoveries, unfurling the intricate tapestry of #BlackLove and the captivating world of neurodivergent love languages.  Just over a month ago, a transformative shift occurred in my life with the revelation of an ADHD diagnosis (Jones et al., 2021). It sparked a transformative journey of self-discovery, one that demanded I unravel . . .

Afrikan Stakeholder Syndrome & Loyalty to America

To make fundamental change in one’s environment requires fundamental internal change. The self-destructive, anti-Afrikan “programming” that is forced upon Afrikans (blacks) in America (AnAs) must be “turned around” to self-affirming, Afrikan Centered deep thought such that mass organization and institution building is normalized into an ongoing pan-Afrikan project. Difficulties encountered in solving tough problems usually result from the lack of specific Afrikan-centered knowledge, values and skills (AKVS). Cultivation of AKVS requires the creation of the institutions necessary to bring about the internal revolution that will free Afrikan Consciousness from anti-Afrikan brainwashing and indoctrination. Today, European (white) Republican elected officials aka . . .