One of the biggest issues with perceived notions of Black excellence is the ways it is contributed to uncritical perceived notions of success. There is an avoidance in acknowledging that “Black excellence” is rooted in a colonial narrative of what makes someone exceptional. Circumstantially, that perception is determined by what we deem “success”. The contradictions of Black excellence is most evident in the romanticizing of The Obamas. Barack Obama’s 8-year presidency has been a surface level achievement for the Black community based on identity reductionism. After all, he is the FIRST Black president. But a closer inspection of those 8 . . .
As the days of the pandemic tick by, we are witnessing overwhelming evidence that the U.S. is using COVID-19 as an instrument to institute a capitalist dystopia. But this is no blockbuster Hollywood film. This is today’s new potential reality through the national security state apparatus. While there is no denying that people are suffering (and dying) from COVID-19 and neoliberal austerity, we must be acutely aware that the state’s reaction is not protecting us from the virus. Black Alliance For Peace coordinating committee member, Vanessa Beck, has maintained, “This crisis is a reminder that science has a social relationship . . .
We must remind our people that over 150 million Africans live throughout the so-called Americas. We especially must raise this reality at critical moments like this when the corporate media and establishment opinion is legitimizing U.S. gangsterism that could kill thousands of people in Venezuela. (Black Working Class will Never Abandon Venezuela) BAP’s support for the people of Venezuela and its project for establishing peace, human rights and development for its people will not be deterred by the latest attack on that nation with the flimsy and incredible indictment of Nicolas Maduro by the Trump Administration. The use of drug . . .
After about two months of deadly delays and denials, followed by an insulting (bipartisan) stimulus package, Donald Trump decided that it was time to get back to the business of profit. The Times has claimed, “If the coronavirus lockdown leads to a fall in GDP of more than 6.4% more years of life will be lost due to recession than will be gained through beating the virus.” There is a narrative being pushed where folks are more worried that emphasis on social distancing, to counter the pandemic and save lives, coupled with state measures to ensure that, has significantly hurt . . .
As we watch former Vice President Joe Biden be crowned “the comeback kid”, attributing his unbelievable election sweep to the elusive “Black vote”, we have to question who and what that is referring to. South Carolina became an unexpected turn of events for a primary election that seemed to be favoring Senator Bernie Sanders (despite the mess of the Iowa Caucus). The “Clyburn Effect”, named for Congressman Jim Clyburn’s seamless ability to change the outcome for Biden from dead last to prominent candidate, has once again forced mainstream media and voters to remember the “Black vote”. We must, however, be . . .
The case against Keith Davis Jr. is entangled in Baltimore politics and political allegiances. What has happened in these last five years has been on par with the neoliberal democratic misleadership engulfing the city. Keith Davis Jr. should not have survived on the morning of June 7th, 2015. Assumed to be a hack thief, a case of mistaken identity led four Baltimore police officers to corner Davis Jr. into a dark garage after an on-foot chase in West Baltimore. Those four officers let off up to 44 rounds of bullets in that garage, resulting in Davis Jr. being shot . . .
Last year marked the 400th anniversary of the commencement of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in North America. As politicians and others began announcing their plans to run for President, reparations once again became a prominent mainstream talking point. Subsequently, a historic hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee in Washington DC, on the question of reparations, coincided with Juneteenth. The intent of the hearing was not to determine reparations but, instead, determine if the H.R. 40 bill, a bill to convene a commission to study, document, quantify and make recommendations for reparations, should move forward. For over a century, despite . . .
“Housing is a human right” is the call from the group of Black and brown women who call themselves “Moms 4 Housing”. Tuesday morning around 5:15 a.m, a two-month-long standoff around housing rights ended when deputies, with an armored truck, battering ram, and a tactical robot arrived at the 2928 Magnolia St. property to forcefully remove (and arrest) several of the women, their children, and their supporters. Moms 4 Housing is a collective of houseless and marginally housed mothers. Their website says, “Before we found each other, we felt alone in this struggle. But there are thousands of others like . . .