The racist Roseanne Barr tweet implying that Valerie Jarrett is an ape revisits the hard to die trope of Africans as apes. But, underneath the slur is something profoundly diabolical. It not only suggests that Blacks are inherently inferior to Whites, but also implies that since they are animals, unlike regular human beings, they have no history — recorded or … [Read more...]
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Nearly a decade ago, The New York Times, employing statistics from various state agencies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Census Bureau, created an interactive web map to show the level of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) usage in every county in America. It revealed a surprising underuse of the program. Here in Hennepin and Ramsey counties, … [Read more...]
Marvel’s Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman, graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in 2000. On May 12, Boseman returned to his alma mater to address the Class of 2018 while receiving an honorary degree. The Howard University graduation was one of more than 100 Historically Black College and University graduations and one of more than 4,000 … [Read more...]
I must remind you that a starving child is violence. Suppressing a culture is violence. Neglecting school children is violence. Punishing a mother and her family is violence. Discrimination against a working man is violence. Ghetto housing is violence. Ignoring medical needs is violence. Contempt for poverty is violence. – Coretta Scott King Something is wrong that we have … [Read more...]
Why do Republicans continue to be obsessed with shiny new objects when it comes to the Black community as opposed to being willing to keep their eyes on the prize with the “hard” work of coalition building? I have had enough of the Kanye West-Donald Trump “bromance.” KANYE WEST IS NOT A REPUBLICAN, NOR IS HE A CONSERVATIVE! In my almost 20 years of being a columnist, … [Read more...]