There are many reasons I admired my late friend, the South African poet Dennis Brutus. He was “shot trying to escape,” did time on the infamous Robben Island prison that held Nelson Mandela, and had his work banned in his homeland.
So is everyone in America racist? Or are only half racists? If only 47% of eligible Americans cast votes, is it just 25% of Americans that are racist? Are the 10 million Americans who didn’t vote or were unable to vote racist?
For 41 days in January, white men wearing denim and cowboy hats occupied the semi-arid world of eastern Oregon. I followed the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge from my home in the wet-gray world of the lower Columbia River.
White people on the left are coping with the realization that America is racist. I’ve been doing that Indian thing where I disassociate and make jokes until I can commit to life again or resign completely. White tears taste like champagne. I wonder what our tears tasted like all these years?
Once or twice a month I treat my Nana to lunch at Costco for the rounds of free samples. I tell her we’re at Old Country Buffet, and she’s none the wiser. She’s a big fan of the crescent rolls and pot stickers.
The election of Donald Trump as president was surprising, even shocking, but how surprised are we really? On election night, America took off its mask, and in some way revealed its true nature in an honest and unvarnished way.
This is dedicated to the brave white people taking a stand on Facebook against Trump and sharing various Standing Rock articles. You could have been on the front line, in the marches, putting money where your mouth is, but you had the foresight to know real change happens on the Internet.
The Water Protection Camps at Standing Rock in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline project are within the treaty-recognized territory of the Oceti Sakowin (the Seven Council Fires of the Great Sioux Nation).
Hey America, Well, it’s been fun. We’ve had a good run. But we’re done now. No hard feelings, it’s just not working out. It’s not you, it’s me, okay? Well, actually it is you, but whatevs. If it’s cool with you I’d like to drop by your place when you’re at work tomorrow so I can get my stuff.
Disney imagineers have just rolled out a powerful anecdote, connected to the November release of its latest animation, Moana, wherein an elder from Mo’orea, in French Polynesia, is depicte
On October 28 hundreds of Yale students and people from the community stood on the New Haven Green opposite a Yale University residential college that has been called “Calhoun College” since the 1930s. They chanted “Change the Name” and “Take Down the Racist Window Panes” and marched to Woodbridg
Bomani Jones didn’t give the “Hoka Hey, it’s a good day to die,” he was just talking about his show #TheRightTime and the social media response that “Today Was a Good Day” on October 27 because he moved the needle in talking about how racism is acceptable in sports and media.
In 1954, at the opening of the era of Termination, the U.S. Justice Department delivered its legal brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, and later delivered oral arguments to the Court on that basis.
This election cycle has been a shameful joke that has exposed how America has slid backwards to the "goot ole daze." San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick takes a knee during the national anthem when others stand; I don’t find that disrespectful.