A leader who shows up to a problem with a blowtorch instead of water … I live in a New York City neighborhood that’s quiet to the point where I can hear different species of birds — not unless they’re drowned out by the occasional foghorn. Far from being the anarchist jurisdiction that President Donald […]Read More Anarchist in Chief Trump threatens to to hold funds from unequal cities he calls ‘anarchist’
Using police to Bogart Black folks out of homes for condo projects? Let that play in a courtroom … There was a moment in early July when I knew there wasn’t going to be a Breonna Taylor civil lawsuit against the City of Louisville over her death by police bullets. “Hellll-nah. Ain’t gonna happen,” is […]Read More Sure, Louisville will settle with Breonna Taylor’s family for $12 million — and bury that ugly gentrification story
Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH) was attending a Justice for George Floyd protest in Downtown Columbus, one of the many protests taking place across America, where police officers pepper-sprayed the Congresswoman and her colleagues. No one from Representative Beatty’s group was arrest. By the way, brilliant camerawork by Columbus Dispatch photographer Kyle Robertson. Tweet of the […]Read More Columbus, Ohio police attacked US Congresswoman Joyce Beatty during George Floyd march
Is this pink pussyhat on top of Harlem’s Harriet Tubman statue a symptom of the famed New York City neighborhood’s gentrification from black and brown to white? Or is it a visual turn of phrase for how this year’s Women’s March on the first anniversary of President Donald Trump’s tenure in office — and more […]Read More Sunday Smack: what about Harriet Tubman’s pussyhat?
Atlanta’s mayoral race is one of those stories I should have rapped about a long time ago. Just never got around to it. I couldn’t predict Keisha Lance Bottoms’ victory but I also didn’t think Vincent Fort — my choice — would be the next mayor. Most of the candidates appeared neither confident nor specific […]Read More Atlanta, inequality, Keisha Lance Bottoms and this strange fascination with an airport
“Get out of the neighborhood” is what New York City Police Department officers told a group of Black teens over a patrol car loudspeaker in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, and called this human rights violation a crime fighting tactic. A strange part about American racism is that most people with racial hangups are […]Read More NYPD COPS ENFORCE PARK SLOPE SEGREGATION
There’s no doubt Brooklyn, or more specifically Fort Greene, is changing. For example, there was a church off DeKalb Avenue that used to hold services with its doors open so you can hear swinging Gospel tunes – and God’s word, of course. No one ever complained about the sounds until years later where the church […]Read More BILL LEE AND THE NEW BROOKLYN