Remembering Mabel Williams

So that’s when the police came up and they jumped out of the car. And they were saying they were going to take him to jail. And I said, “Do you have a warrant?” And they said — they backed up and they saw me with the shotgun. And, so, I said, “If you don’t […]

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NAACP’s “Feared but forgotten” Robert F. Williams  — a Negro with a gun

I want to rap about the latest National Rifle Association’s disingenuous stroke of rhetorical jiu-jitsu brilliance, as exhibited by their spokesperson Dana Loesch, but I think it’s a good idea to share a prerequisite piece about the late Monroe, North Carolina NAACP branch president, Robert F. Williams. Besides, today is Williams’ birthday. I’m not surprised […]

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SUNDAY SMACK: SHOULD PRO-LGBT RIGHTS BOYCOTT IN NORTH CAROLINA ALSO APPLY TO BLACKS?

This week’s Sunday Smack inspiration comes from the North Carolina General Assembly’s decision to overrule a Charlotte ordinance which banned discrimination against LGBT people. The legislature also banned North Carolina cities from passing LGBT non-discrimination laws, as well as regulating local minimum wages. However, the mounting pressure being placed on North Carolina by large organizations […]

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INVISIBLE MAN…BANNED…IN AMERICA?

    First, we had the Texas school system moving to strike the term “Transatlantic Slave Trade” from history textbooks. And now the Randolph County, North Carolina school board bans Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man with one of the board members saying that he “didn’t find any literary value” in the book? Congratulations, Brother Ellison! In […]

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