Tag Archives: Race

When the beat stops dropping — marching after Trump

The synchronized goose-stepping to President Donald Trump’s White-America-First drumbeat seems highly familiar to many of you. And this is the point where most media analogies between Trumpism and Nazi Germany stop short. I want to go deeper and explore the … Continue reading

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Bruno Mars and cultural appropriation, part 2: the bake

The fried-rice-and-chicken-wing-theory of Blackness gets too much shine at times. We’ll dig deeper into that point later. I want to continue my thoughts from earlier today about Bruno Mars and cultural appropriation by asking a silly question: what is Blackness? … Continue reading

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Bruno Mars and cultural appropriation, part 1: the shake

To the folks who continue to drone that performer Bruno Mars is guilty of cultural appropriation — leave him Alone. Yeah, I always thought Bruno Mars played Cruise Ship Funk — the safe stuff that’s deodorized to a sucralose state … Continue reading

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That day the NRA pulled the (Black) race card — and everyone lost it

  Okay — it’s time to deal with the National Rifle Association’s Dana Loesch and her days-ago quote that still has people arguing.     Many in legacy media love mass shootings. You guys love it.   She then creatively … Continue reading

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Trump’s mental state, Bernie Sanders and the souls of Black folks

Here’s a statistic from last week’s Quinnipiac poll (pdf here) about President Donald Trump’s mental stability that didn’t make the mainstream media landing pages: 70 percent of surveyed African American voters have a favorable opinion of 2016 presidential candidate and … Continue reading

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West and Coates should look East

Can we not acknowledge that there are deep disagreements among us with our very lives and destinies at stake? — Dr. Cornel West in Ta-Nehisi Coates is the neoliberal face of the black freedom struggle, Guardian, Dec. 17, 2017 Quoting … Continue reading

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Reimagining Black Alabama and Doug Jones’ odyssey

Now that the Alabama Senate election is over … (Laughing) Well, for most of y’all … I can share some updated thoughts while weaving in Doug Jones’ upset victory over Roy Moore. My thoughts haven’t changed, mind you. And Lawd … Continue reading

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Losing Alabama — the choice between Doug Jones and Roy Moore

Who is Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones? Not sure if his supporters care to know much beyond the two most obvious things. He’s not his Republican opponent, Roy Moore. “He convicted the [1963 Birmingham] church bombers.” And there’s that ridiculous … Continue reading

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Colin Kaepernick Kneels Because You Kneeled First

One Saturday morning about 47 years ago, soldiers entered a tropical hamlet in search of enemy fighters and killed more than 500 unarmed civilians, many at point-blank range. One of the execution methods also included throwing a villager down a … Continue reading

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Sunday Smack: What About This Race Conversation?

This Sunday Smack deals with a question I’ve indirectly brought up in previous posts: the conversation about race. Is a conversation necessary? Whose minds would you like to change as a result of a conversation? After what we’ve seen in … Continue reading

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