Ray Lewis Missed an Opportunity to Tackle an Important Issue… But I Don’t
Note: This article appears originally at alineinthesand.com In the wake of the protests against police brutality and the killing of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis released a video meant to deter people who used the outcry as an opportunity to destroy property. The passion he brought to his Hall of […]
Darren Wilson is Not Indicted: White Supremacy Wins
I don’t know whether Darren Wilson is a racist. Or a White supremacist. It doesn’t matter. The fact that he will never face a trial by jury for killing Michael Brown is a victory for White supremacy all the same.
Ooh Kill ‘Em!: Black Male Mentoring and Fictive Kinship
I love the South. I love country folks. I love country Black folks from the South. I have two of them for parents. And if you have them southern roots (pronounced “ruhtz”) like I do, you probably have more “play cousins” than you can count. “Play cousins?” For those of you without it, I’ll give you […]
“I Hate Myself!”: What are Respectability Politics, and Why do Black People Subscribe to Them?
You may not be familiar with the term “respectability politics”, but you’ve heard them before. Maybe you’ve even engaged in them. Whether it’s Don Lemon’s recent rant, actor Romany Malco’s open letter to Trayvon Martin sympathizers following the George Zimmerman trial, Bill Cosby’s 2004 “Pound Cake speech” and even The Talk co-host Sheryl Underwood’s remarks […]
Gov. Bobby Jindal Wants to End Race? No Thanks.
I used to believe people were confused about the meaning of words involving social justice. I figured when someone referred to any discussions about race as “racist” he or she was simply misinformed. Now, I know better. Some people have redefined words like “racist” in order to avoid talking about race. Others do so purposefully […]
You Can be “Like Mike.” I’d Rather be Like Jason.
Before yesterday, the reality was that there had never been a person in major American professional sports to discuss their being gay. With the online release of Jason Collins’ forthcoming Sports Illustrated article, that shameful reality met its overdue demise. At 34, Collins is at the sunset of a largely unremarkable 12-year NBA career during […]
Rand Paul Comes to My Alma Mater: Thanks for Trying…
…no really. Thanks for trying. I do recognize the importance of Rand Paul being the first Republican elected official in decades to speak at Howard University. And while I think it’s silly at best to call such an effort “courageous”, it does speak to the importance Paul places on reaching out to voters his party has marginalized […]
The Blame: The Part of the Trayvon Martin Story You Don’t Want to Hear… But Need To
The Blame and the Questions On February 26th, 2012, 17 year-old Trayvon Martin was shot to death in Sanford, Florida. And despite wearing your hoodie, your participation in the protest, and your indignation on behalf of injustice, if you’re reading this article, you probably helped that tragedy occur. George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, that part […]