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George Yancy and Cornel West: The Fire of a New Generation

George Yancy: Recently, on Aug. 10, you were arrested along with others outside the courthouse in St. Louis because of the collective resistance against continued racial injustice and police brutality. … Continue reading

August 22, 2015 · 2 Comments

Vanessa German: Go in Ferocious

Go in ferocious. make the eye contact. make the eye contact and tell every sister you see that you Love her. say.i love you. find every embrace and meet it … Continue reading

June 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

George Yancy and Molefi Kete Asante: Why Afrocentricity?

. Molefi Kete Asante, a professor of African-American studies at Temple University, is known for his pioneering work in the area of Afrocentricity. He is the author of more than … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Michael Gould-Wartofsky: The Wars Come Home

A Five-Step Guide to the Police Repression of Protest from Ferguson to Baltimore and Beyond As Baltimore braced for renewed protests over the death of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore Police … Continue reading

May 8, 2015 · 2 Comments

Chris Hedges: Rise of the New Black Radicals

The almost daily murders of young black men and women by police in the United States—a crisis undiminished by the protests of groups such as Black Lives Matter and by … Continue reading

April 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: A Brief Meditation on the Days as They Rise

The other night my wife and I were talking about the murder of Walter Scott when our eleven year old daughter asked, “Why?” And she looked at my wife and … Continue reading

April 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: Ferguson and the We-ness of Transition

All we have is anger and sadness. On the front page of Friday’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch was a story of two policemen shot in Ferguson. There was also a huge photograph … Continue reading

March 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jane Lazarre: Once White in America — Raising Black Sons in a White Country

For Adam and Khary Black bodies swingin’ in the summer breeze strange fruit hangin’ from the poplar trees It was 1969 and 1973, both times in early fall, when I … Continue reading

February 17, 2015 · 1 Comment

George Yancy and Judith Butler: What’s Wrong with “All Lives Matter”?

George Yancy: In your 2004 book, “Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence,” you wrote, “The question that preoccupies me in the light of recent global violence is, Who … Continue reading

January 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: The Way Back

. Dear American left (what left? who’s left?): could it be that while we were stamping our feet in righteousness the Right ran off with the store? Could it be … Continue reading

January 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Warrior Cops

Warrior cops continue to destroy civil liberties and the lives of innocent people. I’ve been suffering a slight case of cognitive dissonance lately, a disorientation that stems from residing in … Continue reading

January 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sarah Van Gelder: 10 Ways Human Rights and Democracy Won in 2014

In 2014, we saw a lot of brutality. Unarmed black men and women were killed by police, women were raped on college campuses and in military barracks, foreign nationals were … Continue reading

December 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Daniel Burston: Racism, Policing and the Exuberance of Power

“Justice, justice shall you pursue . . .” Deuteronomy 16:18   “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke   Trayvon … Continue reading

December 24, 2014 · 1 Comment

Jose Padua: Why I Can’t Stand To Watch The Game Anymore

Because I can’t bear the sight of these middle-aged men declaring the next day that the firing of six bullets into an unarmed black man was necessary and justified and … Continue reading

December 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

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