Would Dr King be invited to speak at King Day celebrations?

If Martin King were alive today, he wouldn’t be allowed to speak at most of today’s venues. Maybe the 1963 “I have a Dream” King would be invited but few would want to hear the MLK who delivered the infamous antiwar, anti-racist, anti-capitalist speech at Riverside church titled, Vietnam and Beyond,” exactly a year before…

“Shit hole” controversy: Haiti and the hypocrisy of our moral outrage

Folks should save their outrage. President Donald Trump referring to Africans and Haitians as coming from “shit hole” countries is consistent with US policy, US attitudes and treatment of countries filled with People of Color in general and Black people in specific. Trump and the thousands who agree that Haiti is a shit hole, have…

Alabama vs Georgia; Major College Football is Pimping made easy

Watching the spectacle and dollars swirling around the College Football Championship was a reminder of the irony of Alabama head coach Nick Saban, (the $11 million dollar man) accusing sports agents of being pimps a few years ago. The fact is no one represents pimping more than Saban and the entire major college sports industrial…

Say Her Name: Women who showed us how to fight; Erica Garner

  Last year the system pushed and many simply gave ground, threw their hands up and walked away, but a few brave souls pushed back.  There were some who pushed back in ways that inspired us all to stand up and fight back, Erica Garner was one of those people. Erica’s heart was stopped at…

2017 A foretaste of what is to come

Last year wrought disasters of Biblical proportion. The disasters weren’t limited to natural disasters, but social, economic and political calamities as well.  These events gave us a peek into our future and revealed that failure of this society to change course will ultimately result in catastrophe. But like actors in a horror movie, we ignore…

The Christmas message: the bottom placed on top

Christmas tells an unlikely, unimaginable and for some unbelievable story. And in doing so the story of Jesus successfully turns custom, privilege and status on its head. In god’s eyes; the poor,the abused, the oppressed, have hegemony Hope entered into  the world as a curly (possibly)  nappy headed, dark skinned, poor, Jewish child, from a…

Slave Trade in Libya? But the US liberated it; right?

  As incredible as it sounds it has been confirmed, Africans are being placed in slave auctions and are being bought and sold in Libya. While some attribute it to the idea that we are going backwards, it is not “we” but rather the decisions of empire in Europe and the US which have brought…

The minority report: Proper conversation for the Thanksgiving table

Truth is usually a casualty of Thanksgiving, which makes it such a great North American holiday. It is pure propaganda, designed to paint a picture of ourselves as kind and benevolent, a society that makes moral sense. In this idyllic setting where turkey and stuffing are the centerpiece, all is well with the world and…

Veterans Day Celebrations obscure the grim reality of  US militarism

The original Veterans Day which was called Armistice Day to celebrate soldiers returning from World War I and was “dedicated to the cause of world peace.” The legislation of 1919 stated Armistice Day, was not designed to blindly worship and celebrate the military and by extension militarism, but a time to celebrate the cessation of…