Archive for the 'Prejudice & Bigotry' Category

THE MEMPHIS GARBAGE STRIKE 50 YEARS ON…

February 13th, 2018

On 12 February 1968, 700 Black sanitation workers—under the slogan I Am A Man—went on strike in Memphis, Tennessee. The strike would last for 65 days, in which time Dr. Martin Luther King would be assassinated while in Memphis supporting the strikers. Launching an 11-part examination of the events 50 years ago, Kirsten West Savali, […]

BASEBALL, HOTDOGS, APPLE PIE & PRES. TRUMP…

January 28th, 2018

So, this morning I began to transcribe my notes from Cornel West’s Race Matters (matters of race, not race is important). Written in 1993, the book remains relevant and possibly prophetic in 2018. I came to the book because of West’s dustup with Ta-Nehisi Coates. I probably won’t finish the transcription until tomorrow, but I […]

COMING FRIDAY TO A STREET NEAR YOU…

January 27th, 2018

Via Mano Singham… In his most recent novel—Robicheaux—James Lee Burke puts wise words into the mouth of his police officer protagonist, Dave Robicheaux: Clete Purcell normally referred to cop shows on television as “the most recent shit Hollywood is foisting on really stupid people.” Clete’s intolerance aside, the facsimile has little to do with the […]

11 POINTS FOR OUR WHITE WORKING-CLASS…

January 13th, 2018

In 1969 a group of White, working-class Americans born in the South but living in Chicago came together to create The Young Patriots Organization. An 11-point document came out of that organization—printed using an odd-faux computer font—that was meant to parallel the 10-point manifesto of The Black Panther Party. I abstract the document below, but […]

STRONG RACIAL IDENTITY FIGHTS THE PUSHOUT…

January 11th, 2018

So, I finished reading Monique Morris’ excellent work: Pushout: The Criminalization Of Black Girls In Schools over the winter break and sent copies of my notes to some educators whose opinions I value. I haven’t heard back yet, but a story this morning on The Root (more on this below the fold) prompted me to […]

MY FAVORITE IN THE 2017 WYPIPO AWARDS…

December 30th, 2017

Michael Harriot, writing in The 2017 Wypipo Awards opens the envelopes. My favorite was: In the category, Becky of the Year, the candidates are: 1. Taylor Swift: For making another album all about how Kanye did her wrong, getting caught in a lie, stealing the essence of Beyoncé, whitewashing it, making ”Unsweetened Lemonade” with it, […]

CORNEL WEST, TA-NEHISI COATES & NEOLIBERALS…

December 19th, 2017

[Update @ 1600 on 20 December: In what may be one of the most surprising internet events, Ta-Nehisi Coates, in response to the events surrounding Cornel West’s interview with The Guardian tweeted today: Writing in Ta-Nehisi Coates quits Twitter after public row with Cornel West for The Guardian, Jamiles Lartey has the details, but Damn!] […]

GOP NOW, GOP TOMORROW AND GOP FOREVER…

December 11th, 2017

[Update @ 2300: Trevor Noah makes his case…] In 14 hours the polls open in Alabama and we will discover what kind of nation we live in. Much has been made about two 14-year-old girls—Denise McNair and Leigh Corfman—in the special election to decide between a man who successfully convicted McNair’s murderer in 2002 and […]

OH HELL, TO THE FECKIN’ NTH DEGREE, NO…!

December 7th, 2017

I think that Alabama senate candidate Doug Jones just handed Roy Moore the win in Tuesday’s coming election. Michael Harriot, writing in A Racist Flyer Might Cost Doug Jones the Election Because the Entire Democratic Party Is Trash for The Root, explains: The above photo is not a stock photo or an image created by […]

CLEARLY TRUMP DOESN’T UNDERSTAND HISTORY…

November 27th, 2017

[Updated at 0440 on 29 November—Michael Harriot, writing in Why Calling Elizabeth Warren ‘Pocahontas’ Is Racist, Explained for The Root, explains: But why is this racist? Because calling someone by a stereotypical name that is not their own because of their alleged ethnic or racial background is racist. If someone called me “Leroy,” I’m fighting. […]

SPENCER IS A (DANGEROUS) WHINY LITTLE TWIT…

November 8th, 2017

Richard Spencer is a whiny little twit, but he’s a dangerous whiny little twit. That’s why Gary Younge finally decided that interviewing the wasted mass of human genome was important. In Why interviewing Richard Spencer was a risk worth taking, Younge explains: In July this year, I interviewed the American white supremacist Richard Spencer, for […]

THE WALKING DEAD AFRICAN-AMERICANS…

October 23rd, 2017

So, after the mass murder in Las Vegas I began to ponder the question: what are the people amassing these arsenals afraid of? The public trope has been that the weapon caches are to protect real Americans from the rogue forces of a socialist/communist/liberal government. I don’t buy that. I don’t buy that because, as […]

WYPIPO BE FUCKIN’ CRAZY…! NO, SERIOUSLY…

October 13th, 2017

Michael Harriot, reporting in The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: The Whitest Email of All Time for The Root, declares a winner! From: Nancy To: Michael Subject: Your vile, sick, self deluded article Hey Michael Regarding your hateful rant about white people. If you think we are so bad you really need to go back to your […]

WHITE PEOPLE… WE NEED TO TALK…

October 10th, 2017

First, Michael Harriot: In the 241 years of America’s existence, we have purposely ignored the important topic that lingers over this country’s constant pursuit of happiness. Until we can come to grips with this pressing dilemma and confront it head-on, we can never hope for peace, justice and equality. For too long we have allowed […]

AMERICA’S TRACK-SUIT-SEX-OFFENDER…

October 8th, 2017

John Oliver almost gets there. He missed the opportunity for Americans to confront the reason, not the excuse, the reason why the Slavetocracy in the Confederacy was able to finally force votes to secede from the United States: wealth. The teaching moment came at timemark 08:59. Oliver dismisses the argument, but that is the central […]

IN AMERICA, TERRORIST IS NOW THE NEW BLACK…

October 6th, 2017

COINTELPRO, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s infamous dirty-tricks gang, is back under the guise of the FBI’s Domestic Terrorism Analysis Unit and a declaration that: Black Identity Extremist perceptions of police brutality against African Americans spurred an increase in premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence against law enforcement and will very likely serve as justification for such […]

NOT THE WORST MASS SHOOTING IN US HISTORY…

October 4th, 2017

When I first heard the news from Las Vegas on Monday morning, the reports characterized the massacre as the worst mass shooting in recent history. The question that came to my mind was, well, what was the worst mass shooting in the history of the United States? The massacre at Wounded Knee, 1890, 150 dead, […]

I’M LISTENING TO TA-NEHISI COATES THIS EVENING…

October 3rd, 2017

TIMEMARK 7:25—Great writing is necessarily a selfish act. You have something inside you that you are trying to express, or a question that you are trying to answer and you hope that the answer you produce resonates with a wider audience. TIMEMARK 45:10—Joshua Johnson: What gives you the most hope? Ta-Nehisi Coats: I get this […]

THERE IS SOMETHING THAT YOU [WE] CAN DO…

October 2nd, 2017

While The Guardian continues Live Updates into a second day, please consider this: the slaughter in Las Vegas is the 1,516th mass shooting in the United States in the last 1,735 days. In the last 57 months, 1,719 Americans have died and 6,510 have been injured in mass shootings. Look at those numbers again. 1,516 […]

IF YOU CAN’T TREAT SOMEONE WITH DIGNITY
AND RESPECT, THEN YOU NEED TO GET OUT…!

September 29th, 2017

Via Mano Singham… Herman Wong and Rachel Chason, reporting in Meet the Air Force general who delivered a powerful speech against racism for The Washington Post, write: Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria had an important message for U.S. Air Force Academy cadets at a moment of crisis. Five black cadet candidates at the academy’s preparatory school […]

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