Category Activism

Newark Police Compares Black Mayor To An Ape In Facebook Message | ThinkProgress

The social media exchange also sheds light on a pattern of racist correspondence among police officers. In Ferguson, police and court officials sent emails depicting President Obama as a chimpanzee, the First Lady as a bare-chested African woman, and mocked black residents for their speech. Officers from the San Francisco Police Department repeatedly sent the […]

What Should be Done About Rikers Island’s Dark Fugitive Slave History? – CityLab

[Uploaded on Aug 4, 2011 –> An artificial island, a solid waste landfill, Rikers is the world’s largest penal colony. Incarcerating over 130,000 NY’ers a year, Rikers is a key component to the NYPD’s community policing strategy. Arrest a lot of young people, build long rap sheets, and keep people moving through the system with […]

The White Anti-Racism Tone Police: White Supremacy vs. White Privilege | Jesse Benn

These words mean something. They are not prima facie references to the Klan, Nazis, neo-Nazis, or any other white terrorist hate group. In fact, these groups are only a small manifestation of what those two words come together to mean–and today, perhaps even one of the less significant ones. Yet almost every time I publicly […]

The Root: How Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley Botched Black Lives Matter at Netroots Nation | Dr. Jason Johnson

Name: Bernie Sanders Résumé: Former mayor of Burlington, Vt., current U.S. senator from Vermont Biggest mistake: Drinking his own Kool-Aid What happened: As with O’Malley, perhaps there is a little bit of a pass for Sen. Bernie Sanders, too. African Americans make up about 1 percent of the total population of Vermont at 6,277. To […]

In One Devastating Quote, Dave Chappelle Says What Other Celebrities Won’t About Activism – Mic

“The biggest enemy of an artist is apathy,” Chappelle said, according to the Associated Press. “A kid gets killed by the police and I buy a T-shirt and before I can wear that one, there’s another kid [killed] and I’m running out of closet space.” The T-shirt metaphor is a sobering way to illustrate the […]

BK/NY – Tuesday, July 21st – Letter-writing to Albert Woodfox ‹ Reader —

This week we are writing to Albert Woodfox, who is one of what is known as the Angola 3. If you’ve heard Albert’s name lately, you may be confused about why we are writing him because in June he was ordered to be released without the possibility of retrial. This order was over four decades […]

An Unpopular Man: Norman Finkelstein Comes Out Against BDS Movement | The New Republic

At the time, Finkelstein was an unknown graduate student. He had grown up in Brooklyn, the son of Holocaust survivors who, he has said, mentally “never left the camps.” His parents were eternally grateful to the Soviet Union for having liberated them from the Nazi camps, and they inculcated him with a political radicalism that […]