12 Aug 2014

Guns became central to the Panthers’ identity, as they taught their early recruits that “the gun is the only thing that will free us — gain us our liberation.”

The Panthers responded to racial violence by patrolling black neighborhoods brandishing guns — in an effort to police the police. The fear of black people with firearms sent shockwaves across white communities, and conservative lawmakers immediately responded with gun-control legislation.

Then Gov. Ronald Reagan, now lauded as the patron saint of modern conservatism, told reporters in California that he saw “no reason why on the street today a citizen should be carrying loaded weapons.” Reagan claimed that the Mulford Act, as it became known, “would work no hardship on the honest citizen.” The NRA actually helped craft similar legislation in states across the country. Fast-forward to 2013, and it is a white-male dominated NRA, largely made up of Southern conservatives and gun owners from the Midwest and Southwestern states, that argues “do not tread on me” in the gun debate.

12 Aug 2014


While Black experiences with racism and anti-Blackness are used as analogies/metaphors and narratives to shape the experiences of non-Black people while erasing Black people’s experiences and humanity (as I discussed in White People Using Blackness and Anti-Black Racism Analogies For Their Experiences Is NOT Intersectionality), these experiences past and present are indicative of our lives, our history, our deaths. A reality. Not an anecdote to lead into something else. 

Michael Brown's execution and all of these extrajudicial executions are indicative of violence that never was truly “past” as it is always present. And it is a REALITY—not a metaphor—with a human cost in Black mental and physical health, in Black safety, in Black bodies. 

Below are the links mentioned in the tweets that I sent above: Black Women Were Lynched TooConsuming Black DeathFamily of Michael Brown, Teenager Shot to Death By Ferguson Police, Talks About His Life.

And look, I am disinterested in White supremacist sociopaths, anti-Black non-Black people of colour or unfortunately some Black people who have internalized racism and believe that the politics of respectability can protect us to now throw out the violent lie, derailment and misnomer (“Black on Black crime” is a misnomer and epistemic violence) that Black people “don’t care about intraracial crime.” This is a VIOLENT type of derailment and is dehumanization. When every race has intraracial crime yet only Black people are deemed to “not care” despite evidence to contrary and then civilian crime is juxtaposed to extrajudicial executions as modern lynchings and State violence? The false equalization is not solely epistemic violence; it is a direct attack on the mental health and well-being of Black people. Save it. (And notably, this derailment only addresses violence between cishet Black men; never a mention about any other Black people cared about or not.)

Black life is valuable in it of itself. Not solely as a trope for consumption with erasure and a demand that we feel gleeful about the erasure to prove “solidarity.” Anti-Blackness and misogynoir are not “progressive.” Michael Brown’s life MATTERED…FULL STOP.

Peace to every Black victim and family of this violence. (My own family is one of them, by the way.)

Peace to Michael Brown’s mother and his family. 

7 Aug 2014

audrelorde self-care

Everyday I read, watch, or discover something that makes me want to throw in the towel on humanity and crawl back into bed. I don’t really—none of us really—have that luxury though.

There are Nigerian schoolgirls still missing.

Ebola outbreaks marked by fear and/or indifference.

Kids dying in hotass cars.

There is apartheid and genocide in Gaza.

Renisha McBride, Eric Garner, Marissa Alexander and other chokeholds, death grips, suicide trips.

White folks columbusing

Dead trans women every week.

Sometimes talking about self care in the midst of so many forms devastating forms of institutional violence seems like an indulgence. But then I’m reminded of Lorde’s wise words. They are not just platitudes, nor do they encourage selfishness. Lorde’s words compel us to consider that our selves matter, especially in a world where we were never meant to survive but where some of us do. It’s also important to remember that this violence from the State is also reflected all over our interpersonal interactions as well.

No matter how much I think or write about self care, there are times where I need to start back at one. And so my summer self care survival kit is small but mighty. It includes:

Countless hours of catch up phone sessions with faraway loved ones

Time loving on my niece and nephews

Sleeping in with no alarm

An awesome concert #ontherun

Laying on the beach with two of the crunkest sistas I know

Making love

Reading in the quietness of the morning.

Letting go of old hurts and moving forward

It hasn’t stopped the violence, the mayhem, and the disregard of all life.  But it has helped me do the work that I do.

What are you doing to take care of yourself?

4 Aug 2014

(Source: hypsterblog)

4 Aug 2014

“[In] What ‘‘Slave Trade?’’ Ibekwe argues that the Black Chattelization War or the Anti-Black Race War are more accurate terms than the so-called Slave Trade. The latter, Ibekwe contends, is inadequate from the point of view of those who were targeted for enslavement. What they experienced was not mainly ‘‘trade’’; rather, it was war, ‘‘race war and captivity-with-forced labour.’’ This Black Chattelization War was organized overwhelmingly by and bringing benefit mainly to Europeans and had three main features: ‘‘interminable wars, forced labour and terrorism.’’”