Tag: #HandsUpDontShoot

The Soul-Crushing Nature of Systemic Racism

In the news that we’ve seen as of late, you could stand there, surrender to the cops, and still be killed. Those are the chilling words of Sandra Bland. Upon her death, many leaped to defend her legacy against the verdict of suicide, asking:…

A Lifetime on Parole – Blackness in America

I am one of the good ones. This could never happen to me. This is the lie I tell myself. I’ve been on parole my whole life for a crime I committed at birth: being black. Growing up in a mixed-race household, I was…

The Hidden Racism of America

“I’m not a racist. I just think people should be able to defend themselves.” In recent discussions on race, it has begun increasingly clear that the use of the word “racism” blinds people to everything that comes after it. Why? Because everybody agrees that…

The Subtle Racism of “Post-Racial” Activism

My bus is all but parked, its frame quivering and growling as the engine idles. I look up from my book at the packed seats around me: an array of glowing white faces in the dark of night. Two white faces talk across the…

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