Identity Politics / Intersectionalism

We often hear the term "identity politics", often from right wing critics on places like Fox News.  Their definition, for purposes of their complaints, is that we on the left, and in the Democratic Party, have different and individual platforms for various groups.  They pretty much mean a sliced and diced set of ideas rather … Continue reading Identity Politics / Intersectionalism

Safety

“The safest communities are not the ones with the most police, prisons, or electronic monitors, but the ones with quality schools, health care, housing, plentiful jobs, and strong social networks that allow families not merely to survive, but to thrive.” - Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of  Color Blindness … Continue reading Safety

I Will Not Turn the Other Cheek

For more than 150 years, first Negroes, then Blacks, then African Americans have been told the same thing: just wait, it will get better. The Massachusetts 54th, the first African American regiment, fought not just to end slavery, but also for the promise of a better life. Freed slaves were promised "40 acres and a … Continue reading I Will Not Turn the Other Cheek

The Whole World is Watching?

I've been to protests where that was the chant: "The whole world is watching".  But this time?  That's not right.  The whole world is joining.  Paris.  London.  Cape Town.  Hong Kong.  Kolkata.  Jerusalem.  Berlin.  Athens.  Last night, in Bristol England, protestors tore down a statue of a slave trader and threw it in the river.  … Continue reading The Whole World is Watching?