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All Aboard the Bipolar Express

Fear of #DrivingWhileBlack and the Death of Sandra Bland

Most of my friends and family know I have a fear of driving, especially on the highway. I didn’t always have this fear. It manifested over several years, worsening to the point that I gave up my car. The tragedy of Sandra Bland once again reminds that even during the most routine situations — driving — safety is an illusion if you’re black and in America. And it is knowing that safety is an illusion — especially when behind the wheel of a car — that is at the root of my fears. I wrote about this for The Root Thursday. Continue reading

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PostRacialist

Uh Oh, Here Comes An Annoying Backlash Over #BlackLivesMatter

For The Root Thursday I wrote a story about the stupid backlash online over Bree Newsome climbing a pole in South Carolina and taking down the Confederate flag and how the arguments used against her are the same arguments people always lob at activists (you did it for the fame/money/attention), because people don’t understand activism or the types of people drawn to it. Continue reading

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PostRacialist

A Relic of Our Segregationist Past or “Southern Pride?”

For The Root on Tuesday I penned an explainer on the Confederate flag, including facts like how the flag we see the most isn’t actually the official flag of the Confederacy, but a North Virginia battle flag, and how the flag only became popular as desegregation gained steam. I also write about what it will take to get the flag removed from South Carolina’s state grounds — a majority vote from the South Carolina legislature. Check it out. Continue reading

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PostRacialist

Things You Can’t Kill (A Meditation on Charleston)

Most of the time nothing really happens.

Most of the time we can delude ourselves into thinking that life is pleasant or boring or whatever the word “normal” means. We lull ourselves into that false security, of the lies we tell ourselves every day to keep going: Bad things happen to other people; you will live to see old age; you’re safe in your home, in your town, where you work, where you play and where you worship. We have to tell ourselves this, otherwise we’d stop functioning, knowing that anything could happen and often does happen, at random.

Racism happens. Continue reading

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Slain S.C. Pastor Was “All-Around Good Guy”

For The Root Thursday I wrote about Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney who was tragically murdered along with eight others when 21-year-old Dylann Roof opened fire on a Bible study group at a historically black church in Charleston, S.C. Wednesday night. Thursday was an incredibly sad day, hearing about those who died, but Pinckney’s name was the first confirmation we received of who died, so I quickly wrote a post about Pinckney who his friend, Bakari Sellers, described as an “all-around good guy.” Continue reading

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PostRacialist

All the Things Black People Can’t Do Without Being Harassed, Arrested or Killed

It’s not a comprehensive list, but it’s depressing nonetheless. In my latest post for The Root, I break down the 9 basic things black people can’t do without being bothered — either in an annoying way or a deadly way depending on who is doing the do. Continue reading

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