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
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
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
In this piece for The Root, I react to the videotaped killing of an unarmed man by a police officer in Charleston, S.C. I write a bit about how offenses that are often related to poverty become another way to create a permanent “felon” underclass of people constantly battling tickets and fines. Continue reading