The American policing system appears to be at a crossroads. While many still view police officers as heroes who protect and serve the community, a growing contingent of activists and lawmakers are using the recent increased media attention on state-sanctioned violence to try and effect change. Whether one thinks the police should be abolished, reformed, or defunded, there’s likely never been a time in the history of this country where police officers have been under such intense scrutiny by the general public. And with good reason.
It’s not often we see police officials disagreeing publicly regarding the actions of a…
Police brutality is a blight on America. As the country processes the outcome of the Derek Chauvin trial, and protests the killing of Daunte Wright and Ma’ Khia Bryant, American society’s crimes against Black people are an increasingly heavy burden for us to carry. It’s why the CDC director declared racism a serious public health threat as we probably rolled our eyes in disgust and whispered, “Yeah, no shit.”
When I consider the level of commitment it took for me to enroll and graduate from law school, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story’s words still ring true: “The law is a jealous mistress and requires a long and constant courtship. It is not to be won by trifling favors, but by a lavish homage.” I became intimate with Justice Story’s words as law school became the single most important thing in my life, allowing little room for anything else romantically, socially, or financially until I graduated.
For three years, on most days, I’d wake up early and head to…
I remember the first time I saw the N-word written; someone I considered my best friend wrote it.
His name was Nick. We lived in the same neighborhood. While we were different in most respects, we both had a love for video games in common. It bonded us in the way small things tend to do for kids, White or Black.
Nick’s parents didn’t usually extend their home to his friends, but they treated me like family. I frequently slept over, playing Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, and Nintendo 64 games until the wee hours of the morning.
I moved away…
What up bro!
I recently started running myself. Bought a new Galaxy Watch, started drinking more water, and copped a fire pair of Nike Joyrides and it feels like I'm running on pillows (the beads in the heel probably have a lot to do with that).
I found a really good/easy running schedule I follow that works to get you "off the couch" to "running at 10K."
Glad to see you still doing the work my, guy. Respect!
“White America gets a cold, Black America gets pneumonia.”
The phrase is a juxtaposition detailing how societal problems affecting White people frequently have a disparate impact on Black people, and it’s an apt way to describe the Black experience in America — particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic. As the Covid-19 death toll has climbed, it’s been established Black people are disproportionately impacted by the virus. Even when schools began reopening, many Black and Hispanic communities said they were keeping their kids at home because they didn’t feel safe.
White people stealing land from Black people is a tale as old as time. It happened in Mississippi, where Black landowners “lost” 12 million acres over the past century. It happened in Chicago after White people cheated aspiring Black homeowners with predatory contracts. It happened in California when Los Angeles County officials used eminent domain to steal land from Anthony Bruce’s ancestors in 1924.
Anthony is a descendant of Willa and Charles Bruce, who became Manhattan Beach’s first Black landowners in 1912. By 1924, the Bruces created a thriving beach resort that doubled as a safe space for Black people…
As someone who's been watching Gibbs' ascent, I couldn't be happier about his ascent. Mans really beat some very long odds to establish himself as one of the best rappers in the game with an excellent catalog of great music.
Grammy noms don't mean a thing to me, but I'm happy he at least got the look because it means he'll have more leverage to do the things he wants.
As usual, dope piece.
The case for reparations for Black descendants of slavery in America is, for some, a controversial subject. Those who oppose the idea repeatedly question where the money will come from. Now, a Chicago suburb has provided a blueprint, but the question is: can and will other cities do the same?
Evanston, Illinois will likely make history as the first city to pay reparations to its Black residents. Robin Rue Simmons, a 5th Ward Alderman there, is spearheading the charge. Simmons, who is Black, describes her measure as one that will help “burdened” families“get some relief.” …
COVID-19 upended everything. As cases exponentially increase and the holiday season approaches, many are weighing spending time with family against the possibility of infecting someone with the virus.
Unemployment rates are sky-high and people are isolated from their friends, forced to settle for “Zoom” happy hours on their phones and computers. Intimacy and physical touch, things we likely took for granted, became a form of currency in which the accounts of nearly everyone are bankrupt.
As society searches for ways to cope, I find myself disoriented. In the midst of a mad dash toward normalcy, my life hasn’t changed much…
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