After half a century, reclaiming Martin Luther King’s true legacy is harder than ever, but activists won’t let his narrative be co-opted without a fight

Mark Ulriksen’s “In the Creative Battle” cover artwork for The New Yorker’s January 15, 2018 issue

What would Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. be doing if he were around today? How would he fight against the same oppressive systems of inequity in the 21st century? How would he critique and hold the Trump Administration accountable for their policies and actions? The Obama Administration? Hell, what if he had Twitter? The Boondocks took a stab at a modern day Dr. King (and what a brilliant stab it was) in 2006, but…

Originally written and posted on November 7th, 2016, a day before the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.


The 2016 political campaign and popularity of Donald Trump as the Republican Party candidate for President of the United States has aligned the idea of “Trumpism” with the construction of “whiteness”. Similar to the current socio-political climate, the notion of whiteness was propagated by the 1980's Republican Party as a mechanism to re-establish white racial solidarity across economic lines.

This obscures neoliberalism’s effects on the working-class and serves to rally behind nationalist, populist, xenophobic, protectionist and anti-establishment sentiments (Tierney 2016; Gest 2016; Hall 1991)…

photo by Dakota Sillyman

Recent seemingly progressive drug policy changes continue to uphold racial and class stratification via subjective enforcement of race-neutral policies that work to sustain social control and further the prison nation amongst social undesirables.

Let me explain.

Even after several decades of millions of dollars spent and no notable success, the “war on drugs” is alive and well across the United States. Chicago is no different. However, due to pressure from academia, public outcry, and some in the private sector to eradicate or at least reform the “war on drugs” (as well as the mass incarceration its in bed with), changes…

Official Poster for the feature documentary “What’s Beef? — The Construction of Street Culturalism”

Below is a short Q & A between Taylor Maness, SoapBox Organizer and Contributing Online Editor, and myself regarding the original “What’s Beef?” academic-turned-film project and the topics that surround white America’s critique and re-appropriation of black media and culture.

“What’s Beef?” original essay can be found here.

TM: Reading “What’s Beef?” made me think that white America’s embrace of NWA had a lot to do with the embrace of the fetishistic portrayal of black culture — specifically the over-sexualization of black men. …

Caullen Hudson

Founder & Executive Producer of Soapbox Productions and Organizing

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