We need more than one guilty verdict to change America

Angela Harrelson, the aunt of George Floyd, speaks at George Floyd Square after the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial on April 20, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Over the last two weeks, George Floyd’s family, along with the nation, relived his vicious murder. Frame by heartbreaking, grief-stricken, devastating frame — we watched the life of a man being slowly squeezed from him. The world stood still, watching former police officer Derek Chauvin nonchalantly take the life of another human being in the midst of a once-in-a-generation global health pandemic that had already halted our steps.

Every once in a while, there is an event that is so graphic, so inhumane, that it makes society take pause, asking itself “Who are we? What do we stand for?” and…


Your Politics

Apparently, corporate input into politics is okay provided it’s only for the GOP

Sen. Mitch McConnell. Photo: Getty Images

In 2010, the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case changed corporate influence in politics forever. After nearly a century of guidelines that prohibited corporations and wealthy donors from having outsized power in our democracy, the Supreme Court ruled that limiting corporate spending in politics was akin to limiting free speech — except the First Amendment and its protections of free speech were meant for actual people, not corporate entities.

Since then, we have seen political races whose candidates are raising mega money to the tune of billions, making it all but impossible for regular people to run for office…


George Floyd deserves a different kind of justice

Protesters march down a street in Minneapolis as they protest and demand justice for George Floyd during the first day of the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin over the killing of George Floyd after the jury was selected in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States on March 29, 2021. Photo: Christopher Mark Juhn/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The Derek Chauvin trial will be one of the most consequential trials of our lifetime. The ex-police officer who casually drained George Floyd of his life while pressing his knee into his neck as (some of) the world watched in horror is a tragic sign of the times we live in. It was the ease in Chauvin’s face and the smug look of domination and cruelty that recalled the haunting truth about White America’s love affair with abusing Black people and publicly torturing Black bodies. …


Black people: As the trial unfolds, hold tight to your self-care and sanity

Black and white mural of George Floyd with flowers resting in front.
Black and white mural of George Floyd with flowers resting in front.
A woman walks near the makeshift memorial of George Floyd on March 10, 2021. Photo: CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images

Set a timer for eight minutes and 46 seconds and sit silently. Eight minutes and 46 seconds is an extraordinary amount of time — especially when your life is being slowly drained from you as was the horrific experience of George Floyd at the knee of ex-officer Derek Chauvin, who is currently on trial for second-degree murder, manslaughter, and now newly reinstated third-degree murder charges. May 31, 2020, will be a day we won’t soon forget when the video of Floyd’s last minutes of life were propelled around the globe in a viral video that, much like the open casket…


Politics

It’s hard — sometimes deadly — to break up with a bad actor, but we have to

Kevin McCarthy speaking in front of podium.
Kevin McCarthy speaking in front of podium.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

“I thought I was going to die.”

When Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez uttered those words on her Instagram Live last week, it immediately invoked the once unthinkable scene of our Capitol building under siege by White domestic terrorists. As the world watched the images of violence and terror unfold, Ocasio-Cortez was living through it—hiding in a bathroom, holding her breath, and hoping to God that she wouldn’t be found by the people hunting her.

American carnage. This is the America Trump and his sycophants delivered on January 6, 2021.

As a result of the insurrection, five people died and others were…


Big hypocrite energy is still in our Congress. Make it stop.

Supporters wave to outgoing US President Donald Trump as he returns to Florida along the route leading to his Mar-a-Lago estate on January 20, 2021 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Photo: Michael Reaves/Getty Images

For months prior to 45’s departure, speculation ensued that as soon as disgraced former President Donald J. Trump was out of office, the Republicans would run from him like America did his bleach injection comments. In almost every off-the-record political piece written there was a consistent theme of some type of quiet objection from the GOP. Murmurs of their fears of retribution if they dare object to his willful ignorance, blatant racism, and overall authoritarian whims allowed for the creation of empathy for their cowardice.

We read comments like, “this isn’t who the Republican Party is — they are being…


We’ve always known the terrorists were among us. Now everyone else knows too.

A man takes a selfie photo with police officers in riot gear
A man takes a selfie photo with police officers in riot gear
Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

As the horrid details of January 6, 2021, come into clear view, there is one thing we should all know for certain: These White domestic terrorists did not act alone. They were aided and abetted by an entire political party steeped in White supremacy and utter contempt for the Constitution of the United States. What else can be said of a party that has made it their sole mission over the last few months to disregard the results of an election because historic numbers of Black people voted? …


Goodbye to four years of lies. Hello to four years of (hopefully) truth.

Trump exiting.
Trump exiting.
President Donald J. Trump departs after signing an executive order during an Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Summit in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex on Tuesday, Dec 8, 2020. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Two years ago, during a bipartisan meeting with senators, President Donald Trump referred to Haiti, and then other nations on the African continent, as “shithole countries.” This was in response to Haiti being granted special consideration for immigration, to which the president of the United States responded: “Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.” What’s amazing about this statement from Trump — aside from being wildly racist — is that everything he supposedly has assumed was true for Black-led nations encompass the very situations he has created or upheld in the United States over the last four years.


Back to the Future

Election 2020 isn’t the only election in our history that needs examination

George Bush for President image with error messages on a Windows 95 desktop.
George Bush for President image with error messages on a Windows 95 desktop.

This story is a part of our Back to the Future series on how key moments in the year 2000 influenced similar events in 2020.

Twenty years ago, America experienced one of the most contentious elections of the modern era. For over a month in the year 2000, we didn’t know the final outcome of our presidential election, and the courts had to step in to decide the winner of what was essentially a tie. …


We are in the midst of a McCarthyism redux

Trump’s face obscured by a mirror.
Trump’s face obscured by a mirror.
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks in honor of Bay of Pigs Veterans in the East Room of the White House on September 23, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

With a little over a month left until what will be the most contested election in U.S. history, it is increasingly evident that America as we know it, as we have loved and loathed it, is dead. We have gone from a two-party system where we once battled ideology for the betterment of the country to one party versus one vociferous anti-American cult. What else can you call a group of people who have turned the Department of Justice on its own people, performed unnecessary medical procedures on those the president referred to as animals, labeled American cities as “anarchist…

Danielle Moodie

is the host of #WokeAF & #PMMood & co-host of the podcast #democracyish. She covers all the news and happenings at the intersection of politics and pop culture.

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