Though no one can outrun the Earth, white people try. A meditation on history, homeownership, and ice.

Emerald Mountain is, in fact, a hill. But the elevation homeowners get from driving up the road into the subdivision gives us a full view of the Little Rock skyline some ten miles away; it might as well be a mountain. In nearly all seasons, verdant trees and fields surround us. But today was the day of snow the likes us Arkansans have not seen in years.

The afternoon after the snow hit, I decided to descend Emerald Mountain for wine and supplies. Like a fool, I underestimated the severe weather. Snow is rare in Arkansas, and the last few…


Clubhouse shows how Blackness interacts with celebrity and forms community — or, rather, how white supremacy expects Blackness to form community.

Every night feels like Friday night on Clubhouse.

I got an unexpected invite to the app from a fellow Black writer on Medium on January 30th in anticipation of a room she and a few other writers and editors of color (#weoc). I have not socialized with anyone outside my immediate family and friend circle since COVID took over in March 2020, and was eager for community.

I spent the rest of that evening floating through the rooms. OutKast’s “Spottieottiedopaliscious” hummed in the back of my mind as I floated in and out of rooms. My libidinal energy was supercharged…


Biden must follow Bush’s lead and attempt no rapprochement with the elements of the party that sacked the Capitol.

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Cori Bush. Source: USA Today.

Weeks after the Capitol was razed by right-wing extremists and white supremacists, Congresswoman Cori Bush of Missouri confronted her peer, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, in the halls of the Capitol for not wearing a mask. Several Congresspeople were infected with COVID during Trump’s assault. Bush herself is a COVID survivor. It did not matter to Greene, who represents the extremist wing of the Republicans that create politics out of QAnon and conspiracy. Greene and her staff quickly moved to racialize the incident, falsely accusing Bush of inciting violence with Black Lives Matter and, on Twitter, calling her a leader…


How do Black folk live and love in the West, a civilization that did not have us loving each other in mind when it created itself through the Triangle Trade and slavery? Sade’s time in Jamaica and beyond shows how she tries to answer this question.

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On a muggy summer evening in Jamaica, 1997 — between her albums Love Deluxe and Lover’s Rock — police in Kingston arrested Sade and her lover.

Sade and Jamaican reggae producer Bob Morgan were driving that night when police attempted to stop them. Sade chose to speed up and try to evade them instead. Eventually, they stopped and were arrested. Sade then allegedly cursed out the arresting officers. She soon absconded the nation and did not show up to any court dates. In 1998, the Jamaican government issued an arrest warrant for Sade, which remained in effect until 2002.

The…


All Black music is decades in the making. Fat Joe’s and Amorphous’ new single is the latest example of that trend.

Editor’s note: the videos from the Twitter page Songs and Samples were taken down. I am doing my best to make sure I can get the right media up so you can see the magic!

Fat Joe’s latest single, “Sunshine”, was four decades in the making.

“Sunshine” by Fat Joe and Amorphous.

It began in the 1980s when Luther Vandross dropped his single “Never Too Much” off his eponymous first solo album, and it shot to the top of the R&B charts and playlists for Black folks having kickbacks, house parties, and BBQs throughout the nation. Fat Joe then had…


The deep inward and outward silence Apple and Facebook display toward Blackness hints at the fate they feel awaits my people.

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Source: Fortune.

According to the tech world, Tim Cook has declared war on Facebook.

In a recent GQ interview, the Apple CEO came out against the “Data Industrial Complex.” “Too many people are just tracking [without our consent], and people either are not aware of it, or they’re not aware of the extent of it,” Cook argues. “And so what we’re trying to do is sort of bring it back to people, and give people the power, give people the choice.”

Cook is steering Apple toward giving its customers greater control over privacy and data for philosophical and political reasons. “We’re getting…


One day, Black lawmen will be able to do their jobs without looking like fools. But not today.

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Officer Eugene Goodman, wearing a masked stylized with the Thin Blue Line. Source: the New York Times.

Officer Eugene Goodman is the current and conflicted face of American heroism.

News media frequently showed the video of his brave, lonely actions on January 6th. During the sacking of the Capitol of QAnon fanatics and white supremacists, he directed a crowd seconds away from happening upon Senators with only his hands.

As Democrats and only a few Republicans prosecute the second impeachment of Donald J. Trump, Goodman’s heroism becomes even more apparent. A surveillance video from the Capitol shows him redirecting Senator Mitt Romney of Utah away from the invading insurgents.


The president must take a lesson from Abraham Lincoln in how to address a grieving, divided nation

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Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

One hundred and sixty years ago, President Abraham Lincoln gave his first inaugural address to a nation on the verge of civil war. Understanding that his speech could very well be the nation’s final attempt at peace, he called for unity between the North and slaveholding South. “We are not enemies,” he pleaded, “but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection.” Less than a month after Lincoln spoke, the Confederacy rained cannon fire on Fort Sumter.

Four years and hundreds of thousands of Union soldiers slain later, Lincoln…

Hal H. Harris

I write for me and us, not y’all. The founder of Established in 1865, a platform dedicated to exploring Black personhood. I Tweet @Established1865. #weoc

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