Blacked Out: Black Marginality and American Politics

Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for two cases that could have major ramifications for black and brown Americans. One, Fisher vs. University of Texas, is a more-or-less standard “affirmative action is reverse racism” case that could potentially bar or severely restrict colleges and universities from considering race in the application process. The…

My Slave Name (Part 2)

If there’s one thing that blacks of the diaspora share, it’s that our people’s history is obscure. We know general trends: the regions in Africa from which most slaves were extracted, the busiest slave ship routes, the typical routines on various types of plantations, etc… But we lack specifics. I don’t know from which African…

Donald Sterling and the TMZification of Racial Politics

I don’t even know where to start with this Donald Sterling thing… If you’re reading this you probably already heard the first and/or second recording of what is alleged to be Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling having a racist argument with his girlfriend. His statements, but more so the reaction to them, are extremely illustrative…