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…

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…

Power for Trayvon (Part 2)

I wrote about the calls of “Justice for Trayvon” last March when black America was in an uproar because George Zimmerman still hadn’t been arrested and charged with a crime. As tends to happen when people take to the streets and pressure the system from the outside, the powers that be responded. Zimmerman was arrested…