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…

The Media’s Silence on Institutional Racism

Racially charged controversies have dominated mainstream media for the last two weeks. First was the Paula Deen fiasco in which the cooking show host has been exposed as being a good ol’ fashioned racist. I don’t know exactly when that story broke because I don’t really care about it (I’ll explain why later in this…

Welcome to the Promised Land: Obama, the Voting Rights Act, and the Death of Racial Justice in America

Yesterday, in a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Back in the day, before racism was over, certain states and municipalities adopted various strategies which prevented blacks from voting. The Voting Rights Act sought to rectify that by first establishing a formula to determine if a given jurisdiction had discriminated…

Regular Black

I’ve been in the Motha Land for a little over three weeks now and I’ve yet to deliver on my promise to my many anxious followers that I would blog while I was here. I’ve had a lot of poignant moments which deserve sharing but it’s a little hard to know where to start. So,…

A Lesson in the New Racism: Dismantling Affirmative Action (Part 2)

“Although some African Americans are doing very well—enrolling in universities and graduate schools at record rates thanks to affirmative action—as a group, African Americans are doing no better than they were when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated… Nearly one-fourth of African Americans live below the poverty line today, approximately the same as in 1968.…