Let Our Ears Tingle with Truth

September 4, 2014
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By Keri Day Victor Hugo powerfully stated, “The guilty one is not he who commits the sin in the dark, but he who causes the darkness.” There is structural and systemic darkness in this country. Womanist scholar Emilie Townes refers to this structural darkness as cultural productions of evil. Evil as a theological or religious concept is often interpreted as a phenomenon that is discrete from cultural contexts and...
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“When are we going to wake up?” Anti-Blackness, Police Power, and Profit

September 4, 2014
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By Beryl Satter  “…a black woman, Mrs. Jones, wrote to Mayor Daley because her son was beaten to death by several white cops…over a traffic violation.  … a young …mother, Mrs. Anderson, was killed by a young white cop…as she stood screaming for help at her front door.  The police superintendent took no action…. What about the black sixteen-year-old boy who was shot in the back?  Does your mind...
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The Price of Blackness: From Ferguson to Bed-Stuy

September 4, 2014
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The unsettling image of the lifeless body of 18-year old Mike Brown, the unarmed teen shot six times by Officer Darren Wilson, which laid prostrate before family and neighbors for hours in a pool of blood in the sweltering summer heat in Ferguson, MO, will surely haunt the collective conscious of the U.S. for years to come. Mike Brown’s murder, and the brutalizing way his killing was turned into a...
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The Violence, Anti-Blackness, and Black Life Matters Forum: An Introduction

September 3, 2014
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The recent shooting and murder of 18-year old Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, galvanized a local movement for justice on behalf of Brown’s family. At the same time, his heartrending death – like the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride, Eric Garner, and too many others – has drawn attention to the ongoing crisis of state-sanctioned police and vigilante-style violence in the U.S. of which...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: Bringing “All” to the Tent of Communal Healing

September 3, 2014
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By Ahmad Greene-Hayes   Inspired by the story of a Black enslaved woman, Margaret Garner, Toni Morrison’s 1987 novel Beloved explores the narrative of Sethe, who killed her daughter Beloved to protect her from the racialized and sexualized violence of slavery. After leaving her former plantation—Sweet Home—and rejected, Beloved’s ghost returns from the grave to haunt Sethe and those who live with her in 124. Her vengeance grows increasingly...
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The Color of Infant Mortality

September 3, 2014
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“A pickup truck and a backhoe show up on the days, usually Tuesdays and Thursdays with good weather, when babies are buried at the county cemetery. The first carries the little wooden coffins, and the second digs the hole, maybe three feet wide, where they are placed a foot apart.” – Erin McClam, 2007, writing about Memphis, TN Babies die. Every day, human beings die in their first year...
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What More Can I Say? (A prose-poem on antiblackness)

September 3, 2014
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By C. Riley Snorton “…he grammar of their suffering–was indeed an ethical grammar. Perhaps it is the only ethical grammar…for it draws our attention not to how space and time are used and abused by enfranchised and violently powerful interests, but to the violence that underwrites the modern world’s capacity to think, act, and exist spatially and temporally.” – Frank B. Wilderson III, Red, White & Black: Cinema and...
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Video Feature: List of Demands: Because Existing is a Privilege by Nicole Shantè White

September 3, 2014
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By Nicole Shantè  White   This creative visual addresses queer invisibility by encompassing the intricacies of the Gay Liberation manifesto and the Black Panther Party’s manifesto. Originally inspired by Sofia Snow’s “List of Demands: Because Existing is a Privilege, emerging author Nicole Shantè White uses the bed as a metaphor for the casket people try to throw queer folks in.   Nicole Shantè White-List of Demands Because Existing is...
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Personal is Political: Daddy’s Little Bluebird, Daddy’s Little Girl

September 2, 2014
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I hadn't known it then, but my only protector had died. And so did my childhood.
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Op-Ed: Illegible Pain: Palestinian Grief and Israeli TV

September 2, 2014
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By Yehuda Sharim Palestinian women never cry when they appear on Israeli TV. On news broadcasts, the same scene repeats itself: the women’s heads invariably covered with the hijab, they raise their arms, shake their fists heavenward, and scream. Tears mist their eyes but they do not collapse. The women writhe and quiver in rage. In these mini-portraits, they are carriers of deep incomprehensible agony, but their pain is uncontrollable,...
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TFW and Black Lives Matter

September 1, 2014
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This past weekend members of the Editorial Collective journeyed to Ferguson, MO with “Black Lives Matter Ride (BLMR),” a national advocacy effort organized in the spirit of the early 1960s Freedom Rides, with the intention of collectively calling out, responding to, and ending state sanctioned violence against black people. This call to action, a collaborative effort between BLMR, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, and the Organization for Black Struggle, was in response to the recent murder of...
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