Lessons From Ferguson

September 5, 2014
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By Tamura Lomax, Stephanie Troutman, and Heather Laine Talley One week ago, we traveled to Ferguson, Missouri, a place that has drawn the attention of the nation. Ferguson has dominated the news cycle, elicited a response from the United Nations, and mobilized thousands not simply because of what happened there but because of how residents of Ferguson responded. The murder of 18-year old Michael (a.k.a Mike) Brown by Ferguson...
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Better Off Dead: Black Women Speak to the United Nations CERD Committee

September 5, 2014
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(L-R) Nikki Patin, Christina Jaus, Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Farah Tanis, Sherley Accime #CERD
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By Farah Tanis and Aishah Shahidah Simmons With each of our dead, we mourn the loss of a piece of ourselves and with each of our raped we mourn the loss of a piece of our souls. We can and will name Renisha McBride alongside Michael Brown; Rekia Boyd alongside Trayvon Martin; Jada alongside Abner Louima; Naffisatou Diallo alongside Amadou Diallo; the New Jersey 4 alongside the Jena 6; Mia Henderson and Kandy Hall alongside Jordan Davis and John...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: Three Poems by Samiya Javed

September 5, 2014
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You're a King and I'm a Lionheart

By Samiya Javed   “You’re a King and I’m a Lion-heart” *     I’d rather you curse your stars than curse my mother’s overburdened limbs. Sixteen years and counting. The blood, sweat, and the all-purpose oil are enmeshed in the fall of her sari which is the only thing she has close to an identity; but you- glorious head of the table, you- supreme provider of the family,...
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Feminists We Love: Crista Noel, Africana Womanist

September 5, 2014
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Crista Noel

I first met Sister Crista Noel in August 2014 when we were in Geneva, Switzerland during the United Nations’ CERD (Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination) U.S. Review. I was a member of Black Women’s Blueprint‘s (BWB) six member delegation and Sister Crista was representing Women’s All Points Bulletin (WAPB), an organization that she co-founded to address the rampant occurrence of state sanctioned violence against African/Black women. We...
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Not all Black women.

September 4, 2014
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By Nikki Patin Fat? Nope. You’re too unhealthy. Poor? Nope. You don’t know how to manage your money. Light and got the nerve to say anything about the discomfort of ambiguity? Nope. Tragic mulatto, whining like a tired, yellow siren. Dark and got the nerve to say something about the discomfort of marginality? Nope. You’re bitter, like dark cocoa. You’re just too insecure. Teen Mom? Nope. You make bad...
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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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Price of Blackness

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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Worshippers are overcome by their religion during a christian tent revival in Great Falls, Montana.

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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