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"Justifiable" White Violence And The History Of The Criminalization Of Blackness

There has been a long and troubled history in this country of making righteous white violence and intimidation, while criminalizing skin color - especially as it pertains to black and brown people. White violence and intimidation is usually bathed in declarations of patriotism and dried off with the American flag. And when it can't be thus sanctified, the rationale becomes some sort of mental phenomena or illness, divorced from any sort of "ethnic group" pathology.

This piece first appeared on Mint Press News, where I am a featured columnist, on August 29, 2014. You can read it in its entirety here. 


Caucasian Please! America’s True Double-Standard for Misogyny & Racism


In this composition I will not be addressing the whole of hip-hop and rap, but rather hardcore and gangsta rap. It is my assertion that the mainstream media and political pundits---right and left--- have painted rap and hip-hop with a very broad brush.

Let me be perfectly clear, hardcore and gangsta rap is not listened to, watched, consumed or supported in my home and never has. I will not be an apologist for anything that chooses to frame the dialogue about Black women (and women in general) and Black life in morally bankrupt language and reprehensible symbols.

This piece appeared originally in the Black Agenda Report on April 17, 2007. Since that time, it has been re-published in various journals, magazines and textbooks. You may read the rest of the piece here


Festivus For the Rest of Us: The Airing of Grievances By A Disappointed Christian Minister

The holiday of Festivus may be the product of the ramblings of George Constanza's father on Seinfeld, but there is something that I did glean from the meanderings of this fictional, sitcom madman: the need to air grievances. There are many things that have been disappointing to me about our society; our nation and our world.

Nevertheless, when any of us claim the moral high ground; or purport to speak from a superior ethical position, our actions will, and should be, scrutinized more closely. There have been several key moments and issues that, for me, have produced a greater level of consternation than others. These things were either generated from sources or groups that claimed some connection to Christianity or were given silent approval or advocacy by a great many people who called themselves Christians.

This piece first appeared on SearchWarp, where I am a featured columnist, on December 23, 2009. You can read it in its entirety here.


The Spirit Of The Law: President Obama And The Remnants Of Jim Crow

As this writer has watched some of the interplay between Congressional Republicans (and many of their constituents) and the president, it has the distinctive feel and flavor of a racism that has been stewed and marinated in the juices of Jim Crow culture.

And although the actual laws regarding segregation and discrimination have been struck down, the spirit and attitudes that spawned them are still very much with us, impacting our interactions and... 

This piece first appeared on Mint Press News, where I am a featured columnist, on February 14, 2013. You can read it in its entirety here.


Books Where Work Is Cited And/Or Writings Featured

Mirror on America: Short Essays and Images from Popular Culture 4th Edition

Should Music Lyrics Be Censored For Violence & Exploitation?

Annual Editions McGraw Hill Race & Ethnic Relations 14e

State of the Nation: South Africa 2007


Fit to Govern: The Native Intelligence of Thabo Mbkei

The Real Lives of Strong Black Women: Transcending Myths, Reclaiming Joy

On The Contrary