Burying Our Babies: Letter from Los Angeles to Ferguson

August 25, 2014
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NMOS in Leimert Park, South L.A.

In South Los Angeles’s Crenshaw District, there are three funeral homes within a one mile radius of each other. On bright sunny days, young people pour out from their doors after viewing hours, lingering on the steps reminiscing, sporting t-shirts with pictures and art work commemorating the dead. On a thoroughfare that epitomizes L.A.’s deification of the car, cars are often rolling R.I.P. memorials of the dearly departed, the...
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Blood (Orange) on the Tracks

August 22, 2014
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I have been listening to the new Blood Orange album, Cupid Deluxe, twice a day for the past few weeks.  A friend suggested it for the emotional trauma I was then, and still am, living through.  This week I have been arriving at work late, still jet lagged and exhausted from two weeks on the West Coast.  I put in my headphones and am greeted by the first track:...
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Hoods Up, Hands Up: Against the White to Bear Arms

August 22, 2014
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By Lauren Heintz The images of militarized police in Ferguson rightly bring to mind the trickle down of military devices to state police, as Rania Khalek argues in her article. They also call up a much deeper historical legacy of how and why state police have always been heavily armed. In the late eighteenth century, armed militias were created specifically for white Southerners to defend against slave revolts, in...
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She’s In: Anti-Racist, Anti-Imperial Feminists Against War

August 21, 2014
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By Zillah Eisenstein Hillary Rodham Clinton (un)officially entered the 2016 presidential race in her interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic magazine. Much has been said of her criticism of the Obama administration’s Syria policy and the vacuum it supposedly created allowing Islamic “terrorism” to flourish. Much less has been said of her unequivocal embrace of president Netanyahu and the Israeli war in Gaza. Her stance condones a perpetual...
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So You’re Horrified By What Happened in Ferguson: What Are You Doing About It?

August 18, 2014
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If you are still trying to admit defeat in the face of racism, you aren't reading enough people of color. Until they give up, you don't get to.
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Meme what you say, say what you meme: What kind of Asian woman am I? A good one gone bad

August 16, 2014
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By J. Mijin Cha As I was sitting through the second excruciating hour of my first Tinder date, I couldn’t help thinking: How did I end up here, sitting across a white man who wouldn’t stop mansplaining about the difference between Japanese and Korean culture? More important, how had I so internalized social norms about how I should be acting that I couldn’t bring myself to up and leave? There...
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Dancing while Laying Dead in the Street

August 15, 2014
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By Wade Davis II and Michael Jennings  The poet Claude McKay wrote a poem called “The Lynching” where he vividly describes the lynching of a black man and says, And little lads, lynchers that were to be, Danced round the dreadful thing in fiendish glee. We thought about that line and the history of lynching as we read about the police shooting of Mike Brown, an unarmed college bound...
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Baby Gammy and the Problem of Women’s Labor

August 15, 2014
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It is typically poor and/or women of color who bear the brunt of...contracted out reproductive labor. They bear the brunt of our burdens—we are parasitic and reliant upon their labor.
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Anti-Feminists and the Continued Backlash Against Suffragettes

August 14, 2014
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By Tiffany Lamoreaux Last week this lovely gem made its way around my internet feeds. The Buzzfeed list features 14 women, holding up signs that note why they “do not need feminism.” These pictures were posted on the Facebook page “Women Against Feminism,” and are meant to mockingly mirror an ongoing feminist campaign that asks women to name the reasons they need feminism (still). To generalize, the common threads found...
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Op-Ed: The NFL’s Response to Violence Against Women: Why One Fan Won’t Watch This Year

August 13, 2014
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This is an issue of basic human dignity and respect. I, as a man, am perfectly capable of not beating up my wife and children. Most men are.
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An Open Letter to the loved ones of those we lost….

August 12, 2014
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By Douglas Ramsey and J. T. Roane Dear Lesley McSpadden, Esaw Garner, Monica McBride, loved ones of Domonique Newburn as well as the countless others of us who have in the last year lost someone dear to unfathomable violence: Your cries have touched our collective soul. The endless tears that come with such loss join a flood that could easily drown America given that so many of us have...
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