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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
photo: Frances Nielah Bradley

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...
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Posted in Activism, Black life matters, Black Women, domestic violence, LGBTQI, Racism, Sexism, sexual violence, Violence | 3 Comments »

The Violence, Anti-Blackness, and Black Life Matters Forum: An Introduction

September 3, 2014
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Source:  www.assatashakur.org

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...
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Posted in Black life matters, Criminal Justice, Economy, Health, History, intersectionality, Politics, Racism, U.S., Violence | 2 Comments »

On Ferguson’s Protest and Its Occupation

August 22, 2014
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Associated Press/Jeff Roberson

By Vanessa Lynn Lovelace On Saturday, August 9, 2014 at around noon, eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was gunned down by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer. Eyewitnesses report that Brown was unarmed when the officer opened fire on him. The autopsy reports that Brown was killed by multiple gunshot wounds, but the report initially did not...
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Posted in Academia, Activism, Bodies, College Feminisms, Criminal Justice, Culture, Economy, Education, Family, Feminism, Health, History, media, Militarization, Military, New Media, Patriarchy, Politics, Popular Culture, Privilege, Racism, Stereotypes, Violence, White Privilege, Whiteness, World, Youth | 4 Comments »

Editorial: Michael Brown and Anti-Black Violence

August 11, 2014
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Editorial: Michael Brown and Anti-Black Violence

A young black man was killed this weekend. He was shot multiple times by police while walking to his grandmother’s house. He was left to die in the street, his body surrounded for hours by armed sentries while his family and community watched horrified from the sidelines. Michael Brown was unarmed. Today would have...
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Posted in Criminal Justice, media, Racism, U.S., Violence, Youth | 6 Comments »

Meditations on Being Right

April 8, 2014
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By Lyndsey Godwin This is a sermon that was given on February 12, 2013 at the weekly chapel service held at Vanderbilt Divinity School, an inter-denominational, though historically Judeo-Christian graduate school for theological education.  The focal scripture for this service was 1 Corinthians 2:1-16. In February, I traveled with a small group of Vanderbilt...
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Posted in Activism, Beyond Critique, Family, Feminism, History, LGBTQI, Love, Patriarchy, Religion, Sexism, Sexuality, U.S., Violence, White Privilege, Women of Color, World | 4 Comments »

Using the Erotic to do Our Work

February 25, 2014
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Audre Lorde
copyright: Dagmar Schultz

  There are many kinds of power, used and unused, acknowledged or otherwise. The erotic is a resource within each of us that lies in a deeply female and spiritual plane, firmly rooted in the power of our unexpressed or unrecognized feeling. In order to perpetuate itself, every oppression must corrupt or distort those...
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Posted in Activism, Audre Lorde, Black Women, Feminism, LGBTQI, Racism, Sexism, Sexuality, Uncategorized, Women of Color | 2 Comments »

Audre Speaks: Lordean Lessons for a White Man

February 25, 2014
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Chris Rupertus teaching Shakespeare's Julius Ceasar
copyright: Bill Avington

By Chris Rupertus The very first thing I say to my seniors on the very first day of the semester is this: “I have a secret about myself I want to share with you.” Then I peek out the classroom door to make sure no one is eavesdropping, adopt a sheepish expression, and lower...
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Posted in Academia, Audre Lorde, Education, Personal is Political., Privilege, Racism, Sexism, White Privilege | 1 Comment »

For Lucia Mcbath, Sybrina Fulton and All Other Black Mothers Who’ve Considered Righteous Rage When Black Respectability Politics Ain’t Enough

February 16, 2014
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For Lucia Mcbath, Sybrina Fulton and All Other Black Mothers Who’ve Considered Righteous Rage When Black Respectability Politics Ain’t Enough

In “What is this “black” in black popular culture? (Rethinking Race),” the late, great cultural theorist Stuart Hall, poignantly asks, “What sort of moment is this?” I’ve wrestled with this question for at least a decade. Though Hall’s “moment” reflects a struggle over cultural hegemony – the need to make room in critical discourses...
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Posted in Black Women, Bodies, Criminal Justice, Feminism, masculinity, Politics, Privilege, Racism, Sexism, Sexuality, Stereotypes, Television, U.S., Violence, White Privilege, White Women, Whiteness, Women of Color, World, Youth | 8 Comments »

Necessary Memories: Trayvon Martin’s Birthday and George Zimmerman’s Celebrity Boxing Match

February 5, 2014
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Necessary Memories: Trayvon Martin’s Birthday and George Zimmerman’s Celebrity Boxing Match

Sometimes there are things you just can’t forget.  Today would have been his birthday. Today, we know that our criminal justice and legal systems, our human relations, and our ways of being are both positively and negatively shaped by the various notions of race, class, gender and other forms of identification that circulate among...
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Protecting What’s White: A New Look at Stand Your Ground Laws

January 30, 2014
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Stand Your Ground

By Sabrina Strings I ran into a normally nocturnal neighbor early one morning. She was buzzing about with an uncharacteristic alacrity. “Morning,” I muttered. “Good morning,” she replied. She waited a few breaths before adding, “Did you hear the gunshots last night?” “What? No.” “Oh yeah! There were six gunshots fired last night. My Gawd....
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Posted in Ethnicity, Politics, Racism, U.S., Violence, White Privilege | 2 Comments »

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