A poem of the Black-American experience.

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Unsplash — mwangi gatheca

black.

cramped on ships

stung by whips

prayers pressed through lips

black.

never see home again

a new land filled with hateful men

your skin already condemned

black.

your body does not belong to you

forget everything you ever knew

all of the others are hurting too

black.

bodies for sale

are you strong or frail

they took all the healthy males

black.

english beaten into your mind

our bondage was designed

on our suffering, they dined

black.

daughters raped

can we escape

families forever reshaped

black.

one hundred years pass.

black.

another hundred years pass. …


The protests against social distancing guidelines are the embodiment of white privilege. Here’s why:

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Source: Library of Congress & OC Hawk

The quarantine protests that are happening here in America have two things in common: They’re overwhelmingly white and full of misinformation.

Wisconsin, Washington state, Utah, Ohio, Michigan, Colorado, and Minnesota have been littered with protests over the past few days. The messages of the demonstrations range from business owners who want their businesses to open so they can make money, people angry at the state government for “overstepping”, and general anti-vaxxer rhetoric against a COVID-19 vaccine/cure.

Everyone is upset right now. I don’t know of a single person that’s not pissed off at the state that America is right now. We’re angry at the Trump and his administration, we’re mad at capitalists that want to reopen the country before it is safe, and we’re mad at the inaction and inefficiencies of Washington. …


The protests against the closures brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic are dangerous displays of selfishness and privilege

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JEFF KOWALSKY — GETTY IMAGES

Americans all across the U.S. are protesting for their state governments to re-open all businesses that were closed because of the threat COVID-19 presents.

Let me say that again:

Americans are protesting against being instructed to stay home because they believe their rights are being violated. What rights? Apparently, the protesters want the right to get infected and die during a pandemic.

The protestors quarrel should be and is with the federal government for not efficiently providing relief funds to the millions of people that need it. People are scared that they won’t be able to provide for their families and rightfully so- this is a scary-ass time. However, a pandemic is a pandemic. The Coronavirus does not care about the economy. …


This global pandemic will prevent the systems in place globally from going “back to normal”

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Pexels — Anna Shvets

Coronavirus. The virus that’s sweeping the globe, shutting down city after city and country after country wherever it shows up. K-12 schools are being canceled indefinitely, and college courses are all moving to the online option. Everyone is being told to stay home, businesses everywhere are taking a massive profit loss, and millions are uncertain of their future post-quarantine. The death toll of Coronavirus has now surpassed 7,500 people. The number of people infected jumps higher every single day with no slowing in sight, now up to a whopping 248,683 infected persons. …


How have black people have been deemed as inferior by white supremacy while being interwoven in the personal lives of white people?

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Unsplash — Zulmaury Saavedra

The services ‘provided’ by black people via enslavement have always been an integral part of the progression of white societies around the globe. Black people being held as slaves is what made America as prosperous as it is today. Two hundred fifty years of free labor will do that. These services, however, move past the manual labors of carpentry, building, and masonry.

Slaves were intimately involved in the lives of their masters and their master’s families. It is peculiar that enslaved black people were always seen as lesser than white masters, yet, played such an essential role in their personal lives. …


How white supremacist’s historical lust for global power is their present-day undoing

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Source — Shuttershock

There is this idea in white supremacist circles that white people are being ‘forced’ to mesh with non-white cultures. This is resulting in the shrinking of the ‘purely white’ population of white people. These are a collection of memes made about the topic for better understanding the point of the movement.


“Stop and Frisk” cannot be explained away by Mike Bloomberg as an ‘oops, my bad’, here’s why.

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Getty Images — Darren Hauck

On February 13, 2020, Michael Bloomberg issued an ‘apology’ for “Stop-and-Frisk” saying:

“There is one aspect of approach that I deeply regret, the abuse of police practice called stop and frisk. I defended it, looking back, for too long because I didn’t understand then the unintended pain it was causing to young black and brown families and their kids. I should have acted sooner and faster to stop it. I didn’t, and for that I apologize.”

Deeply regret, huh? I deeply regret eating an entire container of Breyer’s Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream for dinner last night. I deeply regret not studying hard as I should have for my biology quiz last week. …


One solution to white supremacy is delegitimizing it through the power of education.

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Unsplash — moren hsu

If America were a tree, white supremacy would be its roots.


Trying to gauge someone’s health simply based on what they look like doesn’t mean you’re observant — it means you’re an asshole

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Unsplash — Siora Photography

As I was mindlessly scrolling through Twitter, I came across this tweet from PageSix:

I didn’t think anything of it. She’s on vacation on a beach in a bikini… what was the news?

Then, I made the mistake of reading through the replies.

Some comments were friendly and positive; I was relieved to see those.

But, unsurprisingly, the majority of the comments were extremely rude, hateful, and nasty.


I am not alone in my complete disgust for the 45th President of the United States

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Unsplash — Annie Spratt

I’ve been writing about my distaste for Donald J. Trump since I was 15 years old, just in covering the basics of his racism, sexism, sexual assault allegations, and xenophobia, among other things.

But watching his 2020 State of the Union address reignited the intense irritation I’ve always felt towards his political career and his repugnant character.

The speech was a predictably very partisan, cleaned-up version of one of his rally speeches. He read entirely from his speech, which included none of his famous ad-libs. I would bet my left kidney that he did not write that speech as it was far too eloquent sounding for him, but that’s beside the point.

All of the quotes discussed here come directly from Trump’s 2020 State of the Union address.

The vision I will lay out this evening demonstrates how we are building the world’s most prosperous and encloses — an inclusive society, one where every citizen can join in America’s unparalleled success and every community can take part in America’s extraordinary rise. …

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Writer. Womanist. Worrier. Alliteration Enthusiast. #AllBlackLivesMatter #TransLivesMatter

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