Boo—And Vote

Sixteen years ago to the day, as a freshman in college, I finally went to bed after a long night of following returns in the Election of 2000. I rested comfortably, believing Al Gore had just narrowly defeated George W. Bush. And then I awoke to learn that he hadn’t. Over the next several weeks, my roommates and I watched nervously as the recounts continued, … Continue reading Boo—And Vote

Lactose Intolerance in the Presidential Election of 2016

Like many African-Americans, I’m lactose intolerant. I discovered this just over a year ago when I began suffering from phantom headaches and a general malaise. These symptoms were really uncomfortable and made it difficult to focus on tasks requiring analytical thinking. You see, I had an addiction to coffee doused with cream, and since giving that up wasn’t an option, I sought a solution that … Continue reading Lactose Intolerance in the Presidential Election of 2016

Were Black Folks Duped by the Clintons in the 1990s?

In an article penned in The Nation last week on February 10th, some say Michelle Alexander compellingly argued that Hillary Clinton doesn’t deserve African-American votes in 2016 because both she and President Bill Clinton supported policies that “decimated black America.”  I tackled this topic—and others—earlier today. Continue reading Were Black Folks Duped by the Clintons in the 1990s?

Objects at Rest

It strikes me that over the course of history, American and otherwise, the success or failure of movements often turns on the precision with which the essential motivating problem is articulated. Today, we often frame the unique issues facing the African-American community within the familiar, and somewhat outmoded, infrastructure of civil rights. We have to stop doing this. By speaking of the challenges we face … Continue reading Objects at Rest