Archives for April 2009
As the first 100 days of the Obama presidency draws nigh upon its superficial close, I am proactively processing the (in)significance of this arbitrary time marker for myself before the empire’s pundits attempt to convince me that the red punch is kool-aid. Undoubtedly, a Black (i.e. invested in the liberation and holistic being of black people) perspective will remain conspicuously absent while CNN continues to disseminate drivel as serious journalism. Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Soledad O’Brien (and other microphoned jesters masquerading as the informed) will conjecture ad nauseam about the implications of President Obama’s first 100 days in office. However, for the descendants of slaves, 100 days is a grossly inadequate window of time to hold President Obama accountable to. The gravity of 400 years of horrific suffering and systemically engineered genocide is a more fitting timeline to situate President Obama in. This is the timeline that black folk must consider if we desire to critically and accurately assess the meanings and merits of President Obama.
Nothing enrages the American injustice system more than an escaped slave. When Harriet Tubman was liberating Black people from institutionalized genocide, rape and servitude, the state offered a reward of $40,000 to any bounty hunter who could bring her to “justice.” And if you think $40,000 goes a long way now, imagine what it did […]
Some of you may have noticed the invigorating debate raging in the comment section of the recent post Black Music Ambassador Falls Short on Hip-Hop. I would like to thank brother Olokun Shangol Olugbala for addressing the topic with the type of intellectual passion and conviction that we haven’t seen on Blackademics for a while. […]
Here’s an image I would not have expected to see this time last year – Hugo Chavez dapping up the President of the United States. You can see very clearly that this is not a hand shake. President Obama’s palm connects with Chavez’ at a 45 degree angle with their fingers damn near wrapped around […]
This month’s interview is dedicated to the memory of one of the world’s greatest historians. As promised, today’s interview is a rebroadcast of our very first Blackademics interview – Dr. John Hope Franklin. The interview was originally published on August 15th, 2006. Dr. Franklin joined the ancestors on March 25, 2009. May he rest in […]
President Barack Obama has been riding the coat-tails of his military/political victory over the so-called “scourge of the seas off the Horn of Africa” – but is the United States the real pirate? For those of you who have been watching CNN, MSNBC or Fox News, most of the coverage on the Somalian Piracy crisis […]
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cross-posted @ kameelahwrites. On March 17th, USA Today published an article entitled, “Most religious groups in USA have lost ground, survey finds.” The writer notes: When it comes to religion, the USA is now land of the freelancers. The percentage. of people who call themselves in some way Christian has dropped more than 11% in […]
[my column reprinted from WireTap Mag] Column: Budget shortfalls have prompted cities to raise revenue by jailing undocumented immigrants. +++ Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is proposing the early release of some inmates to help balance his state’s budget. Meanwhile, cities in Los Angeles County are relying on the arrest and detention of immigrants to keep […]