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Aaron McGruder’s notorious animated series, “The Boondocks”, has been engaged in radical critiques of black culture, black political formations and black identity politics since its 1996 inception in The Diamondback, the student newspaper at the University of Maryland. “The Boondocks” has grown from a student newspaper comic strip to a nationally syndicated television series that […]
I apologize for my absence in what seems like almost a year. Teaching high school english and history, freelance photography, and getting a non-profit up and running is 90-100 hour a week commitment . I am much better with saying “no” and have carved out more time for writing.
I’ve had a lot […]
Charge it to the Game: Plantation Culture and White Privilege Converge in the NBA to Thwart Black Self-Determination
Neo-plantation sensibilities grounded in the reactionary notions and functions of white supremacy have been on full display this past week in the NBA playoffs. Whether guised as an arrogant sports fan or a franchise team owner that will disparage a black mother, the pervasive agenda of white privilege packaged in the unassuming builds of white men has dwarfed the gigantic black bodies that they have bought and paid for. Respectively, both Kenyon Martin and Glen “Big Baby” Davis, proved their inability to assert their manhood when affronted by white machismo steeped in 5 centuries of imperialist terror perpetuated on the minds and bodies of black folk. While Martin and Davis are listed (translated: paid) as power forwards, their ineptitude at advancing an agency of self-determination proves them to be the tragic antithesis: weak and backwards. Unfortunately, this prescribed condition of dependence and cowardice for black men will persist as long as the sports-industrial complex is rooted in plantation and slave culture.
Today, I was playing basketball at Lyon Park Community Center here in Durham, NC. It’s a weekly Sunday run from about 1pm-4pm. Moderately competitive. We usually get about 15-20 young basketball players, many of whom live in the community surrounding the center. I’d say the median age is about 20 years old - half high […]
I’m sure many of you have heard the alarming news about the tragic murder of Washington Redskins Pro Bowl safety, Sean Taylor this week. Anybody that wants to read the details can check out this Sports Illustrated article. It’s sad to say that this story did not come as much of a surprise. This […]
I just read a NY Times article about a new law being enforced, primarily in the south, to outlaw sagging pants. Sagging is a style adopted primarily by young Black men who identify with Hip-Hop culture. Apparently there is nothing more terrifying to policymakers than a young man with his drawers out.
An intensifying push by […]
The mainstream press has run so many news stories about the pathological sociology and psychology of African- American males recently that it’s about time to start talking about Failing Black Men Syndrome, analogous to the well-known Missing White Woman Syndrome. The latest entry spotlights a new report by the Task Force on the Education of […]
Here at Blackademics, we have a tendency to dwell on the problems that afflict the black community, but we rarely talk about any of the strategies that people are using to counteract them. It is my distinct pleasure to do so now: today’s Washington Post features an article about an informal group of black families […]
On the night of the NBA all-star game, I though it would be a good time to address Tim Hardaway’s (a 5-time All-Star) controversial comments made during an interview on 790 the Ticket radio show earlier this week. Host Dan Le Batard was discussing John Amaechi, a retired NBA center who recently became the first […]