Law and order aren’t the same thing

By Samuel James | May 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

As Americans, we love to say that we’re a nation of laws. There’s an implication in that idea that we innately understand what’s right and what’s wrong and that we will do what’s right even and especially when it’s easier to do wrong. Except we’re not a nation of laws. We’re a nation of order. … Read more

A rising chorus but one that sings a song of death

By Shay | May 26, 2020 | 1 Comment

The chorus grows louder across the United States for things to return to normal, aided no doubt by the inept, morally bankrupt rube that we call the president. Sadly, this Memorial Day weekend, article after article showed Americans across the country enjoying the unofficial kick-off to summer by doing all their normal long weekend, warm … Read more

The sheer whiteness of the response to COVID

By Samuel James | May 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

We were supposed to stay home until the number of new COVID-related deaths declined for two weeks. During that two weeks, the federal government was supposed to enact a plan that would keep the people afloat and minimize economic damage. This could be done following one of the myriad plans available from various experts or … Read more

“Personal liberty” will be the death of a lot of us

By Shay | May 16, 2020

The idea of personal liberty in the United States is held tight by a whole bunch of folks, many of whom are way too proud of their guns and, ironically for such liberty-lovers, way too into controlling what other people do with their bodies and way too eager to lock people up in cages. But … Read more

Intentions mean little when the impact hurts people

By Heather Denkmire | May 14, 2020

Ever since our phones became video recording devices, we have seen images of Black people being beaten up and murdered. In the name of “awareness,” people—especially those of us who are white—continue sharing these videos across social media. People need to stop. Now. Why must we stop, you might wonder? When you click that “share” … Read more

There may be consequences, but there won’t be justice

By Samuel James | May 11, 2020

Last week a video was released of Ahmaud Arbery being murdered in broad daylight. Arbery was killed on February 23, more than two months ago, and the release of this video alone immediately revealed the lies, corruption and cover-ups that usually come along with any examination of white people killing Black people in America. Within … Read more

“Groundhog Day Part 2: Shadow of Death” or, How Black people keep being killed

By Shay | May 9, 2020

Violent deaths of innocently minding-their-own-business Black people in America has become somewhat of a real-life version of the old Bill Murray film “Groundhog Day.” in which the main character relives the same day over and over. The plot: A Black person, almost always unarmed and typically innocent of any crime, is killed by either law … Read more

Racism stays active, even in subverting non-white health and survival

By Shay | May 7, 2020

“To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.”- James Baldwin  The insidious reality about racism is that it never takes a break. Regardless of what is happening, racism never sits in the corner for a time out. It never takes a … Read more

Calling All White People, Part 44: White supremacy is literally pathetic and cowardly

By Average White Guy | April 29, 2020

Calling All White People, Part 44 (A periodic attempt to mobilize white people for something other than supporting just other melanin-deficient folks and maintaining a status quo of a nation geared toward whiteness as the baseline and the norm) By An Average White Guy TODAY’S EPISODE: White supremacy is truly pathetic rather than powerful [To … Read more

Structure is necessary because unfettered behavior isn’t the same as freedom

By Samuel James | April 26, 2020

My father was a piano player. I was eight years old the first time I’d heard him play a song that captured my imagination. I begged him to teach me how to play it and he eventually relented. I was not an easy student. He explained where I needed to place my fingers on the … Read more

Law and order aren’t the same thing

By Samuel James | May 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

As Americans, we love to say that we’re a nation of laws. There’s an implication in that idea that we innately understand what’s right and what’s wrong and that we will do what’s right even and especially when it’s easier to do wrong. Except we’re not a nation of laws. We’re a nation of order. Social order, specifically. And we will do whatever is necessary to enforce that order, especially if it’s wrong. We will behave in whatever corrupt, heinous and inhuman ways required to maintain that order. This order knows no political bounds. The order I’m talking about is the one white liberal Amy Cooper attempted to enforce when confronted with her own breaking of the law. This order is why white men can arm themselves, become terrorists and storm legislatures in broad daylight and in front of police without incident. And it’s why police are free to randomly assault those protesting for Black rights. It’s why the police will arrest a Black journalist on live TV in the middle of his broadcast, not...

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Law and order aren’t the same thing

By Samuel James | May 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

As Americans, we love to say that we’re a nation of laws. There’s an implication in that idea that we innately understand what’s right and what’s wrong and that we will do what’s right even and especially when it’s easier to do wrong. Except we’re not a nation of laws. We’re a nation of order. Social order, specifically. And we will do whatever is necessary to enforce that order, especially if it’s wrong. We will behave in whatever corrupt, heinous and inhuman ways required to maintain that order. This order knows no political bounds. The order I’m talking about is the one white liberal Amy Cooper attempted to enforce when confronted with her own breaking of the law. This order is why white men can arm themselves, become terrorists and storm legislatures in broad daylight and in front of police without incident. And it’s why police are free to randomly assault those protesting for Black rights. It’s why the police will arrest a Black journalist on live TV in the middle of his broadcast, not … Read more

A rising chorus but one that sings a song of death

By Shay | May 26, 2020

The chorus grows louder across the United States for things to return to normal, aided no doubt by the inept, morally bankrupt rube that we call the president. Sadly, this Memorial Day weekend, article after article showed Americans across the country enjoying the unofficial kick-off to summer by doing all their normal long weekend, warm … Read more

The sheer whiteness of the response to COVID

By Samuel James | May 21, 2020

We were supposed to stay home until the number of new COVID-related deaths declined for two weeks. During that two weeks, the federal government was supposed to enact a plan that would keep the people afloat and minimize economic damage. This could be done following one of the myriad plans available from various experts or … Read more

“Personal liberty” will be the death of a lot of us

By Shay | May 16, 2020

The idea of personal liberty in the United States is held tight by a whole bunch of folks, many of whom are way too proud of their guns and, ironically for such liberty-lovers, way too into controlling what other people do with their bodies and way too eager to lock people up in cages. But … Read more

The sheer whiteness of the response to COVID

By Samuel James | May 21, 2020

We were supposed to stay home until the number of new COVID-related deaths declined for two weeks. During that two weeks, the federal government was supposed to enact a plan that would keep the people afloat and minimize economic damage. This could be done following one of the myriad plans available from various experts or … Read more

Intentions mean little when the impact hurts people

By Heather Denkmire | May 14, 2020

Ever since our phones became video recording devices, we have seen images of Black people being beaten up and murdered. In the name of “awareness,” people—especially those of us who are white—continue sharing these videos across social media. People need to stop. Now. Why must we stop, you might wonder? When you click that “share” … Read more

There may be consequences, but there won’t be justice

By Samuel James | May 11, 2020

Last week a video was released of Ahmaud Arbery being murdered in broad daylight. Arbery was killed on February 23, more than two months ago, and the release of this video alone immediately revealed the lies, corruption and cover-ups that usually come along with any examination of white people killing Black people in America. Within … Read more

Calling All White People, Part 44: White supremacy is literally pathetic and cowardly

By Average White Guy | April 29, 2020

Calling All White People, Part 44 (A periodic attempt to mobilize white people for something other than supporting just other melanin-deficient folks and maintaining a status quo of a nation geared toward whiteness as the baseline and the norm) By An Average White Guy TODAY’S EPISODE: White supremacy is truly pathetic rather than powerful [To … Read more

What do white people at large have in common with the shutdown protesters?

By Heather Denkmire | April 22, 2020

As I grow more and more furious at the white people protesting stay-at-home measures set up to keep all of us healthy, the temptation to see them as “other” grows stronger, too. Thousands of White people are ignoring calls to “flatten the curve” by continuing to socialize in groups. Not only that, we white people … Read more

I’m tired of white women writing about racism

By Heather Denkmire | January 13, 2020

The research has been done. We know the facts. We know that the social construct called “whiteness” was created to make sure that the richest white men stayed rich and got richer and the rest of us would be beat down by their greed. We know that living in a brown-skinned body in the United … Read more

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