Prioritizing Promises over Pennies: The Exploitation of Black Trauma for Profit

By Kayla Alexandria Dorancy •  In an effort to achieve what some may call “the American Dream”, “reparations”, or just “getting theirs” — far too often do we see the main perpetrators and victims sharing the skin color and experiences. While the Black experience is not a monolithic one, the obstacles and difficulties we face … Continue reading Prioritizing Promises over Pennies: The Exploitation of Black Trauma for Profit

No One Should ‘Enjoy Things’ at the Expense of Black Lives

By Stephanie Younger • During a movement in defense of Black life calling for the abolition of the police state and the carceral state, it seemed that liberals who were saying “listen to Black women,” were solely speaking in reference to Black women who do the labor of “saving our Democracy.” Recently, liberals who “thank … Continue reading No One Should ‘Enjoy Things’ at the Expense of Black Lives

Demonizing Human Movement: Criminalizing Immigrants in the United States

By Kayla Alexandria Dorancy •  Immigration is a universal practice by people that’s survived countless generations. The United States is known universally as a “melting pot” of culture and nationality. The inclusion and diversity of America is often embraced and is her most remarkable feature yet, internationally. Racial and ethnic variety is claimed to be … Continue reading Demonizing Human Movement: Criminalizing Immigrants in the United States

How America Believed the Coronavirus Proved the Existence of Educational Inequity

By Kayla Alexandria Dorancy •  REFRESH THIS PAGE IF THE DOCUMENT DOESN’T LOAD. For as long as she can remember, Kayla Alexandria Dorancy has been motivated by her parents — both educators, to fulfill her part in expanding education and exposing inequity/inequality towards Black Americans and other marginalized communities. Her passion lies in becoming part … Continue reading How America Believed the Coronavirus Proved the Existence of Educational Inequity

Black People Can’t Wait Every Four Years for Our Liberation

By Stephanie Younger • Demanding labor from Black youth is rooted the anti-Black idea that our worthiness relies on what we do and how much we do, which affects the fight for our liberation. Liberals have been demanding labor from young Black feminists to electing our way towards Black liberation. There are so many Black … Continue reading Black People Can’t Wait Every Four Years for Our Liberation

Colleges Pretend to Care about Black People

By James A. Perry Jr. •  The presence of elitism, capitalism, racism, and sexism are still ubiquitous within the apparatus of higher education. Higher education leaders need to move beyond rhetoric involving diversity, equity, and justice. In their quest for absolution, these sentiments have increasingly become cliché and disingenuous. We needn’t look further than the now … Continue reading Colleges Pretend to Care about Black People

An Open Letter to the “What About”s

By Tani Washington • It seems that every year, when Black activists speak up against large-scale inequity and systemic brutality against people of color, there are those who attempt to qualify this suffering through questions that point to the sufferings of other, usually non-marginalized, groups. This kind of response is a tactic known as blame-shifting. … Continue reading An Open Letter to the “What About”s

Maintaining Solidarity in the Black Community in the Face of COVID-19

By Giovanna Adams • We’ve all heard the sentiment over and over again. It feels good to hear and it feels good to say, doesn’t it? Those words are comforting and encouraging during a time when we are all facing uncertainty and insurmountable burdens. It really is a nice sentiment, but it’s difficult to feel … Continue reading Maintaining Solidarity in the Black Community in the Face of COVID-19

Op-Ed: The Role of Black Women in the Fight to Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

By Belan Yeshigeta •  Women have often been given the short end of the stick when it comes to equal rights, and it is no secret that African Americans are still prejudiced against to this day. The unique experience of being apart of both of these marginalized communities is one that is too often overlooked. … Continue reading Op-Ed: The Role of Black Women in the Fight to Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

5 Ways “Nice” Racism Shows Up in Progressive Communities

By Daylisha Reid •  I grew up in a family with liberal viewpoints. As a child I had a basic, uninformed understanding of politics: Republicans are racist and influenced policies that benefited the wealthy, and kept the poor stagnant; Democrats are not racist, they are progressive human rights influencers that create social and economic opportunities … Continue reading 5 Ways “Nice” Racism Shows Up in Progressive Communities

Black Girls Should Matter at School

By Stephanie Younger • My advocacy for the abolition of youth prisons is influenced by the discrimination I experienced in school. Feeling unaccepted by my white peers and profiled by my teachers, I quickly internalized the notion that my Blackness wasn’t desirable. I was so consumed in the self-hatred I internalized that I lost my … Continue reading Black Girls Should Matter at School

Why I Walked Out on My Own

By Stephanie Younger •  I am writing this as a Black female student activist who was excluded from speaking at the Virginia National School Walkout Protest at Brown’s Island in Richmond, VA; on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting. Weeks ago, the organizers guaranteed that I could speak about police brutality, and raising … Continue reading Why I Walked Out on My Own

It’s Important to Listen to Black Girls in the Fight Against Gun Violence

By Stephanie Younger •  Today, I spoke at a March For Our Lives demonstration in Richmond addressing the fatal school shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High school in Parkland, Florida. My speech shed some light onto how gun violence disproportionately affects women, queer and trans people, and Black communities. From NBC12’s coverage of the event: “Speakers … Continue reading It’s Important to Listen to Black Girls in the Fight Against Gun Violence

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