with Janee Woods

Black Lives Matter Protests Met With Excessive Force in Minneapolis

Shortly after midnight on Sunday, Minneapolis police fatally shot Jamar Clark in the head after apprehending him for allegedly interfering with paramedics who had responded to an assault in which … Continue reading

November 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

What’s Happening At Mizzou Happens Everywhere Every Day

The University of Missouri, nicknamed Mizzou by alumni, reached a state of civil unrest on campus this week. Black students had reason to fear for their lives after receiving repeated … Continue reading

November 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Waiting for Supergirl

The juxtaposition was startling and heart-wrenching. On TV, I was watching the premier of “Supergirl,” in which a young white female superhero joyfully uses her otherworldly physical strength to defeat … Continue reading

October 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

This is Why We Protest

They call us the CityLine Dozen. I laughed when I heard it for the first time, because it sounds more like a donut shop than a group of racial justice activists who … Continue reading

October 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

From Provincetown to Afropunk: Visibility, Pride and Love

I recently visited Provincetown, Massachusetts during its nationally renowned Carnival, an annual celebration dedicated to gay pride. PTown, as the locals affectionately call it, is a tiny but special placeon … Continue reading

September 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Reflections on Ferguson: One Year and One Day Later

One year and one day have passed since Michael Brown was murdered by a police officer on the street in Ferguson, Missouri. In some ways, to me, his death feels … Continue reading

September 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

MTV’s “White People” Puts White People’s Feelings First, As Usual

I admit that my curiosity was piqued by the potential of “White People,” a documentary by Jose Antonio Vargas examining how young Americans experience their whiteness. Having spent my teenage … Continue reading

September 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Charleston and the Arrogance of White Supremacy

Last week a white supremacist launched a terrorist attack against Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, via commons.wikimedia.org The next evening in Washington DC’s … Continue reading

June 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

White Privilege Is Not a Good Look

My dear white friends, someone pointing out how your white privilege might color your perspective is not the same thing as being called a racist. This can be a hard distinction … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Black Lives Still Matter

Only a few weeks ago, we released a tentative sigh of collective relief when Baltimore’s State Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced the indictment of all six police officers implicated in … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

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