Police Violence and the Discourse of (White) Fear

by Margarita Aragon Last month, police in Cleveland shot a 12-year-old boy as he played in a park. Perhaps, you have seen the CCTV footage. In the silent stilted images, Tamir Rice wanders aimlessly, pointing a BB gun in various directions, before sitting by himself on a bench. A police car speeds into view and the… Read More

A History of White “Race Riots” in America

By Phenderson Djeli Clark  A reminder of what the term “race riot” has usually meant throughout American history. This list is NOT comprehensive, and does not include events such as the Anti-Filipino Riots, Rosewood, the Zoot Suit Riots or the 26 anti-black race riots during the Summer of 1919. But they offer a glimpse. https://twitter.com/pdjeliclark/status/537752990765944832 1842-Philadelphia… Read More

Strange Stains in Ferguson

by Maurice Mcleod Everyone knew it was coming. Politicians called for calm, police officers polished their armour, some black people held vigils and some white people bought guns. Yesterday a grand jury in Ferguson decided that Officer Darren Wilson had no case to answer after shooting dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown on a Missouri… Read More

The Black Administration of White Interests

by Ronald A. Kuykendall The commodification of black bodies, once big business during the slave trade, and the cruelty and brutality associated with that condition lingers on today in a modified but obvious form. No longer is it the white mob eager to seize a black body, string it up, mutilate it, and drag in… Read More

Ferguson and the Indictment of Social Media

by Iman Amrani In the early hours of the morning I was propped up on the sofa, in front of the news (the channel is irrelevant, they were all showing it), phone in hand, Twitter open on #Ferguson. This story has swept the world into a frenzy. Across different time zones people were glued to… Read More