Maybe that White woman shouldn’t be curating the Hip Hop exhibit at the Smithsonian?

On 9/20/2018, @DJChubbESwagg exclaimed: "THERE IS A WHITE WOMAN CURATING THE HIP HOP PART OF THE NMAAHC SMITHSONIAN?!?!?!?!?! WHO LET THIS SHIT HAPPEN!?!?!?!" igniting a small firestorm of controversy which involved a surprisingly large number of Black people defending said curating White woman.  The curator in question is named Timothy Anne Burnside. Burnside has been … Continue reading Maybe that White woman shouldn’t be curating the Hip Hop exhibit at the Smithsonian?

Rich millennials are suffering and poor people are to blame

When Eve Fairbanks wrote Well-Off Millennials Are All Julia Salazar. I Wish We Weren’t. for Buzzfeed, she was a graduate of Yale with a bachelor's degree in political philosophy. But, might she have been better off as a Mumbai street child? What heights might she have attained if she had grown up as an orphan who … Continue reading Rich millennials are suffering and poor people are to blame

Why Bernie Sanders’s civil rights activism doesn’t (really) matter

A few weeks ago Shaun King published an article on Jacobin magazine's website entitled Why Bernie Sanders's history of racial justice activism matters.. Of course his racial justice activism “matters.” It mattered to Black students who wanted to inhabit the University of Chicago’s dormitories on a non-segregated basis. It mattered to Black Chicago Public Schools students … Continue reading Why Bernie Sanders’s civil rights activism doesn’t (really) matter

Pending Thought: The Pax Americana is eating itself.

Donald Trump has been blowing things up. But no, this is not quite right, as Donald Trump is just some fat septuagenarian. He, as himself, has as much power to rain fire from the sky as I do. This time last year, he couldn't have blown up his own toilet without getting the approval of … Continue reading Pending Thought: The Pax Americana is eating itself.

Racist murders, Black corpses, White entitlement.

I do not doubt the reality and power of artistic empathy. But any true empathy would have shown Schutz that as a White person, she is part of the cabal that created the bloated, broken body in her painting. As someone for whom this act was ostensibly done, her place in the story was in the barn where Emmett was tortured and murdered, with the lynchers, not in the funeral home with his mother.