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

Why America must accept that it is damned

"And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God?  That they are not to be violated but with his wrath?  Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect … Continue reading Why America must accept that it is damned

Why leftists should shut the fuck up about “Identity politics”

In the wake of Jon Ossof's loss to Karen Handel in Georgia's sixth district, certain segments of the left have resurrected an old debate about the relationship between "Identity politics" and "class politics." I find this debate tedious, but it keeps happening so I'll engage it. First, a definition of terms: When I say "class … Continue reading Why leftists should shut the fuck up about “Identity politics”

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.