The Emancipation of the Black Athlete

When Colin Kaepernick first took a knee during the National Anthem, he did so to raise the conversation of black genocide at the hands of the state. If there is any indicator as to how urgent it was for him to do so, it was in the response from the viewers, the fans, the owners, and even our President. It has been a message that … Continue reading The Emancipation of the Black Athlete

The Police Camera Shows Us #BlackBoyJoy Can’t Exist, Not When Guns Are Drawn

A few days ago the Grand Rapids Police department released a body camera video from an incident involving two officers, and five black boys. The police were looking for an armed robbery suspect, and apparently these boys fit the description. The description apparently being black male. None of these boys turned out to be who they were looking for. The police officers later visited these … Continue reading The Police Camera Shows Us #BlackBoyJoy Can’t Exist, Not When Guns Are Drawn

Black People Dying Ain’t New, It’s the Status Quo of American History

 Last month, a man was shot six times while being restrained at a gas station in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His name was Alton Sterling. He was black, and the cop who chose to kill him was white. Many people would argue that racial identity doesn’t matter in a case like this, but for black people, Alton Sterling wasn’t an exception, he was the rule. For … Continue reading Black People Dying Ain’t New, It’s the Status Quo of American History

From 60 Years Ago Until Donald Trump Today: A History of Making Racism Sound Socially Appealing

Last week,  we saw the unimaginable happen–the UK voted to leave the EU in the name of xenophobia and fear of all things non-white. If it can happen there, it can happen anywhere. For me, being black and living in the US,  this is frightening. Because what divided the UK vote and put Europe in shambles was the same conversation that are dividing voters in … Continue reading From 60 Years Ago Until Donald Trump Today: A History of Making Racism Sound Socially Appealing

A White 6th Grader’s Letter on #BlackLivesMatter and Being an Ally

Recently, four 6th graders at the school I work at wrote a letter to President Barack Obama on the #BlackLivesMatter movement. It’s a powerful letter, and you can read it here. So powerful is the letter, in fact, it received thousands of shares, tv stations ran the story, and just a few weeks ago, President Barack Obama even wrote back. What’s more inspiring is while … Continue reading A White 6th Grader’s Letter on #BlackLivesMatter and Being an Ally

‘Ali Bomaye!’: Thank You For Being Unapologetically Black

I was 12 years old when my father took me to see ‘Ali’ in theaters. A 12-year-old black boy, staring at who I wanted to become. what black boy wouldn’t want to be the champ? I got chills with his speech on why he wouldn’t go fight in Vietnam: “I ain’t going no 10,000 miles to help murder and kill other poor people. If I want … Continue reading ‘Ali Bomaye!’: Thank You For Being Unapologetically Black