In Ferguson (Part 3): The Politics of Men In Blue Suits, Black Men with Guns, and Democracy

The first image I woke up to Christmas Eve was of another black life lost to the system. Antonio Martin, an 18 year old black male from Berkeley, Missouri–only a few towns from Ferguson–will be added to the list of black men gunned down by the police. Depending on whose word you take, the facts are a little blurry. If Martin had been unarmed, like … Continue reading In Ferguson (Part 3): The Politics of Men In Blue Suits, Black Men with Guns, and Democracy

In Ferguson: Between Law, Justice, and the Pursuit to Exist

These last couple of days I have been struggling to keep afloat. Scrolling through my social media feeds, it only becomes harder to remind myself of the principles of love, patience, and understanding towards others’ misguided sense of privilege and entitlement to speak on what they truly don’t know–the Black American experience. I’m reminded that white allyship can only go so far, that the pain … Continue reading In Ferguson: Between Law, Justice, and the Pursuit to Exist

Reflections on Ferguson: Notes From Malawi

As I write this, I sit in a cafe in the city of Blantrye, the second largest city in Malawi. It’s a beautiful country–from the people, the scenery,  and the mood that fills my soul. But what’s most beautiful is how I fit into this space. This is the land of the resting place of my grandparents, of their parents and grandparents as well. I have … Continue reading Reflections on Ferguson: Notes From Malawi