Michigan voters are still worried about Flint’s drinking water. It remains to be seen whether the 2020 Democratic candidates will make it a central focus.
“Tap water used to be the best cold water you could get, and I haven’t dranken it in years. I probably never will,” my aunt Priscilla “Suzie Q” Wallace says as she remembers what water in Flint, Michigan used to be like before the continuing five-year scandal, infamously known as the Flint Water Crisis, poisoned…
Kaepernick’s settlement gives the NFL a pass on how they handle protesting players, and enables them to continue this process in the future.
Every action, lie and poked-out orange face has boiled down to one common denominator: I will not respect you because I do not have to.
There isn’t one “white man” in particular, or one “group of white men” that compose White Maleness. Rather, it’s a constructed image over the past 500 years that has tendencies of racism, sexism, classism and asserting ideologies onto others in a way that disproportionately affects anyone outside of the “white male” bubble.
In practice, this power dynamic represents the lack of respect the Black community receives until white people need us to make themselves feel better about saying or supporting a racial slur and “learning” how to grow from it.
It is this inescapability of Black womanhood that disqualified Hill from having a Blasey Ford effect, which translates to Black women being unable to access or enjoy white women’s privilege.
A direct, expressive set of facts presented to a position of power still needs approval according to its standards. And since the umpire perceived Williams’ remarks as weapons against his disposition, he penalized her because he could. So this isn’t just about the point(s) in question, or tennis. This is about the umpire feeling threatened by Williams and what she represents.
Confusing patriotism with white nationalism and racism has effectively repackaged KKK cross burnings and the campaign slogan of the sitting US president into burning Nike gear in an overt, yet invisible, misconstruction of how Black activism, or any radical form of community, mobilizes in the United States.
The events of this past week only exacerbate tensions that call for the president’s impeachment, or at the very least his resignation, in light of his severe conflicts of interests, linkages to criminal behavior, egregious ineffectiveness and gross acts of misconduct.