I Went To a Trump Rally Pretending To Be a Supporter: Here’s What Happened

The atmosphere in that arena triggered my black fight-or-flight response. You know what sounds like a good idea for black history month? Going to a Trump rally. My dad was the one who initially suggested that we go. I wasn’t interested at first, but going presented a unique opportunity. You see, like many leftists and […]

“Stop and Frisk” Cannot Be Apologized For

“Stop and Frisk” cannot be explained away by Mike Bloomberg as an ‘oops, my bad’, here’s why. On February 13, 2020, Michael Bloomberg issued an ‘apology’ for “Stop-and-Frisk” saying: “There is one aspect of approach that I deeply regret, the abuse of police practice called stop and frisk. I defended it, looking back, for too long because […]

The Reason You Hate Fat People Isn’t Because You Care About Their Health

Unsplash — Siora Photography Fat people simply existing in this world does not mean they are advocating or promoting anything; let’s start there This problem goes beyond Lizzo.  This is a problem of how fat-shaming, body-shaming, and faux-health concern are rooted in our culture. One of the core issues here is automatically equating thinness to health. […]

Nancy Pelosi’s Faux Outrage

I wouldn’t have a problem with these displays of distaste towards Trump if they felt like more than “memable” moments. She ripped up a speech- big woop. She clapped in a weird way. Okay. White “liberal” politicians have to do the absolute bare minimum to be seen as “owning” Trump. Are we forgetting Pelosi’s voting […]

The Rebranding of Suffering Into Feel-Good Stories

If you aren’t familiar with the premise of Undercover Boss, it’s where executives or owners of corporations go work at the “low-level” jobs of the businesses they own. They meet with employees that all have sad backstories and/or financial troubles whilst wearing a disguise to conceal their identity. They then reveal who they actually are […]

You Are Your Politics

Jeremy Bishop — Unsplash “I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.” — Thomas Jefferson to William Hamilton on April 22, 1800 After the 2016 election, social media was akin to the desert wasteland from Mad Max- a hostile, apocalyptic environment, and every man is for […]

Homeless People Are Still People

Flickr: Rui Duarte When I was a kid, I didn’t understand the complexities of homelessness. I just assumed that homeless people were all lazy and irresponsible. It couldn’t be that hard to get a job and take care of yourself, right? When you’re young, life is simple like that. No one ever explicitly told me […]