For 220 years, every presidential election in the United States came down to two old white men.
Then, miraculously, we had three back-to-back elections where one of those white men was swapped out for an alternate — first Barack, then Hillary.
Obama won twice and went on to deport and bomb as many brown people as he could before abandoning his base.
And the rest is repulsive orange history.
After 2016, America fell off the diversity wagon and returned to the familiarity of deciding which geriatric white supremacist man-child would best serve the interests of the few, at the expense of the many. …
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07.28.20 | Mid-Summer Issue
This is DiDi Delgado — poet, educator, author, mother and a co-founder of Black Lives Matter Cambridge. I want to thank you if you have previously signed up for a class, made a donation to one of my initiatives, checked the box for my newsletter or if you’ve signed up for the mailing list.
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This week, the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association (BPPA) sent a letter to the Boston Teachers Union (BTU), admonishing them for their participation in the highly anticipated “Black Lives Matter at School Week.” The letter claims that Black Lives Matter “inaccurately demonizes” police departments across the country, who kill roughly 1,000 Americans each year. The letter also states that the BLM movement has “made policing more dangerous than ever before,” despite police officer deaths being at near-record lows. Finally, the BPPA took issue with the BTU’s admirable goal of funding more school counselors to help vulnerable students and youth in crisis.
Read the BPPA Letter…
Over the past 20 years, I’ve watched several radical concepts creep into the American mainstream:
✓ Socialism. ✓ Communism. ✓ Intersectional Feminism. ✓ Eating ass.
All of these concepts are still heavily debated, but they’re no longer the cultural taboos they once were.
“Communist,” for example, was an insult when I was growing up. “We’re taught at such an early age to be against the communists,” wrote Assata Shakur, “yet most of us don’t have the faintest idea what communism is.”
In the early morning Sunday hours, amidst the scattered foot traffic of a Chicago O’Hare International Airport corridor, a woman, coffee with cream skin, raven hair, full lips and large doe eyes, stops walking towards her gate. She is wearing black. From head to toe. Her hooded sweatshirt shouts“FLINT LIVES MATTER” across her chest in white lettering. Her eyes are screaming expletives her lips might form, if she could speak. The DiDi Delgado is livid.
Operating on less than six hours of sleep over the course of two days, Delgado just landed in Chicago. She is over-tired and under-caffeinated. She is also hungry, but Delgado has only a few minutes to find her way to the connecting flight back home to Boston. This combination of factors is plenty enough to put even the most patient, most tolerable, human being on the verge wrath. …
Pssstt… Progressives, Liberals, and would-be allies: I know you’re busy crafting tweets, signing petitions, and sharing anti-Trump memes… but do you wanna know the best way to ring in the new year? By dismantling oppression!
Here are 8 New Year’s resolutions for truly radical resistance.
Editor’s Note: Medium said I had to edit this post so it doesn’t advocate theft or violence. So definitely “don’t" do these things.
Before this gets taken out of context, I want to clarify that by “steal stuff” I mean “take things that don’t belong to you without paying for them.” Especially from rich people, corporations, or government institutions. We’re not going to subvert Capitalism by stealing from marginalized folks, and it doesn’t make sense to rob people who don’t have much to begin with. History has proven that nothing disrupts the State like the forceful redistribution of wealth and property. …
You know the worst thing about white people? — aside from their food and clothing choices, and how they behave at outdoor festivals or any event with glow sticks.
The worst thing about white people is that they’ve created a not-so-secret language to mask their attitudes about people of color, so they can pretend — at least publicly — that they’re not racist.
White people are so clever they’ve even created a code word to refer to their full lexicon of racist code words. They call them “dog whistles.”
Early dog whistles included standard substitutions for the N-word — like “thug,” “hoodlum,” and whispering “nigger” quietly when nobody’s around. Modern dog whistles have become more sophisticated, and usually make reference to would-be criminals, POC protestors & activists, undocumented immigrants, and prison populations. …
Let me be clear:
My rejection of City Council’s resolution was in no way a slight to Tito Jackson, Ayanna Pressley, Michelle Wu, or my co-honorees, Monica Cannon-Grant and Angie Camacho. I have nothing but respect for them, and all Black people and POC who are committed to using political or other means to subvert the white supremacy embedded in Boston’s government and throughout your administration.
Today, as I stood at Faneuil Hall — a gift to our city from a slave trading family — I reflected on the irony of bestowing honors to Black women in a building that was named in honor of a notorious Boston slave trader. Why do we honor our oppressors with monuments of granite and steel, yet honor those who oppose them with bits of paper and criminal charges? …