As a frequent traveler and black American who’s painfully aware of the many police-involved deaths of black drivers, I now have “The Talk” with my white and non-black minority friends before getting into their cars.
Milwaukee has multiple problems: poverty, a school system that throws out Black children at high rates. But there’s another challenge.
To be clear, Black-only space is itself acceptable, and there’s a difference between Black people choosing to come together and white people systematically excluding others from their institutions and definitions of humanity.
A law originally created to protect Black people from vigilantes is now being used to criminalize and intimidate activists, by locking up a freedom fighter who made it her life’s work to oppose police violence and killings of Black people.
The sad truth is that pregnant women with drug problems are overwhelmingly likely to be criminalized rather than getting the help they need.
Last month, “Vanity Fair” announced that Whoopi Goldberg is co-launching a line of cannabis (marijuana) products in April that will provide holistic alternatives for menstrual cramps. Yes, you read that correctly.
For Black girls, the very schools charged with educating them reinforce and reproduce a dangerous, though often invisible, form of racial and gendered inequality.
I am very familiar with this fear.
We all want safe schools. But we won’t get them with guns, handcuffs, or increased use of detentions and suspensions.
My hair is a critical part of my self-expression, my artistic practice, a celebration of my heritage and my connection to spirit. So when TSA runs their dirty-ass latex gloves through my hair, it’s an insult. It’s racist. And it needs to stop.