Black people only have one recognized right in this world — the right to death. This right is not the right to choose when or how we will die, it is not a coveted right. This right is also not the same guarantee of death that all living beings share. That everyone will eventually die is not to say everyone shares the same relationship with death. The anti-black world positions black people in close proximity to death so that the threat of gratuitous murder awaits us at every corner. This is the price of living Black in the Anti-Black world.
All posts for the month February, 2014
Posted by Progressive Pupil on February 27, 2014
The emergence of Barack Obama as a prominent political figure inspired African American voters in 2008 to turn out in higher numbers than ever before, closing the gaps in voter turnout. The implication is that the racial divide in American has ‘evaporated’ and that we have moved to an America beyond race. This single instance has been the fuel for right wing white ruling class to achieve the goal that they have long been working for: To remove the protective voting rights for African Americans, the same protective measures that culminated in such a successful turnout in 2008.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on February 25, 2014
On Wednesday February 5th 2014, Robin J. Hayes, Shannon Shird and I left for Los Angeles, CA to promote the new film Black and Cuba, which was premiering at the Pan African Film Festival. Directed by Robin J. Hayes, PhD—a professor at The New School in New York City and Lead Organizer of Progressive Pupil—the documentary follows a diverse group of Ivy League students who take a field trip to the enigmatic Caribbean island, whose population is 60% Afro-Cuban.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on February 22, 2014
Love can inspire more than romance – it can inspire activism that lasts a lifetime. Walter and Albertina Sisulu met in a hospital in Johannesburg in 1941. Albertina, a name she chose from a list provided by nuns at her school, chose a professional path rather than early marriage, and was working as a nurse at the hospital at the time she met Walter. A young activist, Walter had joined the African National Congress in 1940 – and together with his wife and their four children spent a lifetime fighting for human rights and against apartheid in South Africa.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on February 20, 2014
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Posted by Progressive Pupil on February 20, 2014
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Posted by Progressive Pupil on February 17, 2014
Most American cities have a Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, a boulevard that is almost always located in a struggling low-income Black neighborhood. Growing up in west Baltimore, MLK Jr. Blvd was known for a few things: its projects, the homeless people who lived under the bridge and as the dividing line for several extremely impoverished, mostly Black neighborhoods from the extremely White and wealthy downtown Baltimore. Intersecting with MLK Jr. Blvd as you drive south is Baltimore’s famed “Highway to Nowhere” or an almost 1.5 mile expressway to West Baltimore that was constructed in the 70s, but required the displacement of thousands of Black Baltimoreans in the 60s and remains a source of generational mistrust for developers and politicians. Many Black families, my father’s included, were uprooted and though the “slum conditions” were considered cleaned up for many families who dispersed throughout the city, the conditions haven’t changed much and the doctor’s dream remains deferred.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on February 15, 2014
Walking the streets of Manhattan every day, I’m unfazed by interracial couples. It’s nothing new or exciting to me. So it puzzles me that there are people who think otherwise. Most areas in the country are not as progressive as New York. There are people all over that do not agree with interracial couples, claiming that people should date within their own race. It is extremely common to hear the people that say they do not accept interracial couples, while also protesting they are not racist. But how could this be? How could someone who is not racist want to keep people of different races apart? There is no way. Those who find a problem with interracial love have some issue with people who are of a different race then they are. Racism is not always so cut and dry. When most people think of racism, they think back to how people treated people of a different race before the Civil Rights movement. They think of separate water fountains and separate schools. But racism also includes thinking people of different races do not belong together. It proves that there are people that still don’t believe that all humans are humans no matter their race and that these humans can find love with any other human. They see a difference between people just because of their skin color. No more than ever, interracial couples are accepted around the country, but we have a long way to go before they are accepted by everyone.
by, Dylan Frand, Non Profit Management degree candidate at the New School for Public Engagement.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on February 13, 2014
It’s finally Sochi’s time to shine, as the nations of the world come together to compete in this Russian city for the 2014 XXII Olympic Winter Games. As we all get excited and filled with national pride, watching countries compete on a snowy global stage – we must remember that just because the snow is white, doesn’t mean that the games are too. So let’s take a trip down memory lane and look back at our five favorite Black Winter Olympians of all time. These fierce athletes are extraordinary individuals who have made history, defied odds, and melted away those winter white stereotypes.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on February 8, 2014
In America today, almost all citizens have equal civil rights under the law. Fifty years ago, it was a different story. In the 1960s, Southern states such as Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama witnessed racial segregation despite passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. White supremacist groups, mainly the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), continued to oppress and intimidate African Americans and civil rights activists, while local and state authorities watched and sometimes even participated. In his book “The Deacons of Defense: Armed Resistance and the Civil Rights Movement” Lance Hill wrote, “severe repression by local authorities and the Klan, combined with economic pressure by white business elites, made it difficult to end segregation and discrimination even after the passage of the Civil Rights Act.”
Posted by Progressive Pupil on February 6, 2014