Thursday, February 12, 2015

Thursday Reading

The Complexities of Black Community Control of Police
by Glen Ford
A key activist in the early Sixties grassroots movement to overthrow American apartheid recently asked if the current Black Lives Matter campaign will be able to sustain itself. In the near term, the answer is almost certainly, yes. The momentum of the mobilization will be propelled forward by the dogged determination of a new generation of activists, building on the skills and experience of previously vetted organizers and the quickening, soul-wrenching drumbeat of police murder and repression. However, the nascent movement’s momentum will soon – very soon – propel it to a “Where do we go from here?” historical moment, when activists must choose whether to challenge the foundations of the system that made Black lives immaterial in the first place, or be sucked into the morass of patchwork reforms that enfeeble the movement while failing to alter relationships of power.
Read More at Black Agenda Report


Truly by Persons Unknown: Racial Erasure. The NY Times Discovers That Blacks Were Lynched...But Doesn't Name White People as the Killers
by Chauncey DeVega
the Times has produced a story about white racial terrorism and wicked violence against black humanity, but never directly names white Americans as the agents of evil
Read More at Chauncey DeVega


For Those of Us Who The World Is Not Ready, Qualified, Able, or Willing to Love: Happy Valentine’s Day
by Shaadi Devereaux
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. As we begin to wrap ourselves in the nostalgia of waxy discount chocolate and chalk-flavored hearts, we find ourselves turning to the question of love. On February 14, love and romance seem to take on a hypervisibility that can’t be avoided. Whether we are paired, single, looking, or some “it’s complicated” combo of all the above, we consider affairs of the heart. Amidst the smokey haze of floating red cellophane balloons, most of us who are interested at least ask the question, “Am I where I want to be in love?”
Read More at Black Girl Dangerous


Hey, America: It’s Not Just Sports Illustrated – It’s Most Magazines
by Shamikah Christina Martinez
On Monday, Sports Illustrated released its new, almost vagina revealing, cover for the 2015 swimsuit edition. This resulted in much parent outrage and lots of news articles discussing whether or not SI went too far this time. Maybe. But my question is, are people just as bothered by way women are shown on ALL magazine covers ALL the time? And that’s before you even get to the ads. So while everyone is up in arms about Sports Illustrated, maybe it’s a good time to talk about “Magazines Illustrated” too.
Read More at The Vagenda


It’s not that Azealia Banks and Kanye dislike Iggy and Beck, they may just care too much
by Ali M Latifi
As MC Lyte said: “Elvis made a bundle while we remained poor.”
Read More at Media Diversified


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