Dear Colin Kaepernick: All You Had To Do Was Play The Game, Boy.

All you had to do was throw the ball, boy. We concealed this auction block well, didn’t we, boy? You didn’t know you were on sale, boy? Didn’t we tell you to just run, boy? Entertain us, boy. Win championships for us, boy. Stay in your place, boy. Don’t you dare get these other slaves, Black men riled up, boy. Didn’t we pay you enough, boy? Why can’t you just be satisfied, boy? Stand up and salute this flag, boy. Honor your allegiance to the system, boy. Didn’t we give you enough money to entice you, boy? How dare you reject your master, boy. Didn’t you like your name in lights, boy? Didn’t we stroke your ego, boy? All you needed to do was play the game, boy. Keep dancing for us on Monday Night, boy. Make us rich, boy. We don’t care if you get hurt, boy. Our job is to break bucks like you, boy. Didn’t you know boys like you come a dime a dozen, boy? We can replace you with no thought, boy. Make sure our new boy is a controlled boy. Thought you knew we don’t trust Negroes to be the quarterback anyways, boy. We did you a favor, boy. How dare you turn your back on us, boy. If you are kneeling, it will be before us, boy. Ain’t this game your God, boy? Don’t you see how everyone else bows down before us, boy? Don’t you know what we do to Negroes like you, boy? Back in the day, we let Negroes like you sway from the trees, boy. Make an example outta you, so other Negroes will stay in their place, boy. Don’t you smell that strange fruit in the air, boy? All you had to do was just shut up, boy. We don’t have to kill you, boy. All we have to do is silence you, boy.

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Were We Not Enough?

In recent weeks with the tragic and unfortunate murder of Heather Heyers, it seems the world has turned its eye to the United States of America, wagging its finger in shame. The blatant acts of racism that ascended upon Charlottesville, Virginia have been rebuked by actors, comedians, senators, congressmen, congresswomen, reporters, CEOs, restaurant owners, even some law enforcement, and everyday people in the world. The funeral of Heather Heyers was attended by hundreds and the events of that tragic day many have said impacted the very course of the presidency.  Heather’s last Facebook quote, “If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention,” has been shared countless times on social media.

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Dear White America: At Least Acknowledge Your Hypocrisy and Bullsh*t.

By now I am sure you have heard of the domestic terrorist event, fueled by racism, which has taken place in Charlottesville, Virginia. What the media has chosen to call the “alt-right” (Tiki Torch Posse) instead of what they are-the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, bigots, racists, took a trip to Home Depot and bought hundreds of tiki torches and attempted to intimidate a group of “counter-protestors” at Emancipation Park. It is being reported that this event was organized to Unite The Right (whatever the fuck that means) against the removal of a statue of the man that lost the South in the Civil War, Robert E. Lee.

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Dear White People: This is Why I Will Never “Get Over” Slavery (Part I)

I have seen the beginning, standing in the Door of No Return at Goree Island in Dakar, Senegal. I was almost afraid to walk through the entrance of what many call a slave castle. There was nothing majestic or regal about the building. Had history not recorded the reason the building stood, many would walk by it and think nothing of the structure, never knowing the horror that took place beyond the entrance. Still, I knew the ground that we stood on was sacred. Continue reading

Black Lives & Deadly “Little” White Lies By Naa-Shorme

Guest Blogger: Naa-Shorme of Write To Live 

What a week.

save our sonsWhile grieving the death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards at the hands of police, we received notice that justice will not be served in the case of Alton Sterling who was shot by police in Baton Rouge last summer. We were then updated that the officers involved in Jordan’s death gave a false account of events. Not to forget that in the case of Walter Scott, slain in 2015 by a police officer, the officer has recently changed his story and plead guilty at the federal level after an initial mistrial at the circuit level. Experiencing the emotional highs and lows of these events sums up what it means to be black in America. To fear for and mourn lives both known and unknown, knowing that our lives are predicated on a narrative that is not our own, but a misrepresentation of who we are. Continue reading

Confederate: How Long Do White People Want to Profit From Black Pain?

I should have known when the creators and showrunners of the hit TV series Game of Thrones, David Benioff, and Dan Weiss, had “Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons”, being lifted into the air by a swarm of Black people, shit was gonna go left real quick with David and Dan. Continue reading