…and not just because we owe it to Black women

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It is often said that the most difficult thing to be in America is a Black woman for one simple reason: They are simultaneously members of two of the most marginalized groups in this country. It is also often said that Black women missed out on many of the advancements and a chance to more heavily influence the feminist movement of the ’60s because it was occurring at the same time as the Civil Rights Movement. When faced with the zero-sum choice of where to focus their energies, many chose to go all-in on supporting the Black fathers, husbands, brothers…


…for violent, armed, cop-beating white mobs

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In terms of a crime against our democracy, last week’s siege of the Capitol was the worst thing to happen to America since 9/11, but it wasn’t nearly as surprising. The Trump-inspired white terrorist violence we all knew was coming crashed through the doors of Congress. Trump summoned an armed mob of clowns, conspiracy theorists, insurrectionists, and white supremacists intent on disenfranchising 81 million Americans, inflamed and unleashed them on Congress.

For conservatives who haven’t fully bought into conspiracy theories and outright lies about the election, the Trump Mob that rioted at the Capitol, destroyed property, killed a police officer…


For Black Americans Trump’s America Loving Base Is a Familiar Foe

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The America Trump and his supporters have put on display these past four years has shocked and horrified people here at home and around the world. “What has happened to America?” is a common refrain of those unfamiliar with or in denial about this country’s reality. For many African Americans, however, Trump and his base are as familiar as the chill that goes down our spine when we see a police car in the rearview mirror. What is new is how out of place and disoriented they look in a world and in a country that is desperately trying to…


It’s the Last Chance to Get Her Justice

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I have only recently started to understand the profound frustration that underpins some people’s view that voting doesn’t matter. The issues and injustices they face aren’t on the ballot and are totally ignored, or deepened, by the powers that be. Even worse, some people’s issues are paid lip service every couple of years by an endless stream of politicians rehearsed in the performative art of empathy. Meanwhile, the unaddressed issues that plague these could-be voters mount.

New Orleans, where I live, offers a prime example of this by way of a public…


Misinformation, Intimidation, False Promises and Undisclosed Business Connections Call One Healthcare Provider’s Push to Reopen Into Question

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A parent could be forgiven for thinking Jefferson Parish’s school reopening was officially sponsored by Ochsner Healthcare; its name has been used by the Superintendent so much in the past few months. This trusted name in the community was attached to JP’s first ill-conceived and under-resourced plan to reopen in early August while Covid infection rates in the Parish were the highest in the state and despite the fact that our schools serve the already hardest-hit segments of the community.

Disappointingly, it wasn’t…


Just Because You “Don’t See Color” Doesn’t Mean You’re Not Supporting White Supremacy

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Racism is a major issue in this country and yet it’s nearly impossible to find any self-identifying racists. We’ve progressed to the point where there is a social stigma attached to it, and thus to even suggest someone might be racist is a sure-fire way to shut down a conversation. So in an ode to Jeff Foxworthy's “You Might be a Redneck if…”, I’ve come up with, what I hope is, a less abrasive way to discuss this sensitive topic. Feel free to add your own in the comments below.

You might be supporting white supremacy if you think being…


They Depend on Young People Protecting Us Instead of Us Protecting Them

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I have yet to see a school reopening plan that isn’t suffering from one damning oversight: children’s actual behavior. As evidenced by the rapidly accumulating information coming in from what I’ve previously referred to as a nationwide Tuskegee Experiment being performed on some students and educators, reopenings plans are predictably failing, infections are spreading and teachers are already dying. More concerning, as the utter stupidity of reopening while a pandemic is raging becomes more evident, some of those still pushing for it have begun instituting policies to hide information about infections from parents, students, teachers, and support staff. For example…


The case for dating a friend.

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In the not too distant past, I read a Tumblr post entitled, “Why Do Men Keep Putting Me in the Girlfriend-Zone?” To summarize the author’s supposedly satirical article, she complains about how her male friends, after a certain amount of time in their friendship, end up professing feelings for her. Oh God! How could this possibly be?! Why on Earth would a guy — after getting to know a woman really well through friendship — end up liking her? …


What Six Years in South Korea Taught Me About American Racism (An Excerpt)

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In all this talk of Korea’s problems with isms, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the fact that Americans were able to bring some of our own racism over to Korea with us. And I’m not just talking about the over-generalization of Koreans many of us sometimes gave in to while complaining about one aspect of Korea or another. I’m talking about our traditional black and white racial baggage.

In a national headline-generating incident captured on multiple
cellphone cameras and that involved a friend of mine, some American
expats’ deeply-ingrained racial thought processes came to the
foreground. …


Poor Children of Color Are Being Volunteered to be Lab Rats for the Rich in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana

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Ranking right up there with the Tulsa Race Massacre and the Wilmington Coup is another dark moment of American history well-known to Black Americans and lesser-known to whites that occurred in Tuskegee, Alabama in 1932 and is playing itself out again today in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana as schools prepare to reopen. The Tuskegee Experiment, run by the US government, studied the effects of syphilis on Black men by telling the men they would be treated for the disease when in reality they…

Brian M. Williams, JD

Writer, Traveler, Educator, Mardi Gras DJ with a JD. Author of “Stranger in a Stranger Land: My Six Years in Korea” and “When a Stolen Child Returns.”

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