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Jay Connor Jay Connor Sep 16, 2019. 17 comments

Candace Owens Defends MAGA in a Room Full of Black People and It Ends Exactly How You Expect It Would

Candace Owens Defends MAGA in a Room Full of Black People and It Ends Exactly How You Expect It Would

The slogan “Make America Great Again” infamously became popularized in 2016 as a rallying cry for conservatives, white supremacists, and other sycophants and deplorables before eventually propelling Donald John Trump—a woefully underqualified xenophobe accused of everything from collusion to fraud to multiple instances of sexual misconduct—into the White House. The phrase has been...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jul 23, 2019. 22 comments

'I Cannot Tell a Lie': Decision to Paint Over George Washington Mural Raises Dem Fears of a Campaign Gift to Trump

'I Cannot Tell a Lie': Decision to Paint Over George Washington Mural Raises Dem Fears of a Campaign Gift to Trump

Controversy is roiling Democratic circles in San Francisco over a controversial decision by the city’s school board to paint over an early-20th-century mural that depicts George Washington as a slave owner as well as a military commander who oversaw the decimation of Native Americans.

Supporters of the move say the 1936 mural by Victor Arnautoff, an artist, Stanford professor and avowed...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jul 20, 2019. 12 comments

Poll Finds Americans Fearful Heated Rhetoric Will Fan Flames of Violence

Poll Finds Americans Fearful Heated Rhetoric Will Fan Flames of Violence

A majority of Americans fear all the racist and otherwise offensive rah rah being spewed in the name of public discourse lately will lead to outright violence, and that it needs to stop.

That’s the finding of a new Pew Research Center poll in which some three-quarters of all Americans (73 percent)—Democrats and Republicans, alike—said “elected officials should avoid using heated language...

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Damon Young Damon Young Jun 24, 2019.

Serena Williams Drinks, Bathes In, And Makes Lemonade With White Tears

Serena Williams Drinks, Bathes In, And Makes Lemonade With White Tears

Serena Williams just beat Maria Sharapova. Again. Because that's what she does. Chew bubble gum, beat Maria Sharapova, and win majors. And I have no doubt that, as long as she doesn't become too distracted by the emojis Drake is texting her right now, she will beat Garbine Muguruza in the Wimbledon final.

There is a particular type of person who will read that last paragraph and become very...

Damon Young Damon Young Jun 22, 2019.

Yeah, Let's Chill With The "KKK Clashes With The Black Panthers" Headlines And Story Angles

Yeah, Let's Chill With The "KKK Clashes With The Black Panthers" Headlines And Story Angles

(Quick thoughts about this weekend's rallies in South Carolina to protest the removal of the Confederate flag)

1. I mean, I get it. The Ku Klux Klan was present at this rally. As were some Black pride groups, including those affiliated with the Black Panthers. And, I would assume that if a KKK member and a Black Panther were to meet each other, they probably wouldn't share hummus recipes....

Damon Young Damon Young Jun 19, 2019.

Jack Kelly Of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Is A Fucking Disgrace, And (Probably) Needs To Get Fired

Jack Kelly Of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Is A Fucking Disgrace, And (Probably) Needs To Get Fired

A few months ago, I published a response to a strikingly tone deaf column from Eric Heyl of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. In it, I stated that “Neighboring districts shy away from Wilkinsburg’s forbidden fruit” (Heyl's column) was literally the worst major newspaper column I’d ever read. I (obviously) did not mince words then, but I also held back a bit. I didn't (and still don't) believe...

Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Jun 16, 2019.

My Black History Knowledge Is Not On Fleek Anymore.

My Black History Knowledge Is Not On Fleek Anymore.

Last night, I had the privilege of participating in a Black History Month Triva Night put on by the Congressional Black Associates, a group of current and former Congressional staffers on Capitol Hill in DC. As a special guest of the organization, I joined one of the four teams comprised of groups of various design. I was hype to do this for a few reasons: 1) trivia; 2) I'm CB4 level Black;...

Jay Connor Jay Connor Jun 10, 2019. 6 comments

Houston Rap Legend Scarface Running for Houston City Council

Houston Rap Legend Scarface Running for Houston City Council

After spending the past 30-plus years as your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper, rap legend Scarface is putting down the mic to run for Houston city council.

The 48-year-old rapper, who was born Brad Jordan, teased the announcement on Instagram last week when he asked “Should I run for Houston City Council?” but made his campaign official on Saturday.

“It’s official,” he announced on Instagram...

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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Jun 07, 2019.

Was The HBCU Experience Necessary For My Success? Maybe. Maybe Not.

Was The HBCU Experience Necessary For My Success? Maybe. Maybe Not.

I have a friend who I consider to be uber-successful. I have very successful friends. Every one of my immediate closest friends from college has at least one advanced degree. A few have Ph.D.s. Some own their own businesses. Some of us are married. Some of us are parents. Point is, everybody, on paper and in real life, both personally and professionally, seems to be doing very well.

But I have...

Damon Young Damon Young Jun 04, 2019.

Damon Young's Talk At The University Of Houston

Damon Young's Talk At The University Of Houston

As I wrote yesterday, the University of Houston's Valenti School of Communication invited me to campus to speak about race and writing and shit. Video footage of the talk is below.

A couple highlights:

***I was wearing a mic, but apparently it wasn't working. I didn't realize it wasn't working, though, so I kept talking. Moments later, a mic mysteriously appears on the table next to...

Damon Young Damon Young May 18, 2019.

The Worst Part Of The DOJ's Report On Ferguson

The Worst Part Of The DOJ's Report On Ferguson

We know that the Department of Justice will continue to investigate the Ferguson Police Department. And, if Ferguson doesn't adhere to whichever changes the DOJ orders them to make, they will face some type of consequence. We know we'll use the empirical evidence of the systematic racism in Ferguson to continue to fuel our own feelings about race and the police, to continue to protest and...

Damon Young Damon Young May 17, 2019.

Why There's Literally Nothing Donald Trump Can Do Or Say To Lose His Support, Explained

Why There's Literally Nothing Donald Trump Can Do Or Say To Lose His Support, Explained

Who is Donald Trump?

Donald Trump is a stenchy Cheeto-stuffed condom expelled from a Gila monster’s rectum and repurposed as pinata stuffing. He's also running for President.

Oh yeah. You've mentioned him before. Why is he in the news today?

In less than a 12-hour span, he's doubled down on his claim that the Central Park 5 were guilty — despite the fact that they were exonerated by DNA evidence...

Natalie Degraffinried Natalie Degraffinried May 17, 2019.

Police Crackdown On Marijuana Proving Fatal For Black People, Bags Of Weed

Police Crackdown On Marijuana Proving Fatal For Black People, Bags Of Weed

Via WLWT, Cincinnati local news:

Some of the contents of Sam DuBose's car at the time of his death have been identified. WLWT has confirmed through CPD's search warrant inventory document that four bags and a jar of marijuana were in Dubose's car at the time of the July 19 traffic stop that ended in former UC Officer Ray Tensing fatally shooting DuBose.

The fatal shooting in question is part of...

Panama Jackson Panama Jackson May 14, 2019.

On Walter Scott, Michael Slager, Mistrials, and Serving on Jury Duty

On Walter Scott, Michael Slager, Mistrials, and Serving on Jury Duty

I’m one of those people who never wanted to serve on a jury. I live in Washington, DC, and because of the population of this city, I feel like I get called in every two years, like clockwork. I’m never happy about this though I do use it, similar to voting in national elections, as my gauge for changing demographics in the this city. The last time I went to serve my jury duty in August, the...

Lawrence Ware Lawrence Ware May 12, 2019.

"Blue Lives" Don't Matter Because Blue Lives Don't Exist

"Blue Lives" Don't Matter Because Blue Lives Don't Exist

During the Q&A section of a panel I was on a few months ago, a person in the audience made the requisite "I'm not on the panel but I'm gonna stand here and hijack the panel conversation" five-minute, pre-question statement some people at panels have the tendency to do, and then asked the single dumbest question I’d ever heard in my life:

“So, what about blue lives? Do they matter?”

It was...

Damon Young Damon Young Apr 30, 2019.

Trump's Proving That Those Who Called Clinton "The Lesser Of Two Evils" Didn't Know What Evil Looked Like

Trump's Proving That Those Who Called Clinton "The Lesser Of Two Evils" Didn't Know What Evil Looked Like

So, I'll be honest. After the shock of the election began to subside and the waves of the post-shock tsunami began to recede, there was a tiny, infinitesimal, Lilliputian part of me that began to look for silver linings. And, even, the subset of hope responsible for giving someone the benefit of the doubt. "Maybe Darth Cheeto won't be the worst thing to happen to America since the Lost series...

Damon Young Damon Young Apr 28, 2019.

I'm Sorry White Guys Who Happen To Look Like Dylann Roof, But I'm Profiling The Fuck Out Of You

I'm Sorry White Guys Who Happen To Look Like Dylann Roof, But I'm Profiling The Fuck Out Of You

I know, I know, I know.

Assigning characteristics to a person just because of the way they look, or the way they're dressed, or the way they wear their hair, is wrong. It is not right to assume that every dead-eyed White guy hanging out in a Black church is just biding his time until he kills everyone. Or that just because he happens have the composite features of literally every. single....

Damon Young Damon Young Apr 28, 2019.

Getting Kicked Off A Wine Tour For Laughing While Black Is The Blackest Thing That Ever Happened This Week

Getting Kicked Off A Wine Tour For Laughing While Black Is The Blackest Thing That Ever Happened This Week

Every once in a while, you'll see a story that's so uniquely and unambiguously Black — with so many different aspects of Blackness involved in it — that it's almost like someone had a Blackness Bingo card and was trying to fill every slot. The story of the 11 Black women thrown off of a train  — a train where the train's only purpose is to transport tipsy people to somewhere where they can...

Aliya Semper Ewing Aliya Semper Ewing Apr 27, 2019. 4 comments

Skin Deep: Appreciation for Dark Brown Flesh-Colored Bandage Goes Viral

Skin Deep: Appreciation for Dark Brown Flesh-Colored Bandage Goes Viral

“It’s taken me 45 trips around the sun, but for the first time in my life I know what it feels like to have a ‘band-aid’ in my own skin tone,” 45-year-old Apollon wrote last week about his Tru Colour bandage. “You can barely even spot it in the first image. For real I’m holding back tears.”

Apollon, who works as vice president of research for Race Forward, isn’t alone in this sentiment. The...

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Damon Young Damon Young Apr 24, 2019.

Five Types Of Post-Racial Racists You Will Definitely Meet

Five Types Of Post-Racial Racists You Will Definitely Meet

The most telling part of the SAE fraternity chant caught on camera — well, the most telling part aside from the tuxes and gowns, because nothing says "it's time to do some racist-ass shit" like Tuxedo Junction Groupons — is the fact that this song was perfect. The words, cadence, and rhythm were a perfect fit for "If You're Happy And You Know It." This is not something that's particularly...

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