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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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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Jul 11, 2019.

Did I Get White Saviored #OrNah?

Did I Get White Saviored #OrNah?

On Tuesday evenings, my daughter has dance class. She takes a combination tap and jazz class and is a good dancer. She is now seven years old and her mother and I have had her in dance since she was nearly two. I’ve been a dance dad for a very long time. Even now, I’m getting a little misty-eyed thinking back to the days when I had to sit in on her class because the kids were afraid to be...

Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Jul 11, 2019.

Lessons In Blackness From Yale University's Black Solidarity Conference

Lessons In Blackness From Yale University's Black Solidarity Conference

(This will be long and yes, that is what she said. There's a lot to unpack in these words. Grab a seat and come along for the ride. Also, keep in mind, I'm an HBCU graduate so my perspective is rooted in that fact. Perspective is everything.)

This past weekend, Damon and I had the pleasure of speaking at Yale University as part of their 21st Annual Black Solidarity Conference which bring...

Damon Young Damon Young Jul 11, 2019.

Those "I'm Not My Grandparents; You Can Catch These Hands" Shirts Are Disrespectful As Fuck (And Wrong)

Those "I'm Not My Grandparents; You Can Catch These Hands" Shirts Are Disrespectful As Fuck (And Wrong)

I was invited to New York City Friday evening for an advance screening of the screen adaptation of Fences — August Wilson's iconic play. Afterwards, the cast — including Denzel Washington (who also produced and directed the film) and Viola Davis — took part in a panel discussion about the story the film told, August Wilson's genius, Pittsburgh (where each of Wilson's plays took place), and...

Damon Young Damon Young Jul 11, 2019.

I'm In Love With Black People Who Love Being Black People. And Love Black People

I'm In Love With Black People Who Love Being Black People. And Love Black People

It's not terribly uncommon for me to write and/or publish a piece that deals with race — whether its a satirical quiz about a certain strain of regressive pro-Blackness or a piece from one of our writers about a reality show featuring women not quite sure if they're Black — and receive feedback that either questions my agenda or explicitly states I must have some anti-Black agenda. Often, the...

Damon Young Damon Young Jul 06, 2019.

An Interview With The Only Person Left In America Who Actually Admits To Being Racist

An Interview With The Only Person Left In America Who Actually Admits To Being Racist

After reading some of the racially-tinged responses to both the Michael Vick story and #laughingwhileBlack, I became dismayed. Sad, even. Not because of the racism. Racism by itself doesn't sadden me. I've grown so used to it that, on Thursdays, I congeal it into a gel and use it as deodorant. (And it's surprisingly effective.) But none of these people actually seem to want to admit that...

Damon Young Damon Young Jul 05, 2019.

Bill O'Reilly's Career Is Proof That A Broken Clock Is Always Right If Its White

Bill O'Reilly's Career Is Proof That A Broken Clock Is Always Right If Its White

Bill O'Reilly, a racist and rapey vat of lukewarm hot dog water fused into chicken feed and repurposed as embalming fluid for Antonin Scalia's corpse, is out at Fox News, after apparently the "rapey" part of the whole "racist and rapey vat of lukewarm hot dog water fused into chicken feed and repurposed as embalming fluid for Antonin Scalia's corpse" became too much of a financial burden.

He,...

Damon Young Damon Young Jul 03, 2019.

President Obama's Gun Control Tears Are The Blackest Thing That Ever Happened This Week

President Obama's Gun Control Tears Are The Blackest Thing That Ever Happened This Week

It's been well-documented here that President Obama is firmly and fully ensconced in the fuck devoid span of his presidency. He has nestled in his full-length no fucks futon; his bare feet stretched on his no fucks ottoman, reading perhaps How to Give No Fucks and Influence People or Chicken Soup for the Fuck-less Soul.

This is the president we anticipated when all that hoping and changing...

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...

Damon Young Damon Young Jun 18, 2019.

Kanye West Is What Happens When Whiteness Becomes The Standard

Kanye West Is What Happens When Whiteness Becomes The Standard

Admittedly, reminding myself that Whiteness isn't any sort of standard to measure myself by is a concept I still wrestle with. Even today, as I'm acknowledging the existence of White privilege, of White supremacy, and of the creation of Whiteness, I have to consciously urge myself not to allow it to infect me. But it's so pervasive, so ingrained, so subtle, so sneaky, that despite my...

Damon Young Damon Young Jun 17, 2019.

How "Coon" Became The New "Female"

How "Coon" Became The New "Female"

"while the word female is appropriate under certain contexts, beware of the cat who uses it as his universal descriptor of all women. honestly, although i have a few theories (my favorite one has something to do with sting and the police), i have absolutely no idea why this is such a strong indicator of aint sh*tness. but, every guy i’ve known who regularly incorporates female in their daily...

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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Lawrence Ware Lawrence Ware Jun 07, 2019.

Dear White People: We Don't Give A Damn About Your "Black Friend"

Dear White People: We Don't Give A Damn About Your "Black Friend"

It’s usually uttered when a White person is caught unintentionally doing something racially problematic. The statement is used as proof of the person’s ability to have meaningful interactions with people of another race. It is used as a buffer against current and future claims of anti-Black tendencies: “I’m not racist. My best friend is Black.”

The problem with the statement is that it...

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...

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