Critics generally don’t associate Black people with ideas. They see marginal people; they see just another story about Black folks. They regard the whole thing as sociologically interesting perhaps, but very parochial. There’s a notion out in the land that there are human beings one writes about, and then there are Black people or Indians …

$234,910

A GoFundMe campaign raised $234,910 and counting in support of Ferguson PD Officer Darren Wilson, the killer of Michael Brown who is currently not charged with a crime and is on leave with pay, as far as I know. The donations are even fucking tax-deductible.  Meanwhile, the preliminary grand jury case against Wilson is called “Michael Brown …

People of color, women, and gays — who now have greater access to the centers of influence that ever before — are under pressure to be well-behaved when talking about their struggles. There is an expectation that we can talk about sins but no one must be identified as a sinner: newspapers love to describe …

Oklahoma Executions Delayed Because State Lacks Drugs To Kill Death Row Inmates

Honestly, America: if you’re not even able to procure the drugs for the death penalty, maybe you should take that as a sign that the death penalty really shouldn’t be enforced anymore in 2014. Just sayin’.Oklahoma Executions Delayed Because State Lacks Drugs To Kill Death Row Inmates

The Dunn Verdict Angers and Confuses Me.

Aside: This got a bit long, and is an outpouring of my angry, confused thoughts after waking up to the Dunn verdict this morning. There is this great comment by Ta-Nehisi Coates.  I can recommend Elon James White’s twitter account as a starting point to read more commentary by people more affected by the verdict than myself. …

This multilingual rendition of America the Beautiful by/for Coke was one of the ads during last night’s Super Bowl that didn’t suck. It’s quite a beautiful, charming rendition of the song, young voices, celebrating the sublime landscape of the United States, a patriotic song, promoting the essential American drink. In its core, this ad is …