Category Archive: Essays

Police Repression and the Rise of the Black Messiah

by Ewuare X. Osayande As many shop for Christmas presents in the malls of America, still many others have taken to the streets all over this nation in protest to the rash of police killings of African Americans under the banner of #BlackLivesMatter. This jarring juxtaposition of realities is best captured by the photograph from …

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Ray Rice, the NFL, Black Men and the Barbarity of Benevolent Patriarchy

by Ewuare X. Osayande By now, most of us have seen the video of former NFL running back Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiance/now-wife Janay Palmer Rice and dragging her out of the elevator by her legs. The horror of the video is apparent. What struck me was the clear lack of remorse or regard for …

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The Backlash Against Amiri Baraka and the Repression of the Black Moral Vanguard

Author’s Note: I wrote and published this essay in 2002 as the controversy surrounding Amiri Baraka, his poem “Somebody Blew Up America” and his position as Poet Laureate of the State of New Jersey, erupted. The following year, I invited Baraka to Rutgers – the State University of New Jersey in my capacity as the …

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Fear of a Black Messiah

  by Ewuare X. Osayande White racial anxieties reached a fever pitch in 2013. Three episodes in particular reveal the lengths that white supremacy’s beneficiaries and sycophants are willing to go to defend and protect their white Jesus – even to the point of promoting lies and upholding falsehoods in the name of the one …

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Word to the Wise: Unpacking the White Privilege of Tim Wise

Author’s Note – The following essay was originally published in December 2010 at peopleofcolororganize.com where it remained among the three most popular posts for the next couple of years until the website discontinued. In the last week, many folks that appreciate the essay have approached me seeking for it to be re-posted in light of …

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Where are the White Folks? Your Sympathy is not Solidarity

by Ewuare X. Osayande Since the Zimmerman trial ended three weeks ago, the cities have erupted in protests as African Americans and Latin@s have taken to the streets in the thousands, shut down traffic and waged sit-ins all across this country. Right now, there is a group of Black and Brown youth calling themselves the …

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Accomplices to Murder: The Sanford Police Dept, The State of Florida and the Failed Prosecution of George Zimmerman

by Ewuare X. Osayande This trial has been a grave lesson on how the justice system consistently fails those of us who are Black. The travesty of justice in this case is not just that Zimmerman was found “not guilty” for the murder of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Black teenage boy on his way back …

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Still Chained: Django, Tarantino and the Exploitation of Black History

by Ewuare X. Osayande I am not a fan of Quentin Tarantino or his movies. I find his treatment of race, gender and class issues trivial and demeaning, lacking any depth whatsoever. He is a member of a generation of white men who were weaned on a version of Blackness that was served from the …

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Why I am Voting in This Election

by Ewuare X. Osayande Because I believe in a woman’s right to choose; Because I believe in equal pay for equal work; Because I believe that rape is rape and that a man should never be in a position to determine whether the rape of a woman is ever legitimate; Because I believe that a …

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Free Marissa Alexander: The Failure of Black Leadership and the Challenge of this Generation

by Ewuare X. Osayande Right now in Florida there is a person serving a 20 year sentence that claimed the controversial Stand Your Ground law as defense. No, I am not referring to George Zimmerman, who is yet to stand trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin, who remained free without charge until a national …

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