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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Stand Our Ground: New Global Poetry Anthology Raising Funds for Justice!

Title: Stand Our Ground:Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander Publisher: FreedomSeed Press (Philadelphia, PA) Paperback, 272 pages Publication Date: April 22, 2013  ORDER NOW! $25.00 All proceeds will be shared with the families of Martin and Alexander to aid in their respective pursuits of justice. READ AN EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK! For more information …

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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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Mary’s Insurgent Song

After all that has been done over the centuries to suppress the revolutionary message and mission of the one known as Jesus, the insurgent song of Mary his mother remains etched in the gospel for all with eyes to see and ears to hear.  Beginning at Luke 1:46 …              …

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Psalms for Palestine

  by Ewuare X. Osayande   Netanyahu, your flag may bear  the star of David but the Palestinian people bear his spirit; twirling freedom’s slingshot hurling the bleeding stones of their defiance   in the face of your iron-clad Goliath.                          

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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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More than Gold – Poem for Gabrielle Douglas

by Ewuare X. Osayande   your world was as wide as the palm of your hand oblivion on either side you trained past bruises and pain refused defeat mastering unforgiving bars and beams of wood   sashaying like a young Katherine Dunham a geometry of poise and grace somersaulting into the record books rewriting history …

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The Adidas Controversy: Wage Slavery and the Shackling of Black Youth

by Ewuare X. Osayande When I first saw the photo of the Adidas sneaker JS Roundhouse Mid online, I thought it was a crude meme or somebody’s idea of a bad joke. It was very hard for me to take seriously. What corporation would place such a product on the market? And why? Then I …

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