Driving a car through a crowd of people is an act of terrorism. But the United States as a nation is profoundly racist. Terrorism is only ever associated with brown people. Hence the white men who continually perpetrate the worst shootings in the United States are never labeled as "terrorists" but are instead labeled as … Continue reading Charlottesville: The Continuation of White Terrorism
Yesterday, the Army Corps of Engineers decided to pass the final easement allowing for the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). I've been thinking about this as momentum builds behind the pipeline. The executive order, the banks that continue to fund it, and the large proportion of the country that view themselves as unaffected … Continue reading Why the DAPL?
There's been a lot of discussion about the Women's March and its purpose and its controversy and I support that. I'm still thinking about exactly what and how I fit into this movement. I know I need to be a part of it, that I must be a part of it, but I also cannot … Continue reading Poem from Women’s March
Given the promise of increased criminalization, the promise of increased funding for the police state, and the threat of a heavy-duty deportation machine, it is now more important than ever to defund the prison-industrial complex. If you haven't read "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander or watched the documentary 13th, add it to your … Continue reading Beginning Thoughts on the Prison-Industrial Complex (PIC) and Abolition
First, it's important how we frame this conversation. Unless you are a member of a native tribe, you or your ancestors are/were an immigrant to this country. If you are white, more than likely some of your ancestors were involved in the theft of native lands and the massive genocide that took place on this … Continue reading Beginning Thoughts On Immigration
This is what a kleptocracy looks like. So, if you happened to vote in this past election for the orange thing (I'm going to show it as much respect as it has shown me and my compatriots), and you don't believe yourself to be racist or homophobic (HA), you probably voted because you wanted to … Continue reading This is Not What “Change” Looks Like
The past few months I haven't been writing. I've made vague scratches at the page, but nothing felt like enough. Donald Trump is nothing new. He is only the concentrated epitome of racism, sexism, classism, and xenophobia that has long held our country in its claws. His rise to power, however, has granted the more … Continue reading Why I Am Marching
CW: Discussion of gun violence Another mass shooting. I am never going to type those words again. I refuse. In Orlando, Florida early Sunday morning a man entered a nightclub and ended forty-nine human lives, wounded fifty-three more, shattered hundreds, and brought terror and devastation to thousands. I have been told numbers only numb the … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Guns