The 99% Isn’t Me: Being the Minority in the 99%

Been wanting to talk about being “Black in the Revolution”, I figured it would be good to start with the most obvious and most visible political moment and space we have today which would be the Occupy Movement. This movement was birth as an American manifestation of the spirit that gave rise to the Arab Spring that overthrew the Egyptian and Tunisian dictatorships (I still have questions about Syria and Libya…ya’ll already know my stance on that one)  that sought to bring the pro-democracy spirit to America in its own way. The main slogans of the Occupy Movement are things like “Occupy Everything” and “We are the 99%”. These slogans manifested themselves quite literally in the hundreds of occupations of public parks, buildings, and central spaces across America, the rest of the western hemisphere, and even in parts of Europe and Asia that are going on as we speak.  They organize without leaders, using consensus democratic processes in most places, and seek to create the basis for equalizing the wealth of this nation between ALL its citizens. Continue reading “The 99% Isn’t Me: Being the Minority in the 99%”

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Snarky but Informed Answers to Buzzfeed’s “27 Questions Black People Have For Black People”

Recently the Black people of Buzzfeed published this video which consisted of Black folks asking Black folks questions about our mannerisms, ideologies, histories, and perceptions. I’ll let you watch it below:

I think (some) of their questions deserve answers if only to show how shitty they really are in the first place. So below is a selection of questions from the video (paraphrased) and my answers to them. Take a gander and feel free, after reading this list, to NEVER ask any of these again. Continue reading “Snarky but Informed Answers to Buzzfeed’s “27 Questions Black People Have For Black People””

Killer Cops Won’t Wait On Your Next Article: The Role of Academics in Anti-Oppression Struggles

As a graduate student in sociology studying racial segregation and other forms of racial oppression, the realities of my people’s lives and deaths are a constant part of my lived experience. Part of why I became a sociologist was to do the research that uncovers hidden forms of oppression and documents avenues of resistance that my people and other oppressed people can utilize in their … Continue reading Killer Cops Won’t Wait On Your Next Article: The Role of Academics in Anti-Oppression Struggles

Rebel Researchers: VENT Mag

When we talk about rebel researchers we are referring to individuals or groups who have chosen to use their professional skills whether its in sociology, graphic design, law, social work, or dance to contribute to the furthering of justice in our society. They are rebels because they go against the grain of what society expects them to use their education and skills for, which is often power and profit. Today I … Continue reading Rebel Researchers: VENT Mag

[Hood Sociology] Connecting Racism and Imperialism via Hip Hop

Hip hop has always been a space where critical topics and concepts are discussed by both the artists and their listeners. For the past few years I’ve followed a Toronto group known as the Freedom Writers.  They are in my opinion one of the best conscious hip hop groups out right now combining a radical critique of the industry and society with a great stage … Continue reading [Hood Sociology] Connecting Racism and Imperialism via Hip Hop

Quick Tips on Choosing PhD Programs for POCs

I am in the process of choosing a PhD program to attend this fall. The job of choosing a program has been one of the most intensive things I’ve had to do since deciding to start graduate school. I mentioned in a previous article the lack of information transmission from one generation of academics to the next about how to navigate structures of advantage and disadvantage. I was … Continue reading Quick Tips on Choosing PhD Programs for POCs