I believe in prison abolition. I am not a perfect abolitionist. I believe that it is not only ideal but essential to our survival as Black people that we defund police, close prisons, and implement practices within our communities that are divorced from carceral systems. And while I am still struggling with what that entails,Continue reading “I’m Not a Perfect Abolitionist, and I’m Okay With That”
“My mother was the first person to teach me that love looks like violence…” I was awakened to being pulled from my bed by my hair and dragged from my room to the kitchen. I was thrown to the grown and hit in my face repeatedly. I had no idea what was happening or why.Continue reading “Black Girls Deserve Love That Doesn’t Hurt and It Starts With Us”
You may have heard me say this before.
I’m sure you’ll hear me say it again.
I intend to keep saying it as often and as loudly as necessary until the skies open up and the ancestors send for me, or until I feel a shift in the weight of your words. Yes, you. I’m talking about you and I want you specifically and especially to hear me: the way I see you “loving” Black women do not be moving me.
July 3, 2020
The dictionary defines coddling as “treat in an indulgent or overprotective way.”
So, to say black boys are being coddled is to say that we are protecting them somehow. Yet black boys/men experience:
- the lowest graduation rates among their peers.
- the highest youth incarceration rates, often for non-violent offenses.
- the highest rates of child abuse resulting in death.
- the highest rates of imprisonment as adults.
- the highest rates of unemployment.
- an alarming number of deaths at the hands of police (in 2018, 191 black people have been shot and killed by police. 184 were men. Of the 15 black individuals considered unarmed – carrying no gun, knives, pipes, toy weapons, or driving a vehicle, 14 were men.)
So what exactly are we protecting them from?
July 12, 2019
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