A year ago the whole world witnessed one of the most glaring and repulsive acts of police violence captured on video when Derek Chauvin, with the active support and cooperation of his fellow officers, put the full weight of his body on the neck of George Floyd as he lay handcuffed on a street corner in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Bystanders looked on in horror telling officers to stop. They didn’t. And Mr. Floyd died as a result.

In the days and weeks that followed, thousands upon thousands of Americans from all walks of life took to the streets braving a pandemic…


Earlier this week, New York Attorney General Letitia James released a damning report in which 11 women accuse New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment. In his videotaped defense, Cuomo suggested that his behavior was “cultural” and not gender-specific. He displayed photos of himself kissing the cheeks of other men, political figures and citizens as proof that his behavior is not predatory towards women. He even indicates that he learned it from his mother and father as behavior meant to convey “warmth.” What Cuomo fails to acknowledge is that culture, passed down by family or learned within community, is…


Earlier this week the Congress passed legislation making Juneteenth a federal holiday, and, somehow we are supposed to see this as an act of progress and cause for celebration. Yet, when placed within the context of our current condition as a people and placed within the context of the history it is meant to commemorate, the occasion is one marked by caustic irony and, rather than cause for celebration, is more cause for discomforting concern.

In light of the actions this Congress has yet to take, it is both curious and concerning that this Congress found its way to agree…


Within minutes of the judge reading the guilty verdicts in the case of ex-police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN, President Biden took to the airwaves to offer his response to this case. In his remarks, he indicated his ongoing support for the passage of The George Floyd Act and advocated for its passage in the Congress. What he failed to state was that days earlier he backed off from a campaign promise to use his executive authority to establish a police review commission.

Last year, in the days following the murder of Mr…


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As someone who has recognized the crucial role you played during the primary to secure Trump’s defeat in the election, I write to you from a place of deep concern in light of your recent comments following your party’s presidential win.

In an interview with Yahoo Finance, in response to the host’s question about the tension between the left and moderate wings of the party, you said the following:

“I’ve been Black a long time. I don’t know of any Black people that I’ve been involved with in politics who are comfortable with socialism. They don’t like the term. They…


It was the French philosopher Michel Foucault who is known to have said, “Politics is war by other means.” For African Americans, we have been engaged in a one-sided war since Trump took office. A war that culminated in one of the bloodiest summers Black people have experienced since the Red Summer of 1919. After enduring the insults of a president who despised us and used every opportunity to insult us, after the collective trauma of seeing video clip after video clip of another Black person killed by police or random white gunman, after surviving a worldwide pandemic that has…


Megan Thee Stallion was shot. And for a month she kept silent about the identity of the shooter as the internet denied her, mocked her and cracked jokes. People crawled out from under all manner of rocks to throw the kind of shade on Ms. Pete that never seems to subside when it comes to Black women.

Some of the worst gleefully trafficked in a Black patriarchal discourse of projection and blame. Retired NBA player Larry Johnson may have summed up the collective male dominant logic when he wrote, “Ladies, if you date a man who coined the term ‘Demon…


A #BlackLivesMatter Solidarity Speech

The Martinican revolutionary psychiatrist, Frantz Fanon once wrote, “We revolt simply because, for many reasons, we can no longer breathe”

For many reasons. For many reasons we can no longer breathe.

In just three months over 100,000 people have died from the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

A disproportionate number of them are Black people who have lost their lives from a virus that did not discriminate in a society that continues to. In places sometimes double and triple the rate of the general population, the Black community is weathering an assault on our lives that is unprecedented…


The initial word was that Black folks couldn’t catch it. Rumors began spreading that Black people were immune to the virus. But what we have learned and continue to learn with each passing day as the global death toll rises is that Black life is quite susceptible to this virus. But not in a way that makes sense biologically. Black people are not genetically predisposed to this novel coronavirus. …


a quarantined poem

“Imperialism leaves germs of rot which we must clinically detect and remove from our land but from our minds as well.”
Frantz Fanon

Who knew the apocalypse would come by way of cough?
that a sneeze could kill you
like a scene from the Walking Dead
“avoid each other like the plague” is no longer cliché

What we fear is the dread our lives always been
unmasked now for the matrix of lies
unplugged as we huddle in an insanity of isolation
inhaling the hot toxic phlegm of a fool
masquerading as commander-in-chief
stockpiling toilet tissue
but can’t wipe away the shit stain…

Ewuare X. Osayande

Activist. Poet. Essayist. Author of Black Phoenix Uprising. Learn more about his work at Osayande.org.

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