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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…


Yet again the country has been witness to the particular spectacle of another Black victim’s family offering forgiveness to their deceased kin’s killer. In this case, the killer is Amber Guyger, a young white woman, who, at the time, was a police officer in Dallas, TX. In a case that the defense would want us to believe was a case of mistaken residence. She claims that she believed she shot and killed the man who had intruded into her domicile. In fact, she was the intruder. Botham Jean, the victim, was home watching TV in his underwear eating ice cream.

Ewuare X. Osayande

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

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