Author: Kia Speaks

Day 15: How Do We Continue Resisting?

One day it will be written in history books that as white supremacy attempted to take its final stand, the people rose up, joined together and fought back. They looked evil in the face and said, “We will not become you.” Day 15. We’re fifteen days into the Trump regime and most of us are exhausted. We’re tired. We’re angry. We’re overwhelmed. But we are working. We are progressing. We are winning. It’s hard to see the wins when the battles are never ending, but they’re present. Blowticious put together a Twitter thread of highlighting areas we’ve made progress...

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I’m Learning. I’m Growing.

“JESUS 👏🏾 AINT 👏🏾GON 👏🏾FIX 👏🏾IT YOU 👏🏾GON 👏🏾HAVE 👏🏾TO 👏🏾DO 👏🏾SOMETHING 👏🏾YOURSELF” —@mr_wrightaway I’d been struggling to sum up the lessons 2016 taught me when @Mr_Wrightaway’s tweet tumbled down my timeline. It was the perfect synopsis of my 2016. Last year was probably the hardest year of my life. Nothing bad happened to me per se, but somehow the universe orchestrated a radical scheme to bring all my past resentments and disappointments to the surface. I came face to face with every negative thing that I’d spent the last 17 years ignoring, burying and suppressing. It was draining,...

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Women’s History Month: Joan Trumpauer Mulholland

What does it mean to be a white ally in the fight against racism and white supremacy? Joan Trumpauer Mulholland‘s activism is a great of example. Joan was a segregationist’s worst nightmare. A good southern girl, descendent of slave owners, who spent her youth fighting for racial equality. Joan was forced out of Duke University, disowned by her family and hunted by the Ku Klux Klan. She, along with Stokely Carmichael (the activist and later SNCC chairman) and Hank Thomas, were jailed in Mississippi for participating in the 1961 Freedom Rides. After being released, she saw how angry segregationists were after Charlayne Hunter-Gault...

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Cam Newton: Dehumanization, Respectability Politics & Racial Double Standards

“What a sore loser!” “Some role model.” “Be professional!” “He won’t last in the NFL with that attitude.” “He has to grow up.” “The world doesn’t revolve around you, boy.” These are all statements made after Cam Newton, who appeared frustrated after the Carolina Panthers’ 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos and annoyed by reporters pressuring him for sound bites, walked out of his Super Bowl 50 postgame interview. Immediately, a number of people began questioning whether Newton’s behavior was befitting of the “face of the league” and the 2015 MVP. But is the criticism of Newton fair? The...

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Murder and Unrequited Justice

Around the time George Zimmerman was acquitted for murdering Trayvon Martin, I took to Facebook to vent my frustration over the case and my fears for my kid, a black boy who was quickly transforming into a black teenager who would soon be categorized as a black man because “black kids look older.” “Don’t let one idiot make you feel this way,” replied my high school band director. In one sentence, this 40-something, white man from Alabama dismissed my anger and concern as trivial and irrational. That hurt, but I also understood that my lived experiences were different from...

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