There is unfinished business in Black America, which the nuisance of “New Blacks” is making clear. That this unfinished business has the face of Lil' Wayne attached to it only means we can’t hide from it. Carolina Panther Cam Newton and
The past, present, and future stories of Native and Black Americans are interconnected and intersectional.Only two weeks ago, we witnessed the unsettling images of private cops pepper-spraying and siccing dogs on Native activists and their children, who were peacefully protesting the construction of the Dakota Pipeline. These activists unified across nations and tribes to prevent yet another attempt at environmental warfare from white capitalist America. They took a united stand against corporate greed to protect land that has always been rightfully theirs. Although they protested peacefully, their collective presence was powerful enough to incite violence. Being peaceful and unarmed didn’t matter, and in the history of marginalized and colonized people, it rarely does. How can we ever forget this iconic image? [caption id="attachment_38184" align="alignnone" width="600"] Dogs attacking protestors in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963.[/caption] When you’re a person of color in this country, your fundamental existence is enough to inspire acts of hate. This is a shared reality that Native and Black Americans know all too well. We will never be free to thrive and exist while a white supremacist structure still stands, but what’s puzzling is that although we have a shared history of collective trauma and struggle, we rarely organize together.
A constant struggle that continues to arise within Black organizations, the activist world, community spaces and social justice conversations is that of who gets paid for their work? and how we prioritize the need for payment for labor as we navigate
This week at Queer Fashion Week, you can get to know New York's Geek Junky, custom looks designed by Chanique Quinones. You can check out Quinones and her awesome geek chic Thursday at the Unconventional Fashion Show. In the meantime, read on to learn