Civil rights, LGBTQ


MARRIAGE Equality is now the law of the entire United States! A great day for civil rights & for the LGBTQ community. Not the end all and be all of the fight for dignity and equality, but a historic step forward and a HUGE confirmation of the 14th Amendment and a great day have full access to civil marriage protections and privileges. Amazing.

“It is now clear that the challenged laws burden the liberty of same-sex couples, and it must be further acknowledged that they abridge central precepts of equality . . .”—Justice Kennedy

#terrorism, Civil rights


q-8-t emanuel a.m.e. church

The only thing I can say to the 9 victims, their families and to all black folks who are feeling a little more afraid and a little less safe is: I am sorry. I am so damn sorry. I am so sorry that this country, this country ruled for so long by white privilege & fear, has terrorized you for so long. This was a lynching, a terrorist attack, pure and simple, but instead of a noose the terror weapon that was used was the new tool of white hate, the handgun. I am so so so sorry…

I am not going to waste time talking about the piece of filth that did this besides that I hope he is caught and sentenced to life. Instead I will say that the Grandmother who threw her body over her 5 year old Granddaughter and saved her life is a hero, the sort of hero that gives me hope for this world. That woman is the sort of person I aspire to be.

May all the victims rest in peace.


Charleston Police say that the suspect is around 21, slender build, sandy blonde hair, wearing blue jeans, a gray sweatshirt and Timberland boots.

Also, the Church attacked was a center of the Black Abolition Movement & the Civil Rights Movement. Martin Luther King, Jr. visited the Church in 1962. This was as much an attack on a symbol of African American pride & history as much as on the people inside at the time.

6/19/15 UPDATE: They caught the bastard! Dylann Storm Roof (what an fucking stupid ass name…sorry, but it is) has been charged w/ 9 counts of 1st Degree Murder for his actions at the Emanuel AME Church. He may yet be charged federally for a hate crime under Domestic Terrorism charges. The Justice Department has opened and investigation on both counts. This degenerate racist spewed some White Nationalist & Tea Party/GOP oriented lies about Black Americans as he gunned down these innocent people in their place of sanctuary and worship. The photo released of him to the press shows him wearing a scowl and two white nationalist flag decals on his jacket, including the flag of former White Ruled Apartheid South Africa. This “man” is obviously a racially motivated terrorist like the “men” who killed the Civil Rights Workers in Mississippi, or the one who bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church. He is defined by hate, consumed by it, and already gun rights fanatics, GOP/Teaparty supporters & racists are trying to “excuse” his actions or blame it on the Black community. This will not stand. This fiend will be tried, convicted and either sent to prison for life or executed. I hope it is the former, because there is no more need for death & I can think of no better justice than for this fool to rot in a cell for the rest of his long, long life. The families, showing more compassion, strength, love & dignity than I think I could ever muster if I were in a similar circumstance, have forgiven the terrorist Roof, and said they just want to move on and not let his actions drag them down into more hate. They just want to have people remember their loved ones and to work on making racism like this a bad memory. Amazing. Read that story here

Activism, poetry

This Flag


This flag

it is a rag

it ain’t my bag

to salute this piece of cloth

signaling defeat

and deceit

in the eyes of those

unfortunate enough

to be “liberated”

in its name

This flag

is just a rag

a blood one at that

used to mop up the

trail of tears

and 500 years

of genocide

red as the blood that stains the great plains

white as the skin of the conquerors

blue as the blood of those who profited

and who profit still

on the tyranny

and calumny

that reigns






to me


Do Not Wait (the Moon)


Do not wait for me to fly

I will be there, by and by

To sooth your fears

And dry your tears

A breeze will deliver me

Your sighs and your nocturn pleas

Listen closely

Quite remotely

You can hear my eager tramp

Do not yet put out your lamp

For soon you see

With you I’ll be

Your sorrows will be ended

Your shattered heart well mended

I’ll be with you very soon

‘til then take cheer from the moon

Up in our shared twilight sky

I will be there, by and by


Why Are So Many People Wearing Orange Today?

wearorangelogo People all over the US are wearing Orange today to promote National Gun Violence Awareness Day, a day set aside to contemplate the damage done to our society by mass gun ownership and the gun culture that fuels the cycle. Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton was shot dead while taking cover from the rain, allegedly by gang members who mistook her for a rival. Who shot her is not so much at issue as the fact that is WAS shot, and killed, by a tool that has become the near universal way of solving problems in the streets of our cities and neighborhoods by gangs and police and private citizens alike. National Gun Violence Awareness Day is being observed and promoted by MomsRising and Amnesty International, among many others, in order for the US to take time and reflect on what gun violence and reliance on guns as a solution to social problems has done to our culture. This is not “take away all guns” day or “guns are the cause of all of our problems” day, it is a day to be AWARE of the nature of gun violence and how our laws, media, and culture help to promote it. This scares the NRA so much that it has gone out of its way to declare the entire movement “pointless”. Why would the largest Gun Lobby organization in the nation go out of its way to denounce a movement if it was, in fact, on its face pointless? The forces that want a perpetually armed and scared populace are themselves worried. They see the writing on the wall, so often in the blood of innocents, and it is telling them that their time in power may be coming to an end. What is gun culture in this country? Why does it seem to be so inextricably linked to race and racism? Gun culture is a phenomenon prevalent in middle class and upper class white men, and often women, and propagated by the culture and media controlled by the same. A continuation of fears/hatreds/interests that emerged from the chattel slave era of US History followed by the criminalization of black bodies from the Jim Crow to the modern era. A “sanitized” form of lynching that treats gut feelings, common knowledge of “the real world”, and a sort of pessimism about human nature regarding the inevitability and all encompassing nature of crime (mostly a property based frame of reference for crime i.e. property damaged, threatened, or made to be/seem less valuable by unwanted others, “your” daughter threatened, “your” family at risk). Lynching is not a thing of the past in this nation; it is less lynching violence overcome then lynching culture so well assimilated into the white American psyche that it has become an ethical stance and an accompanying way of living and seeing the world, a way that has been folded into the larger, ostensibly non-racist on the surface, “gun culture”.  Gun culture today is a new paradigm in the expression of the lynching impulse by white America against black America. It can be seen in the rates of gun ownership by white families (those who have the least to fear from crime have the most guns to protect against it), the use of stand your ground laws in circumstances where whites have shot blacks, the failure of many black citizens to be able to pursue a stand your ground defense, the rate of gun violence against blacks by the various police forces of the nation, and the vilifying in the media and the popular culture of black people who use guns versus the deification of white people who do. Gun culture is a white power culture, it always has been, and it will be until measures are taken to restrict unlimited ownership and use of weapons as a matter of course.