Posts Tagged Malcolm X

“Tomorrow’s world is yours to build.”

Japanese-American activist Yuri Kochiyama died yesterday at age 93.

Kochiyama’s long life of intersectional social justice activism began when her family was interned during World War II. After the war, she and husband became involved in the civil rights movement while living among Black and Puerto Rican neighbors in New York City. She befriended Malcolm X and was famously by his side when he was killed. FBI files described Kochiyama as a “ring leader” of Black nationalists and a “Red Chinese agent,” so she was clearly doing something right. In the ’80s, she helped win reparations and an official apology for Japanese-American internees. 

Japanese-American activist Yuri Kochiyama died yesterday at age 93.

Kochiyama’s long life of intersectional social justice activism began when her family was interned during World War II. After the war, she and husband became involved ...

What We Missed

If you’re not ready to die for it, take the word ‘freedom’ out of your vocabulary. – Chicago Defender (November 28, 1962)

It’s Malcolm X’s birthday. He would have turned 86 if he were alive today.

Is Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill not dead after all?

Fox News had their transphobic expert doctor contend that Chaz Bono’s gender identity is a psychotic delusion — after an uproar, they removed the piece from the internets.

On Silent Choices, a film about black women’s experiences with abortion.

If you’re not ready to die for it, take the word ‘freedom’ out of your vocabulary. – Chicago Defender (November 28, 1962)

It’s Malcolm X’s birthday. He would have turned 86 if he were alive ...

Remembering Malcolm X

Yesterday was the 46th anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination.

As a feminist, I have always been very drawn to Malcolm’s ideological transformation. After reading his autobiography, I saw Malcolm less as a sexist and more as a man who was prompted to reevaluate his world view because of sexist injustices against women. It is no secret that his break with the Nation of Islam was primarily motivated by Elijah Muhammad’s affairs with his young secretaries where he fathered 6 children. While this doesn’t give him a pass on vitriolic remarks such as “The closest thing to a woman is the devil,” it is important to recognize feminist moments about this leader that have been understated or unstated altogether.

Along with ...

Yesterday was the 46th anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination.

As a feminist, I have always been very drawn to Malcolm’s ideological transformation. After reading his autobiography, I saw Malcolm less as a sexist and more as a ...

Shirley Sherrod Photo

Shirley Sherrod’s Case and the Power of the Personal Story

The case of Shirley Sherrod is starting to wind down, but the dialogue around race in America is as vibrant as ever. There is an important post at What About Our Daughters.com that names as Robert Gibbs put it, “people involved in this situation” that “acted without a complete set of facts.” While the article understandably goes for the NAACP’s jugular, it also diffuses the responsibility by holding Roland Martin and Dr. Boyce accountable for skewering a black grandmother without taking the entire tape into account.

While the African American men who acted in haste are one part of Sherrod’s story, a story that is being framed as one of  a heroine, this recent case also makes me ...

The case of Shirley Sherrod is starting to wind down, but the dialogue around race in America is as vibrant as ever. There is an important post at What About Our Daughters.com that names as ...