Dismissal of African-Americans’ Service During Philadelphia’s 1793 Yellow Fever Epidemic Has Important Lessons for All Oppressed Groups

Erica Armstrong Dunbar‘s book Never Caught: The Washington’s Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge mentions Philadelphia’s 1793 yellow fever epidemic, an important episode from the early history of the United States. Read here: Continue reading

Ask Community Foundation of the CSRA to Explain its Donation to White Supremacist Organization

Update: Additional information in Atlanta Journal Constitution article, March 21

Augusta, Georgia-based Community Foundation of the Central Savannah River Area was the largest donor in recent years to the white supremacist National Policy Institute headed by #45Regime adviser Richard Spencer. Read this excerpt from Matt Pearce’s article in the March 20, 2017 Los Angeles Times. Continue reading

Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Experience at USA Civil War Battlefield Sites

From p. 99 of Ta-Nehisi Coates‘s Between the World and Me:

But whenever I visited any of the [USA Civil War] battlefields, I felt like I was greeted as if I were a nosy accountant conducting an audit and someone was trying to hide the books. I don’t know if you remember how the film we saw at the Petersburg Battlefield ended as though the fall of the Confederacy were the onset of a tragedy, not jubilee. I doubt you remember the man on our tour dressed in the gray wool of the Confederacy, or how every visitor seemed most interested in flanking maneuvers, hardtack, smoothbore rifles, grapeshot, and ironclads, but virtually no one was interested in what all of this engineering, invention, and design had been marshaled to achieve.

I tried to say something similar in my review of Robert Hicks’s The Widow of the South, but I failed to say it as clearly and succinctly. I guess that’s why TNC is the best-selling author and I’m blogging.

White Lives Matter: Eric Posner’s Call to Criminalize Speech Supporting ISIS

tumblr_ms5shyetg41rfgmbqo1_1280On December 15, 2015, weeks after the Paris and San Bernardino, California attacks, Slate published ISIS Gives Us No Choice but to Consider Limits on Speech by Eric Posner (Twitter). Even though many of the victims were non-white, Professor Posner’s article is a perfect illustration of White Lives Matter. Continue reading

What White America Can Learn from Nationwide’s #MakeSafeHappen Messages

Just to start off, all of us can learn from this campaign. I’m not sure if the Super Bowl advertisement was great marketing, but the tips on the web site are informative and you should implement them. Thank you, Nationwide. Continue reading

“Terrorist” Tells You More About the State Classifying the Crime than the Crime Itself

“If it’s an al-Qaeda attack, you can bet it will affect the resources and how we respond to it,” [Daniel L.] Byman said. But “many of the objectives [of right-wing extremist groups] are close enough to legitimate political movements. It would be hard to take them on as a whole without causing a lot of discomfort” among people who don’t have violent aims.

This basically sums up why only Muslims, black separatists, defenders of the planet’s ecology and animal rights activists are treated as terrorists, with all the legal disabilities that entails, while white people who talk, meet, train and eventually kill people are never treated as terrorists. If the ideology which motivates you to violence meets the USA oligarchy’s approval, you can’t be a terrorist, no matter what you do.



I was fasting but had to fight the incessant urge to vomit, as my Twitter feed spiked with tweets about a shooting at a Sikh Gurdwara. Hoping against hope it was a mistake, my heart began to race and my teeth clenched as several news reports confirmed the incident. Another terrorist attack against innocent souls, this time just south of Milwaukee, but an hour from where I grew up.

The Qur’an imposes upon Muslims a fundamental duty to protect all houses of worship. Allah proclaims, “Those who have been driven out from their homes unjustly only because they said, ‘Our Lord is God’ — And if Allah did not repel some men by means of others, there would surely have been pulled down cloisters and churches and synagogues and mosques, wherein the name of God is oft commemorated. And Allah will surely help one who helps Him. Allah is indeed Powerful, Mighty —” (Quran 22:41).

Six innocent Sikhs and a terrorist lost their lives today. Many more are injured. Today, at this dark hour, I say to my Sikh brothers — We Are With You! Through every hardship and trial, we stand united with you against all forms of religious persecution, discrimination, and violence. We honor and revere His Eminence Guru Nanak who taught that, “There is but One God, His name is Truth, He is the Creator, He fears none, He is without hate, He never dies…”

– Qasim Rashid (@MuslimIQ)

Beautifully said.

And as I said earlier – I’ll never forget how both the Sikh and Muslim communities came out in solidarity, to protect each other, last year during the UK riots. The response to this heinous crime and true tragedy over in the US, has been similarly admirable from the community…

To be in a place of worship – a place that’s meant to be a peaceful sanctuary – and have your people attacked like that… I just… it’s so very saddening. My thoughts and prayers go out to all Sikh brothers and sisters, and their family, caught up in this true tragedy.

Standing With Our Sikh Brothers This Ramadan

Does @TerraNovaOnFox Continue the Whitewashing of Science Fiction?

I’ve watched the first 3 episodes of @TerraNovaOnFox, and I like it. Yes, I’m a sucker for all science fiction. I hope Fox doesn’t kill it like it did Firefly, Dollhouse and Terminator: Sarah Conner Chronicles. I also enjoyed TNT’s Falling Skies.

But, Terra Nova, j’accuse! In 2149, nearly 140 years in the future, white Americans and British dominate, and the brown characters are anglicized to make them more acceptable.

  1. Actress Shelly Conn, of Sri Lankan descent, is named Elisabeth. Is this impossible? Of course not. But why can’t one of the lead characters, who could certainly pass for a Sri Lankan, actually be a Sri Lankan instead of just another American?
  2. Would not American culture have changed at all in 140 years? All of the American characters have the same generic Anglo names: Jim Shannon, Nathaniel Taylor, Josh Shannon, Maddy Shannon and Zoe Shannon. Isn’t it possible, 140 years from now, a racially mixed couple like Jim and Elizabeth Shannon would give their children less Anglo names? Don’t get me started on the most WASP name ever, Nathaniel Taylor, as the colony commander. One of the best things about Firefly was that it recognized a Chinese component to popular culture in speech and material culture.
  3. Should there not be some explanation of how the portal came to be in Detroit? Is there a United States? Do other governments exist? Shouldn’t Indians and Chinese make up 1/2 of the colonists in Terra Nova?
  4. Josh’s love interest is an Anglo-American, Skye. He could not be in love with a Chinese or Japanese or (God forbid!) an African or Mexican? Likewise, the daughter Maddy is infatuated with Mark, a tanned white man who looks like a high school quarterback.
  5. Are gays and lesbians allowed in 2149 to participate in Terra Nova?
  6. Mira is the only black character. She has great potential. Don’t mess it up! Make her good, evil, a combination of the two, but don’t make her a caricature. In the last scene of Episode 3, one of her followers had “tribal” adornments in his hair. Uh, oh.

I dabble in writing. I attend a local writers’ group once a month. A name I gave one of my characters is Goliki (Go-li-kee). One of the comments I received was I should make the name “easier.”

I got the name Goliki from looking at a customer database to which I have access and picking out names of real people, mixing and matching elements. In other words, WASPs, there are real Americans living among you with names like Rodriguez and Goliki and Fadel and Li. So learn them and get used to it. Especially you editors and producers of science fiction! It’s no longer Tara, even in the United States, and it certainly won’t be like that 140 years from now on a global scale.

P.S. Read Fandom and its hatred of black women characters @Racialicious.