It’s Not Just the South: Anti-Black Racism in the Great Lakes

US cultural memory seems to embrace the defeat of the South in the US Civil War as an exoneration of the North. But the North has racism baked into its core. The contemporary and historical experiences of Black Americans in the North – especially in the Great Lakes region – show how true this is. Continue reading It’s Not Just the South: Anti-Black Racism in the Great Lakes

Racism, Capitalism and Rebellion

We’re now in the midst of what we can definitively say is the biggest wave of mass protests in the United States since the 1960’s. Protests have emerged in all fifty states, in every major city. The character of these uprisings has been less like protests and more like a rebellion with tens of thousands of people taking to the streets, blocking highways, burning and destroying police cars, tearing down confederate monuments and every symbol they could think of economic and racial oppression. Continue reading Racism, Capitalism and Rebellion

“I’ve Been Trying to Vote All Year”: Wisconsin’s Diseased Democracy

I’ve been trying to vote all year and at every turn it’s been awful. I vote in every election. I argued with others about going to the polls and up until the time I left, I debated with myself about going. Whether or not it was worth putting my health at risk. Continue reading “I’ve Been Trying to Vote All Year”: Wisconsin’s Diseased Democracy