Source: Assata Shakur Speaks! Assata Shakur: The government’s terrorist is our community’s heroine by Mos Def Early in May, the federal government issued a statement in which they labeled Joanne Chesimard, known to most in the Black community as Assata Shakur, as a domestic terrorist. In so doing, they also increased the bounty on her […]Read more "Assata Shakur Speaks!"
I had always doubted that the word, slave, was the root of the ethnic origin, slavic. It seemed unlikely to me that even a conquered people would refer to their culture with the word. Turns out I was looking at it backwards. The whites used the word slavic in reference to their slaves. Actually, the […]Read more "The origin of the word – Slave – Online Etymology Dictionary"
I have mispronounced this word so many times. Balaclava Balaclavas and cardigans have more in common than keeping you warm—they both owe their names to the Crimean War. During the Battle of Balaclava in 1854, British troops were underprepared for the cold Ukrainian winter, and unlike their French counterparts, who were allowed to wear as […]Read more "Balaclava | Lexical Investigations at Dictionary.com"
I have been struggling with the idea of “partisans” ever since I first heard the term used to dismiss the Makhnovshchina. Calling the insurgents of Ukraine simply partisans is so imprecise. What kind of army tries to comfort and reconcile with enemy combatants as soon as the shooting stops? The Soviet authorities and their agents […]Read more "History of the Makhnovist Movement (1918-1921): Chapter 8"
Kyriarchy is a social system or set of interlocking social systems built around domination, oppression, and submission. The word itself is is a neologism coined by Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza to describe interconnected, interacting, and self-extending systems of domination and submission, in which a single individual might be oppressed in some relationships and privileged in others. […]Read more "Kyriarchy – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia"
stri·dent adjective 1. making or having a harsh sound; grating; creaking: strident insects; strident hinges. 2. having a shrill, irritating quality or character: a strident tone in his writings. 3. Linguistics . (in distinctive feature analysis) characterized acoustically by noise of relatively high intensity, as sibilants, labiodental and uvular fricatives, and most affricates. Origin: 1650–60; […]Read more "strident"
What happened to Trayvon happens to kids everyday. By all accounts, he sounds like a really cool kid. That makes this even more tragic. The situation is egregious because the outcome was a young man was stalked and killed for no reason. Now the debate becomes whether or not a person has the right to […]Read more "Million Hoodies Can’t be Wrong"