The Week on Sunday (weekly)

  • In the book I push back against the myth of the accessible American dream and look at the devastating impact that the recession has had on communities of color. I ask how one creates a just society based on the principles of anti-racist godlessness; rejecting supernatural, faith-based explanations for the universe, morality, ethics and human accountability. I emphasize the need to build on the historic connection between non-belief and movements for human rights liberation.

    tags: Religion atheism Race_Politics USA

  • It is important to understand what this means in both symbolic terms and real-time.  First, by all reasonable accounts Assata Shakur is innocent.  The original trial that led to her conviction in 1977 was a travesty. Three neurologists testified that the first gunshot shattered her clavicle and the second shattered the median nerve in her right hand. That testimony proved that she was sitting with her hands raised when the police shot her.  Further testimony proved that no gun residue was found on either of her hands, nor were her fingerprints found on any of the weapons located at the scene. In addition, trial transcripts show that Trooper John Harper, the other NJ State Trooper on the scene, admitted under cross-examination that he had lied in all three of his official reports and in his Grand Jury testimony.

    tags: AssataShukur BlackRevolutionary Struggle Race feminist

  • CNN’s Zain Verjee meets Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who talks about what inspires her work and making an impact back home

    tags: NigerianLiterature Adichie

  • Soyinka: Where I heard the news? I was on the road between Abeokuta and Lagos. Who called first — BBC or a Nigerian journalist? Can’t recall now, since other calls followed fast and furious, while I was still trying to digest the news. My first reaction? Well, you know the boa constrictor — when it has just swallowed an abnormal morsel, it goes comatose, takes time off to digest. Today’s global media appears indifferent to such a natural entitlement. You are expected to supply that instant response. So, if — as was the case — my first response was to be stunned, that swiftly changed to anger.
    Now, why was I stunned? I suspect, mostly because I was to have been present at his last Chinua Achebe symposium just a few months earlier — together with Governor Fashola of Lagos. Something intervened and I was marooned in New York. When your last contact with someone, quite recent, is an event that centrally involves that person, you don’t expect him to embark on a permanent absence. Also, Chinua and I had been collaborating lately on one or two home crises. So, it was all supposed to be ‘business as usual’.  Most irrational expectations at one’s age but, that’s human presumptuousness for you. So, stunned I was, primarily, then media enraged!

    tags: AfricanLiterature Nigeria chinuaachebe WoleSoyinka

  • Had US Marines not invaded Haiti, Charlemagne Peralte might have become a politician instead of a revolutionary.His father, General Remi Massena Peralte, was a big landowner in Hinche who had served as a Member of Parliament during the Hypollite administration, known for public works like the Marché Hypollite (Marché-en-Fer, or Iron Market). 

    tags: haiti revolution Peralte

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