Donald Trump is a white terrorist, who has been attempting a coup, and 57% of whites voted to reelect him. You cannot have people with the status of whiteness and have democracy.

White identity is unfit for government. This is not biological. This is not about the gene that causes light skin. This is political. This is about a political identity based on a false claim of purity and the subjugation of Black people.

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“In the South of the United States, the entire race of whites formed an aristocratic corps at the head of which stood a certain number…

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaking in Albany on Aug. 24. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

Kathy Hochul will never be my governor. But that will not stop me from commenting on her leadership. Hochul has made me realize that I can’t celebrate white female political leadership. White women in political office is not the progress anyone needs. I live in a country where a Black woman has never been governor anywhere — ever. Too often white women are the first ladies and the first first ladies. Damn all these types of “white firsts.”

Based on my recent piece “How White Women Got White,” it should be clear that for me white women and white men…

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, La Grande Odalisque

James Baldwin told us how white men became white, but he left white women out of it. Of white men he said:

"White men-from Norway, for example, where they were Norwegians -became white: by slaughtering the cattle, poisoning the wells, torching the houses, massacring Native Americans, raping Black women."

For whatever reason, Baldwin, in that instance, didn’t tell us how white women became white. The only gender he specifies in white identity is male. That makes sense because that’s where white identity began — with men.

White identity comes from European men who later called themselves white. The major racist…

It’s you; it isn’t us

Top: White terrorist with his foot on Nancy Pelosi’s desk. Bottom: The Birth of a Nation racistly depicts Black legislator with feet on desk

My mind is still processing the picture of a white terrorist with his foot up on Nancy Pelosi’s desk. And the song “What It Feels Like” by Nipsey Hussle and JAY-Z brought it up again with this line:

“You let them cr**k*rs storm your Capitol, put they feet up on your desk.
And yet you talkin’ tough to me. I lost all my little respect.”

The picture reminds me of the film The Birth of a Nation and its racist depiction of a Black lawmaker with their feet on a desk. After I first saw the picture, it took me…

Photo by Jakayla Toney from Pexels

Every writer has their preferences and style. I pay attention to racist and antiracist language and usage. I noticed the recent talk about capitalizing or not capitalizing race categories. But I’ve long settled that one: Lowercase w because white needs to come down; capitalize the B in Black because a shift in society must occur.

I know debating language and terms is tiresome, pedantic, and seemingly useless. But I believe what bell hooks says about language also being a place of struggle is true.

I like how bell hooks says, “The oppressed struggle in language to recover ourselves, to reconcile…

Your responses to white media on the right aren’t good enough

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Over the next four years, the Biden administration will repeatedly demonstrate the active role white liberals have in the oppression of Black people and people of color. On Friday, February 5, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki did a weak-ass job responding to white media on the right.

Let’s look at these questions and answers:

Q: And then, just further on that: There was — Jake Sullivan mentioned the focus on domestic terrorism yesterday, of this administration. I think a lot of people want to know: How does this administration define the term “domestic terrorist”?

MS. PSAKI: In what way?

They sure as hell ain’t innocent

On Tuesday, January 26, before signing an executive order on “Racial Equity,” President Biden said this:

Black and Latino Americans are dying of COVID-19 at rates nearly three times that of white Americans. And it’s not white Americans’ fault, but it’s just a fact.

Again, that’s what Biden had to say at the signing of an executive order about racial equity.

As part of my commitment to give white liberals hell, I’m here to say no, no, no, Joe, it is white Americans’ fault. …

Point AND shoot

I recently saw this tweet on Twitter: We’re not asking you to shoot them like you shoot us we’re asking you NOT to shoot us like you DON’T shoot them!

It’s a sweet tweet. It stopped my scrolling. It convicted me, and it conflicted me about my feelings. But I’ve decided the “We” in that tweet doesn’t include me. During the latest white terrorist attack on the Capitol, the police should have shot more people than I can count. The white building should’ve turned red.

A few days ago, I listened to Retired General Barry McCaffrey say if you try…

With all the focus on the white violence at the US Capitol on January 6, let’s also recognize and rebuke the white violence that comes from the US Capitol regularly.

The US Capitol has always been a site of white violence. The physical structure of the US Capitol, and much of the work that goes on there, is not worth anyone’s tears. The white terrorist attack on January 6 brought together different sides of white violence in the same space.

The US Capitol began as a site of white violence with its construction. In the Capitol’s history, its construction was…

Colorblind impeachments are pathetic and complicit

The House of Representatives has impeached Donald J. Trump twice. And Rep. Cori Bush said what needed to be said the first time the House impeached Trump:

“Madam Speaker, St. Louis and I rise in support of the article of impeachment against Donald J. Trump. If we fail to remove a white-supremacist president who incited a white-supremacist insurrection, it’s communities like Missouri’s 1st District that suffer the most.

The 117th Congress must understand that we have a mandate to legislate in defense of Black lives. The first step in that process is to root out white supremacy, starting with impeaching…

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