Nelson Mandela was labeled a terrorist by the United States government.
Nelson Mandela was a political prisoner.
Nelson Mandela was at the helm of a revolutionary organization.
It is so easy to wax poetic about his heroism after the tide of history has turned. But to stand in the tradition of Mandela is to embrace justice when and where power opposes it.
I am grateful that the anti-apartheid and divestment movement was part of my coming of age because it allowed me to cultivate through my own experience a critical gaze and to find footing in a radical tradition.
We need those spaces to flourish for our young people today, and for those who will come behind them. I feel like tonight we should rededicate ourselves to courage and truth-telling rather than mere sentimentalism.
— Dr. Imani Perry (@imaniperry)
When public figures pass from this earth, we have the tendency to engage in some hagiographic revision. We like to play fast and loose with historical context, create temporal leaps and marginalize inconvenient narratives. There are things we must remember we are told to forget.
In which my lady Kameelah says everything the way it should be said. Thank you for the words, beloved. I could not find them.
The pernicious, lifelong effects of concentrated wealth and concentrated poverty.
Homicides in Chicago are way down.
— Trauma to Resilience: Notes on Decolonization, by Cynthia C. Wesley-Esquimaux (via nitanahkohe)
Read the latest story from New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal in her series on healthcare, “Paying Till It Hurts.”
Rosenthal was on Fresh Air to talk about her first two pieces where she covered joint replacement and birth costs in the U.S. compared to abroad.
Here, she talks…