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Biden’s dedication to the status quo leaves the door wide open for another wave of Republican fascism.

A mural of the late U.S. Representative John Lewis in Atlanta, GA. Photo by Greg Keelen on Unsplash

New Faces, Same Hateful Game.

White Americans have denied or limited the right to vote in the United States along racial and gender lines since the country’s inception. Today, Republicans are continuing this tradition, passing 22 voter suppression bills in 14 statehouses nationwide.

Before this latest assault, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was already on its last leg, thanks to the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder (2013) decision. This decision made it considerably harder for voting rights plaintiffs to prove they were victims of discrimination and effectively dawned a new era of white hegemony rule.

Republicans have pursued minority rule ever since.

They…


Seattle K9 officer Chris Gregorio is one of two officers who shot Terry J. Caver, a Black man with schizophrenia, in May 2020. In addition, officer Gregorio has previously shown behavioral red flags, including a history of reckless escalation as well as racist behavior on the job and on social media.

The Killing of Terry J. Caver


Carnage at the Capitol. Photo: Leah Millis/Reuters

As hundreds of rioters who breached the Capitol are being identified by the authorities and their communities, the Associated Press reported in January that over 30 police officers are under investigation for their presence at former President Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally.

The rally, a bare-faced attempt to subvert an electorate that decisively rejected Trump in the November 2020 election, caused $30 million in property damage. By the time the attack was over, scores were injured, and five people were killed, including one police officer.

DivestSPD, a local organization dedicated to pressuring corporations and businesses to cut ties with the…


THE SOCIAL JUSTICE + ENGINEERING INITIATIVE

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In Durham, North Carolina, a city-council-led effort to plant trees between sidewalks and city streets began in 1937. Seeing the intrinsic value that more tree coverage had on their neighborhoods, residents and city employees planted pines and maples and oaks in many unoccupied city-owned spaces.

Except, of course, in historically Black neighborhoods like Cleveland-Holloway or Edgemont. This was 1937, after all, and redlining, a now-infamous form of racial discrimination, was the hot new trend. The city’s all-white leadership did not see value in improving the lives of their Black constituents. The effects of this environmental racism linger today.

Cut to…


Everything was going okay until Nancy started talking.

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After a jury of his peers found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts presented for the murder of George Floyd, Democrats across the country were quick to celebrate the case’s long-anticipated result.

The most haphazard of these responses was uttered by Speaker Nancy Pelosi shortly after the trial concluded.

“Thank you George Floyd for sacrificing your life for justice,” Pelosi said. “For being there to call out to your mom — how heartbreaking was that?”

Uhh, no. Just no.

First off, George Floyd was not a martyr for the Democrat’s uninspired police reform bill that egregiously…


BLACK VOTERS MATTER!

The peach state’s biggest corporations must take extreme action to reject GOP voter suppression tactics

Protesters at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Photo credit: AJC.

On Wednesday, Georgia mainstays Coca-Cola and Delta announced their “crystal clear” opposition to the voter suppression law recently passed by state Republicans. Both companies released these similar statements after facing harsh criticism and possible boycotts for their muted response to the bill.

Both Coke and Delta failed to use their political capital to stop the signing of this partisan bill that will undoubtedly result in racially disparate consequences at the polls. The same goes for UPS, Aflac, The Home Depot, and all major Atlanta sports teams. Even my beloved Atlanta Hawks are not immune. …


Black Voters Matter!

Words are not enough: The peach state’s biggest corporations must take action to reject GOP voter suppression tactics.

Protesters at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Photo credit: AJC.

On Wednesday, Georgia mainstays Coca-Cola and Delta announced their “crystal clear” opposition to the voter suppression law recently passed by state Republicans. Both companies released these similar statements after facing harsh criticism and possible boycotts for their muted response to the bill.

Both Coke and Delta failed to use their political capital to stop the signing of this partisan bill that will undoubtedly result in racially disparate consequences at the polls. The same goes for UPS, Aflac, The Home Depot, and all major Atlanta sports teams. Even my beloved Atlanta Hawks are not immune. …


SEX DRIVE: A MEDIUM SERIES.

Ending the “war on sex workers” is the only solution

A group from Duluth, GA, gathered outside Gold Spa in Atlanta. Photo: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

On a chilly Tuesday evening in Georgia, eight lives were tragically cut short at three different massage parlors. Six of the victims were Asian women.

The killer drove from Acworth to Atlanta on his spree. He drove south down I-75. It’s a busy interstate; I’ve traversed it many times. He passed by the university I graduated from, my parent’s home, darting from one murder scene just to create another. He was caught hours later, fleeing south to Florida in the hopes of taking more lives.

After his arrest, reports broke that the killer blamed his sexual addiction for his actions…


He’s challenging what it means to be a rapper, enraging conservative outrage artists in the process.

Lil Nas X and Satan share an intimate moment in the MONTERO music video. Credit Lil Nas X/Vevo.

Rap has long been an easy outrage foil for the conservative right. Long ago, it was “thugs” like N.W.A. and “shock artists” like Eminem that were poisoning the minds of America’s youth.

Today, it’s Lil Nas X and the lapdance he gave Satan.

Yes, as you’ve probably heard by now, in the music video for MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name), the Devil makes an appearance. Around the 2-minute mark of the video, the Atlanta rapper grabs hold of a stripper pole and plunges to depths of Hell, only to back that thang up on Satan himself. …


SEX DRIVE: A MEDIUM SERIES.

Ending the “war on sex workers” is the only solution.

A group from Duluth, GA, gathered outside Gold Spa in Atlanta. Photo: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

On a chilly Tuesday evening in Georgia, eight lives were tragically cut short at three different massage parlors. Six of the victims were Asian women.

The killer drove from Acworth to Atlanta on his spree. He drove south down I-75. It’s a busy interstate; I’ve traversed it many times. He passed by the university I graduated from, my parent’s home, darting from one murder scene just to create another. He was caught hours later, fleeing south to Florida in the hopes of taking more lives.

After his arrest, reports broke that the killer blamed his sexual addiction for his actions…

Nick Lozier

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