Protests over the “Birth of a Nation” Film —

O, yes,
I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath —
America will be!
- Langston Hughes

The latest iteration of white supremacist violence that captured the nations attention is the logical conclusion of everything that happened during the Trump presidency. Trump has consistently stoked reactionary violence by vocalizing and affirming people’s worst biases and stereotypes about various groups and racial categories. Everyone who voted for Trump, and especially legislators and powerful actors, are complicit in what happened at the Capitol. They are also complicit in the backlash that will surely continue.

The state of Oklahoma has decided to incorporate the history of the Tulsa Race Massacre into their curriculum for high school students. Up until recently, the historic event was not required as a part of the curriculum. Critics contend the omission of this event is another example of the whitewashing of our history which results in a failure to confront our past.

The Tulsa Race Massacre, sometimes referred to as the Tulsa Race Riot, took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921. The story is a familiar one during this period in the United States. Common Dreams explains that a young…

Benjamin Martinez

Angry Millennial seeking to take on the political and social elite to turn the tide for working people and families.

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