This is an update to the offer of a Limited First Edition of Freaknik Lawyer: A Memoir on the Craft of Resistance. First a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has preordered a copy of my memoir. We appreciate your support and faith in our work. The book is scheduled for a July 27, 2019 release. Therefore, the the Limited First Edition promotion will expire on June 27. If your payment is mailed this week let me know via our email, and if your payment is received by June30, 2019 we will make sure that you receive a limited First
What to the American Negro in the twenty-first century is Juneteenth? I posit this question because of the many social media references for Juneteenth. The apparent reference is to June 19, 1865, as the day slavery ended for enslaved Africans in the United States of America. Nothing could be further from the truth. To accept this date as the exact day freedom came is to denigrate the courage exemplified by the brave sons of Africa who fought to gain their freedom during the War between the States. My people let’s be clear, the enslavement of Africans officially ended on April 9, 1865,
I’ve often come to the aid of the underdog. I have a long track record of siding with the disadvantage in an unfair fight. But I find it hard to muster any sympathy for poor Kyle Kashuv. Nope not a half-ounce of pity for this privileged kid, nada, zilch, notwithstanding the fact, Kashuv has 295,000 more twitter followers than I. Kashuv received admission into Harvard College, a sure sign that he would find success at the highest level once he graduated, probably a future lawyer and conservative politician, stamped with the bona fides of Harvard. Now, a Harvard undergrad and
Russia or China or North Korea, if you are listening to the American President, go out and spy on his Democratic opponents. If you all are listening, call Don Jr. and set up a meeting in Rose Garden. Don loves any dirt you can provide him on Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders. Don’t worry about the others, they will soon drop out on their own. If you are listening North Korea, you can count on Donald Trump to prevent the FBI from spying on you while you spy on his American political opponents. He
Revisiting an encounter at the communal water well in 1959 with an eight-year-old segregationist in my new book, Freaknik Lawyer: A Memoir on the Craft of Resistance, I realize this event set the tone for my life of resistance against inequality and injustice.
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This memoir connects the dots from Plessy to Brown to Obama and the quest of millennials to throw off the shackles of the Curse of Plessy and the unkept Promise of Brown. Freaknik is not quite as freaky as it sounds. Certainly, Freaknik Lawyer is not about a lawyer getting his freak on when the lights go off. In the last two decades of the 20th century, “Freaknik” was a spring break gathering of Black college students. Rather than going to the beaches and dancing in the streets of Florida like white college students — getting their parallel hedonist spring freak on — Black students clogged the streets of Atlanta, Georgia, their Black Mecca. In 1995, one year before Atlanta
Now that there are at least 24 announced candidates for the Democratic Party Nomination, its time to ask the question: Have the Democrats lost their freaking minds? The 2020 Democratic Primary is a virtual buffet, a smorgasbord of delectable candidates like goodies, each vying for the focused attention of the American electorate. At the beginning of the year, it looked like the Democrats were primed to overthrow the Trump administration in the 2020 Presidential Election. All Democrats had to do was nominate a sensible Democrats who could go toe to toe, gaffe to gaffe, and non-political correctness to non-political correctness
Forty years ago a swimming pool was used to separate us, today we sat by the pool and discussed racial unity. Also on this day in 1905, Robert S. Abbott founded the Chicago Defender newspaper. The Abbott Race and Unity Institute was founded ten years ago to foster relationships between people of varying multicultural backgrounds. Today that diversity was in display on St. Simon Island, Georgia as Harold Michael Harvey gave the group a working definition of racism: Harvey told the group that racism is the power to determine the outcome of a situation. To get whites to understand this
Before former Vice President Joe Biden pushed President Barack Obama into coming out in favor of same-sex marriage, this was an unthinkable question. Biden’s 2011 support for Gay marriage may be more of an impediment to his chances of winning the Democratic Primary in 2020 than any of the other issues raised about his four decades in public life Obama’s support of same-sex marriage mainstreamed the union of people of the same sex. As a result, members of the LGBTQ community came out of the shadows and are aggressively flexing their political muscle. Pete Buttigieg’s candidacy all but makes it