BTSD: Black-American Traumatic Stress Disorder

I am suffering from Black-American Traumatic Stress Disorder. No, I didn’t mean Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. You can’t label an event “post” when it is continually happening. BTSD is not a diagnosable disorder, meaning it has not been validated by any governing body of psychological medical conditions. While I did make it up, this is me searching for a label to describe how I feel with every triggering reminder that Black people are still oppressed in this country. There have been several reminders in the last two weeks: the new…

The Criminalization of the Invisible Black Woman

By: Zakiya Sankara-Jabar On Feb. 11, Shaina Bell, 24, went to her job at Little Caesars, down the street from the motel she and her three children stayed at in Ohio. Bell left her children, the oldest 9 years old, in the room, and later that night, she was arrested. The charge against Bell was two misdemeanor counts of child endangerment. If you ask me, the real crime Bell was arrested for was being a Black, working-poor woman in America. Americans like Bell are being forced to work in a…

Black In Blue: A Black Capitol Police Officer Speaks Out

A Black Capitol Police Officer speaks out following the Insurrection on January 6.   If privilege was a person, it would look like every motherf**ker that was in there. It’s been almost 2 weeks since the TerrorInsurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol—or as I like to call it: the day the world saw just how delusional and dangerous president-sponsored white supremacists can be.  Once the dust settled and the night air dissipated the lingering clouds of tear gas, this country was left with a building that—possibly for the first time in its…

Video: Griffin Georgia Police Attack Female High School Student as She Waits for The School Bus

This incident occurred at Griffin High School on Thursday November 5th and involves Assistant Principal Dr. Douglas Wheeler, GPD Cpl. Chris Webb and Griffin Police Department. The video is difficult to watch. (To be quite honest one of the first things that came to mind is- is this White Georgia man taking his frustrations with the current state of events – you know like Trump getting ousted- out on this young black woman?) I can’t confirm it but he certainly did not display any compassion nor the restraint one would…