Black Lives Matter

How The Democratic Party Hijacked Black Lives Matter

December 10, 2020

In The Autobiography of Malcolm X, human rights activist  Malcolm X voiced his deep-seated distrust of  what he referred to as a faction of the “white liberal”: “The liberal elements of whites are those who have perfected themselves to the Negro as a friend of the Negro. Getting sympathy of the Negro, getting the allegiance … Read More

Nudes for a Cause

December 4, 2020

The idea of “nude” is a vulnerable thing. The color is contentious – nude-colored for one is not necessarily nude for another and the default in fashion remains a pink, beige-like color. When I was a child taking movement classes, my ballet shoes were light pink to match skin I didn’t have. Then there’s the … Read More

Reading List: How Black Political Resistance Informed South Asian Resistance

April 9, 2018

Black political resistance, in many ways, paved the road for South Asian resistance. Here’s a reading list that highlights that history. These pieces explore the family stories of working-class South Asian immigrants in Harlem and New Orleans, solidarity between Black liberation activists and Indian freedom fighters, and contemporary takes on South Asian Americans and the … Read More

What M.I.A.’s Comments About BLM Say About South Asian Solidarity

April 21, 2016

  This morning, Brit-Sri Lankan rapper M.I.A. was reported as saying in the current issue of ES Magazine that Black Lives Matter is a limited movement. “It’s not a new thing to me — it’s what Lauryn Hill was saying in the 1990s, or Public Enemy in the 1980s. Is Beyoncé or Kendrick Lamar going to say … Read More

On Martin Luther King and Gandhi in Baltimore

May 1, 2015

From George Takei voicing his displeasure on Facebook about the violence of the Baltimore Uprising to Wolf Blitzer from CNN asking a protestor whether he believes in non-violent protest, Baltimore onlookers are derailing the conversation about police brutality to ask “What would MLK do?” The Baltimore Uprising is not unique in this — in Ferguson last year people … Read More