Neo-Nazis do work, but Black Women work harder #ReviveProject87

Thinking about the events that occurred on this campus at the beginning of November, I made a brief podcast detailing the night of and the days following the Carolina Workers Collective tweet.

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For the podcast, I interviewed a few black women, who are current Davidson students, about their thoughts and reactions to the tweet and the campus unrest that followed. At the end, I touch on the gendered aspect of social movements and how it relates to the activism seen on Davidson’s campus days after 2 students were exposed as Neo-Nazis. This was my first podcast so I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it. Thank y’all!

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P.s: The video is unlisted, so you can only view it through the link above. Also, I apologize in advance for the explicit language.

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#CountEveryVote: The Suppression of Minority Voices in Georgia

“I am confident that victory is near. And together, we will continue to work to put hard-working Georgians first and keep our state moving in the right direction”, saying Brian Kemp, Republican representative for the position of governor in Georgia. First of all, let’s pause. Dog whistle much? Formerly serving as secretary of state since 2010, Kemp is known to be “a remarkable architect of voter suppression.” Running against him was democratic representative Stacey Abrams, the first African American woman to be a major nominee for the position of governor. Ultimately, the close election concluded Kemp victor of the race. However, Kemp’s past enforcement of the Exact Match Law, his decision to maintain the position as secretary of state throughout the election, and his suspension of more than 53,000 voter registrations (70% of which were filed by people of color by the way) have stirred much controversy in the 2018 midterm. Not only that, but Kemp proclaimed his victory before all of the votes were counted, claiming “the math is on our side”. But how can he claim math to be on his side when he has suspended registrations and excluded the entirety of the Georgia military, largely suppressing the voices of minorities and people of color?

But this is not the only way in which people of color and Democratic voices were silenced in Georgia. In response to the “questionable” events during the midterm, many gathered in the capital to rally for the #CountEveryVote movement. Meanwhile, Nikema Williams, elected senator of Georgia departed from a meeting in the capital and stumbled upon the protest. After spontaneously joining in solidarity, she and fifteen other individuals were arrested and charged with “failure to disperse”. State representative David Dreyer, a white man, also joined the protest with Williams. As one may expect, he did not get arrested.

Aside from being held in a van unknowing of the reason for their arrest and being told to strip in order to check vaginal cavities, the police had no reason to restrain the protestors in the first place. They would not have been arrested if the police had never told them they had to disperse due to the supposed crazy, unlawful and violent, behavior that was occurring… When did demanding a fair election by singing chants come to be seen as violent? It is outrageous that not only are minorities’ voices are suppressed in legal processes, but it is even more egregious that citizens are being criminalized for exercising their given right to stand up for their beliefs. The overarching problem is that the voices of minorities are being silenced through voter suppression and policing of the black body. Whether materializing in the form of voter ID laws or arresting individuals at peaceful protests, it is clear that American democracy is not providing a platform for all people to express their voice and make a substantial change in society.

 

Atlanta, FOX 5. “Brian Kemp Claims Victory in Georgia’s Governor Race.” YouTube, YouTube, 7 Nov. 2018, www.youtube.com/watch?v=jL30vcx_0F8.

Butler, Kiera, et al. “‘Senator, Why Are You Being Arrested?”.” Mother Jones, 17 Nov. 2018, www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/11/georgia-state-senator-nikema-williams-arrest-1/.

“Demographics of the U.S. Military.” Council on Foreign Relations, Council on Foreign Relations, http://www.cfr.org/article/demographics-us-military.

Smith, Jamil. “Exclusive: In Leaked Audio, Brian Kemp Expresses Concern Over Georgians Exercising Their Right to Vote.” Rolling Stone, Rolling Stone, 23 Oct. 2018, www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/brian-kemp-leaked-audio-georgia-voting-745711/.

Palast, Greg. “Georgia Sen. Nikema Williams: Black, Female & Under Arrest.” YouTube, YouTube, 21 Nov. 2018, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WJiBNj8CBo.

Miss(issippi) Me With That B.S.

The 2018 midterm election has created no shortage of news, from the massive voter turnout, to Trump claiming that the Florida election should be called in favor of Rick Scott and Rob DeSantis without a proper legal recount. In Mississippi news, Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith will face Mike Espy in a runoff election on November 27th, […]

From the Projects to the Gangs

On November 2, 2018, Cyrell Haygood was found guilty of murdering George Booker Jr. in a gang-related execution. Gang violence has been a problem that New York has been battling since the Forty Thieves and the Roach Guards terrorized the Five Points in the 1820’s. However, as time has moved on, an even larger epidemic has risen: youth gang violence. Forty percent of all current gang members are juveniles and that number has been slowly rising in recent years. This number keeps increasing because New York City has made it impossible to most Black and Brown youth to escape the cycle of poverty that they were born into, forcing them to live in low-income areas where they are often left victim to gang violence.

“45.6 percent of New Yorkers are barely making ends meet, even with more adults working full-time since the recession.” Even though most of New York City is suffering from poverty, minorities are affected the most because they’ve already been trapped in a cycle of poverty for over a century. This means that there are more Hispanic, African American, and Asian children being born into poverty than white children. Living in poverty forces most minorities to live-in low-income areas, where gang violence is common. In addition to that, African Americans and Hispanics are already more likely to join gangs than their white counterparts. Therefore, many Black and Brown youth are either compelled to join gangs because it is what is seen as normal for men in their society, or because they want protection simply because they live in a certain territory. Unfortunately, whether the juveniles in these gang-related areas get involved in the gang activity or not, they are both often left victim to gang violence.