I’m about to be so late! I knew I shouldn’t have waited for Narquise to walk on stage! I should have just did his makeup and made sure all his clothes fit properly. Now, Zahur’s lame ass is gonna be all up in my business. I bet he gon be like, “Where were you at? You know we got training at sundown. I just don’t think you wanna be apart of the team Lik.” I can just hear his stupid voice now. Luckily our house is down the road. I’m not that late to be honest.
“Lik! What the hell…
His fist crashed into my eye like a freight train. My vision instantly got spotty, but I didn’t let that distract me. I wrestled to center myself just to have a swift kick to my thigh. The pure intensity of the hit made my leg turn into jello.“Get up!” he said sharply. I was skeptical that my leg would understand his command. It had just be liquefied by that bat he calls a leg. “Are you gonna quit when your opponent lands a heavy shot like that Jaqil?”
“No sir!,” I managed to mutter.
“Well stand up.” He looked at me…
I am not a fan of trends. I find them to be vapid and tedious — most of them at least. I liked the mannequin challenge where people stood perfectly still as Rae Sremmurd echoed in a tranquil area. But I rarely got caught up in the hype of other trends, e.g., clothing trends or even food trends. (Side note: Sparkling water is gross. And alcohol is gross, so what makes people think that mixing sparkling water and alcohol would be even better. Furthermore, I’m super salty that ripped jeans are a trend now because back in the day, people…
We have known each other since the agricultural revolution. It might have been longer, but you were very different back in the day. Geez, looking back on it we have known you since around the 13th century. That is a very long history we have shared together. However, now that I am reflecting on our long history I’ve come to realize that you were never our friend. To be completely honest with you I think you have actually aided in the destruction of us as people and the planet we depend on.
Listen, I know saying this might…
“Why are there no Black anarchists?”
“Why don’t anarchism highlight issues unique to Black people?”
“Why are there soooooo many pro-capitalist Black people!”
These are some of the questions I had about anarchism. I studied anarchist philosophy for about three years before, in late 2019, I finally decided to search for answers to my questions. I was shocked and excited at what I found.
I found that there are a ton of Black anarchist and Black anarchist literature. Some Black people are not obsessed with capitalism. Black people are creating spaces for Black anarchists to explore different theories and practical…
A Contradictory Reality
They speak of two cities, yet I see one.
A city where everyone can breathe easy.
A city where everyone can live peacefully.
They speak of two realities, yet I see one.
A reality where the impact married the intent.
A reality where the love outshines the hate.
They speak of two people, yet I see many.
Many people capable of change.
Many people capable of building our future.
They speak of two futures, yet I see one.
A future full of possibility and hope.
A future full of life and longevity.
They speak of two extremes…
What do you think of when you hear the word anarchy? For many people, the first thing that comes to mind is a Mad Max-style society. Everyone is clawing at each other to survive in a harsh and scarce landscape. This chaotic world is rampant with the most heinous antisocial behavior. Or maybe you are thinking of a society like The Purge. This society is structured so that one day out of the year people get to express the most antisocial behavior that serves as a cathartic release. That blase world view allows people to justify harming one another.
Let me tell you something.
I want my Emmy! I deserve an Emmy!
I bet y’all are wondering what show did I play in right? Well let me tell you. I played four seasons in the United States Marine Corps, and I prepared my ass off for my role.
You heard how Leonardo DiCaprio camped out in the wilderness, ate raw meat, slept in a dead animal, and swam in frozen rivers, just to prepare for The Revenant? That is true method acting.
Well in preparation for my role in the Marine Corps I camped in the wilderness, ate sketchy-ass…
Do my clothes look like yours?
Can you see them, or am I just a shadow?
Do my heart lub dub like yours?
Can you hear it, or am I just a shadow?
Do you live on this rock too?
Can we share it, or am I just a shadow?
Do you see the world in my smile?
Can you smile back, or am I just a shadow?
Do I frighten you as I stand on the margins of your gaze?
Can you see me, or am I just a shadow?
Do you know my name?
Can you ask me…
Let’s set the scene. You are out with some friends about to order some food at a fast food restaurant. While you and your friends are waiting in line, talking about how the whole series of Avatar the Last Airbender is coming to Netflix (which I am so hyped for), and a person in front of you starts belligerently flipping out on the cashier spouting deeply offensive and problematic things. In the words of John Quiñones, what would you do? Also, What would you do if someone you knew started flipping out on a cashier?
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