Sorry Mika and Joe, not much has changed about President Trump

Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are not pleased with President Trump.

In an op-ed published in the Washington Post early Friday morning called “Donald Trump is not well,” the engaged “Morning Joe” co-hosts delivered a bevvy of critiques of President Trump’s Twitter assault on Brzezinski on Thursday.

In the series of tweets, Trump described Brzezinski as “low I.Q. Crazy Mika”. He also called Scarborough “Psycho Joe.” Probably the most incendiary comments in the tirade, Trump claimed that the duo “insisted to join” him in Mar-a-Lago around New Year’s Eve but that Brzezinski was “bleeding badly from a face-lift.”

The personal attack was reminiscent of Trump’s previous comments that NBC News host, formerly of Fox News, Megyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her whereever” after she questioned him at a presidential debate in August 2015.

Scarborough and Brzenzinski addressed the barrage of tweets – and Trump’s purported “obsession with women’s blood” – in their response, stating that the “president’s unhealthy obsession with ‘Morning Joe’ does not serve the best interests of either his mental state or the country he runs.” The two also pushed back against claims that Brzezinski’s face was bleeding, saying that her face was “perfectly intact.”

Personal attacks aside, the op-ed highlights an important narrative about judgements of Trump’s demeanor and mental faculties since becoming president. In particular, Scarborough and Brzezinski explain that their relationship with Trump spans more than a decade but that they “have noticed a change in his behavior over the past few years.”

 

Read the full article at Black Youth Project.

It’s even harder to watch ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ when you know Black women’s history

“I love you. Mommy loves you, Charlotte.”

I watched a character named “Ofwarren” speak those words to a rosey-cheeked baby before jumping from a bridge. She was attempting to end her own life. Ofwarren survived the plunge into the cold waters below. Yet, the image of a mother willing to die, and kill her own child, made the scene especially powerful. Continue reading “It’s even harder to watch ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ when you know Black women’s history”

It’s time to stop trying to integrate ‘SNL’

Saturday Night Live is what happens when white people enjoy something that’s anti-Black, systematically bigoted, and generally exclusionary to non-whites. SNL producers thought that throwing in a few Black people who we hoped had home-training would fix it. Because that’s not how white supremacy works. It took me a while to put all that together though.

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Why mass media’s fixation on respectability is killing Black and Brown people

Jordan Edwards, 15, was killed on Saturday night while riding in a car with friends. The teenager was unarmed and was not suspected of any crime. Yet, police authorities in Balch Springs, a suburb of Dallas-Fort Worth, fired into the vehicle anyway. They struck Edwards in the head, killing him.

It is no question that Edwards’s death is a tragedy. That much can be deduced without any additional information about his life or the conditions of his death. Continue reading “Why mass media’s fixation on respectability is killing Black and Brown people”

As An Overweight Queer Black Woman, I Need More From ‘This Is Us’

Let me start by saying this: I am neither trying to be contrarian nor attempting to get clicks. I actually really truthfully don’t understand the mass appeal of NBC’s new hit show This is Us. In fact, I find much of the show alienating and undermining of what it means to be Black and/or woman and/or overweight and/or queer in the United States today. Continue reading “As An Overweight Queer Black Woman, I Need More From ‘This Is Us’”

Trump and Our Limited Imagination Of The Depths Of Ain’t-Sh*ttedness

Donald Trump ain’t sh*t. He ain’t never been sh*t. And he never will be sh*t.

Most of us already knew that so his recent leaked video (where explains that “when you’re a star [women] let you do anything” including “grabbing them by the pussy“) wasn’t a total shocker.

Not only that, his ominous stalker behavior at the second presidential debate, his frequent interjections of the moderators, and even him calling Hillary Clinton the “devil” weren’t new. In fact, it was lowkey expected that he would rely on bombastic behavior, intimidation, and child-like disruptions to establish his hyper-masculinity and overbearing presence on such a grand stage. Continue reading “Trump and Our Limited Imagination Of The Depths Of Ain’t-Sh*ttedness”

Ben & Jerry’s Supports Black Lives Matter Whether It’s Popular Or Not

Anyone who reads my writing knows that I am pretty stringently anti-corporatist. For moral, ethical, and philosophical reasons, I do my best to avoid companies who have known human rights disputes, public failures to take responsibility for the ways they contribute to the exploitation of marginalized people, and ongoing issues with honesty, fairness, and justice for their lower level employees. Ben & Jerry’s isn’t one of the corporations. Continue reading “Ben & Jerry’s Supports Black Lives Matter Whether It’s Popular Or Not”