by Tabala Jali Thomas (parts of this post are composites) After every Mass Shooting in America, I’m sure someone uses a version of that phrase, ‘that could have been me’ or ‘that could have been my child, my mother, my sister, my brother, my father, my grandmother, my grandfather, my uncle, my aunt, my cousin, my friend, my coworker. It is a common response for … Continue reading That Could’ve Been Me. Mass Shootings at Big Box Stores
by Celeste Featherstone for Bus Stop Judo Dear Sagittarius one of the generalizations about your sign is that you need to feel free, and one of the ways for you to feel free until your next birthday will be to adapt. To some of you this may sound oxymoronic, and if your are like the editor’s Mom or my Mom which are both Sagittarius you … Continue reading Sagittarius, Your Year Ahead 2022 to 2023
by Tabala Jali Thomas Full disclaimer this post is from the archives from about 3 months ago look how far we’ve come. To be continued. I’m not sure why I never posted it before, maybe because I knew the train wreck wasn’t over. The term “House Negro” is somewhat antiquated. But back in 1963 in Detroit, Michigan MALCOLM X in one of his most famous speeches made the … Continue reading I AIN’T SAYING YE’ IS A HOUSE NEGRO, BUT HE IS A SLAVE TO THE WHITE EGO.
We often hear that refrain by the media immediately after a mass shooting, and in the moment it is often true, there’s a lot we don’t, worse yet there’s a lot we refuse to know. So then we should ask ourselves what do we know. We know that there are too many guns in America, we know that since 2019 firearms have been the leading … Continue reading “There’s A Lot We Don’t Know Here.” Mass Shootings and The American Way.
When in the course of a conversation with an old and dear friend, not necessarily a heated conversation but lukewarm, when you ask that friend days after the insurrection on January 6th 2021, if Hitler was a racist, and they unexpectedly begin to hem and haw, and they respond, ‘Well I wasn’t around then….’ For a moment your mind explodes and all you see are … Continue reading A FRIENDSHIP UNTIL TRUMP, IS IT OVER?
Since the European (white man) set out on his search for the “New World” where ever and whenever he landed he has put his dick in places where it didn’t belong, the contemporary would call this rape. It would be impossible to figure out how many Aboriginal women were raped in the Americas, or how many enslaved Africans were raped during the institution of slavery, … Continue reading Sure The GOP Cares About The Sanctity of Life!?!
In part one I left you with, “The meek shall inherit the earth.” Personally I believe that that was a piece of Christian propaganda to keep the poor in their places, whom of which historically more times than not were and are the oppressed, those being Women, Black People, Jews, Muslims, LGBTQ, etc. What does it mean to be ‘meek’ in America today or in … Continue reading Instant or not Karma is Real (part two)
As a child and even now one of my favorite songs is “Instant Karma” by John Lennon, and as far as the Beatles were concerned I didn’t/don’t care for anything pre “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” but that’s a different blog all together. When I first heard the song ‘Instant Karma’ I knew very little about karma, but the word and it’s meaning had … Continue reading Instant or not, Karma is Real. (part 1)
During the Trump Presidency the constant refrain that I often heard from pundits and members of my own family was, “If Obama did that……..” insert whatever Trump transgression after the word ‘that’ and I’m sure it was also proceeded by, “You see Black people have to be twice as good but still get twice as much sh*t, for lesser transgressions” My family and some friends … Continue reading “We Can But You Can’t,” The Art of American Racist Hypocrisy
I as of this post am an essential worker, I work for one of the largest retailer’s in America and as much as I think that neoliberalism is undermining America, I myself am being undermined as well by neoliberalism. The company I work for excels due to neoliberalism and in part has helped me sustain my livelihood at the bare minimum. Meaning the company I … Continue reading ONE CAN NOT BE ESSENTIAL AND EXPENDABLE AT THE SAME TIME