This year Black History Month is most epic as we not only have the premier of Black Panther but also well lead into March’s premier of A Wrinkle in Time chock full of DuVernay Black Girl Magic. Considering the amount of real estate that Black Panther is taking up in the minds of the Black Community, I though it would be fun to celebrate Black History Month by recognizing and examining some of the Black characters who have led s toward a more visible Blerd identity

Today in Blerd Moments in excellence, we elevate Mickey Smith as portrayed by Noel Clarke, Doctor Who

Nel Clarke as Mickey Smith

We don’t exactly start here, but eventually make it to Bedroom eyes Mickey

I am not sure why I wanted to start this list with Mickey. Perhaps it is because he has a fairly broad arc of development to trace. He is present on the first episode of the modern iteration of Doctor Who and like Christopher Eccelston’s Doctor and Billie Piper’s Rose, Noel Clarke as Mickey helps set to tone of some of the best of Doctor Who and possibly in the entirety of TV si fi. Perhaps the other reason I wanted to begin with Mickey, however was because of how rubbish he was at the beginning. I mean just some garbage – just some stereotypical classist borderline racist tomfoolery in a Blue Jumpsuit. In many ways at the beginning Mickey’s character is not only the worst case scenario for character of color, he is also the Worst Case Scenario for how we normally want black men to be portrayed and his initial characterization is far from Moments in Black Excellence.

When we first meet Mickey he is the personification of one who has little to offer. Like Rose he is working class, a mechanic who is content to go to work go out with his mates and occasionally bring lackluster presents to his shop working girlfriend who has not realized that she is too good for him. Unlike Rose, however he seems to lack self-awareness of his role in the universe as well as the possibilities around him. (I’ll come back to seems in a moment.) To make matters worse, even after initially earning some respect from the Doctor, for the viewers, Mickey is branded a coward as he is given a chance to go with Rose and the Doctor on the TARDIS but instead decides to stay behind. This act would not only end up relegating him to being forever Rose’s side chick but also further define Mickey’s impotence being tied to being a person who is unable to take advantage of situations around him for positive change. Even when faced with an opportunity as big as Universe encompassing time travel, Mickey still cannot be bothered to become a primary actor in the show about his own life.

Now this may seem a bit harsh, but before you light the pitchforks and torches, think back to those first three epodes of Doctor Who where we could still pretend that it was in contention if Rose was going to go with the Doctor or not. Were it not for Noel Clarke’s wonderful performances and the endearing qualities that he brings to Mickey – especially in his decision to not accompany Rose on the TARDIS, we might not even remember Mickey at all. Thanks to his performance (and hopefully what was planned by Russel T. Davies this is not the end of Mickey and by the end of his arc we see sharp contrast to his character.

So now that I have spent the last two paragraphs like Trisha Delaney and calming that Mickey ain’t shit, it is time to talk about why he is so important. When we begin our new adventures with the Doctor, we can only see Mickey in the context of Rose Tyler, and that context defines him as her shit boyfriend who has likely been holding her back from development. He is the only real hurdle she seems to have that keeps her from immediately running off with the Doctor and as Doctor Who is the name of the show, you are certainly screaming for her to drop his lame ass and for her to get in the goddam TARDIS already.

In our introduction to the 9th and 10th Doctors, however Mickey is the most self-aware character associated with the Doctor, and that self-awareness likely comes from losing Rose. We assume that Mickey is a terrible boyfriend who doesn’t appreciate the awesomeness that is Rose Tyler, however one could also consider that Mickey indeed knows what he has gotten and after being in Rose’s life he has fallen into complacency. Which ever way you look at tit though, the Doctor’s appearance begins the process of pulling Rose away and it is clear to Mickey pretty quickly that his and Rose’s relationship is pretty much over. This action however gives Mickey some self awareness that no one else in this series. Has. Literally everyone else is madly in love with the Doctor – especially by the time Tenant comes along. While he and Mickey do become friends, Mickey’s view of the Doctor is clearly of the alternate side of the Doctor’s nature. While Rose is enamored with the quirky intelligent explorer who saves species, Mickey rightly sees the maniacal hurricane who is also the destroyer of worlds. Both of their views are correct, but we like to fool ourselves about the reality of the Doctor. We like to believe that all of us would throw it all away to run off with the crazy man in the Blue Box, but in reality, most of us are cemented enough in our own realities that we’d probably think it safer at home. Though it is played out as cowardice, Mickey’s reluctance is likely common sense. Going with the Doctor is not only likely to get him killed, but also cause him to watch the only think that he seems to care about (Rose) constantly be put in danger with the added bonus of watching your (now ex) girl fall in love with another person whom you can’t help to compete with.

Though the process is indeed slow – taking him through alternate universes, and even his own stint in the TARDIS, Mickey seems to finally gain his own agency. For characters of color – especially on TV shows this is a huge deal. Mickey is not there to motivate Rose or to guilt the Doctor. He is also not the Miles O’Brien or Geordi LaForge of the series – everyone’s friend who never gets laid, but heaven help you if he gets hurt because then we all have something to say.

Over the course of his tenure, self-awareness continues to hit Mickey in the face as he is obviously unable to get over Rose in the year that he is missing but also has to deal with being accused of her murder. You almost see him having the conversation with himself in Aliens of London not to still be into Rose, but being caught up in her hurricane the same way she is caught up in the Doctor’s. By the time we get to School Reunion, Mickey has accepted the fact that he is a comedy sidekick (tin dog) in the ongoing drama what the Doctor and Rose.

While Rose and the Doctor will be forever attached, Mickey is able to not only remove himself from the TARDIS but also ultimately (finally) remove himself from Rose. His arc from meeting the Doctor is the same as many companions that follow him, but for the new Doctor Who Series he represents the companions who decide to leave for their best interest rather than be killed, maimed or injured by the Doctor’s shenanigans. Doing this –walking away even before Martha Jones (Doctor!) does it is important and further cements Mickey in the universe. Though the connection of Mickey to Martha seems a bit convenient, by the time we see him the last time he has become his own man. – though I bet Martha makes him call her “Doctor.”

The Angry Negro has been a Whovian since the 80s and owns a box that is bigger on the outside.


Well It is Black History month, and for many this means nothing more than a few additional quotes by Dr King in their timeline and perhaps the return of the McRib. For those of us actively engaged in the sci-fi/fantasy nerddom, as well as Africans AND American people of color, this February is even more special. Unless you have been purposefully avoiding modernity, you are likely aware that Black Panther will be released this month, and it just MIGHT be the crown jewel of the Marvel Universe.

They ain’t REALLY Ready for this

I am reluctant to discuss Black Panther for a few reasons that many of you may well chide me for, but hopefully will also understand. I will certainly devote some time to this issue soon, but the short version is that like many of you reading this, I have been hurt before. Not only have I seen characters that have been personally impactful for me be misrepresented or presented with little complexity or depth. For marquis characters like Batman or The X Men or even Sarek, this is not that big of a deal as these players will be represented many times over. Though the actors that play them may define the parameters of the performance, it is rare that these characters will be wholly defined by one performance. Even with stellar portrayals by Health Ledger, jack Nicholson, Christina Bale, Michael Keaton and the like, their characters still had the opportunity for reinvention. With characters of color, this can be a more difficult path to walk. It is still fair to say that even tough the world of nerdom has gotten somewhat more diverse, t is still difficult to get characters of color as the main draws to play marquis characters. Even with the success that has been seen in the past few years with characters such as Luke Cage, Misti Knight, and even Black Heimdahl and Hermione Granger, there are still many who not only disagree with the browning of fantasy, but in the case of Idris Elba will be quite vocal about it as well. For this reason I cannot take Black Panther for granted. I feel ultimately lucky that this movie even made it past pre production, much less looks to be one of the best films the MCU has ever made. There are fans that have sat through years of bad 90s tropes, half hearted animated specials as well as a whole slew of Reginald Hudland Bullshit who are about to reap the reward of keeping the faith. I do not wish to sully their reward for their righteousness and wish for them that they find all of the perfection, subtlety and character intrigue that they are hoping for from the upcoming film. I have promised myself that I will not be excited about Black Panther until the credits are rolling (I’ve been hurt before) but do have definitely plans to see the film.

All of the thought around Black Panther has gotten me thinking, how did we get here? How did characters of color finally evolve from non existence to stereotypes to archetypes to fully developed characters? In Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes Adilifu Nama attempts to trace the full lineage of Blackness in comics and does a god job of highlighting many of the main characters. Nama publishes his book in 2011 so it captures a fair amount of comic history. Though Super Black is indeed a well developed exploration of representation in the history and characters of comics, there are still some roles ideas and characters that deserve a deeper look (and some that were never examined at all). The book’s completion in 2011 could in no way predict the significant spike in characters of color, individuals who are LGBTQ or have disabilities that would be even more present as the 21st Century entered its teens. For this Black History Month I thought it would be fun to look at some of these characters and even think about their contribution to sci- fi/fantasy  and Black Culture. I hope that you join me in nerding out on this walk through Nerdy Blackness or as I will call it, Moments in Blerd Excellence.

For our first look let us examine a figure from one of the most important franchises of the 21st Century – Doctor Who. Join us as we examine Mickey Smith as portrayed by Noel Clarke in Mickey Smith is (NOT) Your Triflin’ Ex-Boyfriend



OK So obviously, I owe a bit of an explanation. There was all that big talk last year about Getting up and not backing down and remaining vigilant in the face of the foolishness that had ascended to Presidential Office. I told all of you to pull yourselves together and even quoted Edna Mode and Rodney Dangerfield (and Dylan Thomas) before doing the exact thing that many of us did for 2017 – which was bury myself in a hole with very little energy to write or acknowledge the happenings in our country. There are a lot of us whose Resistance for the first year of the Trump Presidency was simply doing our best to hold ourselves together. The strange mix of rage, and despair along with what seemed to be an interminable parade of funerals of favorite artists and musicians made 2017 a year that many of us were happy to see the end of.

In any case it is now 2018 and it is time to put the Rage Back in Its Place.

On Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Donald Trump will address the nation in the first State of the Union Address of his Presidency. Though the buzz is already out on what he will talk about there are many Americans who will likely be tuning in for the spectacle that will now play out as a part of the Nation’s Presidential record. While Trump’s particular brand of goat rodeo is not new to the office he holds or the speech he is about to give, his words are sure to be recorded, with plenty of commentary from social media including his beloved Twitter.

While I for one do not have high hopes for eloquent pose or a Mr. Smith Comes to Washington moment, I would remind everyone watching, that for all of the scandal, discussions of impeachment and terrorizing of the press, I doubt any of the members will yell, “You Lie!” or pelt the podium with discount hair pieces. Any protest form the members will likely be seen in the form of their absence or a ceremonial protest guest. Because in the face of an uneducated, over privileged wanna be despot with no sense of decorum, the way to really get at him is the awkward presence of an unwelcome guest.

Well played, Resistance. I am sure our Victorian era shaming will REALLY work this time.

Though I suspect that this is about to change fot this Presidential term the State of the Union Address used to be one o my favorite forms of Presidential pageantry. Yes there is a lot of back slapping and pandering to the Commander in Chief, but it was always nice to see those interactions played out on television. Watching the members grit their teeth and smile and cheer for the office while at times detesting the person who held it is a part of the American process, and it is seen the best during the SOTU. This was also juxtaposed with actually hearing plans and promises from the President, knowing at least if he chose to back pedal, renege or lie he had done so in a place where everyone could see it.

While many of us will still be watching the SOTU to gather these receipts, I suspect they will not be as important this time. Trump has already changed the game regarding Presidential speeches, and the compact that existed between the Office of the President and the American people when POTUS speaks in public. No longer holding to the traditions of decorum, compromise, or the importance of the record, what is the point of the SOTU? Additionally when the President can tweet you stream of consciousness from the Presidential Toilet in the residence, do we even need a regular update on the plan for the Union?

In any case I will be watching. For those of you wishing to join in on the fun, feel free to follow #CriptheVote for commentary from our friends at the Disability Visibility Project and the Lead on Update. For a little extra fun I am also including a SOTU Bingo game to play! Remember that he only REAL way to win is to get someone to suffer though the whole thing with you!


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The Angry Negro will likely be watching the SOTU while choking down disgust and projecting rage. Join me at @Angry_Negro for all of the fun. 


It’s MLK week, and while we are reminded that Hate cannot drive out hate (only love can do that), here are some events from the week that should be driving you to rage.

Go Home Roger!

This week President Elect Trump announced his intention to recall all American Ambassadors on the day that he takes office. Though it is indeed normal for there to be a replacement of the Ambassador corps when a new executive takes office, having all of them drop their credentials all at once is far from common. This approach is in line with the other suggested changes from the new administration but certainly downplays the significant experience and efforts of those in the foreign service to be experts in their field and keep America’s interests at heart. Additionally, it further underscores an unspoken assertion from this administration that civil service and government management is something that any person could do regardless of their experience or levels of preparation.

Worst Press Conference Ever

In what is somehow turning into the second most controversial action of his week, the President Elect held his first Press Conference prior to the upcoming Inauguration as President. The event that should have been a home run with smiles and promises of a brighter future instead was a rehash of the campaign including discussions of the wall on our southern border, a lengthy explanation from his lawyer about manila folders and the President-elect reminding us he could run both his company and the country at the same time, but he “doesn’t want to.” Incidentally the idea that Trump could in any way separate himself from his company and his role as POTUS is laughable. (*For reference look up Dick Cheney and Halliburton.)

In addition to clapping (which is usually not proper at a Press Conference) the President elect also chose to berate the press corps and specifically accuse CNN and Buzz Feed of being “fake news.” Though this sort of vitriol is usually saved for the White House Press Room, it is no surprise that Trump would take this tack with the Press Corps as he has shown no respect for the fourth estate up to this point. The real question will be about the response to the President-elect’s action from the Press many of whom take very seriously their role as a check for the people on government and who have usually supported their own. While a candidate still has some flexibility on how they are examined and discussed by the media, the president has no such privilege. His role and actions must be (and in many cases) required for all citizens to examine and scrutinize. Will the Press or the American people stand for being cast out of the White House (as some Trump supporters have suggested)?

The Press Conference was also brought to a head by the implications of misconduct or even collusion with Russian Authorities (Putin) for Trump to win the election as well as a visible beef between Trump and the intelligence community. Regardless of how you view the incoming President, any commonsense American should hold some significant concern about any leaders who has such contention with groups that have traditionally acted as internal and external supports for the office even before taking his oat. The Press and the Intelligencia still work (at least in the open) with a general modicum of respect for the office and to see such open hostility is cause for any American to be concerned.

There is also an interesting opportunity for new media platforms to rise to the occasion and take the mantle formerly held by the dogged journalists who broke the Pentagon Papers, Sexual Misconduct in Congress, and NSA Surveillance to use the incoming Trump Presidency and its engagement with the press as a renaissance in modern journalism. The new digital journalists and readership has a significant potential for readership and real time updates that the Trump presidency could do well not to ignore or antagonize. Should the media not rise to the occasion, however we could find ourselves with the only News from the White House being the prepackaged statements and congratulatory press Conferences which was seen at the beginning of he week.

We are Really Doing This?


This week Congress took the first steps toward a repeal of Obamacare with both the House and the Senate voting to make the first budgetary steps to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Though there is still a long path to repeal and replace, this first step has definitely raised the ante on the poker game playing out between Democrats, Republicans and ultimately a significant number of Americans (30 million) that could find themselves without health care.

Come at me Bro

kinglewisThis week in the final days of the blackening of the White House and the national countdown to Trumps smartphone being confiscated by the Secret Service, the President Elect aimed his Twitter based vitriol at another target: Congressman John Lewis. Though Trump has since walked back his comments after a huge internet blow back, the row initially began when Trump called Lewis “all talk” and “no action” after Lewis said Trump was not a “legitimate” president. This led to the President elect further deriding Lewis’s district and action as a leader which sparked tremendous outcry from the internet including John Lewis’s books selling out on Amazon and the hashtags #JohnLewisAppreciation and #JohnLewisisMyHero. Though this spat did not likely sway any Americans to or from the President Elect, it does hold one important lesson for the Trump administration that it is not beyond scrutiny or reproach. John Lewis is a walking hero who has been a long standing ally of all people who love justice and support equality. In addition to his time in public office he is part of the group that in essence invented modern civil disobedience and has followed the courage of his convictions more closely than many in the halls of Congress or government. In short don’t come for the man seated next to Martin Luther King on the eve of MLK day. What we should consider, however is how quickly a few comments between an esteemed Congressman and the President elect escalated into a national outcry with citizens taking sides. This sort of brinksmanship and raw nerves before Trump even takes the oath is a foul portent and should this sort of culture continue does not bode well for the open discourse and compromise which our founders intended for our governmental process.

The Angry Negro is apologetically a fan of Huey Freeman and and the Hate List, and should Aaron McGruder be reading this, please bring the Boondocks back to print. We need Huey, Caesar, Riley, Grandad, Jazmine, Tom,  and even Ruckus back in major publications more than ever.

The American people have spoken and after the concession from Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump has become the President elect and our next President of the United States. Like many, even the Angry Negro’s household is battling  “election morning after emotions” including shock, and outrage, as well as managing the despair, (and even adulation) of others. Though we are well through the weekend the debate about what was purchased on Tuesday is still going strong. It is not clear if the buyers are actually feeling remorse, but I guarantee the neighbors are eying the new selection like a new swimming pool in the adjacent back yard. You just know it is going to lead to noise, safety concerns, and potentially drama. In the aftermath of any electoral cycle, we always find ourselves taking stock of what we voted for or what was voted against.


For the Obama presidency, issues of racial equality, and the ability of Americans of color to take full part in our American identity, was seen as one of the core reasons for his winning office. Additionally the vote against his competitors was a vote against the old systems of doing things and the good ol’ boy network. In turn, in this race, the voting impetus came down to what Donald Trump calls the forgotten Americans: mostly white males who feel that America’s new found racial identity is ignoring them, and the prospect of what would have been our nation’s first Woman President. Now that the election is concluded, the choice between candidates is moot as it has been decided, but the main question for many (including those in the Republican Party) is, ‘Where are we going from here?”

If this was your first election, you will probably never wish to participate in the process ever again. The lead up was long and terrible — no matter who you were supporting.For many of our White counterparts — especially those women supporting Hillary, this was not likely their first encounter with sexism, prejudice or racism, but the election experience and outcome certainly was more similar to what communities of color have historically seen at the polls. If you had not known before, now you know why people of color have long standing trepidation about elections.

As much as I love to say, “I told you so,” the lesson that racism, sexism, prejudice and xenophobia are real elements that impact our political structure and not just concepts in books from the 60s and 70s is a hard lesson. Though I maintain a pragmatic outlook, I was not ready for the appointment of such an openly intolerant figure to our most important national role — even if it will ultimately teach the nation that these issues are indeed real. Make no mistake, the effects of last Tuesday will be significant and ongoing.

The rhetoric surrounding Hillary Clinton’s bid for executive office as well as the current tenor of the Trump campaign toward women is a slap in the face to the Pantsuit Nation and in the same history of communities of color, this betrayal at the polls is enough to put a whole generation of young women off of the political process. The field seems no better for ANY of the brown communities who now hold fear of a leader that has promised deportation, religious testing, increased policing, and to undue many of the civil rights protections held sacrosanct by minority communities.

It’s looking pretty scary out there, and what makes me afraid is not just the wide eyed shock in the eyes of my friends, families and colleagues, but also the despair that I fear will take root in their hearts to closer we get to Inaugural.

Now that the election is complete, all of the career politicos will press to next steps of running the country. We have already been encouraged by Secretary Clinton in her concession speech and POTUS in his remarks from the White  House that it is now time to work for a smooth transition and move ahead with our new leadership.We will be encouraged to focus on the future and leave the rhetoric of the campaign in the past.

Now that the election has ended, the majority of the American people are going to turn their backs on politics and participate in the Thanksgiving Chrismahanuka Super Bowl Holiday Festival for the next few months. Already on Social media there are folks blacking out their Instagram pages and agreeing to close their computers for the next few months.

Maybe you need a break from the festival of punditry.

Maybe you feel like you cannot bear another loss

Maybe you feel like we have lost our way and need to go back to a simpler time.

All of those feelings are valid, and after the long election cycle and the spectacular upset, even I just want to kick of my gators and watch my little girl blow bubbles…

But maybe you missed the name of this blog, and as much as I would like to pull a Pontius Pilate and wash my hands of these events, I just can’t do that. I cannot act as if the culture of intolerance that was created during the campaign and the actions of hate that have been encouraged, can be separated from this “new” leadership. I refuse to let bygones be bygones, nor suffer fools and racists for the greater good.

If like me you also refuse to take this shit on the chin,  then there is another path that we may take together. Instead of putting our heads in the sand we can rage. We can rage and use our despair to fuel our action. Here are the steps we MUST take:

  1. Pull yourself together (get on up)

Get your shit together. There is not any of us that have watched the presidential election – much less been alive in the past 12 years that have not been aware of the post racial world in which we actually live. Did you really think racism was over? Had you been fooled by the discussions of post racial America? The arrival of the President elect is just affirmation of a truth that has been lurking behind the exhilaration of a Black President and an Executive Branch that actively sought to engage diverse communities. This is not to insinuate that our nation is beyond fixing, but a reminder that Freedom is a Lego set without instructions, and the Star Wars Cruiser engines will not be hold in place with our tears.

So first things first – mourn what might have been, If you need to drink, rage or weep. I encourage you to do so. Weep for our friends, weep for your country and the fear that we all harbor of the future. Weep also for the folks who have been so misguided to believe that old strategies of discord can bring a new result of solidarity. Weep for their fear, and misunderstanding, as they have not even made the first steps of moving toward the truth. Take a week if you must, and then wipe your tears, put on your big girl and boy pants suits, because it is time to get to work.

  1. Get Into it.

One of the mistakes that has consistently been made in this country is the belief that certain freedoms are only the business of those who would directly benefit from them. In this line of thinking, President Obama was only for the African American Community as a would have been President Clinton would have been the woman’s president. Though the people who work for justice and rights do not (usually) adhere to this limited idea of support, this opinion certainly exists even in places that are fighting and supporting the rights of marginalized people. We have to throw this idea out, and further promote the ideas that if one wants to work for justice and civil rights, then we do so for everyone – not just for the benefit of a few. We are all connected, and the freedoms that are won by any group of people are an enhancement to the freedom of us all. For those of you who want the source material, “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” It is for this reason that we must work together, must keep the faith, and must not toleration hatred and injustice toward any person.

Now that we have all had our wakeup call, it is time for the next step: organization. The Trump campaign has engaged a population that has taken direct aim at people of color, the LGBTQIOA Community, immigrants, Muslims, and anyone who has been maligned by the police. In essence he has laid the groundwork for an intersectional rebuttal to his ideas and potential policies. With a unified focus each of these groups can provide a counterpoint to the despicable campaign promises. We as a community must maintain the bravery and the wherewithal to take advantage of this opportunity No issues of freedom or justice belong to one community – freedom must be the business for all of us.

  1. Get Involved

In addition to getting our head right there are some significant steps that we can take right now to ensure that the work to include and elevate marginalized people continues, and that our recently developed freedoms are not dismantled. We must:

  • Watch the Courts – In addition to the appointment of a new Supreme Court Justice, the Court system will also be the battleground for any challenges to laws and legislation that currently support any marginalized communities. The system needs to be watched closely AND with an eye for when support can be offered in the form, of outreach, amicus briefs, and even protest.
  • Engage with Congress – If you are concerned about the Supreme Court and the appointment of Justices,, then there must also be better engagement with Congress. Not only does this include interactions with individual members, but also calling them to task on the sort of legislation and prioritize that are set for the year. If Congress refuses to #dotheirjob, then the common sense action is to convince them with the only currency that readily affects all members of the Legislative body – votes.
  • Ad nauseum – Over the next few weeks all of the powers that be are going to encourage the American people to leave behind the rhetoric of the campaign and move ahead with the business of ruining the country. They will place an emphasis on the American tradition of a peaceful transition of power. Though this is indeed important this does not mean that we need to not talk about the issues that means the most to you as an American. Continue to talk about race, gender, religion freedom, justice, inclusion disability and intersectionality. In fact, make an effort to ensure that these conversations NEVER die out go away, end, or fade. Take these issues to your community centers, local organizations, personal blogs, social media feeds, and the internet. Never be afraid or hesitant to call out issues of racism hate or intolerance, and equally check your own privilege as you check others. Remember that you also don;t have to do everything alone. Your support can take the place in your local town, and be in the form, monetary action, protest action, support of marginalized communities or participation with advocacy organizations. There is plenty of work to go around and all hands and skills are needed. To quote John Stewart, it must be all of our responsibility to maintain the “war on bullshit,” and to mix universes it will take our “constant vigilance.”


Lastly there is something that we also must NOT do. We must not allow ourselves to fall toward finger pointing and blaming. I am specifically talking about third party candidates and voters. None of the people voting for Johnson or Stein are to blame for the outcome of Tuesday nor does finger pointing prepare us for he work to come.

To move forward we need to do the opposite of crab in  a barrel syndrome. Instead of pulling winners down, let’s lift each other up even as we climb.

Though this has indeed been a week of shock and awe – with likely more to come. This is no where near the end. Like any event in our lives we as a community are left with a choice. This can be the moment that we accepted our defeat, or as Danielle Moodie-Mills so deftly stated, it can be the last hurrah of the White Supremacy movement in the United States. We can choose to draw the line here. I was reminded by David Johns & Michael Blake in their The Root interview that though we may have faced disappointment, we should not despair. We have been here before. We have faced the hordes of the intolerant moved only by tradition and a fear of a brown future in America. We have seen the press to dehumanize our existence de-legitimize our culture and take liberties with our bodies. We have come over a way that with tears has been watered, but we have also overcome this before, and we will again sing the songs of jubilation, freedom, faith and love for all to not hear, but join us in.  The path to the nation that we wish to have is still in front of us. WE need only take the first steps — and we are OBLIGATED to do so.

Here is some theme music to take us on our way:

The Angry Negro stands in solidarity with all thise who belive in justice, inclusion and tolerance.

This past week has been very exciting for educators, individuals with disabilities and potential and current athletes participating in high school sports. On January 25th the Department of Education issued guidance to America’s schools saying that individuals with disabilities must have equal access to participate in school sports. This was based on an idea that many of us who have participated in any form of school, after school or intramural team know to be a truth about any organized event for youth: Participation in these activities provides more than just a physical outlet. The social interactions, lessons of discipline and thinking as well as networking and social skills are key in the development of all young people regardless of their ability or disability.

Team sports provide an invaluable resource to students, one that has been proven time and again by any group attempting to gain access. There is a history of exclusion from the sports arena for all minority groups in after school sports, and though Title IX exists to prevent gender bias there is still a significant work to be done for equal access to sport by gender. With knowledge of all of this, we are still about to be witness to some of the ugliest behavior from our educational system since its implementation of Plessy v. Ferguson.  Our education systems are about to lie to us.

Anthony Robles, a one legged wrestler competing at the collegiate level

Anthony Robles (born July 20, 1988) is a wrestler who won the 2010-11 NCAA individual wrestling championship in the 125-pound weight class despite being born with only one leg. He is the author of the forthcoming book Unstoppable: From Underdog to Undefeated: How I Became a Champion (Gotham Books), on-sale September 27th 2012

Though many school districts will talk about their inclusive programs and how they already have teams that are inclusive of individuals with disabilities a more vocal section will claim that there is NO WAY that they can involve all of their students with disabilities. They will offer wide-eyed responses to the media and conduct focus groups and interviews and assert that they would love to help, but that the Department of Education does not understand the monetary needs of their district. Others will claim that there is no means of changing the program to include everyone. Others will even say that the mental capacity of the students with disability is simply too substantial to slow down the development of the rest of the teams. This seemingly common sense approach will gain traction on television and radio and the so-called “average American” will not understand why a group of bureaucrats in Washington are fooling with their son’s basketball or football team.


They will have made the decision that able-bodied children are better and more worthy of resources and development and time than students with disabilities.


Now some of you reading this have already made the decision that I am off the deep end. The Angry Negro is a zealot and instigator that sees racism and marginalization in any issue. If that were indeed the truth, I might forego the rest of this argument and let the issue go, but just for the sake of argument let’s examine the reasons we will be hearing over the next year as to why it is too hard to do what the Department of Education has told schools they are required to do.

The first issue  (which is often the last as well) will be money. The assertion will be that the skills and equipment necessary to manage individuals with disabilities are so extravagant that it is folly to believe that any American school – short of those with specialized facilities training and finding could ever hope to achieve this goal. This argument might hold water except for the fact that the Department of Education is not requiring the significant building or purchase of equipment nor is it requesting that all individuals with disabilities have an open acceptance to school teams. Additionally, this argument seems to insinuate that all teams are funded equally. I am sure there are many high school field hockey teams that wish they had the support of the football boosters but still have to sell candy, raffle tickets and beg their parents for money to support their teams. It seems that if students with disabilities want to play, they will be doing some of this work as well.

The next issue will be safety. The argument will go something like this: we cannot ensure the protection of any individuals with disabilities on the field of play AND due to their complex condition it would be inherently unsafe for them to participate. Now I am sure that there are loads of statistics that we could quote on the safety of high school sports, but the short answer is that sports come with an equal amount of danger for all people – able bodied or not. Rather than exclude an entire group of people would it not be easier to do as we have been doing and consider each athlete as an individual? Since that is what has been done so far for the average athletes lets continue to do that for students with disabilities.

The next line of thinking will be more selfish, but at least it will be honest. Some Parents will say, “I don’t want my child’s opportunities hampered because the team decided to include that kid with a disability. As self serving and despicable an argument this is, it at least finally allows us to address the core issue behind any design to exclude certain people from certain activities like school sports. As we mentioned earlier, sports are a valued part of development and its participants have found success and growth based on this experience. Traditionally individuals with disabilities have been left out of this valued development, but they are not the only group to suffer this discrimination. Every major sport in the history of the United States has an equal history of discrimination. The fact that those bastions of White male privilege were broken were not because of any change in Black, Latino, Asians or women looking to participate, nor were they representative of any specific change in the sport itself. Rather they represented a change in access. Jesse Owens at the Olympics meant that African-Americans had access to the world stage of sport. Jackie Robinson’s integration of baseball meant that African Americans would have access to the pay scale of professional athletes. Anita Lizana’s rise to a World Champion tennis

Anita Lizana de Ellis (November 19, 1915 - August 21, 1994) was a World Number 1 tennis player from Chile. She was the first Latin American, and first Hispanic person, to be ranked World Number 1 tennis player

Anita Lizana de Ellis (November 19, 1915 – August 21, 1994) was a World Number 1 tennis player from Chile. She was the first Latin American, and first Hispanic person, to be ranked World Number 1 tennis player

player meant that Latinos could not be ignored as athletes, and Jeremy Lin even made sure that Asian athletes would be seen as sexy when he posed for the cover of GQ.  This sort of access to sports has always been held back from marginalized societies and the disability community is but another group attempting to pull its way up to mainstream access.

For those people that consider athletes with disabilities a hindrance, we can only remind them of the same fact that supported Asian, Latino, African American, and women athletes who wished to play: They are already doing it. Athletes with disabilities already exist in every sport played by so-called able-bodied athletes (and a few additional sports as well).

Individuals like Oscar Pistorius, Anthony Robels or Jim Abbot began their world-class careers as young people and were lucky to have the opportunity to play. They are not exceptions to the rule of sports, rather, they ARE the rule.

They are individuals who routinely push the limits of their own abilities skills and stamina. There is no argument that holds water about whether or not these individuals have the ability only an argument over if they are allowed to participate.

Jim Abbot graduated from Flint Central High School in Michigan where he was a stand-out pitcher and quarterback before playing College and Major League Baseball

Jim Abbot graduated from Flint Central High School in Michigan where he was a stand-out pitcher and quarterback before playing College and Major League Baseball

One last thing: This argument began with a reference to Plessy v Ferguson – the case that established the “separate but equal” policy that supported segregation in the United States until the Brown V. Board of Education decision 48 years later.  As a country we saw the proof that a separate system is never equal, and yet one of the provisions of the Department of Educations guidance allows for schools to establish separate disability teams if the regular teams cannot be made inclusive or the accommodations would change the essential rules of the game. Now the Department of Education n has done its due diligence and provided a significant amount of guidance and suggestions in making sports accessible. Though they have provided this resource, we must watch for schools that will decide that a special shelf disability teams will be their approach to inclusion. We must not allow there to become an even more extensive sports hierarchy that continues the marginalization and low expectations for athletes with disabilities.

If we allow other people’s fears and prejudices to determine how individuals with disabilities participate in sports we are giving a tacit agreement to the idea that individuals with disabilities are not good enough. They are not good enough to play on teams, not worth the money that those teams cost and certainly not worthy of the development that could lead them to success. It is equally intriguing that denying the presence of athletes with disabilities we are also doing a disservice to the whole field of sport. By limiting the playing field we are taking away the opportunity for these athletes to truly test themselves and determine their mettle. We may as well begin to give head starts, look the other way on penalties and ignore the lessons of good sportsmanship and citizenship that we claim are the hallmark of student competition. Let us give these students a true example of sportsmanship and illustrate the qualities we wish them attain as adults. Let us let everyone have the opportunity to play by the same rules and then determine who is the winner.


The Angry Negro is a blind swordsman who has no compunctions about stabbing a bitch.



It seems that a paradigm shift is finally taking place regarding the broader Black community and its connection to the Gay community. Not that these two groups haven’t been intertwined forever, but maybe now Black folk will find other jobs for our Gay family members other than organist, choir director, and that maiden aunt who has lived with her “roommate” for years.


NAACP endorses gay marriage as ‘civil right’

By Meghashyam Mali – 05/20/12 07:00 AM ET

The NAACP’s board of directors on Saturday passed a resolution expressing support for same-sex marriage equality.

“The mission of the NAACP has always been to ensure the political, social and economic equality of all people,” Roslyn M. Brock, the chairman of the NAACP’s Board of Directors, said in a statement. “We have and will oppose efforts to codify discrimination into law.”

“Civil marriage is a civil right and a matter of civil law. The NAACP’s support for marriage equality is deeply rooted in the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution and equal protection of all people,” added the civil-rights group’s President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous.

 The NAACP had previously criticized measures to ban equal protections for gays and lesbians, opposing both Proposition 8 in California, which would have eliminated same-sex marriage rights and North Carolina’s Amendment 1, which passed in a referendum earlier this month and defined marriage as a union between “man and woman.”

Freedom to Marry praised the NAACP decision. “The NAACP has long been the nation’s conscience and champion for an America where all share equally in the promise of liberty and justice for all,” said Evan Wolfson, president of the pro-gay rights group in a statement. 

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President Obama and the Fight for LGBT Rights


Colin Powell endorses Gay marriage

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Colin Powell jumped on the gay marriage bandwagon today with an endorsement during an interview with Wolf Blitzer:

I have no problem with it, and it was the Congress that imposed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” though it was certainly my position and my recommendation to get us out of an even worse outcome that could have occurred, as you’ll recall. But as I’ve thought about gay marriage, I know a lot of friends who are individually gay but are in partnerships with loved ones, and they are as stable a family as my family is, and they raise children. And so I don’t see any reason not to say that they should be able to get married.