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No Justice, No Freedom
No Justice, No Freedom

Abolition for the People

President Clinton’s infamous 1994 crime bill is just one example of why reform never goes far enough — and often only exacerbates issues it’s meant to solve

In 1994, New York State convicted me of a murder I didn’t commit. Like countless others…


You can kill a man, but you can’t kill an idea

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On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream in front of 250,000 people, and over the airwaves to millions. It still resonates through generations.

We all remember specific parts of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. We use it whenever we speak of equality and the need to treat everyone the same regardless of their skin color. But that’s not the part of the speech I want to address today.

King didn’t only call for the abolishment of segregation. He also called for justice.

Over the past few days, I’ve seen many people quote King and…


John Boyega says he hates racists. That’s not a cause for debate.

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In the wake of the heinous murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers, people are angry, and justifiably so. Police brutality continues to claim the lives of Black men, women, and children. The four officers involved have been fired, but that has done nothing to quell the growing resentment toward the police system. Many have taken to the streets to protest in the wake of Floyd’s death, while others express discontent on social media.

Actor John Boyega, best known for his work on the most recent Star Wars trilogy, was among those expressing his hurt and outrage over Floyd’s…


We’ve been conditioned not to call out racists, even when our lives depend on it

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When I was nine years old, my teacher just didn’t like Black students. No, that’s not quite right — she had disdain for us. While she displayed overt favoritism for White and Asian students, she made it clear she expected the Black children in her class to fail. When I managed to do well on tests and write a compelling story, her reaction was to ask whether I was adopted or mixed.

But from a very young age, I couldn’t call her out. No one had ever told me this, but I somehow knew: Don’t bring up their own racism…

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