I am not afraid of you. I will not be silent about what’s wrong.

I am not afraid of you. I will not be silent about what’s wrong.

Watching the feast of wings

Occurs to me that we are living in the midst of a feeding frenzy right now. If you are a wounded person or a person who is socially marginalized like me, watch for warning signs from predators and power brokers—especially when those of us who are scholars of color who work on gender, race, and sexuality are being targeted for elimination from academia—and HBCUs are especially likely to do that as a prep for adjusting to a new fascist regime should the GOP topple the government. The Black bourgeois believe that they can survive a white supremacist coup by mirroring the fascist ideology within the ranks of the institutions in the Black community. People like me are targeted for elimination routinely in the midst of a fascist coup movement.

I’m a threat to the fascist elements in my work environment.

tapas tonight

work night – things to do

Classroom work, podcast work, committee work–oh, and I still have clothes to wash and put away, books to wipe down and move, a stove that MUST be cleaned down and out, and prep for my neurological doc appointment.


Black History Month is Coming, but UDC ignores it.

I’ll discuss that later, but for now, here’s a good link.

When will I stop bringing up the obvious flaws in this city’s apparent commitment to using UDC to promote white male supremacy and Trumpism? When UDC stops wasting taxpayer money to promote white male supremacy and Trumpism, that’s when. Not that hard to figure out, is it?

Some advice i gave two years ago.

x said: I was cool with this man since college and we briefly dated during our early 30s. He went to college in a different town and I went to school in our home city so we kind of dated long distance. We never ended up hooking up or getting in a relationship but we stayed in contact over the years as friends. He’s nice, respectful, and cool to be around but I knew there was something missing which is why I’m kind of disappointed in myself now. In my mind, he was kinda like a backup guy. A few months ago, we ended up going out and went back to my place and just talked and had sex but I got kind of awkward and I really just wasn’t into it so I asked him to stop; he was nice about it and we went to sleep and he went home the next day. I realized that I don’t like him like that anymore. I am almost positive he can sense something’s changed but men are often in denial when it comes to a woman with low interest. He’s now asking to see me and I don’t want to, so I’m not sure how to respond. How do I approach this?

Hate to say it, but once sex enters the room things do change, and if it ended up incomplete, he’s likely to be a complete pain in the ass. Or he’ll drag your name out of resentment. Your best bet is to cut him off, hate to say it. Look, I made the mistake of doing this just once with someone who had been a platonic friend who made a move on me after one too many joints, and it took him almost 10 years to figure out it was a mistake–long after I had moved on assuming he wanted me to from his own mouth because he apparently did not move on from it, as he and I are no longer friends–his choice, which I feel was and is the right decision. A reminder to me of something that I’ll say here: unless you plan to take a friendship into relationship territory with the careful, caring conversation needed for both parties, absolutely do not mix platonic situations with romance. It’s like milk and lemon juice sitting in the sun. Some friendships are platonic, some are not, just as some long term relationships are sexual and some are not. At some point, I suppose I will need to go into my own experiences, a continuation of sorts of the conversation started in my dissertation and subsequent book “How…” For now, one should avoid delaying the inevitable moment when honesty must prevail so that people can move on. Relationships do end–it’s part of life. New ones emerge as well, so know that something and at some point someone new and better comes in as others move on and move forward. Helps to recognize the significance of being thankful for those times you did enjoy being around that person, however brief, in that you learned something and exchanged something precious between you. Hope this helps.

no surprises, right? right

On these 9 days, police in DC arrested more people than they did during the Capitol siege

(CNN)Sixty-one: That’s the number of arrests Washington, DC, police made the day rioters laid siege to the Capitol in protest of President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral victory.

More have been arrested since, and several jurisdictions are now involved in hunting down the supporters of President Donald Trump who invaded and ransacked the Capitol during a joint session of Congress to affirm Biden’s win. Some are already facing federal charges.
Yet during an episode described as insurrection and an attempted coup, police made only 61 “unrest-related” arrests that day — and only about half of those were on Capitol grounds, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee said last week.
Numerous media outlets, including CNN, have provided comparisons between the arrests during Wednesday’s siege and those made during the summer’s Black Lives Matters protests in the capital.
It’s valuable context, for sure, and raises important discussions about police and race, but a longer view shows the BLM protests were but one example where police in the nation’s capital seemed ready to respond with the full force of the law.
Here are some examples, by the numbers:

133 LGBTQ activists, October 8, 2019

LGBT protesters perform a sit-in outside the US Supreme Court.
Just across First Street from the Capitol, the US Supreme Court was set to hear arguments in three cases that many gay rights supporters felt would dictate the level of protection they’d receive under the 1964 Civil Rights Act and Title VII’s employment rules.
Activists sat in First Street in an act of civil disobedience, reported the Washington Blade, an LGBTQ news outlet that quoted US Capitol Police saying the demonstrators were charged with crowding, obstructing and incommoding.

147 climate change protesters, January 10, 2020

Police move back protesters at a climate change demonstration on Capitol Hill.
Actor Jane Fonda’s “fire drill Fridays” produced numerous arrests — many of them celebrities — in late 2019 and early 2020, as the ex-wife of CNN founder Ted Turner took her anger over climate change inaction to the capital.
In the 14th week of protests, Joaquin Phoenix and Martin Sheen were among the stars who found themselves in custody, as Capitol Police verified scores of people were charged with crowding, obstructing or incommoding.

181 Obamacare supporters, September 25, 2017

Capitol Police arrest protesters from disabled rights groups as they interrupt a Senate hearing.
When the GOP began attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act in the summer of 2017, protests erupted week after week in the capital, spurring several days of arrests. On two separate days in July, Capitol Police confirmed to CNN officers had arrested 80 and then 155 protesters who had entered the halls of Congress to engage in peaceful protests — sit-ins, chanting, lying on the ground and the like.
The largest single-day arrest count from the protests, however, came in September, when demonstrators — many of whom, Reuters reported, were in wheelchairs (most of them belonged to a disability rights group) — delayed a Senate hearing. Capitol Police began rounding them up en masse.
Fifteen were charged with disrupting Congress and 166 were charged with crowding, disrupting or incommoding, with 23 of those facing an additional charge of resisting arrest, according to Capitol Police.

217 Trump inauguration protesters, January 20, 2017

Police officers pepper spray protesters before the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump in 2017.
As demonstrations broke out across the country, police in the nation’s capital dealt with ugly street clashes between police and antifa in downtown Washington.
Six officers were injured, and police deployed pepper spray after, CNN reported, “Bursts of chaos erupted on 12th and K streets as black-clad ‘antifascist’ protesters smashed storefronts and bus stops, hammered out the windows of a limousine and eventually launched rocks at a phalanx of police lined up in an eastbound crosswalk. Officers responded by launching smoke and flash-bang devices, which could be heard from blocks away, into the street to disperse the crowds.”

302 Brett Kavanaugh opponents, October 4, 2018

Capitol Police arrest demonstrators protesting US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Several days of protest over the nomination of Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court yielded hundreds of arrests, but many of them came on a single day, as lawmakers reviewed an FBI report outlining allegations against the would-be justice.
It was another star-studded affair, as comedian Amy Schumer and model Emily Ratajkowski were among those taken into custody.
The arrests began mid-afternoon with 293 people arrested for unlawfully demonstrating in a Senate building and nine more arrested later in another Senate building, a Capitol Police spokeswoman said. All were charged with crowding, obstructing or incommoding, the department said.

316 Black Lives Matter protesters, June 1, 2020

A police officer charges forward during Black Lives Matter protests in front of the White House.
Many found themselves asking Wednesday: Where are the police and military?
No one asked such questions in June, when Black Lives Matter protesters, decrying the deaths of George Floyd and other African Americans at the hands of police, took to the streets to find military helicopters hovering over the city, National Guard troops patrolling the streets and tear gas filling the air.
An analysis of Metropolitan Police Department data shows local police arrested five times as many people during the Floyd protests as they did during last week’s insurrection.

372 Keystone pipeline protesters, March 2, 2014

Students in front of the White House demonstrate against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
As President Barack Obama’s administration reviewed plans for the $5.3 billion Keystone XL pipeline, almost 1,000 demonstrators marched from Georgetown University to Secretary of State John Kerry’s home and then to the White House, where they acted out a “human oil spill.”
Other demonstrators zip-tied their hands to the White House fence and lay on tarps in front of White House, urging Obama to reject the project. In the end, Lelani Woods, a spokeswoman for US Park Police, told The Washington Post that 372 people were taken into custody.

400+ ‘Democracy Spring’ activists, April 11, 2016

Capitol Police arrest “Democracy Spring” protesters participating in a sit-in at the U.S. Capitol.
It began in Philadelphia with protesters from several groups marching 150 miles south to stage a sit-in on the Capitol steps, denouncing the influence of big money on politics and Congress’ refusal to reverse it. On a single day of the lengthy protests, Capitol Police arrested more than 400 people for “unlawful demonstration activity,” and they were charged with crowding, obstructing and incommoding.
While the Progressive Change Campaign Committee cast the demonstrations as “nonviolent civil disobedience,” aimed at starting conversations on “key democracy issues,” numerous media outlets reported more than 900 arrests during the protests. Salon pegged the final tally at 1,240 over a week of protests.

575 immigration policy protesters, June 28, 2018

Protesters line up as they’re arrested in the Hart Senate Office Building.
More than 1,000 women marched through Washington, protesting the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the US-Mexico border. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat from Washington, was among the hundreds arrested, according to Capitol Police.
The demonstrations were largely peaceful. Protesters scarcely argued with the officers arresting them, who in most cases declined to even employ handcuffs in taking the women into custody. Several Democratic lawmakers — including Sen. Tammy Duckworth, who arrived with her infant in tow — showed up to express their support for the demonstration.

12,000+ Vietnam War opponents, May 1, 1971

Police in riot gear surround protesters in hippie attire during the 1971 May Day protests.
This isn’t officially included on this list. It isn’t the fairest comparison, given that half a century has passed and the country looks markedly different than it did in 1971. But the May Day protests against the Vietnam War have been described as the “largest mass arrest” and “largest mass acquittal” of demonstrators in US history.
Five thousand police, backed by 1,400 National Guardsman, greeted the 35,000 protesters descending on Washington that day, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.
“Anyone and everyone who looked at all freaky … was scooped up off the street,” one protester said, according to an ACLU article. A federal court later agreed, saying, “The innocent as well as the guilty were in large numbers swept from the streets and placed in detention facilities.”
An ACLU victory resulted in acquittals for almost all of the protesters, allowing them to collect monetary damages for their mistreatment, the civil rights group said.


Am I trolling my colleagues here?

Probably. I’m wondering if I should do a photo story featuring my vibrator just to piss off the closet trumpites coming to my blog.

Happy New Year, Bitches! I’m just getting started! I’m bikini-ready, and it’s not even spring.

Hey folk! I’m looking for some fun-loving faculty to join our podcast to chat and chill with me, Bill, and Eileen. We’ve got jokes for days…..academia’s a joke factory–you know that! 🙂 Drop a note here or send an email to one of us. See ya Thursday at 2 pm EST! https://www.blogtalkradio.com/at-the-edge-thinkculture/2021/01/14/professors-lounge-an-afrofuturism-scholar-production-episode-one


What? You thought, what? You thought you could defecate and piss and shoot your way to getting your way? And not go to jail?

Why can’t my colleagues call it for what it is?

Domestic terrorism. Coup d’etat. An act of terror in our city that has yet to be resolved. Fascism is alive and well right now in Washington, D.C. And yet my colleagues can’t acknowledge it because it means one cannot remain in that neutrality that Black respectability politics requires in order to stomach political connections with political conservatives. You cannot negotiate with Nazis. Period. Translation for you fuckers who think you can roll back into tolerating microaggressions and excusing awkward incidents: racists and Nazis are the same thing. You cannot be neutral in this issue and be morally/ethically sound.