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Zone of Non-being

Darryl Walker Jr

Cosmic Hide & Seek: Who Are You?

Who are you?  Discussions of identity take the answer to this basic question for granted. The "I" that is invoked by the speaker is typically described as a series of characteristics or attributes. Thus, the person usually says "I am... Continue Reading →

Justifying Oppression: The Lie of Attacking Police

Since it is National Police Week, Trump gave a speech yesterday recognizing all the officers killed in the line of duty. He declared that the attacks on law enforcement "must end right now." Lets get a few things straight: Regardless... Continue Reading →

Anti-blackness and the Wisdom of Dreamless Sleep

I begin with the premise that there are three states of consciousness: 1). being awake, 2). being asleep and dreaming, and 3). being asleep and not dreaming. It is the third state of consciousness that gives us a clue about... Continue Reading →

The Ruse of Russian Interference

For the past few months, airwaves have been saturated with allegations of covert Russian interference in America’s 2016 presidential election. Like a dog with a bone, teleprompter-jockeys are working tirelessly to ensure this claim becomes the explanation for Donald Trump’s... Continue Reading →

Dismantling Capitalism: Strategy for Ending Veteran Suicide

Images of flag-draped coffins are often attributed to wars fought abroad. A seldom acknowledged internal battle, however, also poses a danger to U.S. service members. In 2014, twenty veterans took their lives every day. The risk for suicide among veterans was... Continue Reading →

Cinco de Mayo & the Battle Against Oppression

Cinco de Mayo is not an opportunity to make a caricature of Mexican culture. Every single year - as if on schedule - people break out their sombreros, draw on crooked mustaches, and add the letter "O" at the end... Continue Reading →

SheaMoisture: Black Women, Parasites & Violence

My thoughts on the SheaMoisture commercial: Of course it was problematic that the company included white women and a light-skinned "acceptable" black woman. But my first and strongest feeling was that there was a stark difference between the black woman's words... Continue Reading →

The Anti-Blackness of American “Love”

I hate the way American society conceptualizes romantic relationships. The notion of "love" is typically framed as a progress narrative - whereby "marriage" is the highest form and product. Intimate connections are reduced to linear equations. Whenever people speak of... Continue Reading →

Remove the American Flag, Too

For the past few years, the American political landscape has been saturated with debates over Confederate symbols. Yesterday, New Orleans began the process of removing Confederate statues. While I sympathize with the demand that Southern symbols be removed, the general... Continue Reading →

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