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Darryl Walker Jr

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The Black Deadbeat: Debunking Myths of Fatherhood

Happy belated Father's Day! To celebrate, lets try to debunk the stereotype of black "deadbeat daddies." Keep the following points in mind:   1). Contrary to popular misconception, black men are involved in the lives of their children. A study... Continue Reading →

Kathy Griffin, Violence & Killing Poor Children of Color

Spare me the phony outrage over the Kathy Griffin photo. As she was posing for the image, the United States was carrying out airstrikes in Syria. Over the past month, America has killed 225 Syrian civilians, including 44 children. Instead... Continue Reading →

Hate Crimes: Limitations & Implications

LeBron James' home was vandalized with a racial slur - and authorities are investigating the incident as a "hate crime." While it is important to document violations against "protected" groups, we should still be mindful of the limitations and implications... 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 →

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 →

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