On Spring Valley High, Police Violence, Rape Culture and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

When video surfaced recently of Deputy Ben Fields assaulting a young Black female student at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina, I was still absorbing the details of a disturbing conversation I’d had with young, Black, college-age women about rape culture and campus sexual violence. Despite the traumatic experiences relating to sexual assault that they […]

Nicki Minaj and the Performance of White Supremacy

“[Hitler] killed Jews and Gypsies because he didn’t have us.” — from Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon I had already read the numerous condemnations before actually viewing the lyric video for Nicki Minaj’s latest single, “Only.” Just how bad could it be? I thought. After all, I had not seen prior indication that the pop star was given to anti-Semitism. […]