In the midst of researching the Hamdan v. Rumsfeld case, I came across a story about a Saudi man named Mohammad Mana Ahmed al-Qahtani, who is currently being held indefinitely in the United States Guantanamo Bay detention camp, in Cuba. The Guantanamo Bay detention camp is an extrajudicial and interrogation facility established by the Bush administration to hold detainees from the war, following the events of September 11th. You may have heard of al-Qahtani before, but under the name given to him by the Bush administration: “the 20th hijacker.” Continue reading »
I read a memoir recently from a child soldier (now adult) that fought alongside his country’s army in Sierra Leone that inspired me to write this piece and hopefully shed some light on the matter to those that are currently in the dark.
There is said to be an estimated 300,000-500,000 child soldiers in the world, with Africa being home to 200,000 of them–a number I feel to be much greater. Continue reading »
Let me start by explaining that I work for residence life. That means when you have that tearful departure of dropping off your 18 year old expecting that they will be swaddled with the comfort and love of a mother’s bosom, I don’t do that shit. Instead, my job is to take your sniveling undeveloped 216 month old fetus and turn them into a functional member of society. It’s like boot camp for the real world, and I’m the drill sergeant… now drop and give me $2,500 for room and board! Continue reading »
For the last 24 hours, the internet has been buzzing about SOPA. Since if you are anything like me, you are thinking “What is heck is SOPA?” Good question. Continue reading »
Sometimes I feel like I set myself up to be the owner of a China Shop, who is convinced that prayer is far better coverage than an insurance policy that specifically covers Bull-tendencies. Continue reading »
I was on twitter a while back and a friend tweeted an interesting article. The headline: “It’s Official: Gay is the New Black”. As I read, I found myself nodding, not in agreement but in frustration. Gay is not and will never BE the new black. ‘Blacks’ haven’t arrived. We as a community are oppressed daily. What IS happening is our real oppressor has created a machine that makes minority groups hate each other to the point where we don’t fight for our collective freedom. But, Gay is the new Black?! Nah, that’s not the way that this struggle works. Continue reading »
“Be not arrogant because of your knowledge. Take counsel with the ignorant as well as the wise. For the limits of knowledge in any field have never been set and no one has ever reached them. Wisdom is rarer than emeralds, and yet it is found among the women who gather at the grindstones.” -The book of Ptah-Hotep, Husia
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X
You are not broke. Despite your recent marriage to dollar menus, your extreme paranoia over the cost of gas, your saddened demeanor upon walking away from ATM’s after making a withdrawal or balance inquiry, your new-found appreciation for the “Free On Demand” section, your re-energized enthusiasm for timeliness to ensure you and your friends arrive on time to the club as to avoid actually paying to get your groove on, and your pristine attendance record to classes because now your unit to tuition dollar ratio is actually affecting you.. May you be reminded that you are NOT broke. Continue reading »
I was recently watching a commercial for a baby birthing show. This particular episode featured a couple that had been trying to have a baby for a few years and suffered through several miscarriages before finally conceiving this child they carried to term. For some reason this 30 second spot reminded me of the abortion debate though. Continue reading »
By The Intellectual Hoodrat
Damn I’m tried of talking about race. I feel bad saying it but its exhausting and as one of 3 African American adults at this predominately white school, and therefore the go-to person for black students, I can barely escape it. Sometimes I just wanna relax with my peers with the false sense of security that those are issues that are only faced by 15 year olds who are for the first time dealing with race. I would like to believe that the adults I work with are just ‘a little’ more progressive… but that’s just a wish, which was made clear a few days ago.
The other day I had a co-worker make a confession to me. Continue reading »