Kirsten's Recent Articles

We Don’t Need No Water: Black Rage, Ferguson and The Fire This Time

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We’ve been here before. The reoccurring nightmare of tear gas, rubber bullets, flash grenades and unlawful arrests that held a small Missouri town hostage for six days may be receding, but we must remain aware in this moment, present and fully engaged. Because we’ve been here before. We,...

Why I Will March For Eric Garner

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When I first read Kimberly Foster’s piece entitled, “Why I Will Not March For Eric Garner”, it felt cold, ill-timed and exploitative—a transparent example of never letting a serious crisis go to waste. I immediately read it again to ensure that my reaction was not due to what...

On Maya Peterson, White Supremacy And Black Resistance

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When Maya Peterson was pressured to step down from her position as student body president at the prestigious Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, it wasn’t because she did anything wrong. It was simply because her sharp wit and uncomfortable truth-telling hurt the feelings of the...

From Mammy To “The Marvelous Sugar Baby”: The Art Of Black Womanhood

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There is a restaurant in Natchez, Mississippi called Mammy’s Cupboard where you can slip beneath Mammy’s skirts and eat a delicious lunch with a sweet slice of pie for dessert. “Affectionately” called “Black Mammy’s” by locals, the restaurant is a Dixie ode to the Old South,...

Poison Ivy: Typical White Stereotypes and Black Exceptionalism

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In recent weeks, extraordinary stories of Black male academic achievement have flooded the media. First, there was Chad Thomas, the Florida teen who received 150 scholarship offers due to his prowess on the gridiron and his mastery of music. Next the media glare was trained...