Sundiata Cha-Jua

Sundiata Cha-Jua

Real Talk | Fiction, the Flint water crisis and genocide

Recently, I've been reminded of Mark Twain's observation that "truth is stranger than fiction." The indictment of 13 defendants charged with facilitating the lead poisoning of Flint, Mich.'s, mostly African-American citizens underscores Twain's point.

Real Talk | Remembering the greatness of Lerone Bennett

In addition to some important victories, we've accrued major losses this year. I am hopeful that twilight is descending on the fascist regime. Yet, as 2018 comes to an end, even as we prepare for the battles ahead, it's also important to take the time to mourn our losses.

Real Talk | Dr. Olivia Hooker, the 1921 Tulsa pogrom and reparations

Dr. Olivia J. Hooker, the 103-year-old last known survivor of the 1921 Tulsa "Race Riot" (May 31 through June 1) died recently. Hooker was, in the words of Maya Angelou, "a phenomenal woman."

Real Talk | Building a new leftist electorate

The 2018 midterm election was transformative. The blue wave was darker, deeper and broader than pundits expected or recognized on election night.

The election results shattered fictions promoted by both President Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin's "boy," Donald Trump.

Real Talk | It's a dangerous time in our country

The attempted assassination of several Democratic Party leaders, prominent liberal donors and opponents of President Donald Trump and the two separate acts of racial/ethnic and religious terrorism that took the lives of 13 people last week should drive home the precariousness of this moment.

Real Talk | On the Black Panthers and Dr. King

Earlier this month, conservative columnist Bruce Kauffmann contrasted the philosophy and politics of the Black Panther Party (BPP) to that of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Real Talk | The strange case of James Meredith

Fifty-four years ago on Sept. 30, James Meredith exploded into public consciousness. Meredith's desegregation of Mississippi's flagship public university was a seminal moment in U.S. history. His role in this drama placed him in the pantheon of heroes in a struggle whose goals and values he did not fully share.

Real Talk | Lynching, racial reconciliation and reparations

In recent years, the U.S. government has demonstrated a commitment to passing largely meaningless symbolic legislation designed to sanitize the country's history of racial wrongs. The recent introduction of bills in the House and Senate apologizing for lynchings continues this timorous tradition.

Real Talk | Commemorating 1619 in the right way

Some events are of such magnitude that even those who dread their impact are forced to acknowledge their significance. The looming 400-year anniversary of the arrival in Virginia Colony of the "20 and odd" Africans from Angola, most likely Ambundu people from the Kingdom of Ndongo, in late August 1619 is such an incident.

Real Talk | The fortitude to face reality

While in San Francisco attending the American Psychological Association's annual conference last week, relatives and I visited the world-renowned City Lights Bookstore. Outside the store in Jack Kerouac Alley, among several engraved quotations, I discovered a potent observation by Maya Angelou.