Sundiata Cha-Jua

Sundiata Cha-Jua

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.

Real Talk | Another look at racial double standards

It's time to revisit racial double standards.

I first addressed this topic Dec. 4, 2016. Now 16 months later, a couple of recent racial discrepancies spurred my desire to re-address race-based privilege and its flipside, racial discrimination or implicit anti-black bias and implicit white favoritism.

The first area of double standards I want to examine is police killings.

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk | Stating my position to conservatives

After my last column, I received a thoughtful email from a white conservative. This is not unusual. As well as subliterate rants, I occasionally receive respectful, intelligent emails from white conservatives. I normally respond to each email, but given the importance of the questions raised, I think it best to publicly state my position.

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk | The Trump regime has no shame

"They ain't got no shame," is a popular African-American aphorism my grandmother used to characterize white people (except Greeks and Italians). The Trump regime exemplifies that adage. No crime or evil is too much. Breaking up families, imprisoning refugees, and literally snatching babies from mothers, it's all OK. "They ain't got no shame!"

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk | Rethinking democracy: A tale of 2 Donalds

Two men, one African-American, the other Euro-American, with little in common except the same first name, are forcing us to rethink the dominant myth of the U.S.