Sundiata Cha-Jua

Sundiata Cha-Jua

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.

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk | I still see us: African-American solidarity with Palestine

Do African-American radicals still support the Palestinian struggle? Alaina Morgan, a scholar of Islam in the African Diaspora, recently posed this question regarding black radicals' alleged silence in the face of the Israeli slaughter of Palestinians during the "Great March of Return" protests between the Land Day (March 30) and Al-Nakba (Day of Catastrophe, May 15).

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk | Consequences key to curtailing everyday racism

Perhaps, I’ve put too much emphasis on institutional and cultural racism. Or more accurately, I have not stressed individual racism enough.

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk | Starbucks incident another example of retail racism

The arrests of Rahson Nelson and Donte Robinson at a Philadelphia Starbucks on April 12 and its aftermath raise thorny questions about race, class and gender.