Sundiata Cha-Jua

Sundiata Cha-Jua

Real Talk | Time to send Chief's ghost to Spurlock Museum

How long will we be haunted by the ghost of a racist mascot?

For 30 years, anti-racist activists labored to remove the blight on the University of Illinois' conscience. For 12 years, we have struggled to keep this wraith in the grave. Yet, like the evil apparition in a horror film, it continues to rise and terrorize us.

Real Talk | Democrats, the rise of reparations and universalism

Since emancipation, reparationists have struggled to place compensation for enslavement and subsequent racial oppression on the country's agenda.

Real Talk | Double standards: Anti-Semitism, black people and Zionist bullying

"Anti-Semitism is real." Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar acknowledged its reality in her apology for trading in anti-Semitic tropes.

Real Talk | Knowledge of black history still lacking

The beginning of Black History Month is an appropriate time to assess the state of its inclusion in the public school curriculum.

African-American history is both popular and critically acclaimed. Books on African-American history routinely make the New York Times best-seller list and regularly win major book awards.

Real Talk | MLK, education and unintended consequences

Martin Luther King's birthday is unique among U.S. holidays. It's the only federal holiday that commemorates the life and contributions of a private citizen and an African American. Moreover, it is as much a commemoration of the movement as it is of the man.

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.