Sundiata Cha-Jua

Sundiata Cha-Jua

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.

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk | 'Gun love' and white supremacy

Public discussion of Nikolas Cruz, the white male mass murderer who shot up Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, describes him as "troubled," "depressed" and "a gun enthusiast." Commentators note his fixation on guns and his proclivity for killing animals. This portrait fits the script used to describe most mass murderers.

Sundiata Cha-Jua | Reversing the intergenerational racial gap

A recent study shatters conventional wisdom on the causes and impact of race and its intersection with gender in the U.S. The most significant aspects of this study are its size and that it's intergenerational. Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren, Maggie R.

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk | More movement: 'People in the streets'

In Wilson, N.C., an African-American sophomore, Justin Blackman, was the only student to walkout at Wilson Preparatory Academy. A white American freshman, Aubrey Whalen, was the only student to do so in Tolono. These two brave adolescents were anomalies. Not that they walked out of school, but that they did so alone.

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk | W.E.B. Du Bois vs. Booker T. Washington

Feb. 23 marked the sesquicentennial of W.E.B. Du Bois' birth. Born in Great Barrington, Mass., he died 95 years later, in Accra, Ghana, on the day of the March on Washington, August 28, 1963.

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk: 'Black Panther' is 2 steps forward, 1 step back

When I was an adolescent, the appearance of the Black Panther was an earth-shattering event. The Black Panther offered a vision of Africa and black people that challenged everything I was being taught in school.

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk: Trump, Jay-Z and economic progress of blacks

Donald Trump's trumpeting of the historically low official African-American unemployment rate is designed to drown out his demeaning commentary on African people and to direct us away from critically examining the racial effects of his policies. Jay-Z is correct to reject Trump's political tactic. However, his response is inadequate.