Sundiata Cha-Jua

Sundiata Cha-Jua

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.

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk: The destruction of public education

Though often ridiculed by his master, Emperor Trump, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions has meticulously moved to roll U.S. law, policy and social relations back toward the 19th century.

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk: The need for class struggle in black community

We in the Breakfast Club adhere to the biblical saying, "steel sharpens steel." Popularized by Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam, this phrase means rigorous — but principled — debate. C.L.R. James contends that leaders are important for what they represent, not for who they are.

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk: The dilemmas of black political power

Last week, African-Americans reminded the country of our importance to U.S. politics.

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk: Montgomery Bus Boycott: A transformative event

Dec. 1 marked the 62nd anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott (MBB). The MBB altered African-Americans' mode of struggle. It was a transformative event. In drastically revising black folk's repertories of resistance, the bus boycott launched the modern civil rights movement. What are the lessons from this critical event?