Black Girl Lost: An Existentialist Journey Through An American Ghetto

  Donald Goines lacked the education and literary pedigree to write as eloquently as the likes of Cormac McCarthy or Toni Morrison, and while other American writers of his generation were brought up on Steinbeck and Faulkner, Goines was brought up on Iceberg Slim.  Drawing on his own experience, though, Goines was able to write as van Gogh painted, […]

Holding Police Accountable: How To Curb Police Brutality

  At their current pace, American police are on track to kill 1,100 people this year, and of those that they have killed so far this year, 161 were unarmed.  Though excessive and unlawful force was used in many cases, securing prosecution is difficult as prosecutors are often unsuited to try these cases given that […]

Why The Wretched of the Earth Still Matters

  In 1961, shortly before his death, Frantz Fanon published his seminal and infamous monograph The Wretched of the Earth, detailing the nature of colonial oppression and hypothesizing that violence would be the only way to bring a stop to colonial oppression.  Though controversial, Fanon’s insights are at once compelling and heartbreaking and have the […]

The ‘Good’ Ones (or Not All Cops)

  So far this year, over 500 people in America have been killed by police.  The Washington Post, in an article that has since been taken down because it had been ‘inadvertently published’, reported that FBI statistics put the number of homicides committed by police on pace for more than a thousand this year, though […]

George Orwell’s ‘Shooting an Elephant’: Imperialism, Postcolonialism, and Police Brutality

  George Orwell’s ‘Shooting an Elephant’ is not as widely known as other works by Orwell, such as Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, but the short story carries as much currency today as his more celebrated works and more effectively speaks to specific issues in practical terms that Orwell’s more iconic works.  The narrative is […]

CHAPPiE, Child Soldiering, and Corporate War Mongers

  Upon watching the trailer for CHAPPiE, it is tempting to simply frame the film as Short Circuit meets Robocop. But Neill Blomkamp, the film’s writer and director, does more than simply make science fiction films; he makes socially conscious films.  His debut feature film, District 9, used a narrative akin to that presented in Alien […]