Happy Julyteenth by Chris Thompson

“This Fourth July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn… What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebrationContinue reading “Happy Julyteenth by Chris Thompson”

We Should Be Above Transphobia by Now | 540Blog by Chris Thompson

We Should Be Above Transphobia by Now by Chris Thompson “It’s above me now.” This sentence spread through Black Twitter like a wildfire. These were the words uttered by black Holiday Inn employee Craig Brooks as he denied entry to a white woman who called him a “fucking nigger”. She begged and pleaded to enterContinue reading “We Should Be Above Transphobia by Now | 540Blog by Chris Thompson”

Sit Down, Randy: The Myth of Bootstrap Pulling | by Chris Thompson

Sit Down, Randy: The Myth of Bootstrap Pulling by Chris Thompson ^ additional editing by Calvin Eaton  Hi. If you have ever said, “I don’t see race”, “This black person is successful, so why aren’t you”, “Stop dwelling in the past”, “It goes both ways”, “You’re creating division by talking about this”, or my favorite,Continue reading “Sit Down, Randy: The Myth of Bootstrap Pulling | by Chris Thompson”

The Curious Case of Caster Semenya: Hottentot Artemis by Chris Thompson

The Curious Case of Caster Semenya: Hottentot Artemis by Chris Thompson It has been a week since the news broke, and I am still seething over the International Association of Athletics Federations decision against South African athlete Caster Semenya. Ten years after their original findings, after many more competitions and a long fight in courts,Continue reading “The Curious Case of Caster Semenya: Hottentot Artemis by Chris Thompson”