On my way back from a great visit to the science fiction collection at Cushing Library @tamulibraries@TAMU - one of the largest in the country. Fantastic exhibition is called "The Stars are Our: Infinite Diversities in Science Fiction & Fantasy" - A quick thread on what I saw
My novel Blood Colony (#3 in my African Immortals Series), about immortals illegally distributing their healing blood in an "Underground Railroad" for the sick, is on display above a collector's edition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Also, Lt. Uhura meets Commander @SonequaMG
In Charlottesville, after shouts of "Jews will not replace us!" & anti-racism activist Heather Heyer's murder, Tr*mp said "very fine people on both sides" and helped normalize violent anti-Semitism & white supremacy. This is his legacy. His followers still refuse to see it.
On Wednesday, the day the first explosive devices were found, a white gunman tried to walk into a black church in Kentucky to shoot worshipers. When he couldn't get in, he went to a parking lot and killed a black man & woman." WEDNESDAY.
No, mass shootings are not new. But the deadly combination of poor gun control and a president who uses rhetoric to activate violence has created a crisis Congress has REFUSED to address. TR*MP is all of the worst things we said he would be, and Congress has done NOTHING.
This is life for black people under y'all's police state. Black men, women and children. Don't complain to me about "identity politics." It's called trying to live. Trying to raise our families. Trying to survive.
A year ago, my son & friends were as upset when they saw police handcuff a black teen at the park. "He wasn't doing anything." I wrote to our local police chief. To her credit, she called immediately to address it. But in the end, it was neighbors: "See something, say something."
So, yes, we need a drastic reimagining of policing practices in the U.S. The word "reform" doesn't even begin to cover it. But then we're still stuck with too many whites for whom black and brown skin alone is often cause for alarm. And the entitlement of calling police over B.S.
Since we have a week to fill until #BlackPanther I'll kick off an #AfrofuturismShortFilmFestival of black scifi, magical realism and horror. First up is PUMZI (2009) directed by @wanuri Kahiu of Kenya. I love this film!
(Use the hashtag to suggest faves.)
MASS INCARCERATION. Jordan Peele told my class: “When I had this image of Chris in this dark hole…I realized I was talking about the prison industrial system.” The system is “abducting black people and throwing them in holes.” @GetOutMovie#GetOut#BlackHorror#GetOutSyllabus