DeSean Jackson and America’s Gang Hysteria

By NAVID FARNIA Who do you know?  Who did you grow up with?  Who are your friends?  Who are your affiliates? DeSean Jackson had to deal with these questions after news came out that his employer, the Philadelphia Eagles, were looking to trade or release him.  The Eagles eventually released the wide receiver, and he … Continue reading

Richard Sherman and America’s War on “Thugs”

By NAVID FARNIA Last week, I read an article in Esquire entitled “The Manifesto of Ascendancy for the Modern American N****r” (asterisks added by me), which was written by Black writer, producer and director John Ridley and published in November 2006.  Championing figures like Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell, Ridley argues that “ascendant” Blacks should … Continue reading

The Washington R-words and the Tyranny of Racist Tradition

By NAVID FARNIA In November 1996, at a public hearing to determine the fate of Wichita (Kansas) North High School’s mascot, Clem Ironwing, a Sioux elder, was given three short minutes to speak his opinion on the issue.  He used the opportunity to say the following: The word Redskin was taught to me at a … Continue reading