Very Smart Brothas' Damon Young -- inspired by reactions to Christopher Dorner but also referring to figures like Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas -- tries to unpack what makes us decide that some folks are authentically black while we retract others' racial credentials.
Ebony's Damon Young says the website's video of Andre Lowe getting shot encourages viewers to justify their feelings about "black thugs." Even so, Young argues, there's no story if there's no audience.
Very Smart Brothas' Damon Young reflects on the role that he believes gender played in the recent punch by a Cleveland bus driver, and wonders whether it's problematic that he wasn't more upset by the violent footage.
Very Smart Brothas' Damon Young grapples with the way black people tend to recoil at certain comments made by white folks, even when those comments address the same things we criticize about ourselves.