The Open Veins of West Baltimore

by R.L. Stephens II on August 14, 2015

I mentioned my time in West Baltimore the day after the Freddie Gray riots on Doug Henwood’s show yesterday, and I thought now would be as good a time as ever to publish my more complete thoughts. This article was written in late May 2015 and has not been updated. Special thanks to Siobhan McGuirk for…

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Did You Know Bill Clinton Was Accused of Rape?

by R.L. Stephens II on August 11, 2015

Bill Clinton was accused, on camera, of rape by Juanita Broaddrick. The story came to light as part of the fallout from Paula Jones’ 1994 sexual harassment case, which Clinton settled out of court for nearly 1 million dollars. As Jones attempted to make her case, her attorneys began deposing women from Clinton’s past who could…

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Dear #BlackLivesMatter: We Don’t Need Black Leadership

by R.L. Stephens II on August 10, 2015

Black Lives Matter, a loose network of activists around the country, is currently facing backlash for storming the stage at Bernie Sanders’ events. Black people have a long and powerful history of taking over white political spaces in an effort to advance our interests. But how do these contemporary activists compare to Black insurgency of…

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A Note on Public Events and Propaganda

by Drew Franklin on August 10, 2015

The public relations industry took off after 1929, when Edward Bernays demonstrated his technique for manipulating public opinion by paying women to openly smoke cigarettes during the Easter Day Parade in New York City. This, at a time when the idea of women smoking in public was positively taboo in the United States. Bernays secured…

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The Logic of Racial Justice Rhetoric (pt. I)

by Drew Franklin on July 29, 2015

When Black Lives Matter to White Nationalists A few years ago, when I still considered myself a social justice activist, it was already conventional wisdom for people organizing around anti-racist politics to break out into two groups: one open only to people of color, and another for their white allies. The rationale was to create…

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Black Girl Dangerous’ BBHMM Defense and Rape Apologia

by Robert Stephens on July 6, 2015

Last week, Rihanna debuted a video for her single Bitch Better Have My Money. Black Girl Dangerous founder Mia McKenzie, responding to unnamed “white feminists” who apparently charged Rihanna with misogyny, defends Rihanna’s video in an article titled This Is What Rihanna’s BBHMM Video Says About Black Women, White Women and Feminism. She acknowledges “there are images…

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This is the Part Where We Beg for Your Money

by Drew Franklin on July 3, 2015

On August 24th, 2014, I was surprised with a message from a rising intellectual whose writing had recently begun to get a lot of attention: Robert Stephens i want to make this magazine, but i can’t do it alone will you help me? Drew Franklin Duh Robert Stephens okay, tight let’s meet this week Drew…

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Here’s How White People Can End Racism Forever

by Drew Franklin & Robert Stephens on June 20, 2015

What can white people do to end racism in the wake of the Charleston massacre? Two editors at Orchestrated Pulse sat down to discuss one of the hottest topics in think piecing: Robert: Something, something education… allies… healing… speak up like Mitt Romney… watch MSNBC… and that’s how White people can end racism forever. Psych… The conversation…

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What Is Unemployment?

by R.L. Stephens II on June 12, 2015

Mike Isaacson of Vulgar Economics is an activist and PhD student at the New School for Social Research. We recently chatted about unemployment, full employment, and how bosses need unemployment to discipline workers. R: What is unemployment? Mike: Everyone, workers and business owners, needs employment, but for different reasons. The workers need consistent employment so that they…

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McKinney, Race, and Property

by R.L. Stephens II on June 10, 2015

In the past, the spectacle of racialized violence was almost comforting, a sort of I told you so moment that validated my belief in the existence of racism. Race consciousness is often met with denial or outright hostility, so I felt vindicated whenever clear examples of racial injustice entered the mainstream. But just how many…

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