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The Logic of Racial Justice Rhetoric (pt. I)

By Drew Franklin

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

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 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

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 Robert Stephens

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 Robert Stephens

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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How Many Black Women Have Been Killed by Police in 2015?

By Robert Stephens

To date, the U.S. government does not have a comprehensive system for compiling police killings. In September 2014, The Washington Post quipped that “no one knows” just how many people are killed by the police each year. June 1st, 2015 The Guardian released The Counted, an interactive database of all verified police killings in the…

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Down & Out in West Baltimore

By Robert Stephens

On Tuesday, April 28th, I toured West Baltimore for the first time. A break from volunteering allowed me the opportunity to survey the damage for myself. Boarded-up properties littered every block I walked through. What looked like trash was often just the debris of dilapidated roofs and walls that crumbled into the street. This didn’t…

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That Time I Thought We Were Censored By Facebook

By Robert Stephens

April 30th, a friend let us know that our links were no longer appearing on Facebook.   We had just posted our “Fuck the Police” playlist, and a Black woman just went to jail for an anti-police Facebook post. People thought we were being censored, so at first, I was on 10. But then I thought, what…

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Playlist: Fuck the Police

By Orchestrated Pulse

The infamous N.W.A jam is our anthem at Orchestrated Pulse, and we bam out to it on the daily. But we also like variety, so we asked some of our readers to share with us their favorite FTP jams in any genre. We present to you the result, which we’ve compiled into the first (un)official Orchestrated Pulse…

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