December 20, 2013

Renisha McBride and the Killing of Black Bodies

November 16, 2013


My Nursinc Clio post about Renisha McBride and the killing of black bodies: “Renisha McBride’s death once again reveals how the criminalization and dehumanization of black youth and the violent policing of black bodies persists in spite of triumphant declarations of post-racial America.”

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Announcing my hip hop-themed site–Circa 1998

November 11, 2013


Surrprise…I created a site ( that will feature all of my hip hop lists, writings, etc. It’s really my hip hop archive. I want to post all of my old (and new) hip hop stuff there so then I have a place to direct friends when they have hip hop-related questions. I am still writing about […]

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We Need a Robin Hood Tax for Welfare Relief

September 24, 2013


*Originally Posted at Nursing Clio on September 24, 2013. I wish I found the idea of cutting $39 billion from the federal government’s food stamp program  (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP) during a recession unbelievable. But, as usual, House Republicans continue to thwart all belief and reason. Some Republicans like Paul Ryan (R-WI) are concerned […]

Posted in: Politics, The Economy

Emancipating Intimate Labor in the Home Care Economy

April 27, 2013


On December 15, 2011, the White House announced “administration action” to protect the nation’s 1.7 million home care workers. President Obama called for the establishment of minimum wage and overtime standards that all workers recognized in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) received. These new reforms would virtually eliminate the “elder companion exemption” in the FLSA that […]

Eradicating Rape Culture

March 22, 2013


The Steubenville rape case and CNN’s disturbing response to the conviction of the two football players illustrate the pervasiveness of rape culture in American society. As Blogger Lauren Nelson highlighted in her piece, “So you’re tired of hearing about rape culture,” politicians, news pundits, athletes, teenagers, men, and women have displayed some or all the characteristics of rape culture recently—victim-blaming, shaming, […]

Posted in: Feminism, Politics

“Words I Never Said”: My Reaction to the White House’s Announcement on Drones and Some Post-election Thoughts on US Foreign Policy

February 7, 2013


Reaction: Some may remember when I announced that I would publish a series of thoughts about particular issues after the 2012 election. Well, I did write a few notes on several issues such as Obama’s electoral coalition, the role of the industrial Midwest, and a discussion of the two bailouts of Chrysler in 1979 and […]

Posted in: Election 2012, Politics

Ed Koch and the Planned Shrinkage of the US Economy: Two Tales of Austerity, Part 1

February 2, 2013


Two seemingly unrelated events of note happened Friday—former New York City Mayor Ed Koch passed away and the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that the U.S. economy shrank for the first time since 2009. The contraction may have come as a surprise due to the economic growth (3.1%) in the previous quarter. As you can […]

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“Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall”: The Enduring Legacy of Leftist Social Movements

January 22, 2013


“We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths—that all of us are created equal—is the start that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, […]

Posted in: History, Politics

MLK Day Remarks: Where We Go From Here

January 21, 2013


Dr. King Remarks: Austin C. McCoy 1/21/2013 Today I will address two questions that the organizers prepared for us—one addressing “progress” since the March on Washington, and then I will address what we could do to help President Obama in his second term, or, where we go from here. I want to start with a […]

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