Teka Lark

Everything You Would Call the Cops For, The Cops Have Done to Me

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By Teka Lark (June 15, 2020) CW: sexual assault I heard someone say, “We need the police, what if you get home invaded.” Chances of that happening are almost nonexistent for boring people who worry about being home invaded on Facebook. That’s a crime you have to plan out, it’s not a dash-and-grab kind of situation, and it typically involves…
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The Good Old Days Weren’t Good For Everyone

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By Teka Lark (June 8, 2020) During WW2, over 127,000 Japanese Americans were put into internment camps. The Japanese American community lost $400 million, which would be $5 billion in today’s money. I don’t give a damn if Japanese Americans got a pathetic amount of reparations (if they were still alive), you never recover from someone uprooting your family and…
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Public Transit is a Human Rights Issue Under Covid19

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By Teka Lark (May 7, 2020) More women take public transit than men, and more Black people are in car FREE households than anyone else. Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian American households are more likely to be in a car FREE household than white people. So it has always troubled me that upper-middle- and middle-class white men have continued to dominate…
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Structural Racism is the Reason People of Color Are Dying of Covid-19

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By Teka Lark (April 13, 2020) The Surgeon General, Dr. Adams, stated, to paraphrase, that we people of color (Black people and Latinos) need to lay off the alcohol and healthfully eat so that we won’t die of the COVID-19. People were quite (understandably) outraged, but I also found something similar in the Chicago Defender that also outraged me: “If…
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The Fed Wants You to Be Afraid

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By Teka Lark (March 19, 2020) The central banking system of the United States is the Federal Reserve System aka the Fed. According to Investopedia a central bank acts as the regulatory authority of a country’s monetary policy and is the sole provider and printer of notes and coins in circulation. The Fed is run by the board of governors….
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We Need Better End Time Stories

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By Teka Lark (March 16, 2020) So I’ll be spending this time off writing manifestos because I do that. Writing essays, finishing my book, doing yoga, planting seeds. I feel like we need a new narrative for what happens when this all ends. THIS Is horrible: capitalism, poverty, racism, sexism, nationalism, people being mean as entertainment. This is horrible. This…
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Why Did Southern Black Folks Vote for Biden?

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By Teka Lark (February 5, 2020) If you think I believe Black voters voted for Biden because they believe white people are racist and he was the most palatable racist, you have lost your damn mind. That is not how Biden got the Black vote. That is not how this works. That is some very creative fiction, which will get…
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Instead of Preparing for War, We Need to Organize

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By Teka Lark (February 24, 2020) The problem with individualism is this: eventually, you have to go to sleep and that is when they will shoot you in the head. See Fred Hampton for a historical example of that. I have friends that are far-left individualists, kente cloth capitalists, and others who don’t have labels, who say they are ready…
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On George Washington, Destroyer of Towns

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By Teka Lark (February 18, 2020) This week we’re honoring George Washington or Conotocaurius (Town Destroyer) as the Iroquois called him, a man who enslaved 316 people and brought nine of them to the White House (Coard, Philadephia Tribune, 2018). When I was a child, I was told that George Washington was our first president and that he had wooden…
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Moderates Don’t Care If This Country Goes to Hell

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By Teka Lark (January 31, 2020) Being in the United States owing to slavery, and having relatives who are still alive who survived Jim Crow, gives you a unique perspective on justice in the United States. If you look throughout history in this country, oppression is an ebb and flow. For example, during the Reconstruction Era, the era right after…
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Does the Anti-War Movement Include the War on Black People?

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By Teka Lark (January 8, 2020) In Newark & Los Angeles, when I would go to protest I would have to step over Black people. I would have to step over them on the way to train, on the way to the march. I would have to pass over places where my friends used to live. But now they live…
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