Tag Archive: Teka Lark

The March Downward Did Not Begin With Trump

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By Teka Lark (November 10, 2016) The march downward did not begin with Trump. It began with the neoliberals forgetting about the people and their roots. The Democrats abandoned Asian-American, African-Americans, Latinos and the white working classes and instead focused on just the most privileged of the left. They had no message. The only message they had was vote for…
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White People, Save Yourself: Election 2016

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By Teka Lark (November 8, 2016) Thousands of poor Black families were hurt owing to Bill Clinton’s welfare reform, which also criminalized poverty. 2.5 million people were deported under Obama. Totally cool with your support for Hillary. I get it, but please don’t think your vote is helping me as a Black woman. The Democratic Party does not care about…
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I’ll Never Tell You to Do Anything

By Teka Lark (September 22, 2016) When I owned a newspaper in South Central Los Angeles I endorsed one candidate over another. I regret that decision, not because I didn’t believe in the candidate I endorsed. I did believe in what that candidate stood for, but I believe the game of politics is evil. When you endorse one person over…
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The Day She Was Harassed on the Bus

  By Teka Lark (February 8, 2016) I took the bus for five years. Yes, I know some people take the bus all the time and it isn’t a choice, but a necessity. I acknowledge my time on public transit began as a sick, twisted, conceptual art project that ended with me having a greater understanding of not just LA,…
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A Safety Net is Not a Support System

  By Teka Lark (September 29, 2015) It makes me very sad that in the US we have a safety net to catch you in a free fall and not a universal support system that prevents you from falling. I get angry too, but it really breaks my heart when I hear people’s stories of struggle. The older I get…
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There Aren’t Any Nice Rich People

  By Teka Lark (September 21, 2015) They have zero loyalty to anyone ­­Black,white, Latino, Asian, Native or biracial. They don’t care how smart you are. They don’t care that you went to school. They don’t care if you follow the Bible or the Torah or the Quran. They don’t care how hard you work. And if you don’t spend…
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The Institution

By Teka Lark (September 9, 2015) The institution is made up of the systems that holds up the elite. The elite are the people who keep other people oppressed, so that they can continue to hold power. Many systems (people, organizations and laws) within the institution set up a sort of living narrative that makes it easier to participate in…
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#Allvotesmatter, Except Yours

  By Teka Lark (August 24, 2015) “We’re reaching out to everybody,” said Bernie Sanders on NBC’s Meet the Press in response to the disruption of his August 8 downtown Seattle campaign rally by Black Lives Matters Seattle chapter co-founders Marissa Johnson and Mara Jacqueline Willaford. Black people aren’t included in “everybody” and “all.” This “we” and “us” and “everybody”…
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The Bernie Sanders Disruption Test

    By Teka Lark  (August 10, 2015) In Seattle, Washington on Saturday, August 8 #BlackLiveMatters activists (or someone who said they were #BlackLivesMatters activists) disrupted a Bernie Sanders speaking engagement. I can’t be upset about disruption. My objective is disruption. I am “building” is a scaffold to tear down this system.

At Least I’m Not in East Texas

  By Teka Lark (July 16, 2015) July 14, 2015 Sandra Bland was found hanging in a cell in Waller County Jail in East Texas after being arrested after a traffic stop on her way to start a new job. On July 16, 2015 the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Blue Line Train celebrated its 25th anniversary of service. My great-great…
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