Without an intervention, the institution created to limit democracy for some is a threat to democracy at large.

A jolt from the gut startles him awake; he is gasping for air. He’d spring up in bed to inhale if he could, but some invisible weight on his chest keeps him pinned to the mattress.

Panic courses through his body from crown to gut, and he fears the Grim Reaper has slid into the room like a referee from one of those wrestling shows to give the three-count. …


What is Hush Harbor?

We are a safe-haven for Black people to celebrate the rich history of our people.

We are a respite for weary Black men and women from the daily pressures of finding our way in a world that’s not made for us.

We are a digital media platform for the people having conversations at the intersection of spirituality, justice, and activism from a strong Black point of view.

We don’t police the feelings and experiences of Black people to make them more suitable for non-Black gazers.

We believe in the power of Black stories, Black expression, Black…


It’s time to add systemic change to your symbolic actions.

It seems no one wants to be caught dead without a protest selfie amidst this global wave of antiracist protests. People don’t just want to make sure they were among the marchers, they want you to see that they were there.

This is probably because, organizer Jonathan Smucker explains, many people participate in activism in a similar way that people engage in fashion: namely, many people are more interested in signaling their values to their peers than in obtaining a tangible political objective.

They want you to see them saying…


Why the use of force in response to the murder of George Floyd could be a productive part of the movement for Black Lives.

Photo: Flavio Gasperini/Unsplash

There’s a white American proverb about violent protests that goes something like this: “What good will it do?”

As surely as the sun will rise, viral footage of any violent protest concerning race will inevitably lead to some virtue signaling about nonviolence. …


“I can’t breathe,” he pleaded. For several minutes, George Floyd lie handcuffed and pinned to the ground by a white Minneapolis police officer kneeling on his neck.

“Please,” he begged. The officer wouldn’t relent. By the time an ambulance arrived at the scene, Floyd was unresponsive.

As much of the nation erupts in outrage about these latest episodes of anti-Black violence, many are asking “what do I do?” They want to know how to make the killings stop.

But the truth is that murders like Floyd’s will never truly become a relic of the past until the U.S. …


This white woman’s 911 call shows that antiblack violence was not about fear, but skill.

**content warning: the n-word lurks below**

Amy Cooper doesn’t want us to think she made an attempt on a Black man’s life this week. “I’m not a racist,” she told CNN. “I did not mean to harm that man in any way."

The video footage of the encounter tells a different story.

Christian Cooper (a Black man of no relation) confronted Amy, who is white, for allowing her dog to go about unleashed in an area of New York City’s Central Park where leashes are…


The murder of Ahmaud Arbery proves White supremacy’s superiority complex is lethal

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Ahmaud Arbery was considered a trespasser from the day he was born. That racist notion ultimately caused his death.

The 25-year-old man went for a run one February Sunday afternoon near Brunswick, Georgia, as was his custom. That Sunday, his route took him past the home of Travis McMichael, whose father Gregory had been standing in his front yard. Unbeknownst to him, the McMichaels armed themselves with a .357 magnum revolver and a shotgun, and set off after Arbery.

Moments later, Arbery heard a voice call after him. The voice demanded, “Stop, stop, we want to talk with you!” Arbery…


How recent events with RELEVANT Media Group demonstrate walking away from whiteness may be the only solution.

“I fear, I am integrating my people into a burning house.”

— Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

I was told that white people were not invited to this happy hour. They called it Black Sabbath, and it was exactly what it sounds like, a kickback exclusively for Black people at a swanky wine bar in Old Pasadena.

“Are we allowed to do that,” I thought to myself. I’d never heard of Black people deciding, intentionally, explicitly to get together without white people…


They don’t want forgiveness. They want to be excused.

Sammie L. Berry invites questions after making a statement at the press conference following the funeral service for Botham Shem Jean at Greenville Avenue Church of Christ. Photo: Stewart F. House/Getty Images

“But the trouble is that what we call ‘asking God’s forgiveness’ very often really consists in asking God to accept our excuses… There is all the difference in the world between forgiving and excusing.”

— C.S. Lewis

Some have called it “the hug heard round the world.” Just moments after former police officer Amber Guyger was handed a 10-year prison sentence for the murder of Botham Jean, an unarmed Black man who was shot while eating ice cream at home, she was embraced by her victim’s brother.

“If you truly are sorry — I know I can speak for myself…


A week after the Relevant Media Group CEO stepped away from the helm, people are asking questions about where the movement that ousted him is headed.

“It feels quiet today,” my friend Ryan texted me. It was the first time in a week that our cohort of former Relevant Media Group employees hadn’t been contacted with an interview request.

I agreed. It did feel quiet — especially since the company has released no updates since our efforts pressured the CEO into an impromptu sabbatical.

When I wrote Black Christians Deserve Better Than Companies (And Churches) Like Relevant Media Group, I…

Andre Henry

Writer, speaker, & musician contending for a world without racism.

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