Kirsten West Savali

Kirsten West Savali is a cultural critic and senior writer for The Root, where she explores the intersections of race, gender, politics and pop culture. Follow her on Twitter.

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Monday, July 27, 2015
#SandySpeaks: ‘I’m Here to Change History’
As I watched 28-year-old Sandra Bland assert her humanity by refusing to roll over and play slave for white Officer Brian Encinia, who had grown increasingly agitated by that refusal, the words of Zora Neale Hurston rang in my head through the numbness: “If you are silent about your pain, they’ll...
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Sunday, July 05, 2015
Silence Around Who Is Burning Black Churches Speaks Volumes
There is something both sinister and cowardly about trying to destroy Black Jesus. Black churches in North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Ohio and Tennessee have burned in the weeks following the terrorist attack on Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. that killed 9 people. In...
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Monday, June 08, 2015
McKinney, Texas: Rage Is Our Rightful Response to Anti-Black Racism
“If those were my sons, somebody would have to post my bail money.” That was my first thought when I watched the now-viral video of white police officers—allegedly responding to disturbances at a private pool party in McKinney, Texas —throwing black teenage boys to the ground and handcuffing them...
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Malcolm X Matters: Icon’s Words Still Ring True
As the #BlackLivesMatter movement continues to grow in strength like the perfect storm, the prescient words of Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) slice with laser-sharp precision through the rhetoric of politicians and pundits alike as if he still walked among us. He was born Malcolm Little on...
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