Charles Cole's Stories

Black parents, you shouldn’t stand alone

Black parents, you shouldn’t stand alone

Dear Black Parents from Memphis Lift, I owe you an apology. Today, via social media, I watched you show up to be heard at the NAACP hearing on the moratorium for charter schools. You felt blindsided and unheard. You were threatened, and the police were called on you...
Are you suffering from Blackache?

Are you suffering from Blackache?

Diagnosis Blackache [blak-eyk] noun emotional and physical pain from hearing dumb *ss rationales as to why it’s ok to deny Black humanity constantly a condition that occurs when the confluence of rage, pain, and hopelessness consume you to the point where you shut...
How can we better survive the killing season?

How can we better survive the killing season?

I’m an Oakland boy but the place that birthed me is in crisis and the world is numb to it. Chicago, one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen, is losing Black life at an astonishing rate. What’s worse is that very few folks outside of Chicago are discussing it....