Novel Thomas

About the Author Novel Thomas

Novel is a well-respected columnist and a foundation member of the CONTACT team. He graduated from Concordia University’s English department. His writing is insightful and thought-provoking.

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SYSTEMIC OR BASIC RACISM But in recent times, to my way of thinking the word racism seems to have become tired of standing alone; it has now become almost commonplace to hear the qualifier “systemic” as if it would add more force, more urgency to the matter/issue at hand. That has become more evident since the live asphyxiation of one citizen George Floyd by Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin on May 25 (US Memorial Day), while being arrested for allegedly using a counterfeit bill. After being familiarized with a prison cell and charged with 2nd-degree murder, Chauvin was able to post …

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(Don’t Worry) If There Is a Hell Below, We’re All Going to Go

An ongoing four-year real-life blockbuster political reality horror show, starring the world’s first-ever perfect superlative human being, is nearing its conclusion — not soon enough for manyI’ve never taken kindly to the self-serving ad nauseam pontificating: “most powerful man… most powerful country…” It all grates on my ears, my psyche. For various reasons news is always of interest to me, so watching daily images and hear-ing that unique and unmistakable voice always expounding… make me cringe. It’s like rubbing styrofoam together. Merriam-Webster defines it as “styrophobia.” Nevertheless, strap in. It’s called Trumping… nothing short of an interminable reality show playing …

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MICHAEL JACKSON WAS ON TO SOMETHING

Each Black life involuntarily extracted… or sacrificed is an investment in the lengthy process of Black liberationFor weeks, some Black and other people who care about us have been in an an-ticipatory state regarding the Brionna Taylor matter, not the least of which was the $12 million settlement (for her life awarded her family) for her brutal murder by Louisville, Kentucky police, but murder charges against the perpetrators. It was a veritable extended state of anticipatory anxiety as people awaited the outcome the extended verdict into the Bonnie and Clyde-type slaughter of the 26-year-old described in one article as “an …

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THE DUAL PANDEMIC IN THESE TOXIC TIMES

Novel THOMASCoronavirus COVID-19 and Racism: Call it a double socially-impacting whammy for Black people… In her historic vice-presidential nomination acceptance speech the night of Wednesday, August 19, Kamala Harris stated, “There is no vaccine for racism…” Harris hit the proverbial [political] nail on the head. Racism, by virtue of its multi-ple manifestations as we see and understand it in America has been at the core of that society since the nation’s existence, and continues to impact the first pri-mary imported euphemistic labour force in a most deleterious way multiple gen-erations on. The Democratic party’s vice-presidential nominee’s speech that night was …

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AMERICA’S OTHER PANDEMIC: RACISM…

Novel THOMAS Here’s hoping this is not a disconnected rant on the issue of an extended moment: racism and its pernicious outcomes, an extending moment seemingly without end.I too am a product of Africa’s widely dispersed diaspora, and whenever and wherever people of African descent pain and bleed… my eyes well up; I too could easily be a victim of more virulent racist outcomes if place, positions and circumstances were transposed. The attempted overkill of 29 year-old Jacob Blake when he was shot seven times — in the back — by another white policeman in a place named Kenosha, Wisconsin …

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THAT LITTLE BLACK GIRL FROM OAKLAND, CA

THE GEORGE FLOYD EFFECT Could America be on the verge of having its first woman and nonwhite president? As many people are wont to do every year’s-end, I too welcomed the opportu-nity to gather at a certain venue to “Ring out the old and bring in the new.” The place was jumping that night: eatables ample, liquids flowing, music jam-ming and people bouncing… All the requisite ingredients and more making for a night of joviality. And when the clock struck midnight it was the usual… with people wishing friends and unfamiliars “Happy New year.” One even feeling good and positive …

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THE GEORGE FLOYD EFFECT

Racism and Coronavirus COVID-19 Conversations… Novel Thomas Will there be a cure for the man-made viral pandemic, racism, in all its forms once all the talk-ing has ended?When George Floyd had his life squeezed out by police officer Derek Chauvin in that brazen spectacle on May 25, I knew there would be a tumultuous after-math: racism and Coronavirus talk ad nauseam… Over the years of civil rights activism and uprisings it’s how these inci-dents/events have played out. I remember in the 60s and into the 1970s it’s how these social uprisings trig-gered by the same old (let’s say traditional and …

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THE GEORGE FLOYD EFFECT…

Novel THOMAS I have never heard so much talk and discussion about race and racism, descriptions like racialization, racialized peoples, minorities and whatever other terms white people have coined and injected into eve-ryday vernacular to describe nonwhite peoples. Something’s brewing… Could it be the “Change…” Sam Cooke lamented in his 1965 song? These days white people, not all of them, just those with a conscience are run-ning for cover (the brave ones are speaking up) as people/victims of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds with historic generational unresolved grievances perpetrated over centuries (by generations of Europeans in the process of colo-nizing, …

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SOLICITING THE SLAVES: THE POLITICAL JIM JONES SYNDROME

They’re still taking the slaves for granted as they peddle opportunistic political goods… [It’s true!] Oftentimes we hear the term Black people are not a monolith. Which is perhaps why in the black grouping some are fractious, ethnocentric, flag-waving nationalists, hence invariably malleable and easily manipulated.Generational evidence attest to, and continue to prove that. Hence our perennial disunity; divided we continue to fall, are falling… Our lack of cohesion continues to prove that we’re pliable, easily manipulated and pawned… Here’s evidence. I’m not a loyal CNN viewer by any stretch, but in my home CNN consumes a vast amount of …

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FOR WHATEVER IT’S WORTH

Black History Month means different things to different people Novel THOMAS It’s customary at this time of year, the month of February, for the mainstream media to cease the occasion by letting us hear and see that they too are doing their part to recognize Black History month. As such, throughout the radio and television broadcast day BHM-oriented happenings are allotted the duration of the month to promote audible and/or visual vignettes to emphasize that the subject of Black peoples’ (still marginalized) history is ultimately everybody’s. And much like Black lives… it matters, so it will not be allowed to …

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