A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest against US President Donald Trump's decision to launch airstrikes against Syria on April 8, 2017, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo: Creative Touch Imaging Ltd. / NurPhoto via Getty Images)
In spite of requests by senators and a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, the Trump administration refuses to reveal its legal justification for bombing Syria in April 2017. Meanwhile, it is threatening to mount a preemptive strike against North Korea, which would be just as illegal, and catastrophic.
Corporate media talk a lot about the economy, but it's a formulaic kind of reporting that rarely talks about people in any holistic way, and virtually never asks the question of how life could be better with a differently organized economy.
Some masks free us, some disguise us and some protect us. The movie Black Panther has allowed Black people to wear the masks that make us free. The film offers us imagery of Black people, not as problems and victims -- tropes that feed both racism and liberalism -- but as a people strong enough to challenge an empire.