Juneteenth is this weekend, in case you were wondering. If you’re white, though, please don’t ask for an invitation to the cookout. At least that’s the request of Melina Abdullah, hip-hop scholar and professor of Pan-African Studies at Cal State Los Angeles. If you’re white it should be Reparations Day, but until that day comes, don’t celebrate.

Her Wikipedia entry is something else:

Melina Rachel Reimann was born on September 18, 1972, at East Oakland, Oakland, California, U.S. Her father, John Reimann, was “a union organizer and self-proclaimed Trotskyist.” Her mother is Linda Fowler Blackston and she was raised by Oji “Baba” Blackston. Her paternal grandfather was Günter Reimann (born Hans Steinicke), a German-Jewish Marxist economist and member of the Communist Party of Germany who opposed Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich.

We guarantee they’re behind her 100 percent.


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