Black Friday: Are You Afraid of the White People?

October is here and the fear is real.

Earlier this week, the trailer for Get Out, Jordan Peele’s first foray into horror, dropped and may I say I've never been more thankful that I've survived so many token dinners. The movie picks on the inescapable fear that black people experience in densely white populaces and twists it into what looks like a terrifyingly, eerie danger zone for lead actor Daniel Kaluuya.

Between common real life micro aggressions like getting asked for your ID even though you weren't driving or having your white girlfriend’s parents talk slang to you and scary movie antics such as possible mind control, this thriller seems like it'll hit so many nodes of paranoia that I may have to have to take a sabbatical from some of my white friends just to get my mind right. All in all, I'm pumped and know I'll be watching this movie midday-midweek just so I can yell at the screen and be able to sleep well enough later that night.

In other weekly news, plans for the first monument acknowledging American lynchings are underway. The museum/monument will be located in Montgomery, Alabama, one of many cities riddled with a past of unprosecuted lynchings, on six acres of land on the highest spot in the first capital of the Confederacy. The project headed by the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal rights organization based in Montgomery, is an attempt to help people “confront the truth of our past”, by being forthright about our nation’s racial history and its continuity up to this day. The museum, named “From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration” has an opening date projected for April 2017.

Matt Jones is your average carefree black boi, community worker, and sensei. As an Atlanta based artist he dreams to foster community and advocate real change for issues involving but not limited to mental health, queer life, and POC disparity.