For the past few months, airwaves have been saturated with allegations of covert Russian interference in America’s 2016 presidential election. Like a dog with a bone, teleprompter-jockeys are working tirelessly to ensure this claim becomes the explanation for Donald Trump’s... Continue Reading →
My thoughts on the SheaMoisture commercial: Of course it was problematic that the company included white women and a light-skinned "acceptable" black woman. But my first and strongest feeling was that there was a stark difference between the black woman's words... Continue Reading →
I hate the way American society conceptualizes romantic relationships. The notion of "love" is typically framed as a progress narrative - whereby "marriage" is the highest form and product. Intimate connections are reduced to linear equations. Whenever people speak of... Continue Reading →
For the past few years, the American political landscape has been saturated with debates over Confederate symbols. Yesterday, New Orleans began the process of removing Confederate statues. While I sympathize with the demand that Southern symbols be removed, the general... Continue Reading →
Every mainstream article on the Arkansas execution frames it as "the first in 12 years" – as if officials deserve an award and standing ovation for some type of accomplishment. This is not an aberration from an otherwise non-violent status... Continue Reading →
Moore writes as if all these problems began the moment Trump was inaugurated. By saying we simply need to “stop Trump” – we focus on one person as opposed to the larger structures of racism, heteropatriarchy, and capitalism. Trump is just the most visible and visceral representative of an oppressive system. Even if Trump has a “much-shortened presidential term,” we are still left with an oppressive apparatus.
In this blog, I present my theory of the State as it relates to anti-black structural violence in America. I apply three frameworks: carceral continuum, social death, and genocide - for the sake of understanding anti-black violence.