A Political and Literary Forum
A transcript of our panel discussion on the Black Lives Matter movement.
Elizabeth Hinton, Robin D. G. Kelley, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Brandon M. Terry, Cornel West
“This sudden attention to the ongoing grief of black life can also feel like a slap in the face. Didn’t you notice we were dying?”
Activists fighting to remove statues of slavers and colonizers understand better than most how public memorials can be a form of violence.
Jonathan Beecher Field
At a moment when the call to abolish police and prisons is louder than ever, we should also demand an end to counterterrorism, which functions largely to ensnare people of color.
Jalil Muntaqim, a Black Panther imprisoned since 1971, is one of thousands of elderly prisoners the United States has refused to free during the pandemic.
Prison and police abolition were key to the thinking of many midcentury civil rights activists. Understanding why can help us ask for change in our own time.
Police brutality is not isolated and exceptional. As Chicago’s decades-long history of police torture illustrates, it is built into the systemic nature of racial violence.
These protests are too widespread to go away. There will be no peace without justice on multiple fronts.
Scholars for Social Justice
Allies can be powerful aides to social justice movements—but it is their responsibility to make sure they don’t become a distraction from the cause.
The story of how black people confront systems of racial capitalism and plot world liberation. A reading list from Robin D. G. Kelley.
Robin D. G. Kelley
In this interview, Lorgia García-Peña, who was denied tenure by Harvard in late 2019, discusses why ethnic studies has never been more urgent and the important role it can play in protest.
Lorgia García-Peña, Mordecai Lyon
The rage on display in Minneapolis is not only about police violence. It is also about the country’s utter disregard for the pain of black Americans.
A proper understanding of urban rebellion depends on our ability to interpret it not as a wave of criminality, but as political violence.
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William Callison, Quinn Slobodian
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