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read in november 2015

Robert Parry, Reviving the “Liberal Media” Myth

Gabrielle Bellot, Flight of the Ruler: A Transwoman in Exile

Scott Esposito, That Revitalizing Fever

10 Trans Women Prisoners They Definitely Didn’t Tell You About in History Class

Benjamin Balthaser, Jews Without Money: Toward a Class Politics of Anti-Zionism

Black Lives Matter Supporters in Oregon Targeted by State Surveillance

Your Social Media Posts are Fueling the Future of Police Surveillance

Stephen Corry, The Colonial Origins of Conservation

Marcel Bois, Hitler Wasn’t Inevitable 

ONKWEHÓN:WE RISING, Nican Tlaca Communism Part 1, Towards a Synthesis

Israel to Coordinate with Google, YouTube, to Censor Palestinian Videos of Conflict

THE SCOFIELD 1.2: KAY BOYLE AND LOVE

 

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read in october 2015

Tom McKay, Scientists Gauge How Fast the Earth’s Ecosystems are Dying

The BDS Ceiling

5 Black Churches in Ferguson Area Have Burned Since Last Week [10/19], Media Shrugs

Benjamin Dixon, When the Police Turn Someone You Know Into a Hashtag

SPLCenter Report, White Homicide World Wide [White supremacy]

Juno Diaz Just Lost an Award for Speaking Out Against the Dominican Republic’s Anti-Hatian Progrom

George Monbiot, Indonesia is burning. So why is the world looking away?

More than 20 women detained in Texas immigration facility begin hunger strike

#IStandWithAhmed — All Cops are Bastards, All Principals are Wardens (rant)

They handcuffed a black Muslim highschool student and perp-walked him out the school. They didn’t care to get the alleged explosive out of the building, or lock down the other students, but they took care to go through with this performance. In the picture of Ahmed handcuffed with the NASA shirt, the look in his eyes is devastating. Eyes seeing what authority and white Amerika will do to bright young people like him — people way smarter than me, people who have already achieved more than i have in half the years — when they dare to be publicly proud of their passion and accomplishments.

In Portland, black and brown kids as young as nine getting handcuffed, perp-walked, and taken to the station for ordinary school fights is a common occurrence. This never happens to white kids.

The school to prison pipeline in a way is a misnomer, implying schools themselves are not already prison environments. The education they offer is an indoctrination to treat all black and brown children as inherently criminal elements; childhood is not a factor to their existence. The handcuffs, the perp-walks, the humiliations. I cant even imagine what that was like, how damaging that would be. ive been harassed by the law in my day, when i had it coming do to naughty political activities, and those have left me quaking at my knees; what is it like to be a highschool teen, innocent, and the cops already think you are a threat. No miranda rights, no lawyer, no parents present during interrogation, which can happen because he was never formally charged, since the white community has already charged his existence as criminal.

This spectacle is not absurd, to say so is to let the rest of what Amerika has become off the hook. It’s meant to teach every white child what to think of these bodies, what the white grown-ups already think of these bodies every day. It’s meant to teach the brown and black kids that they are not here to learn or excel, that this is the punishment for doing so. They are here to be corralled, disciplined, subjugated, terrorized, and warehoused in one prison or the other. There is no future of intellectual achievement for them, not when our society needs unpaid brute labor in the prisons, and that’s not gonna be done by whites.

Bin Laden gave us a better education about ourselves than the public system ever has. The idea was not to start a holy war. Terror is a more subtle tactic. It was simply to create enough fear and instability to let us fall apart on our own; to exploit the reality that the land of the free and exceptional is in fact scared of its own shadow, that it sees hobgoblins in their soup — commies, gays, islamofascists, feminists.

Maybe Bin Laden was a fan of Nietzsche. The slaves, the mediocre, the weak: they have to cling to their unearned power. They are irascible, exploding in disproportionate fury at any reasoned criticism or perceived offence. They are enslaved to their own special snowflake sense of themselves. The weak fire teargas on nonviolent protesters. The weak sing frat songs about lynching. The weak stalk and dox online activists.The weak use students, children in their charge, as a supply of bodies to be punished for the stupidity of grownups.

White people built this country on the material basis of slavery. Psychologically they are enslaved because they have to keep running from their own internal truth: that they are false, weak, and cowards to the end.

It’s great to see the support for Ahmed, and it’d be great if he got a full ride to the top university of his choice and to see the teachers, administrators, and pigs fired or at least publicly ridiculed.

But my silver lining of this is the hope that more of the youth are getting radicalized against the small-minded paranoia and cop worship that holds them captive as their futures are robbed, and start doing what they can from within to collapse the system.

read in august 2015

Nicholas Brady, A Few Notes to the Intramural on Afropessimism

chico, A Primer on “Libidinal Economy” in Relation to Black Folks

Emily Strasser, Letter from Hiroshima

[Salon] 8 stats that reveal just how badly the police state hurts black women

Imani Gandy, #BlackLivesMatter More Than the Hurt Feelings of White Progressives™

[Crimethinc] Reflections on the Ferguson Uprising

Next Time it Explodes

THE SCOFIELD 1.1: DAVID MARKSON AND SOLITUDE

Jenny Noyes, Activists paint whitewashed Stonewall statues to remember transgender women of color

Justin Mueller, Taking Trump’s Fascism Seriously

have the courage to read this book

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[CN: Anti-black violence, n-word mention]

It’s really exciting that a piece of literature so completely dis-interested in appeasing whiteness is getting the scale of attention this book is receiving. Yes, you should read it. Yes, it’s every bit as beautifully written as they are saying it is. It really is an open letter to Coates’s son; it has the language of a letter in its simplicity, its anaphoras. The paragraphs are breaths, extensive and measured, containing an incredible rage at a cosmic injustice, and they end on powerful and sometimes enigmatic imagery.

You can almost see the struggle of the publishing industry in trying to market this book. The blurbs i hear on it, regurgitated from press kits, is that it’s part autobiography and part historical examination of the Civil War and of black power struggles in the time after the Movement. And it has those elements. The language includes history, grapples with it, shows much of it to be an illusion conjured by the white establishment, the Dreamers. But it’s not for your edification. The jacket says Coates’s language builds towards “a transcendent vision for a way forward,” when nothing could be more diametrically opposed to the author’s framework. Coates is a thorough materialist, the body is the spirit, and this makes the violence wrought on black bodies in Amerikkka, the power lorded over these bodies, all the more tragic and criminal.

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read in july 2015

bree newson
“I did it because I am free.”

Sam Keeper, Repent, Feminist!” said the Wiki Man (Or: Deface Wikipedia Today!) [sexism, transmisogyny, white supremacy]

Bryce Peake, “WP: THREATENING2MEN: Misogynist Infopolitics and the Hegemony of Asshole Consensus on English Wikipedia [sexism, misogyny]

Reagan Ali and S. Wooten, Baltimore Police Called Out For Making Up ‘Gang Violence’ Stories to Scare Public [cop violence, racism]

GENDER NIHILISM: AN ANTI-MANIFESTO

[Bloomberg] What Does Harper Lee Want?

Taylor Gordon, Telling Poor, Smart Kids That All It Takes Is Hard Work to Be as Successful as Their Wealthy Peers Is a Blatant Lie [classism]

Phoenix Singer, Marriage Equality, but Now What? Homonationalism and Jennicet Gutierrez in Marriage Politics [transmisogyny, racism, Gay Inc.]

Mehlab Jameel, Rainbows and Weddings: The Neoliberal and Imperialist Politics of LGBT Rights [white supremacy]

Banna Desta, Where Brooklyn At? The Rise of Gentrification and the Fall of Hip-Hop [classism, racism, urban colonization]

[The Atlantic] How One Law Banning Ethnic Studies Led to its Rise

Aragorn, Children of the new Earth: Deleuze, Guattari, and Anarchism

brain-chaos in the muffin factory

Evan Dara’s THE LOST SCRAPBOOK pp. 175-225

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The patchwork of oral history continues with two long, strange stories, and some smaller pieces that introduce highly specialized knowledge and a peppering of technical language. We meet a character who changes from a “she” to a “he,” and the book begins to embody more characteristics of encyclopedic narrative and postmodern play. While there are a lot of mysteries going on, only one of which is “solved,” there’s still nothing yet about a scrapbook, lost or otherwise (apart from the work itself as a lost scrapbook, of course), but there are more corporate shenanigans.

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