Racism’s Rage and Bitter Despair, James Baldwin’s Heart

Photo by Richard Avedon
By Beth U. I am reposting this piece from 2014 as I read about who might be in the US presidential cabinet come January 2017. ______ In these days following the grand jury’s choice not to indict Darren Wilson for killing Mike Brown, between protesting and watching live streams of people on the streets of Ferguson, I read James Baldwin. I read and reread James Baldwin. I put down one book only to pick up another. I need the particular combination of solace and fury that ...
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Dialogue with Susan Brin Hyatt

Susan Hyatt (second from right) with collaborators from the Eastside project
ENVISION is thrilled to post a dialogue with Susan Brin Hyatt, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. As an urban anthropologist and former community organizer, Dr. Hyatt prioritizes participatory and community-based research methods. She is the founding Director of the Graduate Program for IUPUI’s MA in Applied Anthropology. Dr. Hyatt’s corpus of ethnographic work examines the gendered impact of neoliberal policies on grassroots activism in ...
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The Beauty of Quitting: Keguro Macharia on Deracination, Psychic Breaks, and the US Academy

Julie Mehretu. "Dispersion," 2002. Ink and acrylic on canvas
By Beth U. I just came across Keguro Macharia's beautiful post “On Quitting” for The New Inquiry. In it, Macharia tries to make sense of why he resigned from a tenure track job at the same time he completed a book manuscript for publication. Academia rewards self-abnegation in the pursuit of perfectly timed and perfectly placed publications. It demands cycles of fevered writing followed by lengthy periods of ...
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On Audre Lorde and the uses of anger, Part I

By Beth & Laurian How do we have “intersectional” conversations about state violence, gender, class, sexuality, and race as feminists? What do we do with our rage when we know that women, girls, queer people, and trans* people (among others) continue to be sidelined in discussions about state-sanctioned violence? To erase experiences of violence from public discourse is a form of violence in and of itself. To erase resilience and leadership is also a fo...
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Whose Free Speech is Prioritized?

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By Lucy Gleysteen Why is the freedom to disseminate ideologies that reproduce inflammatory stereotypes accepted while the freedom to express condemnation of Charlie Hebdo is silenced? Why is it so difficult for the public to grasp the notion that terror and violence spring from environments in which violence is encouraged, environments that allow for anti-Islam protests to be acceptable, environments where black and brown bodies are not valued, environments where minorities a...
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From Ferguson to Philly

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By Laurian & Beth 8:27pm beth (text to laurian): the mainstream coverage awaiting ferguson decision is making me fucking insane 8:28pm laurian (text to beth): it's a ball of bullshit 8:33pm b: coverage from St. Louis = white fear/can't we all get along/justification to use force against dissent 8:34pm l: white supremacy at its best 8:41pm b: indeed. the "deescalation training" from the police is "keeping protestors peaceful."  protestors meaning anyone who is ou...
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