Remembering Attica, 40 years Later →
[S]ince the days of Attica, the US prison population has increased more than sixfold. We have become the world’s first prison state, with nearly 70% of prisoners coming from the nation’s brown and black one quarter. Imprisonment has become more and more the fate of the lowest income blacks as well. A college educated black man today stands one third the chance of incarceration he did...
Walter Johnson, "On Agency" Journal of Social... →
I suppose what I am suggesting is that the present has changed and with it have the implications of our form of address to the past. While I certainly do not want to argue that chimeric promises of Official Academic Multiculturalism have solved the problems of white overprivilege and Black disadvantage, I think that it is fair to say that the political stakes of white alignment with the cause of...
Study: Income does not explain segregation... →
rivlings: Washington Post
My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2011-8-14) →
Eugene McDaniels (30) Fela Kuti (10) Margo Guryan (9) Roc Marciano (8) Gangrene (7) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
Was definitely expecting more ape-on-cop murder from Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Also, the San Fran of this movie may be the least militarized California city committed to film in the last 40 years.
'London rioters resent media image of hooded teen... →
A reminder from London that Cameron, The BBC, and bourgeois liberals don’t get to define community and ethical community practice. “This was not kids. This was youths and adults coming together against the crap that’s been going on since the coalition,” [Jackie] said, referring to Britain’s conservative-led government, which has made deep austerity cuts since...
Linton Kwesi Johnson, “Man Free (for Darcus...
we broke into the liquor store, drank the Jack Daniels and threw the bottles at...– London, 8/7/11
Panic on the streets of London →
Violence is rarely mindless. The politics of a burning building, a smashed-in shop or a young man shot by police may be obscured even to those who lit the rags or fired the gun, but the politics are there. Unquestionably there is far, far more to these riots than the death of Mark Duggan, whose shooting sparked off the unrest on Saturday, when two police cars were set alight after a five-hour...