Plantation is not a metaphor

Plantation is not a metaphorWhen she told us she’d been firedfor holding an open door for the Muslim sistersFor telling the white man that was not her nameFor allowing the sisters to hold spaceFor being the Didi to the sisters far from homeThe school was founded by a plantation ownerNever got the memo about emancipationafter […]

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On Property

The Black radical tradition has always involved the disruption of property. We were the “loot” upon which the nation was built, our very existence is the abolition of property

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Bee at Peace, Be at Rest

The solstice occurred a few days ago. Images of Yaldā celebrations uplifted the world. As I complete this post, the temperature outside is well below freezing and is predicted to remain so through the day. In many part of the planet, life is embracing rest. For the last three years I’ve noticed how the older […]

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Studies in Black Southern Radicalism

The tradition of Black radical resistance and liberation struggle is as grounded in the South as collard greens. The startling diversity of its forms and currents have slowly dawned on me as I’ve read the signs and listened carefully to the rhythms. This morning I reflect on accounts of 18th century resistance in Sylviane Diouf’s […]

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