Thank you for sharing this. I had not really noted the intimate connection between institutional racism, colonization and the current ever growing expansion of surveillance and bizarre “security state” measures.
It is amazing to me that the people most concerned about the security state are often ideologically identical in many ways to those creating it. While those most targeted are often unaware of the structures history and context that endangers them disproportionately (compared to those most prepared to resist).
For the cell to become a distant land
Without frontiers” – Mahmoud Darwish
“A wall is just a wall and nothing more at all. It can be broken down”
“One might have hoped that, by this hour, the very sight of chains on Black flesh, or the very sight of chains, would be so intolerable a sight for the American people, and so unbearable a memory, that they would themselves spontaneously rise up and strike off the manacles. But, no, they appear to glory in their chains; now, more than ever, they appear to measure their safety in chains and corpses.”
James Baldwin, “Open Letter to Angela Davis”
As a Black trans/gender queer femme who works with/in trans studies I am hyper aware of the ways in which Blackness complicates trans studies. There is a…
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