Let’s start with pieces – new and old – on Band Aid and “Do They Know It’s Christmas.”
- “Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of…” Band Aid 2014.
- Consuming Africa (at Christmas Time).
- They Know It’s Christmas.
- Why I Had to Turn Down Band Aid.
- 25 Questions about Band Aid 30’s New Song.
- Why Adele Was Right to Ignore Bob Geldof and Band Aid.
Now back to your regularly scheduled reading:
- This is How ISIS Smuggles Oil.
- Firestone and the Warlord and the accompanying documentary.
- The Walls the West Won’t Tear Down.
- “It’s time for Kenya’s middle class to grow up.“
- Imperialist Feminism and Liberalism.
- Belonging – Why South Africa Refuses to Let Africa In.
- The Limits of Alternative Africas & Africa, Uncolonized offer interesting comments on Nikolaj Cyon’s map of Africa.
- The Carceral State:
California is in many ways emblematic of our current moment of U.S. empire. Our stage of late liberalism allows California to proclaim itself both the most “progressive” state while simultaneously producing among the most brutal carceral practices. We can look to California and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) as a cautionary tale of how even well-meaning prison reform almost always produces more violence, rather than stopping it.
To understand how “progressive California” became the way we talk about the operators of one of the largest prison systems in the world, we could look to the recent Proposition 47, the “Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act,” for an example. It is championed by many state prison-reform groups because it claims it will help pull some people out of prisons and jails through resentencing of what the legislation calls “nonserious nonviolent” inmates.
And it might! At first glance, this seems like something that all of us fighting against the prison-industrial complex (PIC) could support. We know that decarceration is one strategy in the long vision that is abolition. However, written into the proposition is a provision that would mandate all the “savings” from releasing people be placed into a fund that would increase police presence in schools and mandate harsher truancy discipline. What looks like a victory in our struggle would actually build up rather than dismantle the PIC.
- How Recaps Changed the Way We Think about TV – And Our Lives.
- Why the KKK is Reaching Out Beyond White Folks.
- All Dressed Up for Mars and Nowhere to Go.
- Who Wants to Be a Volunteer?
- Institutions and Interventions: Putting Ebola in Context.
- Naming Nameless.
- Serve the People, on charity and anti-homeless laws.
- Ferguson isn’t about Black Rage against Cops. It’s White Rage against Progress:
Protests and looting naturally capture attention. But the real rage smolders in meetings where officials redraw precincts to dilute African American voting strength or seek to slash the government payrolls that have long served as sources of black employment. It goes virtually unnoticed, however, because white rage doesn’t have to take to the streets and face rubber bullets to be heard. Instead, white rage carries an aura of respectability and has access to the courts, police, legislatures and governors, who cast its efforts as noble, though they are actually driven by the most ignoble motivations.
White rage recurs in American history. It exploded after the Civil War, erupted again to undermine the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision and took on its latest incarnation with Barack Obama’s ascent to the White House. For every action of African American advancement, there’s a reaction, a backlash.
- Five Ways to Pander to Millenials in 2016.
- Ferguson’s State of Emergency Proves that America’s Social Contract Has Been Broken.
- The Tradition of the Oppressed.
- The Truth about Anonymous’ Activism.
- Thanksgiving is Bullshit.
- How Bosses Destroy Unions.
- Unraveling a Mystery at the Seattle Art Museum.