"You cannot talk about race without talking about cotton. The materials that I use are desperately important as a layer of meaning in the work that I make."
“For those of us who can feel unsettled in terms of identity, translation can feel like home.”
“One way to think about the act of annotating is that you are that meddlesome party gossip, telling the reader how to draw connections between the different parts of the text.”
“This is not lowered expectations. It’s a wish for a mass normalization of resistance to deadly ways of looking at the world.”
The way we talk about racial justice matters. In fact, corporation’s embrace of antiracist slogans can actually advance racism.
“Nostalgia is not what Shakespeare represents for me; I don’t want to make Shakespeare great again. He doesn’t need that, and neither do we.”
"The ways in which the community itself is breaking down felt like end game capitalism."
An aerodynamicist and an anthropologist discuss the world of “Dune,” finding it as aesthetically beautiful as it is functionally implausible.
"Often, the question of which place-names stick is about which ones hit our ears right."
“Americans—whether they believe they are not racist or whether they are stone-cold racists—still struggle to see the structures of racism.”
“They all wanted to imagine a different possibility of an integrated neighborhood, where folks worked together.”
“The question becomes, What can we do to make democracy more economically, socially, and politically just?”
“Liberation begins in the mind… Black folks have never been given the opportunity to define our own reality.”
“The longer history of hostility toward foreigners remains latent. It has not gone away.”
“We don't have a party. That doesn't mean we need one big organization. We may need a few big organizations. But we need organizations!”
“There is nothing supreme about being white.”
“Given the long, tainted history of sex under patriarchy, maybe we need reparative norms around sex.”
“We need to have both the reparation and the universal perspective on economic justice.”
"I really liked Cardi B’s 'WAP.' It reminded me of one of the earliest poems written in history."
“There is definitely a line between victims and perpetrators. But that line is not essentially determined.”