“I strongly lay claim to imagination, because to us Black women for a long time the possibility of imagination had been negated.”
Both violent surveillance and disease risk were integral to Atlantic slavery. That same war against Black people continues today.
Comedy demands a fall guy—someone upon whom the absurdity crashes and yet who emerges unscathed. And in comedy, Buster Keaton remains unrivaled.
Let’s rupture and reject the “timeline,” a flawed and colonial form of teaching history.
What role should emotions play in leftist political movements?
“There were so many new laws, I had to make a map showing the spread and intensity of antimargarine laws in states over a quarter century.”
By making familiar objects strange, two new books of poetry reveal the limits of overly simple critique.
“Being in community with people and teaching and learning outside of the confines of our classroom: I still actually really believe in that.”
Freedom has always been arbitrary in a world, then and now, when the practice of capitalism requires the ongoing erosion of even the most basic rights.
House-hunting and home-improvement TV shows are premised on the settler fantasy of property ownership—and that fantasy’s relationship to whiteness.
"A song was written through me, and I say that because I didn't write it. The words were given to me."
Paper was never simply a writing surface, but a complicated substance that folded itself into the fabric of culture and consciousness.
Stanley Lieberson wrestled with the problem of causation throughout his prodigious research career, but nowhere more ingeniously than in A Matter of Taste.
Black folks can call into being an alternative relationship to TV, one that prompts a shift in consciousness and just possibly alters the future.
“I was shocked to learn that Hispanic conservatives celebrate Cortes’s arrival in Mexico.”
Policing the borders of the Spanish language was a tool of religious and racial discrimination. Yet Spanish is not inherently imperial.
“You have to think … about how you’re going to make the changes stick.”
I’m just wary of the tendency to glorify revolutionary violence and masculinity.
The American Dream of private home ownership has fueled a system that preys on Black people for profit.
Heinrich von Kleist teaches how to resist heteronormativity, as well as how to imagine gender fluidity and a less restrictive masculinity.