Butler’s work helps us see how time is a spiral, how the present moment is always layered with multiple pasts and underlying alternate futures.
Since 1892, the United States has deported more immigrants (over 57 million) than any other nation.
“At the end of the day, the America project was about an encounter with abundance that was responded to with greed and brutality.”
Chicago—for women artists of various backgrounds—demanded a new art to advance the struggle for freedom by imagining other possible worlds.
Many Latinxs—the nation’s largest ethnic group & most avid movie consumers—think the nation’s most beloved musical on racial tolerance is racist.
If we accept AIs crafting rap, we repeat the same exploitation that currently separates Black and brown artists from the fruits of their labor.
The US Religious Right wins elections, but advances nationalism and white supremacy. Why, then, should the Religious Left seek to emulate them?
In the 1960s, Chicago’s white neighborhoods didn’t want Mexican Americans moving in. But one determined real estate broker changed everything.
What might it mean to forge a politics explicitly based in the places we are, rather than a politics of the places from which we came?
“The first thing he said is, ‘Don't call me Mr. Baldwin. My name is Jimmy.’ I thought, this is ridiculous, at the very least he's James.”
Does Netflix’s “Lupin” resist the notoriously white milieu of European high culture, or, instead, endorse it?
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 longer history of hostility toward foreigners remains latent. It has not gone away.”
An educated public grew out of freedom, W. E. B. Du Bois claimed. And education was also freedom’s surest protector.
In the contemporary United States, higher education does more to exaggerate than relieve class and cultural divisions.
Immigrants in the United States during the pandemic faced the same discrimination, disenfranchisement, violence, and terror as before—only intensified.
Today is overwhelmingly defined by white-supremacist violence and the whiteness of AI technology. Can seeing them together help defeat them both?
Machines learned racism from humans. Perhaps humans can now learn about that racism from the very machines they taught.
History, Ann Stoler showed, is not just political action, disconnected from daily domestic acts. Intimate relations are worthy of serious study.