Been wanting to talk about being “Black in the Revolution”, I figured it would be good to start with the most obvious and most visible political moment and space we have today which would be the Occupy Movement. This movement was birth as an American manifestation of the spirit that gave rise to the Arab Spring that overthrew the Egyptian and Tunisian dictatorships (I still have questions about Syria and Libya…ya’ll already know my stance on that one) that sought to bring the pro-democracy spirit to America in its own way. The main slogans of the Occupy Movement are things like “Occupy Everything” and “We are the 99%”. These slogans manifested themselves quite literally in the hundreds of occupations of public parks, buildings, and central spaces across America, the rest of the western hemisphere, and even in parts of Europe and Asia that are going on as we speak. They organize without leaders, using consensus democratic processes in most places, and seek to create the basis for equalizing the wealth of this nation between ALL its citizens. Continue reading “The 99% Isn’t Me: Being the Minority in the 99%”
Recently the Black people of Buzzfeed published this video which consisted of Black folks asking Black folks questions about our mannerisms, ideologies, histories, and perceptions. I’ll let you watch it below:
I think (some) of their questions deserve answers if only to show how shitty they really are in the first place. So below is a selection of questions from the video (paraphrased) and my answers to them. Take a gander and feel free, after reading this list, to NEVER ask any of these again. Continue reading “Snarky but Informed Answers to Buzzfeed’s “27 Questions Black People Have For Black People””
Recently (well really since last year) we’ve been thinking about this site’s mission to facilitate research, professional, and artistic work that further social justice goals. In my experience one of the best ways to facilitate this is though collaboration with other scholars and practitioners. Unfortunately it’s not always easy for people to find other like-minded folks to do work and connect with, especially those who … Continue reading Introducing the RRC Directory and RRC Discussion Hub
As a graduate student in sociology studying racial segregation and other forms of racial oppression, the realities of my people’s lives and deaths are a constant part of my lived experience. Part of why I became a sociologist was to do the research that uncovers hidden forms of oppression and documents avenues of resistance that my people and other oppressed people can utilize in their … Continue reading Killer Cops Won’t Wait On Your Next Article: The Role of Academics in Anti-Oppression Struggles
When we talk about rebel researchers we are referring to individuals or groups who have chosen to use their professional skills whether its in sociology, graphic design, law, social work, or dance to contribute to the furthering of justice in our society. They are rebels because they go against the grain of what society expects them to use their education and skills for, which is often power and profit. Today I … Continue reading Rebel Researchers: VENT Mag
Not too long ago I penned a piece for Inside Higher Ed and University of Venus’ Scholars Strike Back Series about the limited discussion around academics and public engagement. My core argument was simply that we need to not only focus on increasing positive public engagement but also combating public engagement that harms the public, which in my opinion also includes our research subjects. There was one part that has had me thinking recently:
We build our careers off of studying the social life and stories of other people and are submerged in a culture that, more often than not, treats people as opportunities for information extraction and exploits research subjects. Alternatively, if we taught scholars to engage in an ethic of equivalent exchange (an idea I borrow from a favorite TV show), giving equal value to what we are obtaining, we can make sure that their participation in our work will be worth their time. Research like that of Celeste Watkins-Hayes are examples of how scholars have given back without compromising their academic goals.