I wrote an essay on Kendrick Lamar’s song “Cartoon and Cereal” ft. Gunplay. Check it out. Here’s an excerpt:
While Lamar displays public support for victim-blaming discourses on antiblack violence in 2013, his past performances did not make such claims, perhaps because they occurred prior to his public rise. I say this to say that past discourses, while they weren’t as public to the extent that his BET speech was, were focused upon the “ethics of violence” which his expression spoke; one such discourse took place in the song “Cartoon & Cereal,” which takes on multiple meanings in the context of black suffering, gratuitous violence, and police power which are regular markings of normative existence in centers of urban captivity, places where the state is omnipresent but seems barely there.
 Woods, Tryon. “Beat it Like a Cop,” 29.
I might have feelings about justice, for example I feel that the killing of Oscar Grant by a BART police officer was unjust; and that the verdict in the case (involuntary manslaughter) is also unjust. But justice is not a register that I trade in as a theorist. And perhaps not even as a politico. I am interested in ethics, which is to say that I am interested in explaining relations of power. You might say that both of my books are arguing that the existence of the world, meaning the existence of the modern era, is unjust. It would be hard to find a corner of justice within an unjust paradigm, unless you made a provisional move away from explaining the paradigm. As regards the first part of your question: I believe in the spirit world; that is to say I believe that the African ancestors are still with us and can be consulted from time to time. But I would not try to calibrate the gap between what I believe and what I can explain. I don’t think that would be useful.
Reparations suggests a conceptually coherent loss. The loss of land, the loss of labor power, etc. In other words, there has to be some form of articulation between the party that has lost and the party that has gained for reparations to make sense. No such articulation exists between Blacks and the world. This is, ironically, precisely why I support the Reparations Movement; but my emphasis, my energies, my points of attention are on the word “Movement” and not on the word “Reparation.” I support the movement because I know it is a movement toward the end of the world; a movement toward a catastrophe in epistemological coherence and institutional integrity—I support the movement aspect of it because I know that repair is impossible; and any struggle that can act as a stick up artist to the world, demanding all that it cannot give( which is everything ), is a movement toward something so blindingly new that it cannot be imagined. This is the only thing that will save us.
From the Facebook event:
A Black person is killed every 28 hours by a security guard, police officer, or deputized White body in the United States of America(1). In a purportedly “post-racial” era, in the wake of historical and monumental civil rights activism, many thoughtful observers have noted that over time we have not experienced a diminished state of racist institutions, systems, and practices but rather quite the opposite: White Supremacist state structures have undergone unprecedented growth and strength. One aspect of this growth is the frequency of violence (excessive forced) used on unarmed Black youth; youth that, in spite of their perceived innocence, the justice system offers no protection for.
This student-driven lecture and discussion of extra-judicial gratuitous violence will examine the cases of anti-Black state violence in the murders of unarmed Black youth: Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, and Aiyana Stanley-Jones. Evidence and analysis will be presented while offering practical solutions for resistance on and off-campus. Critiques of Whiteness and White Supremacy will be offered. These critiques will allow for us create a platform for imagining new, as well as recognizing past and current, forms of resistance, and inspiring action against state violence.
Presented by Greg Kowalski and Andrea M. Sterling
Sponsored by L.I.F.E. (Live. Inspire. Fight. Educate!)
Where: Roberts Hall Alumni Lounge—Rhode Island College
When: 4-5:30pm; Wednesday, October 9
1) Operation Ghetto Storm: 2012 Annual Report on the Extrajudicial Killing of 313 Black People http://tinyurl.com/keu22ko
for the folks in that area
oh this looks really promising, good for the students who are directing this
i say this all the time but if dismantling white supremacy is not a core pillar of whatever work you are doing then you need to figure that shit out and fix it
Every year white people add 100 years to how long ago slavery was. I’ve heard educated white people say, ‘slavery was 400 years ago.’ No it very wasn’t. It was 140 years ago…that’s two 70-year-old ladies living and dying back to back. That’s how recently you could buy a guy.
Louis C.K. (via 30thcenturyboy)
Slavery in the territory that is now the United States lasted more than 330 years. We will be 330 years removed from slavery in the year 2195.