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TW sexual assault, harassment, and grooming by an assistant/tenure track professor at UM, the failures of Title IX and OIE investigations 

University of Michigan Ann Arbor has a pretty horrendous track record of 1) sheltering and protecting abusers 2) retraumatizing survivors of sexual assault

I think there's been like... 6? now? that have come out this year? michigandaily.com/news/daily-i

currently reading 

Sharon Luk, “Ourselves at Stake: Social Reproduction in the Age of Prisons,” CR: The New Centennial Review 18, no. 3 (Winter 2018): 225–53.

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pretendians, Andrea Smith, race fakers in the academy 

nytimes.com/2021/05/25/magazin

not shocking but definitely gross and ongoing -- ashamed I ever cited Smith or read her. I wonder why she doesn't just apologize? It seems needlessly antagonistic but I guess if your whole career is wrapped up in your fraud and you're utterly convinced of your single importance to the world > academia > Native American studies + ethnic studies... jeez

"Every critique of liberal’s language runs the risk of being read by liberals, who then immediately go to work to invent new phrases that accomplish the same task of creating decoys that protect the heart of the Black massacre-addicted colonial order. Their job is to create periodically renewed language that denies that the abattoir was set up to kill – to label it imperfect farming and claim shock every time an animal is bled out."

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A short dictionary of liberal language on policing by Yannick Giovanni Marshall

aljazeera.com/opinions/2021/5/

"Liberal language is the armour one puts on if one is to remain good while complicit in the preservation of the anti-Black institution, or worse, supports it and seeks its reform. It launders support for racism as optimism. It positions those who imagine life apart from the men and women who send dogs and bullets into children’s windows as pessimistic and irresponsibly idealist."

currently reading 

Toscano, Alberto. "Incipient Fascism: Black Radical Perspectives." CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 23.1 (): <doi.org/10.7771/1481-4374.4015>

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It’s helping me articulate how and why multiculturalism, diversity, and multiracial as concepts are ultimately only in service of power/empire/statecraft

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Been reading The Denial of Anti-Blackness by João Costa-Vargas and it’s very very good (OCR in replies)

@OCRbot

"Alternatively, antidiscrimination and hate-crimes legislation represent what Ren-yo Hwang calls 'carceral care,' punitive solutions that expand the power of prisons, borders, and bases that disproportionately target the very gendered, racialized bodies they purport to protect."

artforum.com/slant/iyko-day-on

Exclusion Acts, by Iyko Day

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"Like the George Floyd Act, the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act will allocate funding to expand reporting and data collection by the Department of Justice, adding to existing hate-crimes legislation that includes sentencing enhancements. Just as the police reform bill would not have protected George Floyd, the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act does not increase the safety of Asian women who work in stigmatized industries."

artforum.com/slant/iyko-day-on

It’s been a long time coming, but we’re finally ready to launch the Rustbelt Abolitionist Campus Coalition (RACC) next week! With folks from UM, University of Minnesota, the DefundUIPD Coalition, Uchicago Care Not Cops, and MSU homies.

Please join us for this event next Friday, May 21, 2021 at 6pm. Register here: bit.ly/3fgh01C

the MOVE bombing, anthropology, UPenn, anti-blackness 

Holy shit twitter.com/rw_briggs/status/1

"Instead of fully identifying those remains and returning them to the family, [now-former Health Commissioner Thomas Farley] made a decision to cremate and dispose of them"

i dont have words for the depravity of this bullshit. Justice for the Africa family and for the children whose remains cannot be reunited with their family.

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abuse, clout chasing and careerist antifascism, accountability 

I think it would be cool if more researchers who study the alt-right were aware of and thoroughly read the detailed statement about AntiFash Gordon that came out a few months ago

antifashgordon.noblogs.org/

scholars aren't above the fray, are certainly part of validating this guy's work to the community or even providing him attention when the community/people he harmed are unaddressed and unsupported

the MOVE bombing, anthropology, UPenn, anti-blackness 

"The absence of ethics, void of communication, and abdication of responsibility regarding these remains mirror the circumstances that led to the 1985 disaster. Neither the Medical Examiner’s Office, the Penn Museum, or Princeton University claims stewardship of the remains. It seems no one wants these bones except their families, who have been deprived of the right to bury them for over 35 years."

billypenn.com/2021/04/21/move-

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the MOVE bombing, anthropology, UPenn, anti-blackness 

UPenn kept the bones of murdered children and used them in forensic science classes up until and including this year.

Fuck the academy, fuck anthropology, fuck UPenn, fuck Princeton Anthropology Department Chair Carolyn Rouse for calling the MOVE bombing "the MOVE thing" when being interviewed for the student newspaper

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the MOVE bombing, anthropology, UPenn, anti-blackness 

"When Tree was climbing, 12-year-old Delisha was right on her tail, resourceful and clever. The children of MOVE were kept on a diet of raw foods, and Delisha’s claim to fame was pilfering snacks from the adults, or money to buy them with. 'She was like the person that you enjoy getting in trouble with,' Africa Jr. said."

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the MOVE bombing, anthropology, UPenn, anti-blackness 

"[Mike Africa Jr] remembered Tree, the 14-year-old, as being sensitive and brave. 'When we would be at the park, especially if we went to a new park, she would run, scour the park, for the biggest tree. The biggest tree. So she could climb it. And no one, no one could climb higher than she could. She didn’t have any fear about the height. It seemed like the higher she went, the more comfortable she was. She never feared the way up.'"

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the ongoing trauma of the MOVE bombing, anthropology, UPenn, anti-black violence and desecration of children's remains 

"Works like Orientalism and Culture and Imperialism (1993), which expanded its insight to more novels, demonstrated the centrality of literature and art to political discourse. Said turned the traditional Marxist view of culture on its head. He claimed that novels and images were not mere expression of social domination but their very heart; they informed how journalists covered world affairs, how citizens thought about politics, and how politicians enacted policies."

newrepublic.com/article/162008

The trial, the verdict, even the prosecution showed that the whole thing was seeking to demobilize any movement against the police and for abolition. Keep it moving, eyes on the prize (total abolition)

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