A good portion so-called liberal academics want nothing more than to simply *describe* the oppression of others. Once you understand this as a particular form of extractive labor done at the expense of marginalized communities, its white supremacist nature becomes unavoidable.
This is why I spend a good chunk of time talking praxis with my graduate students, bc critiquing systems of oppression w/o actively addressing them means practicing a different form of exploitation.
What especially troubles me right now is the way that colleges & universities have become sites of debt-peonage over the last generation for students, faculty, & staff. An extremely dangerous situation!
I don't have an answer—something I'm trying to write my way through right now—but the evisceration of these traditional places of theorizing & organizing looms like the Reaper over the possibility for a livable future.

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19 Nov
White vigilantism remains a defining feature of the American state & a key engine of white suprematist backlash.
That it remains in essence legal for white vigilantes to murder civil rights protestors & activists, just as Byron Beckwith’s assassination of Medgar Evers was sanctioned by the state, is meant to signal that white America will not permit the BLM protests of 2020 in 2021.
And as others who study & counter white paramilitarism & extremism note, Republicans have already embraced the likes of Rittenhouse & Babbitt as *models* for recruitment & future vigilante attacks. THIS WILL GET WORSE.
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19 Nov
Thinking this morning abt how white American perceptions of proximity to racialized groups lead white supremacists to initiate an expansion of the racial state.
We see this form of backlash quite clearly in the 1910s-20s, when the northward Great Migration of Black Southerners & immigration of racialized southern Europeans inspired a white hysteria campaign that led to a truly national 2nd Klan & a tidal wave of apartheid legislation.
The threat-narrative coverage of Black protest & racialized immigration of the last decade seems to have inspired a similar expansion of white vigilante groups & state-level anti-protest & anti-democracy apartheid laws.
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3 Nov
For the confused kids in the room, white Americans refused to desegregate after Brown & resorted to redistricting, privatizing, rioting, beating, & lynching rather than accept integration. Their multifaceted subversion campaign eventually negated Brown.
I know this probs isn't what you learned in school & I'm sorry abt that, but there's LOTS of research on this. Read Mothers of Massive Resistance for a lovely presentation of this despicable white bipartisan post-Brown segregationist campaign.
Anyway, now white parents discover, much to their amazement, that although they segregated opportunities, their white nationalist mythology didn't create an alternate reality. We can still disseminate information to students on the relationship btwn racism & the state.
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1 Nov
Astonishing that news orgs continue to uncritically transcribe the claims of white reactionaries to such an extent that we seemingly have two parallel, contradictory "crises" in "cancel culture" & "CRT."
On the one hand, they claim, Dems blacklist conservatives—something that has historically only happened to white leftists & marginalized folks, btw—for racist statements. Worth noting too that Dems generally don't employ the racists & thus can't blacklist, but I digress.
But but but, on the other hand & at EXACTLY THE SAME TIME, they tell us that Dems teach abt racism & must be silenced & blacklisted.
Read 5 tweets
22 Sep
Historically, advocates of democracy & equality have almost never prevailed against large-scale white supremacist movements like the one we see in today's GOP. Doesn't mean we should accept an unlivable & oppressive future, but we must see 1/6 as an existential & ongoing threat.
1/6 actually illustrates the historical tactics/dangers of supremacist organizing quite well as operatives within the racial state—in this case the Republicans who endorsed the Big Lie in Congress—tend to work in tandem with white vigilantes—in this case the mob they cheered on.
The movement we see now cuts across white class boundaries, which aligns it more closely with the protofascist movements of the Reconstruction & Jim Crow eras. It represents a substantial & growing threat to American democracy. d3qi0qp55mx5f5.cloudfront.net/cpost/i/docs/a…
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20 Aug
Again, the GOP response to COVID is about killing political opponents more than anything.
That response is rooted in a eugenic, white suprematist ideology & shaped GOP ideas about the pandemic since the first reports that Black & Brown folks might be more susceptible. It was at that precise moment that they reversed course, protesting masks & closures.
I really wish we had some kind of institution that could ask politicians questions like “hey are you trying to kill your political opponents?” Seems like that should be a job in a functional society.
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