In the wake of Jon Ossof's loss to Karen Handel in Georgia's sixth district, certain segments of the left have resurrected an old debate about the relationship between "Identity politics" and "class politics." I find this debate tedious, but it keeps happening so I'll engage it. First, a definition of terms: When I say "class … Continue reading Why leftists should shut the fuck up about “Identity politics”
Donald Trump has been blowing things up. But no, this is not quite right, as Donald Trump is just some fat septuagenarian. He, as himself, has as much power to rain fire from the sky as I do. This time last year, he couldn't have blown up his own toilet without getting the approval of … Continue reading Pending Thought: The Pax Americana is eating itself.
Ideology is what is left behind when thought has vacated the premises.
I do not doubt the reality and power of artistic empathy. But any true empathy would have shown Schutz that as a White person, she is part of the cabal that created the bloated, broken body in her painting. As someone for whom this act was ostensibly done, her place in the story was in the barn where Emmett was tortured and murdered, with the lynchers, not in the funeral home with his mother.
I am going to try something new, I hope you enjoy it. Like the vast majority of aspiring writers, I want to write more. Last year my goal was to produce a blog post every week. My actual output resembled a post a month...for about six months, at which point I fell off. This year, … Continue reading Pending Thoughts
This is the first example of a new kind of post I'm trying out, if you want an explanation, please go here: https://thenegrosubversive.com/2017/03/24/pending-thoughts-2/ I had an interesting experience at my job recently, I work as a tour guide on an open air doubledecker bus, and one of my guests was a young man in a wheelchair … Continue reading Pending thoughts: Ableism and its discontents.
It is awfully hard not to see the last 500 years as a litany of horrors, provided one hews to the moral ideas which allow us to go outside and reasonably expect that we will not be murdered and eaten. That these horrors are foundational to the rise of Western/White dominance is frequently a source of embarrassment, even for those who claim to feel no embarrassment.