Why aren’t we talking about racism and colonialism in the Salaita affair?

We need to ask some different questions about the Salaita affair, beyond those we have been asking about free speech, academic freedom and Palestine/Israel. Intertwined with all of these issues (and intersecting with related issues of racism and colonialism in Palestine) is the presence of entrenched, systemic racism and colonialism in the United States that not only shapes our society’s judgments, practices and institutional outcomes, but also enables extraordinary and heavy-handed expressions of power to be carried out more easily and reflexively against indigenous peoples and people of color. - Jakeet Singh
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Why aren’t we talking about racism and colonialism in the Salaita affair?

We need to ask some different questions about the Salaita affair, beyond those we have been asking about free speech, academic freedom and Palestine/Israel. Intertwined with all of these issues (and intersecting with related issues of racism and colonialism in Palestine) is the presence of entrenched, systemic racism and colonialism in the United States that not only shapes our society’s judgments, practices and institutional outcomes, but also enables extraordinary and heavy-handed expressions of power to be carried out more easily and reflexively against indigenous peoples and people of color. - Jakeet Singh

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breenewsome:

Let me recap what happened 1 month ago in #Ferguson lest anyone forget: 1) People witnessed Ofc. Darren Wilson shoot #MikeBrown multiple times and even blow his brains out at close range even though Mike Brown had his hands up.  2) Ofc. Darren Wilson never called in to report the shooting nor did he call for an ambulance. 3) Mike Brown lay uncovered in the middle of the street in full view of residents for quite some time.  4) Mike Brown’s body was loaded into the back of an unmarked black SUV 5) Ferguson PD never called the shooting into St Louis Dispatch. They only requested backup for crowd control because residents reacted with outrage to the unfolding situation  6) When police backup arrived, they came carrying assault rifles. 7) After washing Mike Brown’s blood off the street, a memorial sprang up at the site with residents placing candles and flowers at the spot where he died 8) Police rolled over the memorial and the lit candles with their vehicles. Outraged residents blocked the street to block anymore cop cars from entering the neighborhood  9) Police responded by bringing German Shepherds and an armored vehicle.  10) Photos of the standoff between police with German shepherds barking at unarmed but defiant citizens began making rounds on the internet as residents posted the events on twitter in real time  11) Residents refused to back down and police eventually retreated from the neighborhood. That was just DAY ONE.  #policethepolice #handsup #dontshoot

breenewsome:

Let me recap what happened 1 month ago in #Ferguson lest anyone forget:
1) People witnessed Ofc. Darren Wilson shoot #MikeBrown multiple times and even blow his brains out at close range even though Mike Brown had his hands up.
2) Ofc. Darren Wilson never called in to report the shooting nor did he call for an ambulance.
3) Mike Brown lay uncovered in the middle of the street in full view of residents for quite some time.
4) Mike Brown’s body was loaded into the back of an unmarked black SUV
5) Ferguson PD never called the shooting into St Louis Dispatch. They only requested backup for crowd control because residents reacted with outrage to the unfolding situation
6) When police backup arrived, they came carrying assault rifles.
7) After washing Mike Brown’s blood off the street, a memorial sprang up at the site with residents placing candles and flowers at the spot where he died
8) Police rolled over the memorial and the lit candles with their vehicles. Outraged residents blocked the street to block anymore cop cars from entering the neighborhood
9) Police responded by bringing German Shepherds and an armored vehicle.
10) Photos of the standoff between police with German shepherds barking at unarmed but defiant citizens began making rounds on the internet as residents posted the events on twitter in real time
11) Residents refused to back down and police eventually retreated from the neighborhood. That was just DAY ONE.
#policethepolice #handsup #dontshoot

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thepeoplesrecord:

Amazon tribe fights back against illegal loggers, environmental destruction
September 8, 2014

Brazil is the most dangerous place in the world to be an environmentalist. It accounts for about half of all recorded killings of environmental advocates.

And those numbers are going up, globally. As I reported recently for Foreign Policy:

Between 2002 and 2013, at least 908 people were killed because of their environmental advocacy, according to “Deadly Environment,” a new report from the investigative nonprofit Global Witness. That’s an average of at least one environmentalist murdered every week, and in the last four years, the rate of the murders has doubled. In 2012, the deadliest year on record, 147 deaths were recorded, three times more than a decade earlier. “There were almost certainly more cases,” the report says, “but the nature of the problem makes information hard to find, and even harder to verify.”

That incredibly dangerous environment makes what photographer Lunae Parracho documented even more incredible.

Parracho (websiteTwitterFlickr) followed the Ka’apor tribe, an indigenous community in Brazil, as they fought back against illegal loggers.

Ka’apor warriors ventured into the Alto Turiacu territory in the Amazon basin to track down illegal loggers, tie them up, and sabotage their equipment.

They stole their chainsaws and cut the logs so the loggers couldn’t profit from them.

They released the loggers, but only after taking their shoes and clothes, and setting their trucks on fire.

Source

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standwithpalestine:

Palestinians carry the coffin of 16-year-old Mohammed Sinokrot in front of the Dome of the Rock during his funeral in Jerusalem’s Old City, September 8th, 2014. Scores of Palestinians rioted in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Wadi al-Joz for a second day after hearing that the youth from their neighbourhood had died of a head wound sustained during an attack by Israeli police last week. (Photo: Ammar Awad / Reuters)

Our goal must be to liberate ourselves from the classifications imposed by the very category of “student-worker,” and to overcome the space of the hyphen that divides it. Ultimately, the creation of a truly equitable university requires abolishing the class system that relegates some to the classroom and others to the kitchen—so that, to paraphrase a dead white guy, we can all cook in the evenings, read in the mornings, and write dissertation chapters in the afternoon. Reworking the University
Leftists, (and yes, I include Anarchists), live in their heads too much, think “correct ideas come from study”, instead of social practice, and don’t talk with and take part in enough daily struggles of common people. They do too much navel gazing [and asshole gazing], and don’t get in the streets enough to take the temperature of the people. To me [and I am sure to others], Leftists are almost like religious figures, divorced from the real world, babbling unintelligible dogma, carrying a revolutionary holy book, and screaming the names and ideals of the “authorities” (Bakunin, Marx, Lenin, Mao). No wonder people don’t pay us any attention. Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin

returnthegayze:

"We want to know what would it actually look like to make a queer revolutionary practice that was relevant to people of color and didn’t just think of race as some "intersection" but rather as central to the way we think about politics around gender and sexuality."

Our friends over at Signified made a short film about us (DarkMatter) check it out! ~*

daniellemertina:

atane:

2 white construction workers who were witnesses to Mike Brown’s murder have stepped forward to say that Mike Brown was murdered with his hands up. They fear losing their jobs.

That’s how you use white privilege correctly because no doubt these 2 white witnesses will be taken way more seriously than all of the Black ones combined.

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