Before I had a word for it, I knew what necropolitics meant. Every day, marginalized people worry that when the water starts leaking, politicians will decide that we’re disposable.
For the next 120 years, generations of Black people would be subjected to this same belief that to be fully worthy of citizenship, of respect, of basic human rights, we would have to conform to white society. This is the foundation of modern respectability politics.
Before making the Instagram story or posting to Stanford Missed Connections, we have to ask if humiliating a Republican is worth incentivizing racist people to make more traumatizing statements all while needlessly exposing marginalized people to harm.
When non-Black people call me "sis," as well intentioned as they may portray themselves, they replace the solidarity between Black women with their entitlement to looted language.
For those who have been running on empty while advocating for the most marginalized, who have thanklessly returned to activism for the sake of liberation and who have expended emotional labor for organizations that did not deserve it: now is the time for you to start caring for yourself, and holding the activist communities you are a part of accountable for caring for one another. The success of our activism relies on our continued collective power, not our urgency in achieving short-term goals.
The discussion of biracial identity and its social implications is vitally important to understanding race and privilege in America, but in that, we have to recognize that biracial people do not operate above race, but within it.
In remembering Ahmaud Arbery, we are obligated to reflect on the racism that is so pervasive in our country, in our communities and on our campus. Now is the time to recenter ourselves in the work needed to deconstruct the policing and prison systems – because lynchings never stopped.
When we talk about racial and ethnic equity at Stanford, other minorities are not the enemy, writes Mikayla Tillery.
After months of campaigning, phone banking, and pleading with our families to vote with a conscience, it feels like Trump’s loss is a win, it feels like now is time to celebrate. I know that voters in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are chanting in the streets right now, but as Black organizers we haven’t let out a breath yet. There is no sigh of relief when we still have work to do.
Biden is not the savior of progressivism whose election will dismantle the harms of patriarchy, white supremacy, capitalism and an unfair political system.
In years past, elections were marked with mass canvassing and rallies, but that simply can’t be the case this year. For those looking to get involved in campaign volunteering during the most crucial days, here are some resources to get you started.
I hope that it is clear after today that there is no accountability nor justice for Black women in a system that simply compounds and commodifies our suffering. We cannot legitimize the current policing system by expecting it to detoxify and dismantle itself. What we can do is take it to the streets, take it to the polls, and take down the white supremacy that thrives within policing and prisons alike.