SOCIAL POWER AND THE OPPRESSIVE POTENTIAL OF CIVILITY


Talk from “Civility, Civil Rights and Civil Resistance: The CVille Syllabus” panel presentation at Institute for the Humanities and Global Culture, University of Virginia with Sophie Abramovitz, Maya Hislop, and Eva Latterner from Graduate Student Coalition for Liberation April 5, 2018 “Social Power and the Oppressive Potential of Civility” I want to thank Sophie, Maya, […]

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ON NOT “TAKING THE BAIT”


This piece was written around the recent community counter-protest against the KKK in my current hometown of Charlottesville, VA. For a little more context, see the links below. (Photos by Ézé Amos) *************** Several folks are noting the questionable allegations several City officials are making to justify the police’s violence towards a massive nonviolent community […]

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THE TYRANNY OF CIVILITY: Part 4 in a Four-Part Series


THE “TYRANNY OF CIVILITY”: Part Four in A Four-Part Series NOTE: This series of essays are focused primarily on the use of “civility” as a social/cultural norm in the context of nonviolent revolutionary struggles in the U.S. I’m not interested in discussing the “merits” of revolutionary nonviolence vs. other forms of struggle for liberation and […]

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THE TYRANNY OF CIVILITY: Part 3 in a Four-Part Series


NOTE: This series of essays are focused primarily on the use of “civility” as a social/cultural norm in the context of nonviolent revolutionary struggles in the U.S.  I’m not interested in discussing the “merits” of revolutionary nonviolence vs. other forms of struggle for liberation and survival that might not easily wear that label in this […]

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THE TYRANNY OF CIVILITY: Part 2 in a Four-Part Series


THE TYRANNY OF CIVILITY: Part 2 in a Four-Part Series NOTE: This series of essays are focused primarily on the use of “civility” as a social/cultural norm in the context of nonviolent revolutionary struggles in the U.S. I’m not interested in discussing the “merits” of revolutionary nonviolence vs. other forms of struggle for liberation and […]

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THE TYRANNY of CIVILITY – Part One in a Four-Part Series


Image courtesy of Wikicommons THE TYRANNY OF CIVILITY: PART 1 in A Four-Part Series NOTE: This series of essays are focused primarily on the use of “civility” as a social/cultural norm in the context of nonviolent revolutionary struggles in the U.S. I’m not interested in discussing the “merits” of revolutionary nonviolence vs. other forms of […]

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WHAT I HEAR WHEN I HEAR “THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT DIDN’T REALLY DO ANYTHING”


When I hear someone say that the Occupy Movement didn’t accomplish anything, or amount to anything, I find it incredibly annoying and dismissive. But even worse, I find it ill-informed and/or willfully ignorant. Occupy played a useful role in creating the political environment we are in now, where minimum wage and other anti-poverty struggles are […]

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Follow-Up to “Space for Us All” – Some Race and Sci-Fi-related Commentary


Hey folks, Following up on my piece from last week, I’m posting links a few articles on race and sci-fi I’ve seen online in this past week by Noah Berlatsky from The Atlantic from last year. The first piece makes some really interesting points about how often and how colonial narratives (and anti-colonial narratives) are […]

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