“A form of maroon philosophy (all black philosophy is not radicalized as maroon philosophy), Afrarealist political theory treks beyond conventional militarized borders to survey democracy’s violence toward the black matrix and black reproductivity. The violent exploitation of black productivity in agricultural, industrial, penal, and cultural markets is a historical and structural feature of democracy. These aggressions and violations I have earlier described as “state violence.” Democracy’s aggressions against the black matrix, its terror against black reproductive labor, its sanction of racial rape I describe here as state “intimate violence.” State violence and intimate state violence are two related but distinct phenomena. Violations of black productivity coexist with terror against black reproductivity. Afrarealism witnesses both and calls for greater scrutiny to assaults against black reproductivity, an under-theorized feature of black captivity.”
Joy James, “Afrarealism and the Black Matrix: Maroon Philosophy at Democracy’s Border.” The Black Scholar, Vol. 43, No. 4; p. 125

This. In Dorchester. And it’s heartbreaking.

Today’s Forecast: Don’t start nothin’, won’t be nothin’.

Today we, at Black Life Matters-Boston, are holding a Mobile Speak Out in solidarity with those in Ferguson, Boston, and elsewhere who’ve been brutalized by the Police.

Starts @ Ryan Playground in Dorchester, 1pm.

Check at the link for further details. Supporter are welcome. Share at will.

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“Your mother did not raise you with a wolf in your chest so you could howl over losing a man.”

I eagerly await the think pieces that try, valiantly!, to uncouple this kind of grotesque fat-shaming from anti-blackness, generally, & misogynoir, in particular.

Meanwhile, LET US TAKE NOTE OF how relentlessly peerlessly flawlessly wonderful Retta was, throughout.

*casts rose petals at her feet*

“Today’s the day we (try to) do everything.”


Remnants, Decay, and Ruth. 

July. 14’

(via lostinurbanism)

“When he laughed, respectable senators burst with laughter,
And when he cried, the little children died in the streets.”
— from “Epitaph On A Tyrant” by W.H. Auden

Vital & Important.

An in-depth 1970s analysis of how the management of black dissent by the black American middle-class/professional elite helped restructure capitalism to its own advantage.

Black Power presupposed a mass-organizational model built on the assumption of a homogeneity of black political interests to be dealt with through community leadership. It is this notion of “black community” that has blocked development of a radical critique in the Civil Rights movement by contraposing an undifferentiated mass to a leadership stratum representing it. This understanding ruled out any analysis of cleavages or particularities within the black population: “community control” and “black control” became synonymous. […] Notwithstanding all its bombast, Black Power construed racial politics within the ideological universe through which the containment of the black population was mediated.”

From the 'Collective Action Notes' website.

Originally published in; TELOS #39, 1979.

“Critics generally don’t associate Black people with ideas. They see marginal people; they see just another story about Black folks. They regard the whole thing as sociologically interesting perhaps, but very parochial. There’s a notion out in the land that there are human beings one writes about, and then there are Black people or Indians or some other marginal group. If you write about the world from that point of view, somehow it is considered lesser. We are people, not aliens. We live, we love, and we die.”
— Toni Morrison