On the Fecundity of Small Places

Here is the pre-print of my essay "On the Fecundity of Small Places," due out in a volume Africana Studies: Theoretical Futures, edited by Grant Farred. It's a fantastic volume. I like this essay, which argues against privileging of translatability and transparency, embracing instead the opacity of vernacular culture and its sense of place. Small places are fecund and speak back

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White Power, Free as Fuck

I actually don’t think the Rittenhouse verdict is more of the same. I think it’s something new that’s new because it revitalized something old. And, in that, in its own way, more of the same in the worst possible ways. White Power, Free as Fuck (as his gesture and t-shirt put it). More on that in a minute.  A frame:

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Seminar on James Baldwin: A Syllabus

Here is the syllabus for my fall 2021 course on James Baldwin, which focuses exclusively on his non-fiction work. The course description is as follows: This is a seminar on James Baldwin’s non-fiction, tracing his development of thought from early musings on Harlem, poverty, and racism to the late reflections on violence, antiblackness, and the compulsion of the United States

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