Abolition, Now

Originally posted on Facebook on May 3, 2021; edited to embed links (links originally posted in comments due to FB algorithms). #DefundThePolice has been the hashtag and slogan by which many people have come to know abolition in the last year. And that’s great! Defunding the police is an important part of constraining police power,Read moreRead more

Reopening

Originally posted on Facebook on March 18, 2021. yes there will probably be a longer essay forthcoming but until then: i see a lot of folks responding to the shooter’s claim that his murderous rampage was about sex with “no, it’s about race.” and that’s not wrong, but it’s also not at all a contradictionRead moreRead more

Disarming Shaun King, Pt 2

Originally posted on Facebook on January 14, 2021; edited to embed links (links originally posted in comments due to FB algorithms). So Shaun King seems to be making the rounds for his “Hey Enough Time Has Passed For Everyone to Forget That Time I Used Chadwick Boseman’s Death to Shill My Book, Right?” Redemption Tour.Read moreRead more

January 6

Originally posted on Facebook on January 6, 2021. also let’s be clear what the real “threat” is to these insurrectionists: because it’s not just losing trump in the white house, or gaining joe. their real fear has nothing to do with replacing one white male septuaginarian with another, and everything to do with someone whoRead moreRead more

Post-Election 2020

Originally posted November 4, 2020. I know many of you are still anxious about results yet to arrive, so: let’s highlight some results that we know. Because here in Cali — especially here in LA — there’s things worth celebrating. Prop 17 restored full voting rights to formerly incarcerated people. Prop 20, which would haveRead moreRead more

Thoughts on the Election

Originally posted on Facebook on November 2, 2020. Anxiety around the election might be peaking now, but it’s been building for months. Various groups have been hitting the same theme: we must defend our elections; we must protect democracy. And — I understand the impulse. But just as with the urge to end the pandemicRead moreRead more

On Accountability

Originally posted on Facebook on September 13, 2020. I’ve been thinking a lot about accountability lately; this essay was already half-written when Jessica Krug’s Dolezal’ing made headlines, and loathe as I might be to give any more space to that particular brand of nonsense, her story encapsulated so many of the ideas that I wasRead moreRead more

The 2020 Ticket

Originally posted on Facebook on August 11, 2020 (quick) thoughts on kamala: – having a woman of color on the national ticket is not nothing. – it’s also not much. biden won the primary in part because of a belief that a straight white man still defines electability. but it is cool that his electabilityRead moreRead more

Against Brene

Originally posted on Facebook on August 8, 2020; edited to embed links (links originally posted in comments due to FB algorithms). Friends. If I see one more gd white lady roll into the comments of a post by a Black woman/femme/trans person writing about love, justice, vulnerability, trust, and accountability just so they can dropRead moreRead more

“Hamilton:” Triumph, or Triumphalism?

Originally posted on Facebook on July 13, 2020; edited to embed a link (link originally posted in comments due to FB algorithm). So… one of the things that has bothered me about the anti-“Hamilton” position the past few years is that the show’s detractors — not those who offer engaged critique but those who dismissRead moreRead more