This blog was originally a talk I created for a talk at the University of Virginia in 2012. I recently stumbled across it and I thought I would publish it here as I am currently teaching a class on Black women’s politics at the University of Connecticut and many of these ideas are currently on […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Olivia Pope as a Potential Lens for Thinking About Black Women’s Politics
Last night Chicago activists shut down the Trump rally scheduled at the UIC Pavillion. It was a stunning example of coordinated activist work that will hopefully provide a successful template in cities to come. But as I’ve written before, while these actions are exhilarating for the folks within our communities, they can also cause many […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Want to Support Trump Protesters But Can’t Get Out Into The Streets? Read This.
Summary: By making traditional political engagement a set of behaviors that is associated with judgement, blame and shame, we only alienate populations from politics. We must resist messages from politicians that encourage us to blame our own communities for today’s socio-political climate. If we want to create a more just and sustainable world, we cannot […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Shame, Voting and a Culture of Finger Pointing: The Emotions of the 2014 Midterm Election