DEAD AID WHY AID IS NOT WORKING AND HOW THERE IS A BETTER WAY FOR AFRICA Dambisa Moyo   Introduction We live in a culture of aid. We live in a culture in which those who are better off subscribe - both mentally and financially - to the notion that giving alms to the poor … Continue reading DEAD AID


2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,300 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 55 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the … Continue reading 2014 in review

The Fleshy Excess of Black Life: Mike Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice


by Eric Ritskes

Black life, Blackness, “Black holding on, Black making a way out of no way” is always in excess of the antiblack settler colonial state. And, in its excess, it is always threatening to the order and sense making of the state.

This excess is carried in and on the bodies of Black peoples, it is embodied and illegible to the state, unable to be incorporated into Whiteness, and is thus always present before, beyond and against the state. Blackness as excess is, as Alex Weheliye explains, a fleshy excess. It spills over and protrudes; it cannot be contained. It is always escaping. It is always already too much.

In each of three most recent cases of Black death to garner mass mainstream media attention – the deaths of Mike Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice – the bodily excess of the victims was used as…

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The Negro Speaks of Rivers

The Negro Speaks of Rivers Langston Hughes, 1902 - 1967 I've known rivers: I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the        flow of human blood in human vein. My soul has grown deep like the rivers. I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young. I built my hut … Continue reading The Negro Speaks of Rivers