Fugitivity: Freedom as a Practice of “Quotidian Refusal”

In other words, fugitivity is refusing to comply with a system that assumes you are either deserving of inevitable subordination because of your very nature (pathologized), or else you are some intriguing exception to that inevitable logic of subordination. (I’m not sure at this point whether my ‘other words’ are helpful or not, but there they are…)

True Education: Indigenous Feminism and the Fight for Autonomous Education

Our education is about having a dignified struggle and one heart, so that we can walk together in the same direction. We believe that education is not only about teaching literacy and numeracy, but also about solving problems between our peoples, how to defend ourselves, about our history and how to keep on fighting.

— Hortencia, Tseltal promoter of True Education

Thoughts on Native American and Black Solidarity

November is Native American Heritage Month and though I pride myself on being knowledgeable about the histories of people of the African Diaspora, I had to be real with myself, there is still so much I don’t know about the histories of my Native American brothers and sisters. Thinking of the importance of this solidarity led me to explore the topic of Black/Native American resistance.

Are you global enough?

“They are speaking out, starting their own movements, businesses and building their own coalitions. The children of the new millennia are committed to blazing their own trails and they are using music, technology, fashion and everything in their creative arsenals to make it happen.”

Sweet Water Oshun and the Black Feminine

In Monique Morrison’s phenomenal book Pushout: The criminalization of Black girls in schools she dedicates an entire chapter to the way schools craft that Jezebel narrative around our girls and how that narrative helps to push Black girls out of our schools. I challenge you to think of ways to engage our Black girls in these narratives that are crafted around their attitudes, their intellect, their sexuality, their passiveness, their dangerousness, their ghettoness, their ratchedness and their very Blackness and I offer to you Yemaya, Oshun and Oya (you will learn about her soon) as the lenses with which to dissect Black femaleness but even deeper than that Black Divine Femininity.