By Critical Ethnic Studies Editorial Collective, Nada Elia, David M. Hernández, Jodi Kim, Shana L. Redmond, Dylan Rodríguez, Sarita Echavez See
Development at the highbrow and political momentum that proven the serious Ethnic experiences organization, this Reader inaugurates a thorough reaction to the appropriations of liberal multiculturalism whereas construction at the chances enlivened by way of the historic paintings of Ethnic experiences. It doesn't try to circumscribe the limits of serious Ethnic experiences; fairly, it deals an area to advertise open discussion, dialogue, and debate concerning the field's expansive, politically advanced, and intellectually wealthy issues. protecting a variety of subject matters, from multiculturalism, the neoliberal college, and the exploitation of our bodies to empire, the militarized protection nation, and decolonialism, those twenty-five essays name cognizance to the urgency of articulating a severe Ethnic reviews for the twenty-first century.
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Joanne Little, she’s our mama. Joanne Little, she’s your lover. Joanne’s the woman who’s gonna carry your child. 43 36 • shana l. redmond Sweet Honey positions L ittle as family, provider, and confidant whose sexual and emotional labor delivers the future. In the absence of accompaniment, it is the percussive element within “Joanne L ittle” that brings another layer of meaning to t hese powerful lyrics. ) demands that you hear the lesser privileged pulses that organize Little’s rebellion and recognize the “and” that structures her identity as “poor, [and] Southern and undereducated” and black and w oman and incarcerated and victim of sexual assault.
The price of her resistance was a new threat of death, this time issuing from the government of North Carolina. ” Davis’s dense articulation of historical precedent was necessarily paired with the call to diversity displayed by the fjl movement. Her parting words framed the need for accountability in difference: Joan Little may not only have been the victim of a rape attempt by a white racist jailer; she has truly been raped and wronged many times over by the exploitative and discriminatory institutions of this society.
When we recognize this, we will begin to build power 38 • shana l. redmond ful and enduring solidarities, not shortcuts. This appreciation for difference is better fitted to account for the structures of white supremacy, capitalism, and settler colonialism that hold us all in (unequal) bondage. Notes 1. I use this language of “social redress actors” to distinguish their efforts from what may otherwise be considered by witnesses or pundits as a social movement. 2. This theory was argued by the sociologist Wilson in The Declining Significance of Race.