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In “But What Are You Really? The Metaphysics of Race,” Charles Mills offers an account of what it looks like to develop and understand embodied racial identities. His account problematizes the concepts of race, racialization, and self-identification with respect to racial identity while highlighting the complex nature of a systematic…

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Colloquial phrases fail to capture the magnitude of the loss and the depth of the chasm left in the place of tender, playful love that was — always more warm than chaotic, more soft than burning — left to spend its final moments gasping for air. Especially when it’s too…

Two candle flames atop a menorah on the first night of Hanukkah. Courtesy of Jesi Taylor Cruz.

On Thursday, December 10, 1942 Anne Frank wrote about the “comical sight” of sausages — that she watched be ground, seasoned, and squeezed into casings by Mr. Van Dann — dangling from the ceiling that made everyone who saw them burst into laughter. She also wrote about the dirty state…

The fights for racial, social, and environmental justice are inextricably linked

Two Black girls carry signs during a PCB landfill protest in Afton, North Carolina, September 1982. (Jerome Friar Photographic Collection and Related Materials (P0090), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

In the ongoing, global project of dismantling oppressive and violent structures it is important to make sense of one’s place in the world and within the myriad systems we all must navigate on a daily basis in order to participate in society.

To clarify, by “place” I mean the physical…

Jesi Taylor Cruz

NYC-based philosophy graduate student whose work covers Genocide Studies, Repro + Enviro Justice, Discard Studies, and Political Ecology of Waste. @moontwerk

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