Phillip Agnew on Mobilizing Behind #BlackLivesMatter
Over the past few weeks, the mobilizations against police brutality across the country have shown remarkable solidarity in demanding justice for the killings of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Akai Gurley, Tamir Rice, and countless others. People of all backgrounds are voicing condemnation of racial violence, as well as a message that embodies the hope and the uncertainty of the moment, “Black Lives Matter.” The Dream Defenders have been one of the youth-led organizations at the forefront of this movement. The Florida-based group has been organizing in the trenches since the death of Trayvon Martin. We spoke with head of Dream Defenders Phillip Agnew.
Today we’re bringing you a reprise of an interview we ran earlier this year with Grace Lee Boggs. She spoke about her lifetime of activism and her new ongoing community-building projects in Detroit. We recently got news that Boggs’s health is ailing and she has entered hospice care. Her family and friends have issued a fundraising appeal to help her through these tough times, and you can find it through her website and on her donation site.
NYU's Asian/Pacific/American Institute is hosting a groundbreaking exhibit on the history of Eugenics, The Haunted Files. We put together some clips from a recent event bringing together multiple perspectives on the science and culture of racism, and the ways eugenicist ideas have been interpreted in past generations and remain with us today.
First we’ll hear from Loretta Ross (co-founder, SisterSong), who discusses the impact of eugenics theories not on reproductive policy alone, but also on urban planning and housing policies in American cities. Then Dean Saranillio (NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis) discusses the racial history of Hawaii and how eugenics and race theory were used to justify segregation and enforce a cruel taxonomy of colonized and migrant peoples.
Loretta Ross (co-founder, SisterSong)
Dean Saranillio (NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis)