‘Anti-racism’ is not a goal, and we desperately need one

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Protests, riots, looting — whatever we call what’s happening in our cities — all of it is evidence of a profound pain.

The cold, brazen murder of Minneapolis resident George Floyd adds another dose of salt to our psychic wounds. The conflagrations from New York to Los Angeles reflect the inflamed passions of the moment. And the curfews, like the one in which I write, seek to douse our outcries in silence.

The energy is electrifying. But the unfortunate truth is that, in each of our protests, it tends to become directionless. These movements may inspire some trifling change, in…


On Žižek and Gendered Bathrooms

In an essay entitled “The Sexual Is Political,” Slavoj Žižek explores a potential solution to vexing dilemma: an arrangement for gendered bathrooms that could accommodate everyone, including trans individuals. The idea was worked into a joke. And sure, that might have been unwise.

But what’s stranger to me is that reactions to the piece seemed both to miss the point and to provide nothing at all by way of a solution, better or otherwise.

Why is it that Žižek could propose an idea that provokes a laugh while laying out practical and theoretical benefits, all well-reasoned, only for it to…


Countless narratives purport to explain Donald Trump’s rise to power, and all of them are true. Some of them, no doubt, are told in bad faith. But to paraphrase the piece that inspired this one, the story is never that which conceals the truth. It is in fact a truth which conceals that there is none. The story of my own vote, which begins below, is true.

Trump is not the “first white president.” One could say, however, that he is the most hyperreal. Several sites track Trump’s lies — the figure stands at 10,111 on a Washington Post page…


An updated focus would be more effective and less divisive

In early March, Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren published a plan on Medium for dividing up the country’s largest tech companies. Google, Facebook, and Amazon would all be placed on the chopping block.

It’s a praiseworthy step, and Warren herself should be commended — for her courage in challenging the sacrosanct, for naming the Silicon Valley giants without deference. Most Democrats will, and should, take note. Nonetheless, her plan has flaws, and with bad plans come bad optics. Frankly, she runs a serious risk of looking out of touch.

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Warren’s temerity hasn’t come out of the blue. She has chosen…


Rethinking North Korea

“Today, we are saying the world will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea,” spoke Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, in the moments following a pivotal point in the North Korean story. The UN Security Council had just passed a new round of sanctions against North Korea, reportedly the toughest sanctions ever attempted against the country. The date was September 11th, 2017. Around 7 months later, South Korean president Moon Jae-in would share some news of his own: North Korea’s commitment to pursuing “complete denuclearization.”

Along the way, much else has been said. Donald Trump is nothing…

Neko Jackson

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