Abolition for the People

This article is part of Abolition for the People, a series brought to you by a partnership between Kaepernick Publishing and LEVEL, a Medium publication for and about the lives of Black and Brown men. The series, which comprises 30 essays and conversations over four weeks, points to the crucial…

Image of a quote from the piece with purple rust, and yellow background: “Anti-Black ableism” is redundant and contradictory simultaneously . . .because ableism and anti-Blackness are mutually inclusive and mutually dependent. So you can’t have one without the other and you also can’t adjectively modify one with the other because where one is they both must be. Each oppression does modify how a person experiences the other oppression, so they do modify the other in the literal sense.

Many people quote my definition of ableism without providing context into what it means to say that ableism is formed and informed by anti-Blackness.

Many also say, sign, write these words without providing necessary nuance about what this truth means for how ableism is uniquely wielded against Black people. So…

Black and white drawing of a ship packed tightly with Black African people. The words read: Plan shewing the stowage of 130 additional slaves round the wings or sides of the lower deck by means of platforms or shelves (in the manner of galleries in a church) the slaves stowed on the shelves and below them have only a height of 2 feet 7 inches between the beams and far less under the beams.

Black folks of the African Diaspora in the “United States” got jokes for days.

Humor, wit, rhymin’ & signifyin,’ and all around hyper-creative silliness is part and parcel of Black Joy, Black Culture, Black Resistance and Black Love.

May our humor never abandon us; nor us it.

That said, on…

Black & white family photo taken in Chicago shows Mamie Till Mobley and her son, Emmett Till smiling.

Content Warning: Discussion of white supremacist/police/vigilante violence.

Today, I answer Eve Ewing’s early morning call to “honestly reckon with history.” I will name and address one issue in brief and earnest because revisionist history and disability erasure will be the death of countless more if we do not answer this…

Arnaldo Rios-Soto & Charles Kinsey are grounded at an intersection. Kinsey is laying flat on his back with his arms nearly ninety degrees up in the air. Rios-Soto is seated, cross-legged at the feet of Kinsey looking toward Kinsey moments before a police officer shot Kinsey.

When a Black Disabled person is killed by the state, media and prominent racial justice activists usually report that a Black person was killed by the police. …

Talila "TL" Lewis

abolitionist organizer-attorney uniting communities & struggles by grounding movements in disability justice | @behearddc | @talilalewis | www.talilalewis.com

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