Nelson Mandela was labeled a terrorist by the United States government.
Nelson Mandela was a political prisoner.
Nelson Mandela was at the helm of a revolutionary organization.
It is so easy to wax poetic about his heroism after the tide of history has turned. But to stand in the tradition of Mandela is to embrace justice when and where power opposes it.
I am grateful that the anti-apartheid and divestment movement was part of my coming of age because it allowed me to cultivate through my own experience a critical gaze and to find footing in a radical tradition.
We need those spaces to flourish for our young people today, and for those who will come behind them. I feel like tonight we should rededicate ourselves to courage and truth-telling rather than mere sentimentalism.
“How can you not admire a system so effective at swallowing all
alternatives to itself that it can make something as abject as ‘working for love’ sound
admirable?”—Laura Kipnis, Against Love (via katelevyphotography)
“[Conceptual art] attains its own life by cannibalizing the half-lives of its sources. Looping back through multiple tropes to arrive at its own existence, the conceptual art work offers itself the protagonist of an old-fashioned, well-crafted story composed through the collision of historical referents rather than characters. Immobilized as we are in the present, it is perhaps more pleasurable to consider the confluence of activism, Situationism, and BC’s prior work on the blankness of fashion that occurs in “Get Rid of Yourself” than to ponder the workings of the World Trade Organization.”—Chris Kraus, Where Art Belongs (via katelevyphotography)
The Borowitz Report: Hubble Telescope Sends Back Annoying Stream of Selfies
HOUSTON (The Borowitz Report)—NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, whose mission is to capture images that help scientists better understand the universe, has instead spent much of the past several weeks transmitting an annoying series of self-portraits, NASA scientists confirmed today.