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Unformatted text preview: as come to pass. In other words, the election of a
Black President aside, police brutality, mass incarceration, segregated and substandard schools and
housing, astronomical rates of HIV infection, and the threat of being turned away en masse at the polls
still constitute the lived experience of Black life. But such empirically based rejoinders would lead us in
the wrong direction; we would find ourselves on “solid” ground, which would only mystify, rather than
clarify, the question. We would be forced to appeal to “facts,” the “historical record,” and empirical
markers of stasis and change, all of which could be turned on their head with more of the same.
Underlying such a downward spiral into sociology, political science, history, and/or public policy debates
would be the very rubric that I am calling into question: the grammar of suffering known as exploitation and
alienation, the assumptive logic whereby subjective dispossession is arrived at in the calculations between
those who sell lab...
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- Spring '14