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Unformatted text preview: sing on the question of antagonistic identity formation - a formation, the mass mobilization of which can precipitate a crisis in the institutions and
assumptive logic that undergird the United State of America - must come to grips with the contradictions between the political
demands of radical social movements, such as the large prison abolition movement, which seeks to
abolish the prison-industrial complex, and the ideological structure that underwrites its political desire . I
contend that the positionality of Black subjectivity is at the heart of those contradictions and that this
unspoken desire is bound up with the political limitations of several naturalized and uncritically accepted
categories that have their genesis mainly in the works of Antonio Gramsci, namely, work or labor, the wage, exploitation, hegemony, and civil
society. I wish to theorize the symptoms of rage and resignation I hear in the words of George Jackson, when he boils reform down to a single word, "fascism," or in
Assata's brief declaration, "i hated it," as well as in the Manichean delirium of Fanon, Martinot, and Sexton. Today, the failure of radical social
movements to embrace symptoms of all three gestures is tantamount to the re...
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