“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Thursday, December 4, 2014

"When Does Your Humanity Kick In?"

Nicely put Al Sharpton.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Perhaps Al should consider his words because maybe 'humanity' is the problem. As Carey Wolf wrote in his Before the Law Foucauldian/Agamben treatment of how the legal system frames animals: we are all potential animals ie deprived of personhood and made killable or sacrificiable (in whatever jargon one wants to put it). Thus a constrained and restructured definition of 'humanity' excludes the Michael Browns and Eric Garners of this word as non persons, lacking in humanity and killable by the government at will. I have met Al Sharpton a few time and the dude utters manipulative phrases designed to produce a familiar affective response -- just like Reagan did. The black men being murdered by police deserve a more intelligent and forceful advocate.