Politics

Darkest Before Dawn?
Convergence / Politics / Vol 3. No. 1

Darkest Before Dawn?

  (for Cheryl Wall)   I’ve known for awhile now that birthdays do not necessarily measure or accord wisdom, and for sure, their passage does not at all secure a body against shock and the harvest of grief and disappointment that seven decades of living in the United States (or […]

To Outwit History
Convergence / Politics / Vol 3. No. 1

To Outwit History

All of the Western nations have been caught in a lie, the lie of their pretended humanism; this means that their history has no justification, and that the West has no moral authority. James Baldwin, No Name in the Street We live in the era of the deleted tweet, and […]

“An act of survival and a strategy to heal:”  Suné Woods Interview and Performance
Arts & Culture / Convergence / Politics / Vol 3. No. 1

“An act of survival and a strategy to heal:” Suné Woods Interview and Performance

I had the opportunity to interview artist Suné Woods about her commissioned video performance Suite Number Seven (2020), which will appear in the group exhibition Eco-Urgency: Now or Never in late August 2021. Suite Number Seven (4 min. 28 sec., 2020) is Woods’s commissioned contribution to Meshell Ndegeocello’s project, Chapter […]

Dred Scott’s Blues: Three Meditations
Convergence / Politics / Vol 3. No. 1

Dred Scott’s Blues: Three Meditations

1. In 1853, perhaps twenty-five minutes away from where I write this, the case that became Dred Scott v. Sanford began deliberations in what we now call the Old Courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri. Today, not only does the Old Courthouse sit near the banks of the Mississippi River, but […]

For An Anger That Moves
Convergence / Politics / Vol 3. No. 1

For An Anger That Moves

In his Biography of Samuel Johnson, James Boswell’s entry for Tuesday, September 23, 1777 (little over a year subsequent to the issuance of the Declaration of Independence of the 13 colonies, 41 of whose 56 signers, it is said, were slaveowners) reports the following: “He [Dr. Johnson] had always been […]

Latinos for Trump!
Convergence / Politics / Vol 3. No. 1

Latinos for Trump!

Although Donald Trump began his first electoral campaign by notoriously claiming that Mexicans were rapists, he managed early on to gain significant Latin American and Latinx support. In fact, already in the 2016 election Trump received more support (28%) from these groups than the previous Republican candidate Mitt Romney (27%). […]

Trump’s Dog, Reagan’s Whistle, and the Republican Party Core
Convergence / Politics / Vol 3. No. 1

Trump’s Dog, Reagan’s Whistle, and the Republican Party Core

1 If the desire to investigate the January 6 assault on the Capitol—to get to the bottom of what happened—has become so controversial that some people dispute whether there is anything to get to the bottom of, perhaps we should start with the bottom-line question: How could anything so prima […]

Dying While Black
Arts & Culture / Convergence / Politics / Vol 3. No. 1

Dying While Black

(Mourning Breonna Taylor’s Demise) Life’s sacred trust shatters, night’s peace extinguished, vitality’s hope destroyed: error blameless, intolerance swarming dereliction’s hatred, each time and place like every place and time vacancy’s insidious bloat slaughters life, devastation’s purpose fulfilled, human love wasted, sentient feeling stilled, power’s grotesque fantasy, self-appointed horror snuffing what […]

Imagining Liberation
Arts & Culture / Convergence / Politics / Vol 3. No. 1

Imagining Liberation

Our cry for the right to love (and be loved) is the fiercest and most radical revolutionary demand anyone could make. It is the demand for the complete liberation of the human body and spirit (with carnal fullness) into the transcendent capacity of our human existence, socially and personally. Love […]

this mourning
Arts & Culture / Convergence / Politics / Vol 3. No. 1

this mourning

  star of Bethlehem open in profusion with the new moon a ground cover of small celestial flowers on this day when the faithful break their month-long fast   at long last the bones of our children have been returned to family and earth…   how could it be? almost […]