We are seeking submissions for The 400 Year Rage. The project was started in the aftermath of the brutal murder of George Floyd by the four officers of the Minneapolis Police Department. Black women are not exempt from these extrajudicial murders by the police, as the cases of Breonna Taylor, Atatiana Jefferson, Sandra Bland, Deborah Danner, and others illustrate.
The project aims to bring a diverse set of voices on racism, inequality, police brutality and killing, and the historical processes that produce and perpetuates violence against black and brown people.
Submissions can include historical and/or modern examples. I am especially keen on submissions that focus on Black, Brown, and Native American women's experiences, and their representation in women's/gender studies.
Commentaries can include, but not limited to:
- Your reaction to the video and the unfolding events
- A Call for Mama
- White supremacy
- Police brutality and excessive force
- White privilege
- Criminalization of Black, Brown and Native American bodies
- Systematic violence and over-policing of Black, Brown and Native American bodies
- Economic inequalities in Black, Brown and Native American communities
- Militarization of police
- The evolution from slave-catchers to law enforcement (the hunt of Black, Brown, and Native American bodies)
- Use of force against protesters
- Histories of white violence on Black, Brown and Native American people (anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa massacre: the black wall street)
- White women weaponizing their tears to oppress women of color
- White women threats against people of color (recent examples of Amy Cooper, Svitlana Flom, etc)
- Damsel in Distress
- Or any other areas you want to focus on
Length: There is no requirement on length, but we do ask that you take time to reflect on whatever you are writing.
Deadline: Rolling submission
Platform: This will be published online and will be freely accessible.
Submission: To submit your paper, contact us with the subject line "Commentary on the 400 Year Rage."