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Zara Zimbardo's blog

How white people can support the Movement for Black Lives

We hear a lot these days about being “allies” and “standing in solidarity” with people on the front lines of justice movements. What does that mean? How do we live out those commitments?

You are invited to join — in person in California, or via an Internet livestream feed — an upcoming conversation to engage these important questions:

Other Toys of Robotic Terror You May Like

It only makes sense in the age of omnipresent consumerism that online shopping portals would become an arena for social commentary and resistance. Welcome to the world of parody reviews!

Disarming the Teaching of History: Parallel-Narrative Textbook in Israel-Palestine

Two years ago, an article I wrote called “Disarming History: Dual-Narrative Textbooks in Israel-Palestine” was published in FOR’s Fellowship magazine - in this piece, which is a shorter distilled version of a longer research project, I was attempting to provide different dimensions of co

Did Someone Say Uppity Or Was That Just My Imagination?

Can we imagine a white male nominee to the Supreme Court being asked how his race or gender clouds his judgment or gives him unfair bias in applying and upholding the rule of law? The degree to which this scenario is outrageous, funny, or unthinkable is the degree to which those identities are the invisibilized norm, the standard against which all else is measured as being “too much”, “too little”, “too strange”, “biased”, “other”. I love the insight of writer Adrienne Rich, “In a patriarchal society, ”╦ťobjectivity’ is the name we give to male subjectivity.” This applies as well to race and ethnicity in the United States, where whiteness is rarely named, let alone scrutinized as a historically constructed identity that grants unearned power and privilege. Yet in the public scrutiny of Sotomayor, it is made glaringly evident that whiteness = objectivity, impartiality, neutrality. What is implied screams loudly.

Solidarity and protective accompaniment

We have just returned to Medellin after days in the countryside and jungle region of Uraba, where the peace community lives in different settlements. Traveling back and forth from urban to rural environments and hearing people’s stories of suffering and resistance is a powerful illustration of different facets of state violence, which seems to always effectively hide behind the mask of justification of attributing all violence to the guerrilla. It is clear how the War on Terror and War on Drugs discourse in both of our countries mirror and legitimize each other.

Flowers and Bananas

We are exploring many interconnected facets of impunity and strategies of nonviolent resistance. Deeping understanding of the tremendous power and bleakness of the forces that create and maintain impunity is overwhelming, and in this context the spaces of hope, courage, persistence, solidarity, inspiration and community shine all the more brightly. As U.S. citizens we are keeping an eye on the role of the U.S. in the Colombian conflict, and two examples in particular struck me - the flower and banana trades.

Iran is not the Problem

Attention to all people who are engaged in resisting the US’ drive to war with Iran: there is an excellent film that has recently been released, titled “IRAN (Is Not The Problem)”. I have watched it twice, and am deeply impressed with how much crucial historical context it provides in an engaging and accessible manner, combining archival footage with incisive analysis from interviews by US-based activists and scholars. Different perspectives are presented, and yet all are united in coming from a committed anti-war stance.

Here’s the trailer: