How The Liberals Ruined Ferguson: An Interview With Robert Stephens II

‘Obama perpetuates imperialism through performances of blackness that weren’t possible years ago. That’s why I’m so repulsed by our obsession with images of blackness in the media, because the images of blackness are now just that: images.’

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Bir Mayis, Istanbul

Here in İstanbul the tension around May Day had been building all week. Each morning there was fresh graffiti calling for ‘Devrim’ (Revolution) or urging people to take Taksim Square. Posters from various political groups and parties were up everywhere. The warnings from everyone always began, ‘keep away from Taksim’, ‘stay off the streets’, ‘I hope you’re not going out tomorrow…’.