Black at Cal

“Assuming they’ve benefitted from “power systems” or other conspiratorial imaginary institutions denies them credit for all they’ve done, things of which you may not even conceive. ” – Tal Fortang, 2014

I’m sorry, what? If you haven’t read the article, or any of the rebuttals, please consider it. And then watch this (trigger warning: police brutality, curse words, and a loud scream a few minutes into it) or read this.

This bullshit happened near MY campus recently. UC Berkeley, one of the top public universities in the world. As a Black man, I feel wronged. It is bullshit that this can happen and that Cal alums, Cal students, future Cal students, and the greater Berkeley community have to deal with this. I went to a town hall on campus about this incident and I was definitely not alone in feeling angry, upset, wrong, confused, frustrated, and even a little bit hopeless. These are real people, and these are our lives. Whether something similar has happened to you or those you love, we are all in this together. See if you can spot what Tal Fortang calls “other conspiratorial imaginary institutions” in the flesh. Then come back to me and let me know what you think.

If you’re interested in taking action, please consider downloading this form and writing to the Berkeley Police Commission Review or simply share the link to the video.


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