The Trap of (In)Visibility and the Erasure of Difference

[published in CounterPunch, 15 January, 2016] One of the best articles I read in 2015 was Adolph Reed’s “From Jenner to Dolezal” wherein Reed critiques the language of identity politics in this year’s almost coetaneous “outings” of Bruce Jenner and Rachel Dolezal. Reed’s critique takes to task…

A Brief Genealogy of Disappearance and Murder

[published in CounterPunch, 23 November, 2015] The notion of disappearance has existed throughout time involving the absence of an individual or group of people and can be found throughout historical tales and literature.  Originally disappearance took place during the Roman Empire as a means of discursive disappearance:  damnatio memoriae (literally…

Islamophobia and the Aegis of Freedom of Speech

[published in CounterPunch, 12 May, 2015] In 2002, I would meet up with two friends, a couple, for frequent dinners in New York.  My friends had this theatrical side of their relationship where they would “critique” conservative ideologies employing the effect and tone of certain comedy…