Saidiya Hartman on Insurgent Histories and Abolitionist Imaginary

Underwood & Underwood, Photograph of Silent Protest Parade, July 28, 1917. Photo by Wikimedia Commons.

Scholar Saidiya Hartman ponders the Black radical tradition, in a piece for ArtForum-- mapping out the ways in which protestors' demands for abolition are founded upon decades of writing from Black radical activists and theorists.

"Incredible vulnerability to violence and to abuse is so definitive of the lives of Black femmes. And so, what does it mean to want to imagine and to experience something else?"