NOTE: This post appeared on the Berkeley Blog on December 28, 2016. You can find the original post here. “Post-truth (/ˌpəʊs(t)ˈtruːθ/) adj.: Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief. 2016 Word of the Year, Oxford Dictionaries “Are you real?” “Well, […]
NOTE: I presented the following as a talk given at Columbia University as part of the “I am an Undocumented Immigrant: Let’s Talk About It!” held on April 25, 2016. My name is Joel Sati, and I am an immigrant from Kenya. I came to this country at the age of nine, in 2002. I lived in Georgia […]
Immigration activism – like everything else – happens in the context of state violence, and it is naïve to think that getting legal status will shield us from the violence Black bodies, PoC bodies, and LGBTQ bodies are systematically subjected to.
The death of Thomas Eric Duncan – the first Ebola death in the United States – has caused a firestorm in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area as well as around the world. Of focus is increased racism and xenophobia (see this headline?) toward African immigrants as a result of the Ebola epidemic, which has killed over […]
Immigration “reform” is no stranger to Anti-blackness. The purpose of this article (and ones in the immediate future) is to refine a position that does not get as much play as it ought to – the motif of anti-blackness as it applies to immigration policy discussions. In “On Reifying Anti-Blackness Through So-called Immigration “Reform”” – […]
To the detriment of the immigration reform debate, the African/Caribbean voice is silent. This is not to take away from the summer of 2012 when my Kenyan-born self came out as undocumented during a Maryland DREAM act rally in front of Baltimore’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office and marched for the same cause later […]