Sylvia Wynter’s “No Humans Involved, An Open Letter to My Colleagues” – a response and call to her colleagues in academia after the acquittal of the police officers involved in the beatings of Rodney King – is reintroduced more than two decades later in the “On the Blackness of BLACKNUSS” series. Her arguments that academia needs to be interrogated for the ways that it discursively ignores, legitimates, and, therefore, creates/sustains the kinds of social hierarchies that inevitably mean racial violence, are equally as poignant and relevant today as they were in 1992.
One in the series of “On the Blackness of BLACKNUSS,” initiated by the Moor’s Head Press of BLACKNUSS: books and other relics and published by Publication Studio Hudson. The series is edited by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts in the year of Eric Garner, John Crawford III, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Cameron Tillman, VonDerrit Myers, Jr., Lacquan McDonald, Carey Smith-Viramontes, Jeffrey Holden, Qusean Whitten, Miguel Benton, Dillon McGee, Levi Weaver, Karen Cifuentes, Sergio Ramos, Roshad McIntosh, Diana Showman, and Akai Gurley. The emblem of the blindfolded moor is looted from the ancient flag of Sardinia. Formerly a heraldic allegorical image symbolizing European victories in the Crusades and echoed in the beheadings of enslaved Africans who rose up to assert their liberty, it now represents the mission of Moor’s Head Press to take our heads back.
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