Further Reading

Gary Simmons “Black Chalkboard (Triple Eye Maestro” (1993) via Hirshhorn Museum

When TNI asked me if I’d be interested in adding a syllabus to the review I jumped at the opportunity. I’m very happy here to offer a few suggested readings, listenings, and viewings of varying length. I’m not a sociologist (I have a PhD in Literature) but I teach in the interdisciplinary fields of Literature, Black Studies, American Studies, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. 

With thanks to Mariame Kaba and Dr. Tamara Nopper for their help.


Introduction to The Prison Industrial Complex

I recommend everything on the blog Prison Culture “How the PIC Structures Our World…”

The Black Youth Project

Young People Continue To Talk About the Cops

Louder Than A Bomb 2014: Chicago Youth Have Their Say 

Nicholas K. Peart, “Why Is the N.Y.P.D. After Me?

C Angel Torres and Naima Paz, Young Women’s Empowerment Project’s Bad Encounter Line zine

Rose Brewer and Nancy Heitzeg, The Racialization of Crime and Punishment: Criminal Justice, Color-Blind Racism, and the Political Economy of the Prison Industrial Complex

Sylvia Wynter, “No Humans Involved: An Open Letter to My Colleagues


On Fugitivity and Captivity

Slave narratives, from Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of A Slave Girl: Written by Herself, to Frederick Douglass’s Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave: Written by Himself, to David Walker’s Appeal, to Ida B. Well’s The Red Record

Keguro Macharia, fugitivity

Fred Moten and Stefano Harvey, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study

Tavia Nyong’o, Black Survival in the Uchromatic Dark

Percy Howard Interviews Frank Wilderson Frank B. Wilderson, “Wallowing in the contradictions”, Parts 1 and 2

Jared Sexton, Captivity, By Turns: A Comment on the Work of Ashley Hunt

Connie Wun, Disciplining Violence

Tamara K. Nopper and Kenyon Farrow, Why the AFL-CIO must address Black criminalization and (un)employment: A position paper


To Watch & Listen

Joy James, Refusing Blackness as Victimization: Trayvon Martin and the Black Cyborgs

Angela Davis, On the Prison Industrial Complex

Ruth Gilmore, Beyond The Prison Industrial Complex

Murder on a Sunday Morning (documentary)

Damien Sojoyner, “Trouble Man: The Limitations of Policy Oriented Black Masculinity

You Don’t Really Know Us,” Chicago Kids Tell News Media

Simone Browne, Dark Sousveillance Race, Surveillance and Resistance