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