Hamhung and Muslim Bans

My grandmother’s family is from the town of Hamhung. It’s a bustling port town on the eastern coast of the Korean Peninsula, with a current population of over 700,000. It’s best known now as the namesake for a common Korean turn of phrase; a famous story about the town recounts how the founder of the…

Fear and Performance, Sixteen Years Later

Even aside from the obvious skyline changes, the scars are still visible in this city, if you know where to look. My law school was famously near Anderson Cooper’s residence, a converted firehouse. Over the course of my first year of school, Cooper renovated the structure into a residential space, but there was some controversy…

Deterrence

CW: Open and unapologetic anti-Blackness, racism, police violence   This dashcam video is a reminder that some problems are larger than resistance, that our society is more fundamentally broken than the immediate election of any president, that our house has not ever been in order.   I, for once, have not much to say. I…

Blue-Dot Allyship After the Women’s March

Hi, did you march on January 21? I was at the march in New York, along with over 400,000 others. A massive sea of people curling through Midtown East, many times the original attendance estimate that had been planned for. I noted this at the time, but the mood felt less like a protest march…

A Less Perfect Union

CW: anti-Blackness, racism, police violence I spent most of this afternoon in deep Brooklyn at a film shoot as an extra. I’m still out here, walking around and trying to get my thoughts straight. (This probably should be at least two separate reflections.) The film is, broadly, about gender fluidity, but the talent (read: those…

After McCain (and Murkowski and Collins)

The relatively recent passage of Obamacare has obscured some important historical context from the entirety of the 20th century regarding this push undertaken by the GOP: healthcare reform is hard. In brief: FDR initially proposed federally funded healthcare programs as part of his Social Security legislation. As a result of a campaign by the American…

A Single Toe Out Of Line

Our society’s worship of the dollar has fostered several strained pieces of “conventional wisdom”, but perhaps one of the most perverse is that structural ills can be ignored if enough money is in the picture. One of the most common criticisms of Colin Kaepernick during his national anthem protests last year was the idea that he,…

No [Department of] Justice

Two years ago today, Michael Brelo was found “justified” in the 2012 killing of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams in East Cleveland. I bring this example up frequently, because it was not only the impetus for the DOJ investigation into the Cleveland PD that was ongoing during the Tamir Rice shooting but also one of…

A Broken Society

CW: general cruelty to the non-neurotypical, the poor, and the dark-skinned. Something happened yesterday that really affected me. A work thing, not an AHCA thing. I have a client, Ms. K., whose son, N.K., is very bright. He has an incredible knack for working with computers, and he has tested well above grade level in…