Finding Black Death on a Quiet Hilltop


I pulled my car up to a parking spot on a steep hill, deployed my emergency brake and made to step out of the car. As I did so, I noticed out of the corner of my eye a picture of a young black man printed on a sheet of white paper. The photograph was […]

Recalled to Life: On the Meaning and Power of a Die-In

Die-in at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association. Photo credit: Aries Dela Cruz

I have never died before. Last week at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington, D.C., I made my way down to our hotel’s main lobby with a few of my friends, to join hundreds of my colleagues for a die-in, a powerful, symbolic protest against the continuing epidemic of extrajudicial killings of […]

When Silence Says It All


When Silence Says It All: Reflections on American Muslim Leadership and the Trayvon Martin Tragedy by Donna Auston In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. –Martin Luther King, Jr. I love my community, deeply. And my definition of love always requires complete honesty to […]