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  • eRace words

  • 08.Oct
  • Yet with a steady beat
  • ” . . . no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” Friedrich Nietzsche

  • Fall Draft
  • “The points of contention in my complaint are not about whether or not the glass is half-full or half-empty; they are about the dirtiness of the water in that symbolic glass.” Tom States

  • The Survey
  • “The survey will request information from various communities LGBT, YorkU, CUPE, Law Enforcement etc.” Tom States

  • 29.Jan
  • Collective Action: A Privileged Equilibrium of Power
  • In the United States and Canada the special rights, immunities and exemptions that Mexican Kleptocrats attach to their person are disembodied. As non-state actors these foreign nationals can influence public and private entities nationally and internationally through collective action that incarnates their privilege. Kleptocratic non-state actors weaponize collective action by adopting devices and techniques of social engineering for purposive acts of ventriloquy. Ventriloquizing our body politic to articulate the transgressive narratives of Kleptocratic state sponsored privilege subverts our policies, organizations, speech, rules, norms, values, identities, statues etc.

    To take action against persons and entities outside of Mexico, Kleptocrats rely on the form of collective action that employs ventriloquy and comprehensive social engineering tactics. Their aim is to dictate how our society treats them and their adversaries. This kind of collective action requires agency of a specific privilege. It is the state sponsored privilege of Kleptocrats. As non-state actors, Kleptocrats seek to reproduce their state sponsored privilege in Canada and the United States by subverting and manipulating our institutions, organizations, laws, customs, and principles.

  • 12.Apr
  • “Mississippi Goddamn”: ‘Religious Liberty Act’
  • In 1964, a year after Philip A. Gunn, current Speaker of the Mississippi House of Representative, was born the Klu Klux Klan beat several members of the Mt. Zion Methodist Church before burning their church to the ground. The Klan was looking for two ‘outside agitators’ and their local black accomplice. Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and James Chaney were not there that night. Several months later, however, the three men were detained by Mississippi law enforcement and handed over to the Klan. They were shot to death and buried in an earthen dam a few miles from Mt. Zion Methodist Church.

    The concept of an ‘outside agitator’, at the time, signified persons and organizations from outside of the state of Mississippi working with collaborators within the state to restructure social relations. With the introduction of House Bill No. 1523, Speaker Gunn has lived to usher in a welcomed collaboration with ‘outside agitators’. The ‘outside agitators’ that have enlisted Speaker Gunn as their local accomplice are groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Based in Arlington, Virgina, this organization and organizations like them draft and share model state-level legislation like House Bill No. 1523 introduced as the “Religious Liberty Accommodations Act.”

    By the time House Bill No. 1523 reached Governor Phil Bryant’s desk it had done a ‘David Duke’. The blunt language of bigotry had been stripped down to the legal vocabulary of discrimination that the State of Mississippi practically invented. So as not to arouse the suspicion of lesser minds, the “Religious Liberty Act” was renamed “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act”.By the time House Bill No. 1523 reached Governor Phil Bryant desk it had done a ‘David Duke’. The blunt language of bigotry had been stripped down to the legal vocabulary of discrimination that the State of Mississippi practically invented. So as not to arouse the suspicion of lesser minds, the “Religious Liberty Act” was renamed “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act”. It appears that the sincerely held “moral convictions” of the Mississippi Legislators that introduced and sponsored House Bill No. 1523 loss some of their courage when it came to passing and singing the legislation. Let us consider House Bill No. 1523 as Speaker Gunn submitted to the Mississippi House of Representatives and as it was passed by the House.

  • 27.Feb
  • My McCallie Black History
  • Twenty-eight years ago, I asked what McCallie was doing to celebrate Black History Month. There were no formal plans or events. Students of color upon request had the option of being excused to attend a ceremony or commemoration of black history. Sitting in class at a private secondary school nestled on Missionary Ridge, a former Confederate strong hold known as the “Gateway to the lower South” (1863), was in itself a personal celebration of black history. One hundred and twenty-five years before I arrived, Maj. General William T. Sherman dislodge the Rebels and began his March to the Sea laying waste and setting fire to everything in his path. Sitting in a house bequeath to surviving members of our family known to her as former slaves and free born, my great grandmother neared the end of her twilight in Minter City, MS. Founded almost 20 years after she was born, The McCallie School (est. 1905), nuanced the meaning of Black History Month for me. Black History Month became and remains for me the remembrance and the reflection of the many times that ‘dawn’ appeared on ‘the edge of darkness’ along the many journeys from slavery to freedoms. During Black History Month at McCallie I recognized an opportunity to share moments of shared history. Now some years later, in celebration of Black History Month, I would like to share with you a few aspects of my personal black history that McCallie’s community of students, teachers, host parents, administrators and alumni made and continue to make possible.

  • eRacing

  • 29.Jan
  • Collective Action: Chruch
  • ‘Church’ refers to a level of complexity beyond the application of belief and faith pertaining individual practices of different religions. From a vantage point considering the collective action, the category ‘Church’ denotes an operational capacity allowing agents of the collective action the ability to transgress civil and human rights. Engrafting it aims and purposes on police, health care or educational functions of public and private entities is constrained by laws, policies and procedures that weigh risk assessments to avoid legal liabilities and injury.

    Religious Aggravated Harassment The moral license of faith based collective action, however, negates the need for a risk assessment when weighing liabilities and injury because theological rationalizations sanction and in some cases, sanctifies ignoring civil and human rights when the invocation of a celestial authority and power fanatically violates the social contact that protects freedom of expression. Beneficiaries of privileged equilibriums of power suckle a synergy between faith and fascism. The nectar of Mexican Kleptocrats.

  • 22.Jan
  • A Privileged Equilibrium of Power
  • The conversation continued as the car came to a stop in first position at the intersection. A distinguished looking elderly white gentleman slowly made his way into the crosswalk. Staring out of his windshield the driver’s face ceased to express anything as a gust of bad memories and raw emotions erased it.

    “That motherf**ker. Wonder what he has done?” he asked himself out loud.

    “Look at him. No white man reaches that age without beating down and shitting on black folks. If he hasn’t done it himself, he has benefited from someone else putting their foot on our necks.” he contemplated bitterly.

    Eyes glazed with hurt and hostility stared pass the white gentleman at a past that was unfolding into the present. The stern seriousness that seized and stilled the moment created the shiver of a mood in the car. The silence of the moment was his to break. The mood was the presence of a phantom pain.

  • 25.Aug
  • Colorblind People and the Ku Klux Klan
  • The discourse of difference and conflicts of difference is so impoverished that it makes a colored person looking at a picture of the Ku Klux Klan find something in it that he or she can appreciate. The Ku Klux Klan bothers to cut holes in their sheets to see what colorblind people claim does not and should not matter when it comes to the social relations of power viz., to subordination and domination in society, politics and economy.

  • eRaced

  • 12.Jul
  • The Conversation
  • “You start out in 1954 by saying “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger” – that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you are getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites. ..”We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.” Lee Atwater’s Infamous 1981 Interview on the Southern Strategy

    (Real Time with Bill Maher: What White People Want)

  • 02.Oct
  • Social Hieroglyphs of ‘Thingness’
  • Any measure of a human being – in thought or in practice – that subtracts from the essence of a person’s human being is an act of subordination and domination. The thought and practice of this kind of inhumanity has a face-value and a purchase-value. Another way of understanding face-value and purchase-value in the context of intolerance is as a “unified structure of consciousness brought into being by the whole of society“. If the face-value of intolerance is produced socially (colonialism, slavery, Jim Crow etc.), the forms and expressions of its inhumanity lend varying degrees of social validity to the thought and practice of historically specific subordination and domination.

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  • 04.Jun
  • Homophobic Misogyny
  • For men, especially black men, their homophobic misogyny is the penumbra of a core master-slave dialectic. The aggression of heterosexual men towards gay men is not rooted in how a gay man objectifies that which he desires. In many ways, heterosexual aggression towards gay men is a knee-jerk reaction to the idea that another man would think of them and sexualize them the way they think of and sexualize women.

  • "quotes"

  • 19.Jun
  • Owning Yourself
  • “The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” Friedrich Nietzsche


  • Comment

  • 18.Nov
  • The Superlative Presidency
  • This post will be updated over the next four years as President Trump’s promises reckon with the promise of an ‘America’ dreamed in a global reality that will become a nightmare for most of us if we do not ‘wake up’. “We” not ‘he’ are the only ones who can remedy dysfunctional government designed ‘for and by the people’. It does not matter which political party you identify with because the party is over for those who assume that ‘American exceptionalism’ is cradled in the palm of ‘the invisible hand of the market‘. Capitalism is a fist that punches down.


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Curriculum Vitae

Tom L. States PhD Candidate

Fields of Interest: Political Theory, International Relations, Marxist Political Economy

Research Topic: eRacism - Conflicts of Difference

Education History: Williams College, BA Political Science; New York University, MA Politics; York University PhD Candidate

Languages: English, German

Hometown: Greenwood, Mississippi

Words of Wisdom: “IT” is what you are when you are young. Your youth mistakes certainty of the few things that you think you know for knowledge of things that it takes a life time to understand. With time and a few life experiences “IT” becomes the thing you pursue to give your life meaning. Somewhere along the way of having or getting “IT” you ask yourself, ‘Is this “IT”? Panic sets in when you realize that “IT” is your life. Fear and insecurity is that feeling you get when “IT” has not been worth a life time.


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Ober, Josiah. The original meaning of "democracy": Capacity to do things, not majority rule. Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics. American Political Science Association meetings, Philadelphia, (2006).