Letters to the Editors

  • Letter

    Subjectivity, Normalization, and the New Enclosures

    Dear UTA, I was very pleased to read the interview with Ladelle McWhorter in UTA 11. Her stimulating work on bodies, power, and the effects of sexual, gendered, and racial difference is vital to understanding the ongoing (re)production of domination and the possibilities for resistance. McWhorter’...

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    Racism and Sexual Oppression Today

    Dear UTA, A central concern amongst critical queer and trans activists and academics over the past decade has been the increasing collusion of mainstream lesbian and gay organizations with racist forms of cultural representation and production, imperialism, state power, and economic injustice. It se…

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    The Black Bloc and the New Society

    Dear UTA, First and foremost, thank you for the contributions made in the editorial “Behind the Mask: Violence and Representational Politics” (UTA 11). In the midst of heavy criticism and dismissal both from within and outside movement circles, it was refreshing to read an article that was suppo…

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    Defending a Movement in Struggle

    Dear UTA, The editorial in UTA 11 provides a reasoned defence of the black bloc action during Toronto’s June 2010 protests against the G20 summit. Nonetheless, the points it raises suggest the need for a different course – one that can help provide effective defence of a movement locked in strug…

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    The Civil Rights Movement and the Black Bloc

    Dear UTA, I’d like to offer an historical corrective to one part of your editorial on the G20 protests. My hope is that a better analysis will lead to a more clear-eyed evaluation of the effectiveness of property destruction and summit activism than yours was able to support. The editorial claims…

  • Letter

    Residual Stalinism

    [Note: This is the full version of Deborah Simmon’s letter which we were not able to print in its entirety in our print issue due to its length. To see the letter as it ran in the issue, please read the attached PDF file.] Tom Keefer is to be thanked for exploring the pitfalls of the stagist concept…

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    Response to Widdowson and Howard

    It is rare to come across a piece of writing so unintentionally hilarious and filled with contradictions as the above letter by Frances Widdowson and Albert Howard. By simply reading their first and last sentences in conjunction, one can see that their entire argument neatly collapses in on itself….

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    Regurgitating Doctrines Does Not Constitute Analysis

    Dear UTA, Tom Keefer’s review of our book Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry: The Deception Behind Indigenous Cultural Preservation attempts to prejudice its reception by implying that we have anti-native, colonialist, racist, and right-wing sympathies. These baseless accusations are a smokescr…

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    What Will it Take?

    Dear UTA, I am writing in reply to the very interesting roundtable on US student occupations that appeared in UTA 10. I’ve been involved in organizing as a graduate student and teaching assistant at UC Santa Cruz for the last several years. Last year, I helped organize the September 24 and Mar…

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    Tactical Alliances

    Dear UTA, I found myself agreeing with almost everything Andrea Smith said in her interview in UTA 10. Smith’s answers were thoughtful, analytical, with an eye to concrete strategy; she dealt with many of the questions that preoccupy me in my own activist work. The question of broader alliance…