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The Time to Break (Silence)

Disavowing the Affects of Militarization and Death through the Performance of Black Existence
ByKashif Jerome Powell

This chapter articulates the weighted permutation of historical performatives. It tackles the triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism to articulate the processes of militarization that continue to have authority over political, social, and performative imaginings of what blackness is, and expose the revolutionary possibilities of what blackness could be. Syed Rizwan Farook, Tashfeen Malik, and the political situation of the Middle East stand as a testament to the racial performatives that are bred within the American-inspired culture of militarization, and subsequently performed through bodies deemed as other. The carnage left in the aftermath of the San Bernardino massacre embodies the rising tide of racism, materialism, and militarization that notably begin to threaten US shores during the war in Vietnam. King was aptly aware of the cruel irony that functioned at the core of the Vietnam War, pinpointing the internal contradictions that worked to promote US nationalism by cementing racial division.