Marcus Board Jr., Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Howard University in Washington D.C. and author of Invisible Weapons (Oxford 2022). His research engages social movements, radical Black feminist theories of power, and public opinion.
Marcus' community work has grown over the past twenty years, building politically and personally connected communities while advocating for youth empowerment, abolition, and systemic accountability.
Invisible Weapons examines revolutionary politics during the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), asking why so few movement supporters reflect the Black queer and intersectional feminism of M4BL organizers.
Enthusiasm for the M4BL, the largest movement in history, has hidden the tools of domination - coercing oppressed people into giving political power to their oppressors. Invoking lessons from #SayHerName campaigns, I show how political hopelessness is transforming revolutionary resistance into disempowerment, silence, and defeat.
But all is not lost, as I also show that all of the ingredients we need for justice, revolution , and a peaceful existence are already with us. We must only have the audacity to hope for real change - not the one that elitists sell us at the cost of our lives.
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