Author: Michelle Munyikwa

How Do We Listen to the Living?

Michelle Munyikwa , August 31st, 2020


I opened my twitter on June 15,  to read a non-Black person describe the murder of Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau as an “act of god.” They quote retweeted a…


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Witnessing Puerto Rico, Recognition, and Feeling in the Wake of Hurricane Maria

Michelle Munyikwa , October 3rd, 2019


As the plane descended to land in San Juan’s Airport in August 2018, almost a year after Hurricane Maria jolted Puerto Ricans on the island and elsewhere, I…


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Vigilance as coping, vigilance as injury by Michelle Munyikwa

Michelle Munyikwa , March 6th, 2019


If I were asked for a definition of myself, I would say that I am one who waits; I investigate my surroundings, I interpret everything in terms of…


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Upon This Break, I Build My House

Michelle Munyikwa , December 13th, 2018


[pquote]There is a way that we exist among ourselves, nestled securely into our knowing, oyster knives in hand. [/pquote]I have a quite uncomfortable visceral reaction when I am…


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Black Removal in South Central Los Angeles

Michelle Munyikwa , November 20th, 2018


This conversation takes place with two ethnographers of Los Angeles: Juli Grigsby is an assistant professor of anthropology at Haverford College, who researches Black women’s political subjectivity, v…


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