Heather M. Turcotte

October 2008

I am concerned about the ways in which race, racism and racist state and popular policies, practices and imaginaries are elided, segregated and-or pitted against sexuality in the articulations of the boycott, which in turn privileges whiteness and denies the struggles of many communities of color and working class communities. Is there a way that APSA can be more explicit about the operations of white hetero-patriarchy in the mobilization of the boycott, as well as within the relationships of APSA and the state so that boycott becomes a moment of solidarity amongst multiple communities who face regulation, repression and violence in different ways? What are the ways we (as academics and activists of APSA) can build working relationships together with New Orleans' communities to make anti-racist, anti-homophobic and anti-imperialist stands against the legislation of the state?