Faculty Writing: On Homelessness before the Supreme Court, and a New Biography of Fanon

A court case originally filed by BISR faculty and legal scholar Jenny Logan has made its way to the SCOTUS bench—a case defending the rights of the unhoused against detention and prosecution for “being poor in public.” Previously, in Martin v. Boise, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that “unless cities provide enough shelter beds to keep everyone safe, warm, and dry, anti-camping bans constitute ‘cruel and unusual punishment’ under the Eighth Amendment.” Read more about the backstory and stakes of the case here.

Then, writing in Los Angeles Review of Books, fellow faculty Tony Alessandrini reviews Adam Schatz’s latest book on Frantz Fanon, The Rebel’s Clinic, noting that, even if “our world is not Fanon’s,” as Schatz writes, nevertheless, “the naked violence that is colonialism has hardly passed into history.” If The Rebel’s Clinic is an intellectual biography of Fanon rather than an intimate portrait, Shatz concludes with an ambivalent assessment of “[Fanon’s] unsparing political commitments and his unblinking engagement with violence,” and, particularly, their applicability in the present. Alessandrini qualifies Shatz’ judgment, claiming, “It’s not that Fanon provides us with the answers [to ongoing colonial violence], but that he instead forces us to ask what might happen if we fight our way through the violence, rather than turn away.”

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