About a year ago, just before his devastating electoral defeat, Donald J. Trump launched an attack on any body of writing or teaching that critically questioned accepted histories and mythologies of the United States.

The 1619 Project, Critical Race Theory, Ethnic Studies, books like Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of…


On September 22, 2021, the State and Local Government Committee of the Ohio Legislature heard testimony on HB 327, which would effectively ban the teaching of concepts that politicians deem to be “divisive.” Below is the text of my official testimony opposing HB 327, as Director of the Asian American…


Valuing Self-Education in Organizing Spaces

Thinking of activism and organizing, but this short post can apply widely — and is definitely inspired by models of collective pedagogy and education that educators are developing today.

When someone says something in a didactic way to an audience that more or less already agrees with them, we often…


Updated July 16, 9am EST

My friend and classmate Siphiwe Ka Baleka, an African-American swimmer, is fighting back against the ruling that he cannot participate in the Tokyo Olympics.

As reported in Swim Swam, he has formally appealed this decision at the Court of Arbitrarion for Sport. Since Siphiwe has…


Rest in Power, Dear Comrade

From BLM Syracuse page (1 of 2)

Since we heard the news a few days ago, I’ve been looking for some words in the silence, for some light in the darkness.

Our comrade Nikeeta Slade gave us and taught us so much, with her sharp mind, her laughter, her bold attacks on systems of power, her heartfelt…


Brilliant as always. But especially poignant to me right now because of the perspective it offers on our city and the question of justice. There's something about this place that somehow smiles and grins and acts like it's too police for straight-up racism, even as all sorts of atrocities, with violent results, go down every day.


On the day of Brother Mumia’s heart surgery

Today I want to tell you about what might be one of the most profound experiences I’ve had in my twenty-five years in activist circles: the connection I’ve developed with Mumia Abu-Jamal since 2015. Mumia, as many of you know, is a freedom fighter, writer, and journalist who was with…


Mumia Abu-Jamal, the freedom fighter with the Black Panther Party and supporter of MOVE in Philadelphia who has been incarcerated since since the early 1980s, is having heart surgery today.

If you already know this internationally renowned writer and journalist and if — like me — you were radicalized by…


In the middle of the very difficult period we’re living in, I haven’t been able to share my article, “Staying in Our Lanes: Desi Childhoods, Gandhi Statues, and the Hard Work of Solidarity,” published over a month ago.

Here’s the link, with some comments to follow.

As some of you…


Intersectionality 101

Reposting from a Facebook post I made the day after the Atlanta killings. There are many other brilliant Asian and women-of-color activists and scholars making the same points, and have taught me so much in these days. Like here, here, here, and here. …

Pranav Jani

Associate Professor of English (Postcolonial & Critical Ethnic Studies), The Ohio State University. He/him. Opinions are my own. @redguju

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