Ramon K. Lee

Ramon K. Lee is a liberationist anthropologist and writer, studying liberation discourse and activism, specifically the processes of power in social movements. His latest work focuses on the impact of mental and public health issues on processes. He is currently a professor at Spelman College, located in Atlanta, GA, in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Queerness and Blackness: Structural and Everyday Violence in Articulations of Religious Beliefs

Many in the Black community view queerness and Blackness as incompatible, using conservative religious morality to bolster a sense of virtuosity. In doing so, they limit possibilities for full human expression and solidarity. They might also be harming themselves.

Polyamorous Intimacy in Populist Pandemonium

In the shadow of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, there lie questions in the U.S. concerning the populist demonization of particular relationship styles, sexual orientations, and social choices, restricting types of family formation and reproduction. The impact of Roe on family formations suggests that the next few years will be critical to determining who …

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The Subtle Death Not So Civil: A Brief Ethnological Address to Cultural Genocide in the U.S.

Achille Mbembe (2003) affords us the beautiful construction of necropolitics, a term meant to describe the power to decide who lives and dies. I offer an expansion of the term to suggest that the term also represents the power to decide how death comes and to what degrees or in what ways it shifts, reflects, …

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Power in Lyricism: The Uncontested Significance of Spoken Word

I remember the first time I transformed one of my poems into a spoken word piece. It was an evolutionary moment in my life. It was the summer of 2016 and one of my friends, and fellow activist, convinced me to get on stage at an open mic and perform one of my pieces of …

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Notes from the Fire

Interview    Shuddhashar: What is it that you strive to explore and convey through your poetry? Ramon K. Lee: As a poet, I generally write to explore my feelings and ideas about the different aspects of life. I write about topics, such as love, sexuality, politics, race, gender, and other things that inform my understanding of …

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