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The New Jim Code
The New Jim Code

Abolition for the People

Far from loosening incarceration’s grip, modern tools like predictive policing and tracking apps have instead deepened the carceral state’s influence over everyday life

This article is part of Abolition for the People, a series brought to you by a partnership between Kaepernick Publishing and LEVEL, a Medium publication for and about the lives of Black and Brown men.The series, which comprises 30 essays and conversations over four weeks, points to the crucial conclusion that policing and prisons are not solutions for the issues and people the state deems social problems — and calls for a future that puts justice and the needs of the community first.

From everyday apps to complex algorithms, technology has the potential to hide, speed, and deepen discrimination…


Just Rankin’ Sh!t

Skip the preorder this year, and respect the burner

Photo: Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images

5. You can actually hang up on someone with authority

Nothing caps off a vicious read quite like that incomparably satisfying clap of cheap Chinese plastic. The red END CALL button could never reach the pettiness levels of the Jurassic-era dumbphone.

4. It’s harder to surveil

Listen, COINTELPRO ain’t ever cease, okay? Even if you’re not on the block like those boys from The Wire, the feds don’t need to know you’re using janky stream sites to binge Love Island from your mobile device. Want to entertain yourself on a flip phone? Just fire up Snake and stay your ass off the grid.

3. It comes with a charger

Unlike the iPhone 12, which will questionably be sold without a charging…


The Only Black Guy in the Office

Sure, I want to help voice our race-related concerns, but am I playing myself?

Illustration: Richard A. Chance

There are few things more cringeworthy than performative White wokeness in the workplace — and I have a feeling most Black folks working in corporate America will back me up on that. In the weeks following George Floyd’s death and the subsequent uprisings, we watched as big brands added to the stockpile of Black solidarity squares, wondering if the profound quotes they paired them with were simply masks for hollow promises. …

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