Vigils for the dead-dead, hosted by the socially dead.
T-shirts, hashtags, placards and blogposts to honor the dead-dead.
These are tactics to reintroduce death into the realm of politics.
Because power’s grip on the body of the socially dead ends when they are rendered dead-dead.
And thus, they are effaced, buried literally and epistemically.
The (bio)politics of respectability is a way to reintroduce the dead-dead into the political sphere.
While respectability** is not bulletproof, it can, and does, enable the dead-dead to outlive the bullets.
But at what cost? When do we celebrate the living?
**Respectability is premised upon a belief that one can appeal to a white supremacist system by conforming to its mores and standards. Respectability says that if you carry yourself a certain way, or speak with a certain inflection, that you’ll be regarded as a human being. Respectability presumes that marginalized groups’ collective humanity rests upon middle class accomplishments and aesthetics.