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This essay interrogates social movements’ complicity in white supremacy through their adoption of “hate crimes” organizing as the model by which to address racial violence. This “hate/crime paradigm” sticks criminality and pathology to bodies and populations that are always already seen as hateful. Thus a critical ethnic studies analytic cannot be satisfied by allying with social movements without a robust interrogation of the contradictions within the movements themselves. Formulations of queer necropolitics that go beyond a happy inclusion framework of sexual citizenship, the paradox of who must die so that “we” can live (or rather who must live so that “they” can be killed with impunity) is clearly brought to the fore. While focusing on the forces that are death making, readers must simultaneously ask what a queer and trans politics would look like that genuinely fosters survival.

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