Belonging. To Be. To Long for. To long to belong in a space where one feels safe, wanted, normal.

Is to belong to be normal?

Who is normal? Who decides? Who sets the norm?

for you, for me, for us.

But for us to exist, there must be a them.

does belonging axiomatically require exclusion, boundaries, insiders, outsiders, us versus them?

Belonging. A word in every culture; a word whose definition is rarely questioned. You know it when you feel it. When you feel dignity, equality, respect — you belong.

The affective component of belonging, however, can blind you to…


Where was the FBI in the months leading up to the violent siege on the Capitol? Among the many questions surrounding this week’s jarring events, this one reveals the extent to which double standards in law enforcement threaten our nation’s security.

Protesters at Black Lives Matter Protest. Photo by Nour Chamoun.

For weeks, Donald Trump’s far right-wing supporters publicly called for and planned a protest in Washington, D.C. on January 6, the day Congress was to certify the election results. Officials knew the Proud Boys and QAnon may try to breach the Capitol perimeter. Yet when the day came, the mob of pro-Trump extremists seemed to catch law enforcement by…


Donald Trump never admits he makes mistakes. That theme is arguably the only consistent aspect of his turbulent four-year presidency. It is also the reason why a self-pardon is unlikely to emerge during his final days in office. A presidential pardon prior to conviction or indictment implies an admission of wrongdoing, which is anathema to Trump’s authoritarian nature and pathology of denialism.

The former president also knows that a self-pardon only would have granted him immunity from federal prosecution, not state prosecution. …

Sahar Aziz

Professor of Law | Director of Center for Security, Race and Rights at Rutgers Law School | Author of The Racial Muslim: When Racism Quashes Religious Freedom

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