William Jamal Richardson is creating Decolonial Speculative Fiction and Educational Resources
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patrons

About Me

I'm currently a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at Northwestern University. Most of my research work focuses on understanding how urban spaces are shaped by the realities of our settler colonial present; the ongoing genocidal erasure of indigenous people and the continued chattel relations African descendent peoples are forced into. Complementing my academic research my fiction writing seeks to imagine decolonial futures and specifically the complications of actually getting to that future. I also spend time on Twitter discussing current events, sociological theory, and the politics of video games/nerd culture. 

Current Projects/What Patreon Funds Will Support

Funds from this Patreon will go toward supporting me and my extra-academic activities which currently includes:

The Black Shell Series and other Fiction Writing: I am currently writing a speculative fiction novel series that depicts a future rebellion against the US government sparked by the creation of a weapons technology that uses quantum entanglement to manipulate elemental forces. I'm also working on scifi and fantasy work that builds on similar themes.

Intro to Settler Colonialism for Black People Project: This is a series of written guides that detail what settler colonialism is, how it operates in the United States, and how Black oppression fit into that structure. It addresses specific issues/concerns that diasporic Africans on Turtle Island have about our relationship to this theory and structure. I'm doing this to increase the general knowledge among Black people of indigenous genocide and ongoing oppression and to give us terms to discuss it in relation to our own history of oppression as well as facilitating more collaboration among our peoples.

Digital Talking DrumA blog focused on exploring the anti/post/decolonial politics of modern technology, video games, and nerd culture. Instead of fawning over consumer tech or the graphics of new AAA games, DTD explores the social and political significance of these objects from a(n) anti/post/decolonial perspective. It's a space to consider and imagine other technological worlds that are not tied to current colonial cisheteropatriarchal capitalist values and norms.

What you get for Supporting my Patreon

As patrons you will get 2 week early access to all of my fiction writing, a monthly reading list on an academic topic, and drafts of my settler colonial intro project entries and DTD pieces.

Ethics
This is more of a personal accountability thing for me than anything. Being that I want to contribute to decolonization, part of that is supporting oppressed people directly. I'll pledge that funds I spend from my Patreon on creative services (design, video, writing) for the above projects will be first offered to Black, Native, and other creators of color. This is my way of paying it forwards to my brothers, sisters, and enby siblings as we collectively try and survive and surpass this world. 
Tiers
Early Access to my Work!
$1 or more per month

At this tier you will get:


  • Two week early access to chapters of The Black Shell Series and other fiction
  • A monthly reading list addressing some social justice/academic topic
  • Early reads of entries for the Intro to Settler Colonialism for Black People project and blog posts on Digital Talking Drum
Boost Your Cause/Apperciation Page
$15 or more per month

At this tier you will get all lower tier rewards and:


  • An individual shout-out to you on Twitter for supporting me that includes a link to your website, organization, or cause 
  • Add you to a thank you page on Digital Talking Drum. The thank you page will have your name/handle, social media (if you want) as well as a link to your site/cause/etc. 
  • For both rewards please DM me with your Twitter handle and the boost link after you pledge.
Commission an Article or Read Your Work!
$50 or more per month

After you support me at this level for 1 months I will: 


  • Read and edit 1 paper or text (10 double spaced pages or less in MS Word) of yours each month with a 2 week turnaround. I will focus on content editing vs grammar and help you make the best argument you can. Of course if the piece is not in my area of expertise then I will be of limited help, just FYI.
  • OR Commission an article for Digital Talking Drum on any topic that is within the scope of the site's mission. I reserve the right to reject a topic if it's something that is ethically questionable or oppressive in nature.  
  • You must DM me so I can share my email to send your work or for you to discuss the topic you would like me to write on.
  • You will also get all lower tiers rewards.  
About Me

I'm currently a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at Northwestern University. Most of my research work focuses on understanding how urban spaces are shaped by the realities of our settler colonial present; the ongoing genocidal erasure of indigenous people and the continued chattel relations African descendent peoples are forced into. Complementing my academic research my fiction writing seeks to imagine decolonial futures and specifically the complications of actually getting to that future. I also spend time on Twitter discussing current events, sociological theory, and the politics of video games/nerd culture. 

Current Projects/What Patreon Funds Will Support

Funds from this Patreon will go toward supporting me and my extra-academic activities which currently includes:

The Black Shell Series and other Fiction Writing: I am currently writing a speculative fiction novel series that depicts a future rebellion against the US government sparked by the creation of a weapons technology that uses quantum entanglement to manipulate elemental forces. I'm also working on scifi and fantasy work that builds on similar themes.

Intro to Settler Colonialism for Black People Project: This is a series of written guides that detail what settler colonialism is, how it operates in the United States, and how Black oppression fit into that structure. It addresses specific issues/concerns that diasporic Africans on Turtle Island have about our relationship to this theory and structure. I'm doing this to increase the general knowledge among Black people of indigenous genocide and ongoing oppression and to give us terms to discuss it in relation to our own history of oppression as well as facilitating more collaboration among our peoples.

Digital Talking DrumA blog focused on exploring the anti/post/decolonial politics of modern technology, video games, and nerd culture. Instead of fawning over consumer tech or the graphics of new AAA games, DTD explores the social and political significance of these objects from a(n) anti/post/decolonial perspective. It's a space to consider and imagine other technological worlds that are not tied to current colonial cisheteropatriarchal capitalist values and norms.

What you get for Supporting my Patreon

As patrons you will get 2 week early access to all of my fiction writing, a monthly reading list on an academic topic, and drafts of my settler colonial intro project entries and DTD pieces.

Ethics
This is more of a personal accountability thing for me than anything. Being that I want to contribute to decolonization, part of that is supporting oppressed people directly. I'll pledge that funds I spend from my Patreon on creative services (design, video, writing) for the above projects will be first offered to Black, Native, and other creators of color. This is my way of paying it forwards to my brothers, sisters, and enby siblings as we collectively try and survive and surpass this world. 

Recent posts by William Jamal Richardson

Tiers
Early Access to my Work!
$1 or more per month

At this tier you will get:


  • Two week early access to chapters of The Black Shell Series and other fiction
  • A monthly reading list addressing some social justice/academic topic
  • Early reads of entries for the Intro to Settler Colonialism for Black People project and blog posts on Digital Talking Drum
Boost Your Cause/Apperciation Page
$15 or more per month

At this tier you will get all lower tier rewards and:


  • An individual shout-out to you on Twitter for supporting me that includes a link to your website, organization, or cause 
  • Add you to a thank you page on Digital Talking Drum. The thank you page will have your name/handle, social media (if you want) as well as a link to your site/cause/etc. 
  • For both rewards please DM me with your Twitter handle and the boost link after you pledge.
Commission an Article or Read Your Work!
$50 or more per month

After you support me at this level for 1 months I will: 


  • Read and edit 1 paper or text (10 double spaced pages or less in MS Word) of yours each month with a 2 week turnaround. I will focus on content editing vs grammar and help you make the best argument you can. Of course if the piece is not in my area of expertise then I will be of limited help, just FYI.
  • OR Commission an article for Digital Talking Drum on any topic that is within the scope of the site's mission. I reserve the right to reject a topic if it's something that is ethically questionable or oppressive in nature.  
  • You must DM me so I can share my email to send your work or for you to discuss the topic you would like me to write on.
  • You will also get all lower tiers rewards.