William Jamal Richardson is creating Decolonial Educational Resources, Writing, and Science FIction
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patrons

$427
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Welcome to my Patreon page! I'm honored that you would consider supporting me and my work. Let me tell you about myself and why I've created a Patreon.

About Me
I'm currently a graduate student in Sociology at Northwestern University. I was born in Buffalo, NY, one of the most racially segregated cities in the United States. Most of my research work is on understanding how urban spaces are shaped by the realities of our settler colonial present, the genocidal erasure of indigenous people, and the chattel slavery of African descendent peoples. This work is deeply political for me and is rooted in my upbringing as the son of Pan-Africanists. Growing up in Buffalo was also huge in nurturing my desire to understand urban segregation and eventually settler colonialism.

But most of you know me via Twitter @DecolonialBlack. Although I spend quite a bit of time bullshitting, I put in multiple hours each week talking about current events, sociological theory, settler colonialism, African liberation, with a healthy dose of nerd culture (read: Dragon Age lore shitposting). I generally try to provide starting points for people to grow in their political knowledge so that we can collectively fight for a more just world.

Current Projects/What Patreon Funds Will Support
I'm starting this Patreon as a mean to help support a number of projects and resources that I've been wanting to develop. Patreon fund will go towards paying for expert labor (designing, editing, etc), paying people to contribute to these projects, and ongoing hosting/support costs for them. Here's what I'm currently working on: 

Digital Talking Drum: A 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, DTT 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.

Intro to Settler Colonialism for Black People Project: This is my most personal project born of the 100s of hours of online and offline discussion, study, and debates I've had about the relationship between Black people and settler colonialism on Turtle Island. This is currently planned as a series of written guides paired with explainer videos that detail what settler colonialism is, how it operates in the United States, and how Black oppression fit into that structure. Unlike other projects that address/teach settler colonial theory/history, I also address 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. I hope this project facilitates more opportunities for Black and Native people to connect and build solidarities that will lead to the destruction/abolishment of this settler colonial society.

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. Taking inspiration from Marissa Johnson and Leslie Mac and their wonderful work with Safety Pin Box supporting Black femmes, I'll that all the funds I spend from this Patreon on services (design, video, writing) for the below projects will go to Black, Native, and other POCs first. This is my way of paying it forwards to my brothers and sisters as we collectively try and survive and surpass this world. 

Thank You!
Thank you for reading all of that and whether you contribute to my Patreon or not I hope you take some time and energy to consider how you can support oppressed people who exist in spaces you occupy. Change won't happen unless we all put some skin in the game and take risks to create a new world. I'd be forever grateful to those of you who trust me enough to take a risk on me. Thank you!
Tiers
See My Work Early!
$1 or more per month 57 patrons
At this tier you will get:


  • Access to monthly reading lists on social justice/academic topics
  • Previews of what I'm writing on Digital Talking Drum 
  • Early access to short sci-fi fiction pieces that I write
  • Early reads of entries/videos for the Intro to Settler Colonialism for Black People project 
Boost Your Cause/Apperciation Page
$15 or more per month 3 patrons
At this tier I will:


  • Do an individual shout-out to you for support me including a link to your website, organization, or cause 
  • Add you our thank you page on Digital Talking Drum. The thank you page will have your name, social media (if you want) as well as a link to your site/cause/etc. 
  • You will also get all lower tier rewards.
  • For both please message me with your Twitter handle and the link after you pledge so I can include it in the post
Commission an Article or Read Your Work!
$50 or more per month 1 of 3 patrons
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 its 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.  
Welcome to my Patreon page! I'm honored that you would consider supporting me and my work. Let me tell you about myself and why I've created a Patreon.

About Me
I'm currently a graduate student in Sociology at Northwestern University. I was born in Buffalo, NY, one of the most racially segregated cities in the United States. Most of my research work is on understanding how urban spaces are shaped by the realities of our settler colonial present, the genocidal erasure of indigenous people, and the chattel slavery of African descendent peoples. This work is deeply political for me and is rooted in my upbringing as the son of Pan-Africanists. Growing up in Buffalo was also huge in nurturing my desire to understand urban segregation and eventually settler colonialism.

But most of you know me via Twitter @DecolonialBlack. Although I spend quite a bit of time bullshitting, I put in multiple hours each week talking about current events, sociological theory, settler colonialism, African liberation, with a healthy dose of nerd culture (read: Dragon Age lore shitposting). I generally try to provide starting points for people to grow in their political knowledge so that we can collectively fight for a more just world.

Current Projects/What Patreon Funds Will Support
I'm starting this Patreon as a mean to help support a number of projects and resources that I've been wanting to develop. Patreon fund will go towards paying for expert labor (designing, editing, etc), paying people to contribute to these projects, and ongoing hosting/support costs for them. Here's what I'm currently working on: 

Digital Talking Drum: A 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, DTT 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.

Intro to Settler Colonialism for Black People Project: This is my most personal project born of the 100s of hours of online and offline discussion, study, and debates I've had about the relationship between Black people and settler colonialism on Turtle Island. This is currently planned as a series of written guides paired with explainer videos that detail what settler colonialism is, how it operates in the United States, and how Black oppression fit into that structure. Unlike other projects that address/teach settler colonial theory/history, I also address 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. I hope this project facilitates more opportunities for Black and Native people to connect and build solidarities that will lead to the destruction/abolishment of this settler colonial society.

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. Taking inspiration from Marissa Johnson and Leslie Mac and their wonderful work with Safety Pin Box supporting Black femmes, I'll that all the funds I spend from this Patreon on services (design, video, writing) for the below projects will go to Black, Native, and other POCs first. This is my way of paying it forwards to my brothers and sisters as we collectively try and survive and surpass this world. 

Thank You!
Thank you for reading all of that and whether you contribute to my Patreon or not I hope you take some time and energy to consider how you can support oppressed people who exist in spaces you occupy. Change won't happen unless we all put some skin in the game and take risks to create a new world. I'd be forever grateful to those of you who trust me enough to take a risk on me. Thank you!

Recent posts by William Jamal Richardson

Tiers
See My Work Early!
$1 or more per month 57 patrons
At this tier you will get:


  • Access to monthly reading lists on social justice/academic topics
  • Previews of what I'm writing on Digital Talking Drum 
  • Early access to short sci-fi fiction pieces that I write
  • Early reads of entries/videos for the Intro to Settler Colonialism for Black People project 
Boost Your Cause/Apperciation Page
$15 or more per month 3 patrons
At this tier I will:


  • Do an individual shout-out to you for support me including a link to your website, organization, or cause 
  • Add you our thank you page on Digital Talking Drum. The thank you page will have your name, social media (if you want) as well as a link to your site/cause/etc. 
  • You will also get all lower tier rewards.
  • For both please message me with your Twitter handle and the link after you pledge so I can include it in the post
Commission an Article or Read Your Work!
$50 or more per month 1 of 3 patrons
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 its 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.