From care to accountability: Creating radically loving alternatives to shame, punishment and disposability as Black, Indigenous, Latinx, racialized men and non-binary persons

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University of New Brunswick


This autoethnographic study documents my collaborative work with the Good Guise, a Toronto arts-based collective of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, racialized men and non-binary persons grounded in the principle: ‘No One Is Disposable.’ In 2021, we explored ‘pods’ (Mingus, 2016) in creating care and accountability practices that resist neoliberal and carceral structures. Drawing from Transformative Justice, Black Queer Feminism, Abolitionist theory and Disability Justice, I investigate zine-making, personal narratives and pod-mapping as abolitionist education tools. As the sole mixed-race, conditionally white-presenting member, I employ a ‘Praxis of Critical Race Love’ (Buenavista et al., 2021) to confront male and white supremacy while collaborating with an advisory panel of racialized women. Findings emphasize interdependence and radical love. I propose ‘Liberatory,’ ‘Love’ and ‘Abolition as Praxis’ (Chartrand & Piché, 2019; Gumbs, 2020; Rodríguez, 2018) in conjunction with pods as primary strategies for racialized men to challenge colonialism and address gender-based violence and harm.