About Zoé Samudzi
Zoé Samudzi is a Zimbabwean-American writer and activist known for her book As Black as Resistance. Samudzi has written for The New Inquiry, The Daily Beast and Vice magazine. Samudzi was a 2017 Public Imagination Fellow at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
In 2018 Samudzi and William Anderson published their book, As Black as Resistance, which called for a new type of politics for Black Americans. Her work with Anderson on Black anti-fascism notes that "Black radical formations are themselves fundamentally anti-fascist despite functioning outside of 'conventional' antifa spaces." She has a critique of white anti-fascism stating that it fails to account for the fact that "American fascism is an evolution of state carceral forms that were founded on the settler genocide of indigenous communities and the enslavement of black people." Until white anti-fascists do more than repeat Black Lives Matter slogans and "fully assimilate nonwhite thinkers into the body of knowledge that we rely on to counter fascism" they will not be able to fully address the complexity of the US anti-fascist movement.
Samudzi is an intersectional feminist, believing that "woman is not a catchall category that alone defines all our relationships to power". Samudzi described the COVID-19 pandemic as a "pandemic of western movement". She investigated the reasons that coronavirus disease disproportionately impacted the Black community, and reported on the legacy of apartheid as seen in the current COVID response from Namibia.
On Juneteenth 2020 Samudzi's quotation, "We are not ready to fight because we love fighting. We are ready to fight because we are worth fighting for.", was selected by Bustle as one of the best quotations to keep inspired in the fight for racial justice.
Zoé Samudzi is a writer, photographer, and a sociology doctoral candidate—her work focuses on German colonialism, the Herero and Nama genocide and its afterlife, and science’s role in producing indigenous/Black/African identity. She is a columnist for New Life Quarterly and the archivist for the Oakland-based MATATU performative think tank.
Zoé Samudzi is a doctoral student at the University California—San Francisco studying the Herero & Nama genocide. She is a contributing writer for Jewish Currents, and her work has appeared in The New Republic, The New Inquiry, Art in America, Funambulist, and other places. With William C. Anderson, she is the coauthor of As Black as Resistance: Finding the Conditions for Our Liberation (AK Press). Her research interests broadly include photography, the politics of visuality and witnessing, memory, surveillance, biomedicalization, and race-making.
Zoé Samudzi is a writer with a PhD in Medical Sociology from the University of California, San Francisco. She is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the ACTIONS Program at UCSF, and a Research Associate at the Center for the Study of Race, Gender, and Class at the University of Johannesburg. She researches German colonialism and the Ovaherero and Nama and San genocide. She was the guest editor-in-chief of The Funambulist 37 (Sep-Oct. 2021) Against Genocide.
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