Gecko-sitting for the summer.

Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 79: 23.0 km, total 1028.6 km, at Burnt Hill in the NE corner of Tennessee – and done!

GVRAT 2020-07-18, Burnt Hill

Joshua Beatty, after long run, holding beer

Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 78: 13.2 km, total 1005.6 km, on the Virginia Creeper Trail near Damascus.

GVRAT 2020-07-17, Virginia Creeper 
Trail near Damascus, VA

Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 77: 10.3 km, total 992.4 km, near Damascus, VA.

GVRAT 2020-07-16, near Damascus, VA

Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 76: 17.7 km, total 982.1 km, near Abingdon, VA.

GVRAT 2020-07-15, near Abingdon, VA

Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 75: 10.5 km, total 964.4 km, passing by Bristol.

GVRAT 2020-07-14, passing by Bristol

Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 74: 16.1 km, total 953.9 km, passing by Bristol.

GVRAT 2020-07-13, passing by Bristol

Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 73: 8.1 km, total 937.8 km, Bluff City.

GVRAT 2020-07-12, Bluff City

Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 72: 8.3 km, total 929.7 km, past Piney Flats.

GVRAT 2020-07-11, Piney Flats

Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 71: 11.1 km, total 921.4 km, Johnson City.

GVRAT 2020-07-10, Johnson City

Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 70: 13.1 km, total 910.3 km, past Jonesborough.

GVRAT 2020-07-09, Jonesborough

Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 69: 10.2 km, total 897.2 km, approaching Jonesborough.

GVRAT 2020-07-08, Jonesborough

Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 68: 17.7 km, total 887 km, past Chuckey.

GVRAT 2020-07-07, Chuckey

Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 66: 25.1 km, total 869.3 km, Greeneville.

GVRAT 2020-07-05, Greeneville

Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 65: 10.3 km, total 844.2 km, crossing under I-81 near Bulls Gap.

GVRAT 2020-07-03, Bulls Gap

Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 64: 13.7 km, total 833.9 km, past Russelville.

GVRAT 2020-07-03, Russelville

Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 63: 12.3 km, total 820.2 km, in Morristown, at the Crockett Tavern Museum!

GVRAT 2020-07-02, Morristown

Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 62: 11.2 km, total 807.9 km, Morristown.

GVAT 2020-07-01, Morristown

Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 61: 18 km, total 796.7 km, Jefferson City.

GVRAT 2020-06-30, Jefferson City

Statement on Textbooks in the Library Collection:

This is not a library problem. This is an industry problem that impacts everyone in higher education.

Too often libraries hide the realities of the publishing industry from their patrons. Credit to GVSU for telling the truth.

Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 60: 10.3 km, total 778.7 km, Strawberry Plains.

GVRAT 2020-06-29, Strawberry Plains

Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 59: 8.6 km, total 768.4 km, past Knoxville.

GVRAT 2020-06-28, past Knoxville

Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 58: 22 km, total 759.8 km, past Knoxville.

GVRAT 2020-06-27, Knoxville

Robin D. G. Kelley sums up the concept of racial capitalism:

Racial capitalism, as far as Cedric Robinson, the late political scientist, understands it or explained it basically was built based on this idea that capitalism itself is not distinct from racism. The way we think of racism is that racism is a by-product of capitalism. That is, capitalism emerges and racism is a way to divide workers. It’s a way to extract greater value from, say, enslaved people, Indigenous people, etc. But what Cedric argued was that the grounds of the civilization in which capitalism emerges is already based on racial hierarchy. And that racial hierarchy is not necessarily the global one, it’s even within Europe itself that racial distinctions were ways in which early capitalism was able to take advantage of certain groups over others, whether it’s in terms of wages, whether it’s in terms of dispossession and forcing people off the land, using violence against the Irish, for example. We don’t think of the Irish as a racialized group, but in many ways, in the 16th century, that’s what they were.

And so if you think of race as assigning meaning to whole groups of people, convincing, ideologically convincing others that some people are inferior to others, that some people are designed as beasts of burden and other people are designed to accept, to embrace the wealth of that, then what you end up getting is a system of extraction that allows for a kind of super-exploitation of Black and brown people. And racial capitalism also relies on an ideology or racial regime, and the racial regime convinces a lot of white people, who may get the crumbs of this extraction through slavery, through Jim Crow, through land dispossession, convince them to be or support or shore up a regime that seems to benefit whiteness based in white supremacy but where their own share of the spoils is actually pretty miniscule. Du Bois called this the “wages of whiteness.” It’s like an ideological wage that doesn’t always translate materially. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t.

So if you think of capitalism as racial capitalism, then the outcome is you cannot eliminate capitalism, overthrow it, without the complete destruction of white supremacy, of the racial regime under which it’s built. And we can see how this works with the police all the time.

Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 57: 10.4 km, total 737.8 km, Knoxville.

GVRAT 2020-06-26, Knoxville