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No 1 (2018): Abolishing Carceral Society, 135-164

South African Students’ Question: Remake the University, or Restructure Society?

December 1, 2018


Students in South Africa demanded that Rhodes Must Fall. They led nationwide protests for education and social reform. What must fall in California?

The Rhodes Must Fall collective (RMF), which is overwhelmingly led by marginalized, Black university students, has demanded more than institutional “transformation.” Instead, they have consistently demanded total “decolonization”: a radical abolition and re-imagination of entire social structures. Other university students, like those in CA and across the U.S., have much to learn from RMF.

Author Biography

Alexandre Publia (pseudonym) studied international relations, with a focus on civil disobedience and social change post- 9/11. Their Master’s and Bachelor’s are both from public West Coast U.S. universities. Their research and passion is the achievement of human rights for all peoples, no exceptions.