RaceBaitR is a platform created to explore the various ways race is expressed and defined with the goal of creating a world without all of its intersecting oppressions.

Some might call this race baiting. Okay.

This space is dedicated to imagining and working toward a world outside of the white supremacist cisheteropatriarchal capitalistic gaze with a particular attention to the function of anti-Blackness. Those who insist on wielding that gaze can call us what you like. We aren’t talking to you.


RaceBaitR is a community of people genuinely interested in learning more about Blackness, race, anti-Blackness, intersectionality, and their relationship to those subjects. Our audience is committed to learning with us, so pieces should not be expected to address non-marginalized people who haven’t yet dedicated themselves to joining the fight for justice.


Hari Ziyad is a Black, non-binary artist and writer whose work centers on creating through the arts alternative ways of living outside of whiteness. They received their BFA from New York University, where they concentrated on Film and Television and Psychology.

Their work is informed by their passion for storytelling and wrestling with identity as a Black, non-binary child of Muslim and Hindu parents from the streets of Cleveland. Hari primarily creates art engaging with identity, race, gender and sexuality, ally politics and the arts.

Their work has been featured on Gawker, Out, Ebony, Mic, The Guardian, Colorlines, Paste Magazine, Black Girl Dangerous, The Feminist Wire, and in the peer-reviewed journal Critical Ethnic Studies (upcoming 2017). They are also an assistant editor for Vinyl Poetry & Prose and contributing writer for Black Youth Project.

Location: New York, NY


To arrange to have Hari speak at your event, please email hari@racebaitr.com and we will be in touch soon. Their presentations include:

  • The Role of Arts In Creating Emancipatory Futures – This presentation focuses on how the arts can answer the question: once white supremacy has been torn down, patriarchy destroyed, ableism and class oppression eliminated, systematic oppression against trans, nonconforming and queer communities eradicated, what do we replace it with?
  • The Limitations of Ally Politics – This workshop discusses the pitfalls of allying with marginalized groups and offers tools and techniques for avoiding them. Activities are designed to expose common myths around allying with a focus on unlearning.
  • Black/Queer Identities – This presentation explores how identity is both raced and gendered and how gender intersects with race. In this discussion we explore intersectionality, multiple identities, anti-Blackness, the necessity of speaking of race and gender simultaneously, and the spectrum of queer genders and sexualities.

All topics can be adapted to be presentations, keynote speeches, or workshops and can be tailored to the audience. If you don’t see a topic that quite meets your needs but think we can cover it, just let us know. We are also willing to create a signature talk or workshop for groups.


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  1. Hey, I found your blog and it’s really good! I must say I also like your style to write!
    Keep going on this way 🙂

  2. mechkary2@yandex.ru February 9, 2016 — 8:03 pm

    1. In Russia, there is no strong left opposition. Party Zyuganov – racist.
    a. Dial online google for Russian “Sochi Dargins” will come out on the site of the St. Petersburg branch of the party Zyuganov racist smear article annoying for ethnic Dargin called “a Russian from the Caucasus”
    Attend to that in the Nogai steppe (where are Neftekumsk and South Sukhokumsk) descendants of Russian colonialists (who Bole than indigenous Nogai) becomes smaller than Dargins
    b. dial the search site Yandex “magomedov tram” in Russian will come out slanderous Caucasophobia
    at. in close to the party Zyuganov newspaper “Soviet Russia” “kavkazofobskaya article Caucasian ridge problems”

    2. The Russian fascists in power – Zhirinovsky Minister Tkachev as an example
    Fascists from Russia sometimes like evrosoyusche power in the United States, a fascist Alexei Navalny in 2008 proposed to close the Chechens and Ingush in the ghetto

    3. Let us promote the idea. Seychs almost everywhere in the world gives a person the state of 100% set of civil rights upon reaching a certain age. It is necessary to demolish the medieval anachronism. Rights must be tied to the level of development and scholarship

    4.Po information available in St. Peterburga, Bryansk region passed an unconstitutional ordinance (the AKP), according to which at night is prohibited in the street parties up to 18 (!) Years. This is contrary to the basic laws of Russia – the Constitution, article 27 on freedom of movement. In addition: 1. According to the current law people have the right to start work at the age of 14, to have sex with 16 years, to use public transport to 7 years. A closer look we see that: – The law does not prohibit the part time in private, such as eg assistance in the sanitary field, or to set up computer equipment. ACP prevents the implementation of a permanent employment or part-time as it is possible to return to the place of residence to part-time work at any time of the day – the AKP prevent sexual and personal life of citizens, since the law is not regulated, acts of sexual intimacy should perform at what time, acts of intimacy allowed to perform at any time in any dwelling, respectively, can not be regulated by the return from the meeting – Citizens have the right to use public transport, long before 18 years of age, respectively, prevents the return of the AKP in the place of residence of the transport links. And if the long-distance train arrives in the city of residence of a citizen in the night? 2. Many people are forced to help elderly relatives, which are moved through the city 3. Nonresident citizens often return at night in a hostel in the city study of the native settlements 4. The citizens formed a negative image of the police and the State as a whole (the risk that young people protest can go to the extremist community) 5. Discrimination promotes mental illnesses, exacerbates social problems may be a factor in depression and suicide crimes 6. The citizen is not obliged to carry a watch, have a watch, and to be able to use the clock. So this is a gross violation of national and international. 7. Moreover, it is a violation of the Russian Federation adopted the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – Articles 2,7,9,10,12,17 Covenant (as from 16 years, people have the right to privacy), 18,21,22, 26 Please distribute, write to the United nations, in the court of human Rights, the President of Russia, the Russian prosecutor’s office, the investigative Committee

  3. This was eye opening and I thank you for sharing it. I have passed it on to others

  4. You know you did the thing once again, Chelsea. Also “falling deeper into blackness with time” reminds me of a piece I wrote eons ago http://www.lchr.org/a/41/eb/saulpaper.html

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