Ryan DeCarsky

A Graduate Student of Sociology at the University of Washington, Seattle
practicing community-focused learning, research, and teaching.

The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.– Audre Lorde

It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. – James Baldwin

Story is the most powerful force in the world. – Deborah Miranda


#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives. – BlackLivesMatter.com


We reject State sanctioned violence, bigotry, and systemic discrimination in all its forms, including those directed at people because of their disability, gender identity/expression, immigration status, race, religion, sex, and sexuality. We condemn all the oppressive policies that define the current government regime. We strive to intentionally honor the complex challenges we face. Join us in fighting for justice! – RiseandResist.Org


We know that police don’t keep us safe — and as long as we continue to pump money into our corrupt criminal justice system at the expense of housing, health, and education investments — we will never be truly safe. – BlackLivesMatter.com

Ryan DeCarsky

Department of Sociology, University of Washington

Email: decarsky@uw.edu