Timothy Snediker is a PhD student in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Santa Barbara California. His areas of interest include continental philosophy of religion, political theology, psychoanalysis, and black studies. His dissertation undertakes a philosophical investigation of pessimism and the ethical and political significance of bad moods in the context of the contemporary climate disaster. He also thinks and writes about police.
In light of contemporary work in black feminism, a critical consideration of police violence shows us that the ostensibly natural right to self-preservation is, in fact, not afforded to certain racialized (namely, black) subject positions.