Simone Browne’s Dark Matters was a very interesting read for me. To have a look into the world of black surveillance from someone who wasn’t being surveilled is interesting in itself but I found the term “eyeballing disposition” to be most interesting. Browne writes, ““Black looks” were politicized and transformative when, as hooks states, “by courageously looking, we defiantly declared: ‘Not only will I stare. I want my look to chance reality.’” This stare is the type of “eyeballing disposition” that disrupts racializing surveillance where, as Maurice O. Wallace discusses, such looks challenge the “fetishing machinations of the racial gaze.”” Here black people staring back at those who stare at them creates some kind of chaos or problem. Browne also mentions “disruptive staring” as the focus of Robin Rhode’s Pan’s Opticon and that the “black subject is not backed into a corner, but facing it, confronting and returning unverified gazes.” This entire theory interests me because it sounds like what many surveilled African American writers and artist did daily. It’s as if they were fighting an imaginary antagonist, but this antagonist was not imaginary but actually the FBI. When these African American writers and artist began to fight back is when you can compare them to Rhode’s Pan’s Opticon because they had the attitudes of the “black looks.” They even decided to make statements of them looking back at those surveilling them as Browne mentions above. Artists like Robeson, and writers like W.E.B. Du Bois and Richard Wright stared back at the FBI and caused a stir. Then there were artists like Ann Petry who didn’t stare back in my opinion. In the Introduction of The Other Blacklist, Mary Helen Washington she states, “That structure breaks down when the editors confront eh Cold War period, a pattern of cultural amnesia that is understandable given the normalization of anticommunism in U.S. culture, the demonization of the Communist Party, and the tight reins of secrecy maintained by people who were subjected to blacklisting and McCarthyism.” This sounds like the “black looks” and the staring back of Pan’s Opticon. Washington goes on to mention that ““African American citizens” made it too radical for government sensitivities.” Does this mean that the staring back is what caused such an intense time of surveillance? It makes me wonder if the “black looks” and not the black people are really what needed to be surveilled then and even now.