It seems we REALLY missed y’all because it’s a long episode! Today we talked neoliberalism and waiting for Biden to make it rain with stimmy checks, Black political strategies and women’s participation in political movements through the work of anthropologist Leith Mullings, Alyssa explains for 6 whole ass minutes why Canada the “cultural mosaic” isn’t the nice post-racial oasis the country’s PR team would have you think, why Black capitalism AKA buying Black won’t free us, and why Barack Obama is the quintessential Black liberal. We get into Black liberalism and their abolition-ish ways of watering down Black radical politics, what being cancelled really means, and how Black masc & gender non-conforming folks are harmfully impacted by REAL cancel culture. Finally, Brendane tells us more about abolitionist politics, why we weren’t begging y’all to vote like most of your other faves, and how Black folks are already practicing abolition.
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Discussed this week:
Mapping Gender in African-American Political Strategies (Leith Mullings, 1997)
Parable of the Sower (Octavia E. Butler, 1993)
The Book of Negroes (Lawrence Hill, 2007) (miniseries)
Life and Debt (Stephanie Black, 2001)
Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, and Gender Abstractions (Joy James, 1996)
Let’s Talk About Kamala Harris (NPR Code Switch, 2020)
To learn more about abolition in all its forms, check out the website launched by Mariame Kaba: Transform Harm
Be sure to check out the Syllabus for Zora’s Daughters 100 – no prerequisites needed!