There wouldn’t be a fabric of the nation if Black Americans hadn’t picked the cotton for it! Brendane and Alyssa are back for Semester 2 with announcement of all the big things we’ve been talking about and getting into decolonization, history and national myths with The 1619 Project, banning books, racial constructs, and whether we really need Black History Month.

What’s the Word? Decolonization. We explain the difference between colonialism and imperialism as well decolonization and decoloniality.

What We’re Reading. The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story edited by Nikole Hannah-Jones. We discuss her contribution to understanding history and historiography and writing the contributions of enslaved Black Americans and their descendants into U.S. history and memory, how it’s become the center of “diaspora wars” and “POC wars,” the lag between scholarly knowledge and mainstream knowledge, and the project’s choice of language around the system of slavery.

What in the World?! In this segment, we ask whether we really need Black History Month, the wave of banning books by and about Black, queer, and people of color AKA further under-educating and underserving Black and brown children, fragile white men’s ideas about how to “combat” the teaching of critical race theory in schools (which we posit they take literally to mean ‘ideas the criticize white people’), and Jordan Peterson and Joe Rogan talking about what they think race is.

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Discussed in this Episode

The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story (Nikole Hannah-Jones, 2021)
Decolonization is Not a Metaphor (Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang, 2012)
White Supremacy Culture (Tema Okun, 2001)

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