From the publisher: This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the murder of George Jackson and the subsequent Attica Rebellion. In our discussion with Dr. James we talk about both of those events, as well as about key Black August figures Jonathan Jackson and George Jackson. We also discuss James’ piece Airbrushing Revolution for the Sake of Abolition and ask her questions about Davis’s trial, and contradictions from within mass international campaigns like the campaign to free Davis.
From Academic Influence: Unsurprisingly, the Philosophy of Race is an ever-growing area of inquiry within the larger field of philosophy. As growing social unrest and protest movements intensify, and as more thinkers challenge the idea of a universal subject of experience and the institutions that rely on the maintenance of such universals, the questions the philosophy of race confronts are more important than ever. Five of the Top Twenty-Five Influential Philosophers of Today have appeared as Keynotes at the California Roundtable of Philosophy and Race.
From offshoot: “What Will Be the Cure? A Conversation with Sylvia Wynter”
In this conversation, Sylvia Wynter and Bedour Alagraa discuss the imbrications of education, language, and rites of passage, of struggles over discipline and Black studies, of the pitfalls of the state, in this endeavor towards a Third Event.
“The question is, ‘What will be the cure?’ That is where the Third Event becomes important you see, because it is a recognition that we are a species, but not in the manner we have been accustomed to, that we can narrate this problem in a different way. So the affliction of the virus—what is the cure then? The cure is that we must enact a transformation of the whole entire society, or else something else will come up.”
From Truthout: “Reaching Beyond ‘Black Faces in High Places’: An Interview With Joy James, By George Yancy
“Oppression and devastation preceded and engineered the creation of the ‘Black’; we are just in a long dirge in which resistance and rebellion follows repression and adds shouts, prayers, and expletives. How do we resist? We do so in innumerable ways through arts and activism, betrayal and code switching as ‘shape shifting.'”