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Journal Cover Critical Philosophy of Race
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   ISSN (Print) 2165-8684 - ISSN (Online) 2165-8692
   Published by Penn State University Press Homepage  [35 journals]
  • "What it means to be human!"
    • Abstract: The following conversation was conducted on May 9, 2011, in the late afternoon, at Princeton University, in Cornel West's office, the walls of which were lined with bookcases, stuffed two and three layers deep with books, some hidden by pictures—to which West would occasionally signal as we conversed—the laboratory of an alchemist of ideas. The occasion for the interview was a book that colleagues in Hanover, Germany, were writing to introduce Cornel West to the German-speaking audience. Professor Jürgen Manemann and Yoko Arisaka (a former colleague of mine), of the Forschungsinstitut für Philosophie Hannover (Hannover Research Institute for Philosophy), had contacted me to ask whether I could be a consultant on ... Read More
      Keywords: West, Cornel; Mendieta, Eduardo; Whites; United States; Africa; South Africa; Racism; Biko, Steve,; Blacks; Interracial marriage; Post-apartheid era; Interracial dating; Student movements; Educational equalization; Higher education and state; Education, Higher
      PubDate: 2017-07-22T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • White Priority
    • Abstract: Priority: a thing that is regarded as more important than another; the fact or condition of being treated as more important; the right to take precedence or to proceed before others.After I recently gave a community-wide presentation on good white people and the problems of middle-class white antiracism, a white woman approached me, angry and defiant. Laura (a pseudonym) didn't see how her whiteness was gaining anything for her. She was a single mother working nonstop, she retorted, to keep the rent paid and find a way, somehow, to pay for her (white) son to go to college. There were so many scholarships just for black people and other people of color even though lots of them go to college, she exclaimed. Just look ... Read More
      Keywords: West, Cornel; Mendieta, Eduardo; Whites; United States; Africa; South Africa; Racism; Biko, Steve,; Blacks; Interracial marriage; Post-apartheid era; Interracial dating; Student movements; Educational equalization; Higher education and state; Education, Higher
      PubDate: 2017-07-22T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Obama's Racial Legacy: The Power of Whiteness
    • Abstract: Numerous popular accounts suggest that the current conflict regarding the use of the phrase "Black Lives Matter" reflects the historical divide between black and white racial perceptions. On this description, different experiences of race fuel young black organizers to deploy the hashtag "Black Lives Matter," which has energized vocal white opposition to assert "All Lives Matter." This general experience-based explanation has some merit, however, the highly contentious white disapproval suggests that this is more than a verbal or mere experience-based dispute between one group that wants to call attention to disproportionate systemic police violence against black people and another group that simply rejects these ... Read More
      Keywords: West, Cornel; Mendieta, Eduardo; Whites; United States; Africa; South Africa; Racism; Biko, Steve,; Blacks; Interracial marriage; Post-apartheid era; Interracial dating; Student movements; Educational equalization; Higher education and state; Education, Higher
      PubDate: 2017-07-22T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Rearranging the Furniture of History: Non-Racialism as Anticolonial Praxis
    • Abstract: It is part of the very process of liberation to expose the distortions of history which are presented by the herrenvolk as truth and taught to the young in schools and universities.. . . We begin to know [for] ourselves. That is why we undertake the task of re-writing history.The paradox . . . is that while racialism was let loose for the precise purpose of their oppression, the Blacks themselves have become thoroughly permeated with it and use it against one another. Each section clings tenaciously to its superficial differences and supposed superiorities over the other . . . [Black people] have taken the weapon devised for their destruction and with their own hands have turned it against themselves.In this ... Read More
      Keywords: West, Cornel; Mendieta, Eduardo; Whites; United States; Africa; South Africa; Racism; Biko, Steve,; Blacks; Interracial marriage; Post-apartheid era; Interracial dating; Student movements; Educational equalization; Higher education and state; Education, Higher
      PubDate: 2017-07-22T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Steve Biko and the Liberatory Potential of Non-Racialism and
           Post-Racialism
    • Abstract: The claim that a society is "post-racial" or "nonracial," and the claim that post-racialism and non-racialism constitute effective methodologies are two different claims. The first claim answers the question of whether we have already gone beyond the racial, whereas the second concerns how we get there. This article addresses the second question. It is often thought that both non-racialism and post-racialism are merely variants of racial eliminativism.1 Generally, racial eliminativism is the view that race should be removed from philosophical and political discourse due to its historical genealogy, reliance on a false biology, exclusionary properties, and logical incoherence. Racialism is the view that humans can ... Read More
      Keywords: West, Cornel; Mendieta, Eduardo; Whites; United States; Africa; South Africa; Racism; Biko, Steve,; Blacks; Interracial marriage; Post-apartheid era; Interracial dating; Student movements; Educational equalization; Higher education and state; Education, Higher
      PubDate: 2017-07-22T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Shattering the Myth of a Post-Racial Consensus in South African Higher
           Education: "Rhodes Must Fall" and the Struggle for Transformation at the
           University of Cape Town
    • Abstract: I wish to propose that a way to understand transformation might be through the study of critical incidents. The argument presented is that one understands transformation better when someone throws the proverbial 'spanner in the works'. An institution provoked through crisis tells us much more about the nature and extent of transformation than any official documents or quantified outputs. For it is in the response of the institution to such critical incidents that important clues are given away about how far that institution has gone in the direction of what it may call transformation.On March 9, 2015, I received an e-mail request from one of the leaders of what would soon become known as the Rhodes Must Fall ... Read More
      Keywords: West, Cornel; Mendieta, Eduardo; Whites; United States; Africa; South Africa; Racism; Biko, Steve,; Blacks; Interracial marriage; Post-apartheid era; Interracial dating; Student movements; Educational equalization; Higher education and state; Education, Higher
      PubDate: 2017-07-22T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • "Whole masses of uncharted territory": Metaphors, Internal Spatiality, and
           Racialized Relationships in Post-Apartheid South Africa
    • Abstract: With the demise of apartheid, South Africa embarked on a path towards a democracy that espouses the ideal of a non-racist, non-sexist society. While there has been significant political change, extreme inequality and polarization characterizes the racial landscape (Hofmeyr and Govender 2015). South African organizations, institutions, and public spaces remain largely, if informally, segregated (Dixon, Tredoux, and Clack 2005; Finchilescu et al. 2007; Durrheim and Dixon 2010; Alexander and Tredoux 2010). Non–work-related engagement across apartheid era racial groups remains exceptional. This is true especially of intimate relationships, where racial homogeneity continues to characterize the norm.As part of a larger ... Read More
      Keywords: West, Cornel; Mendieta, Eduardo; Whites; United States; Africa; South Africa; Racism; Biko, Steve,; Blacks; Interracial marriage; Post-apartheid era; Interracial dating; Student movements; Educational equalization; Higher education and state; Education, Higher
      PubDate: 2017-07-22T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Decolonization and Denazification: Student Politics, Cultural Revolution,
           and the Affective Labor of Remembering
    • Abstract: The "Rhodes Must Fall" campaign began early 2015 at the University of Cape Town, followed by other initiatives such as "Open up Stellenbosch" and "Transform WITS." The idea of decolonizing universities became the prompt for the formation of a national "fees must fall" movement which enjoyed wide popularity on the one and faced increasingly severe state repression on the other hand. Some of the measures called for in the campaign to decolonize South African universities were the hiring of black academics, an end to outsourcing of workers, change in curricula, language policies, politics around student residences, the relationships between professors and students, socioeconomic injustices, new forms of political ... Read More
      Keywords: West, Cornel; Mendieta, Eduardo; Whites; United States; Africa; South Africa; Racism; Biko, Steve,; Blacks; Interracial marriage; Post-apartheid era; Interracial dating; Student movements; Educational equalization; Higher education and state; Education, Higher
      PubDate: 2017-07-22T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Race Trouble and the Impossibility of Non-Racialism
    • Abstract: Everyone wants to move beyond race and racism, but we don't seem to know how to do so. As hard as we try to uproot racism, identifying and criticizing instances of the disease, and avoid being racist ourselves, the ideals of non-racialism and color blindness seem elusive. There are so many good reasons to forget about race. Most centrally, we now know that racial classification has "virtually no genetic or taxonomic significance" and "no justification can be offered for its continuance" (Lewinton 1995, 397; Goodman 2000). Moreover, as a social construct, race has been put to pernicious use, shoring up white privilege at the expense of black culture and black people. For these reasons authors such as Gilroy (2002) ... Read More
      Keywords: West, Cornel; Mendieta, Eduardo; Whites; United States; Africa; South Africa; Racism; Biko, Steve,; Blacks; Interracial marriage; Post-apartheid era; Interracial dating; Student movements; Educational equalization; Higher education and state; Education, Higher
      PubDate: 2017-07-22T00:00:00-05:00
       
 
 
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