[WSMDiscuss] A Conversation with Philosopher George Yancy

Umakant uk4in at yahoo.co.in
Tue Apr 24 14:20:06 CEST 2018


Greetings!Please click on the link given below to read a conversation with PhilosopherGeorge Yancy about his new book ‘Backlash’. 


Many ofyou may remember having read a piece by George Yancy, “Dear White America”  as circulated by me in 2015 through my mailinglists. This new book has come out of his experiences of sharing his ownthoughts and also the thoughts of other African American Philosophers whom heinterviewed for the New York Times’ philosophy column, ‘The Stone’. 


Do pass iton to others in your circle/network. 


Is white America ready to confrontits racism? Philosopher George Yancy says we need a 'crisis' 

Alex Blasddel, The Guardian, April 24, 2018 



In his new book, philosopher George Yancy uncovers just howunprepared even well-meaning whites are for a courageous conversation aboutrace


GeorgeYancy’s new book, ‘Backlash’, grew out of “Dear White America”,a piece on the pervasiveness of white racism that he wrote for the New YorkTimes’ philosophy column, The Stone. After the piece was published on ChristmasEve 2015, Yancy received an extraordinary number of responses from whitereaders, many of which were aggressively defensive and included racist epithetsand threats of physical violence. Backlashextends the argument made in “Dear White America”, and turns personal andphilosophic lenses on the vile responses it received. 




With Regards and InSolidarity 

Umakant, Ph. D 

New Delhi 


My final words of advice to you are educate, agitate and organize; have faith in yourself. With justice on our side I do not see how we can lose our battle. The battle to me is a matter of joy. The battle is in the fullest sense spiritual. There is nothing material or social in it. For ours is a battle not for wealth or for power. It is battle for freedom. It is the battle of reclamation of human personality. 
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