[WSMDiscuss] The US is aflame, its people afire…. Two essays, on Black Feminism and on Black Internationalism

Jai Sen jai.sen at cacim.net
Tue Jul 28 23:51:22 CEST 2020

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Viruses in movement…, The US in movement…, Racism in movement…, Resistance in movement…, Politics in movement…, Ideas in movement…

[The US is aflame, its people afire…. 

[Here, to complement the posts I have been doing on more daily developments in the struggles that are unfolding in the belly of the beast, led by peoples of African descent, are two extraordinary, thoughtful documents that I think many on this list might like to read, which reach deep into Black American experience and the evolution of its thinking over the past half century or so in the US, in relation to Black Feminism and to Black Internationalism.  Each one reframes our thinking and gives radically new perspectives.

[They therefore also give – and perhaps especially for those of us who are not Black, and not from the US - something of a backdrop to the movements that have taken shape in the US during these past some months and that are continuingly to so powerfully evolve during these very days, and the thought and struggle traditions they come out of; and that are indeed unfolding during these very moments, as you read these words… :

Black Internationalism and Transnational Africa

Roderick Bush, 2011

Chapter 3 in Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome and Olufemi Vaughn, eds, 2011 - Globalization and Transnational Africa (New York : Palgrave Macmillan), at https://roderickbush.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/black-internationalism-and-tn-africa-palgrave.pdf <https://roderickbush.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/black-internationalism-and-tn-africa-palgrave.pdf> (accessed js on 05.07.2020)


Combahee River Collective Statement

Combahee River Collective, April 1977

at https://combaheerivercollective.weebly.com/the-combahee-river-collective-statement.html <https://combaheerivercollective.weebly.com/the-combahee-river-collective-statement.html> (accessed js on 28.07.2020), with some background @ https://combaheerivercollective.weebly.com/ <https://combaheerivercollective.weebly.com/>; as published in : Barbara Smith, ed, 1983 - Home Girls : A Black Feminist Anthology.  New York, New York : Kitchen Table : Women of Color Press, Inc


ALSO, for some background on the Combahee River Collective :

‘Until Black Women Are Free, None of Us Will Be Free : Barbara Smith and the Black feminist visionaries of the Combahee River Collective’

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, July 2020

in The New Yorker, July 20 2020, at https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/until-black-women-are-free-none-of-us-will-be-free <https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/until-black-women-are-free-none-of-us-will-be-free> (accessed js on 280720)



Jai Sen

Independent researcher, editor; Senior Fellow at the School of International Development and Globalisation Studies at the University of Ottawa

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