Biko Lives by Andile Mngxitama, Amanda Alexander and Niger Gibson is launched at Xarra Books in Johannesburg on Saturday @ 3pm. With you in spirit!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
This collection looks at the on-going significance of Black Consciousness, situating it in a global frame, examining the legacy of Steve Biko, the current state of post-apartheid South African politics, and the culture and history of the anti-apartheid movements.
Steven Biko ranks amongst the most important top three anti-apartheid movements key thinkers and revolutionaries – Nelson Mandela and Robert Sobukwe. Biko Lives! does three unique things, firstly, for the first time the very important 1972 interview with Steve Biko is published here. Secondly, for the first time Biko is being treated formally by other philosophers, in a non academic and accessible way and thirdly, the book up dates the ideas of Biko through a critical appraisal.
Biko Lives! Is the most important book on Biko since 1994 and is critically important to contemporary South Africa still struggling with racism and xenophobia amongst others social pathologies.
Racism in the Academy German style from Grada Kilomba. Those in the US and UK will recognise Ms Kilobma’s experience…
Academia is not a neutral location. This is a white space where Black people have been denied the privilege to speak. Historically, this is a space where we have been voiceless, a space we could not enter. Here, white scholars have developed theoretical discourses which formally constructed us as the inferior Other – placing Africans in absolute subordination to the white subject. We were made the objects, but we have rarely been the subjects. This position of object, which we commonly occupy, does not indicate a lack of resistance or of interest, as it is commonly believed, but rather a lack of access to representation by Blacks themselves. It is not that we have not been speaking; but rather that our voices – through a system of racism – have been systematically disqualified as valid knowledge; or else represented by whites, who ironically become the ’experts’ of ourselves. Either way, we are locked in a violent colonial hierarchy.
The Last Plantation – Black police officers recount the systematic targeting of Cynthia McKinney by white U.S. Capitol Police Officers
An interesting piece on White Privilege from Rethabile’s blog
White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because “every family has challenges,” even as black and Latino families with similar “challenges” are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay.