My essay on Prof Achille Mbembe, Frantz Fanon and Mbembe’s ‘Critique of Black Reason’ (Duke UP, 2017) for Africa Is A Country.
Category Archives: ‘Race’
A short essay of mine on the life and work of one of the world’s leading postcolonial intellectuals, Prof Achille Mbembe (b. 1957 – in Cameroon) of Wits and Harvard University, ahead of his first ever visit to Norway (Universitetets Aula, Bergen, Dec 1 and House of Literature, Oslo, Dec 2 2018.)
Racist speech does not function as an invitation to conversation. It does not offer reasons or arguments with which its audience can engage; and the visceral hostility it expresses effectively forecloses, rather than opens, the opportunity for further discussion. Caroline West, ‘Words That Silence? Freedom of expression and racist hate speech’, 2012. “We express ourselves […]
But race is the child of racism, not the father. Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between The World And Me, 2015. Thinking through differences The drafting of a commissioned article on the contested concept of ‘race’ for a special issue of the Norwegian sociological journal Sosiologisk Tidsskrift later this year has availed me with an opportunity to re-visit […]