My op-ed for Morgenbladet, published in connection with Prof Achille Mbembe’s first ever visit to Norway and the Holberg Debate at the University of Bergen on Dec 1 2018.
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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.)
It is hard to face this. But all our phrasing – race relations, racial chasm, racial justice, racial profiling, white privilege, even white supremacy – serves to obscure that racism is a visceral experience, that it dislodges brains, blocks airways, rips muscle, extract organs, cracks bones, breaks teeth. You must never look away from this. […]