What we are reading | Issue No: 12

Francesca Recchia

 Suchitra Vijayan

Since we are officially in the age of Trump, in which racism and sexism are openly defended – even celebrated – the tendency towards recuperating figures that progressive thinkers have painstakingly worked to pull down from their pedestals is unfortunately very much in the air. Just recently, a journal article making a case for colonialism went viral. Liberal democrats have somehow become nostalgic for former US President, George W. Bush. Identity politics and, by extension, issues of representation, have come to be seen as trite. The question being asked is: So much is going wrong right now, must we really waste our energies on identity and representation? There is a desire to return to a more innocent time when it was okay to be just a little racist, just a little sexist. This particular desire has now been (mis)articulated through the lens of urgency. Precisely because of such a political climate, Ngugi’s defense of both Jasanoff’s openly stereotypical views of Congo and Conrad’s ambivalent stance towards empire have come as a blow. It took me by so much surprise that I went back to Jasanoff’s August article on Congo and re-read it carefully, wondering whether I had been mistaken in my initial reading; so staunch is my faith in Ngugi’s thinking. But I do believe he is wrong in this case.

“Existing inside a marginalized body while trying to navigate these spaces leads to a sense of exclusion, much like the one felt when navigating the dominant culture. Counterculture spaces are not revolutionary and rebellious if their central community is tailored for affluent, white, thin, and able bodied people.”

3. Refik Hodžić on the legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal

4. Sanjay Kak speaks about his film Red Ant Dreams, and what it means to be a Revolutionary in our time.

5. Settler Atmospherics by Kristen Simmons

6. An Introductory Critical Media Literacy (Video) Mixtape

The iMWiL! Introductory Critical Media Literacy (Video) Mixtape features interviews with Janine Jackson, Kali AkunoJoy JamesClaude MarksSafiya Umoja NobleMorgan Maxwell, music from Hec Dolo, The Cornel West Theory, The Welfare Poets, Big L, DJ Premier plus Kwame Ture, bell hooks, Paula Giddings and more! The video outlines some of the key concepts involved in developing an understanding of our media environment including racism, critical thinking, political economy, the state, commercialism, myths of origin, dominant narrative and alternative media.

7. The Eye of the Law By Nijah Cunningham

8. Post-Traumatic Whiteness: How Vietnam Veterans Became the Basis for a New White Identity Politics By Joseph Darda

Asim Rafiqui

  1. “Posing For The Colonial Camera–Can You Say “Famine”?”
  2. “The Not-So-Innocence Of Cartoons”
  3. “The New York Times Said No We Did Not, But The Facts Keep Telling Us We Did”
  4. “Rape Of A Nation, American Democracy Style”
  5. “Using Terrorism To Distract From Theft”
  6. “Fanon’s Recording Machine”
  7. “Revisiting Faiz Or Romantic Revisionism”
  8. “Literary Festivals Rise As Political Injustices Grow”

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