February 16, 2021

Black Power Manifesto

Maria and Julio are joined by Charles Blow, columnist for The New York Times and author of the new book, "The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto." They talk about Black political power and Charles' call for a reversal of the Great Migration to create Black regionalism in the South. They also discuss how white supremacy plagues the entire country, not just the South, and how to confront this anti-Black violence in this moment of racial reckoning during —and beyond— Black History Month. ITT Staff Picks: - "Blow explores how the white backlash towards the Great Migration that never really ended has created a situation where racism in these Northern "destination cities" of the Great Migration makes life untenable for Black Americans," writes Hope Wabuke in her review of Charles Blow's new book in NPR. - In Vann Newkirk II's latest for The Atlantic he writes that American democracy is hanging on by a thread: "Opposition to Black electoral power propels an antidemocratic front that will not likely dissipate with Trump gone. In fact, conservative lawmakers are currently targeting the very changes that helped more citizens vote in 2020." - Adapted from Robin D. G. Kelley's foreword to "Black Marxism: The Making of a Radical Tradition" in Boston Review: "These new abolitionists are not interested in making capitalism fairer, safer, and less racist—they know this is impossible. They want to bring an end to 'racial capitalism.'" Photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan  

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