Africana Studies and the Question of Reparations

At the heart of World history is a knot of complications threaded by strands of African Identity, Racist social contracts and the Black quest for Social Justice. Central to social pursuits is building a body of research that clarifies African diasporic social identity–its agency and the contexts that give it meaning. The formation of AfricanContinue reading “Africana Studies and the Question of Reparations”

Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing will be an important recommended text in #AAS300, The Case for Reparations. Medaase paa, @ProfClaiborne for the recommendation.

Race & Racism are Prime Social Forces, Trumping Class & Classism

Liberals today mostly view racism not as an active, distinct evil but as a relative of white poverty and inequality. They ignore the long tradition of this country actively punishing black success—and the elevation of that punishment, in the mid-20th century, to federal policy. President Lyndon Johnson may have noted in his historic civil-rights speechContinue reading “Race & Racism are Prime Social Forces, Trumping Class & Classism”

White Supremacist Slavery & Its Racial Caste System

For the next 250 years, American law worked to reduce black people to a class of untouchables and raise all white men to the level of citizens. In 1650, Virginia mandated that “all persons except Negroes” were to carry arms. In 1664, Maryland mandated that any Englishwoman who married a slave must live as aContinue reading “White Supremacist Slavery & Its Racial Caste System”