The Fire Now: Anti-Racist Scholarship in Times of Explicit Racial Violence

The Fire Now: Anti-Racist Scholarship in Times of Explicit Racial Violence


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Not so long ago, many talked complacently of a post-racial era, claiming that advances made by people of color showed that racial divisions were becoming a thing of the past. But the hollowness of such claims has been exposed by the rise of Trump and Brexit, both of which have revealed deep-seated white resentment and have been attended by a resurgence in hate crime and overt racial hatred on both sides of the Atlantic.  At a time when progress toward equality is not only stalling, but being actively reversed, how should anti-racist scholars respond?
This collection carries on James Baldwin’s legacy of bearing witness to racial violence in its many forms. Its authors address how we got to this particular moment, arguing that it can only be truly understood by placing it within the wider historical and structural contexts that normalize racism and white supremacy. Its chapters engage with a wide range of contemporary issues and debates, from the whiteness of the recent women’s marches, to anti-racist education, to the question of Black queer studies and queer intersectionality. Mapping out the problems we face, and the solutions we need, The Fire Now considers how anti-racist scholarship and activism can overcome the setbacks posed by the resurgence of white supremacism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786993809
Publisher: Zed Books
Publication date: 11/15/2018
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Remi Joseph-Salisbury is a senior lecturer at the Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett University. He is a founding member of the Critical Race and Ethnicities Network (CREN), and a Trustee for the Racial Justice Network. Azeezat Johnson is a lecturer in human geography at Queen Mary University of London.

Table of Contents

About the Contributors ix

Foreword: The Heat and the Burdens of the Day Christina Sharpe xv

Changing Our Fate in The Fire Now Beth Kamunge Remi Joseph-Salisbury Azeezat Johnson 1

Part I Transforming Academia

1 I Am Not a Writer Muna Abdi 13

2 An Academic Witness: White Supremacy within and beyond Academia Azeezat Johnson 15

3 Understanding Racism within the Academy: The Persistence of Racism within Higher Education Jason Arday 26

4 Black Study Derrais Carter 38

5 Confronting My Duty as an Academic: We Should All Be Activists Remi Joseph-Salisbury 44

Part II Intersectional Identities, Intersectional Struggles

6 Majority Monitoring Sai Murray 59

7 Crippin' Blackness: Narratives of Disabled People of Colour from Slavery to Trump Viji Kuppan 60

8 Intersectionality before the Courts: The Face Veil Cases Amal Ali 74

9 Colour-Blind Racism and the 2017 Women's March: White Feminism, Activism and Lessons for the Left Adrienne N. Milner Adekonyinsola Aromolaran 86

10 'The Climate Crisis is a Racist Crisis': Structural Racism, Inequality and Climate Change Leon Sealey-Huggins 99

Part III Lessons from History, Connections Across Space

11 Beware the Northern Fox: Keeping a Focus on Systematic Racism Post Trump and Brexit Kehinde Andrews 117

12 This Ain't Nothing New: Contextualising Black Responses to Trump's America Layla Brown-Vincent 129

13 Understanding the Present through the Past: Struggles against Racism Moussa Traoré 142

14 Fighting for Survival: Lessons from the Pan African Resistance Tony Talburt 150

15 Could It Happen Here? Canada's Multicultural Oasis and Global Right-Wing Drift Sam Tecle Carl E. James 162

16 Domesticating Trump Keguro Macharia 175

Part IV Understanding and Reframing Oppression

17 Writing in the Fire Now: Beth Dialogues with Wambui and Osop Beth Kamunge Wambui Mwangi Osop Abdi Ali 189

18 Movements through Trauma: How to See Ourselves Maryam Jameela 198

19 Fundamental British Values: Moving Towards Anti-Racist and Multicultural Education? Sadia Habib 209

20 Teaching White Innocence in an Anti-Black Social Order: British Values and the Psychic Life of Coloniality China Mills 223

21 'Be Exactly Who You Are': Black Feminism in Volatile Political Realities Kadian Pow 235

22 Laughter and the Politics of Place-Making Patricia Noxolo 250

23 Demanding the Impossible: Responding to The Fire Now Remi Joseph-Salisbury Azeezat Johnson Beth Kamunge 261

Afterword George Yancy 266

Index 275

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