The promise of political blackness? contesting blackness, challenging whiteness and the silencing of racism

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Abstract

This article reviews three books that examine black discourses and perspectives on whiteness and delineate the negative impacts of structural, institutional and interpersonal racism on the life chances and inclusion of people of colour within the national imaginary through both epistemic and material violences. The books explore practices of silencing which surround racism, facilitated by post-racial and colour blind frames which deny people of colour’s lived experiences of racism: Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race; Hirsch’s Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging and Andrews’ Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century. The review focuses on the British context. It explores the politics of place and the journeys undertaken by those marked as racially Other to belong and the recuperative potential of a form of intersectional politics as a means of understanding and navigating how we might overcome divisions between differentially marginalised groups to challenge the system of racism premised on white privilege and dominance more effectively. It concludes with arguing that a politics of discomfort is required to dislodge white privilege from its seat of comfort.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202-222
Number of pages21
JournalEthnicities
Volume20
Issue number1
Early online date11 Mar 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Black
  • intersectionality
  • post-racial
  • racism
  • whiteness

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