Fear of Black Consciousness
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"Lewis Gordon's expansive philosophical engagement with the current moment--its histories and globalities, its politics and protests, its visual and sonic cultures--reminds us that the ultimate aim of Black freedom quests is, indeed, universal liberation."
--Angela Y. Davis, Distinguished Professor Emerita, History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies at University of California, Santa Cruz
--Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original "Lewis R. Gordon is a thinker whose reflections on race have produced singular illuminations on our times. In Fear of Black Consciousness, he refines our conceptual understanding of how race consciousness is made and lived, and shows how reflection and survival are intertwined for all those who suffer from antiblack racism. Drawing on the history of philosophy and on a wide range of colonial histories, African popular culture, aboriginal histories, contemporary films, and stories, he shows the critical powers of creativity in dismantling racism and the making of a world where breath and love and existence become possible."
--Judith Butler, author of The Force of Nonviolence "This striking text offers the first systematic examination that I've seen of the epistemic dimensions of the universal illness that encompasses neoconservatism and neoliberalism. We learn the differences between a first-level, naive black consciousness and a revised and refined 'Black consciousness, ' which critically reflects on this world and is capable of radically transforming it. You will want this book among your primary intellectual road supplies for the future."
--Hortense J. Spillers, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English Emerita at Vanderbilt University In Fear of Black Consciousness, we are invited to think through the deep racial contours of philosophical thought and notice how black ways of being animate new modes of living together. As atrocity, injury, white supremacy, and racial violence loom, Gordon holds steady a Fanonian outlook, theorizing black consciousness as the realization of possibility--that is, a sustained political commitment that recalculates the stakes of freedom.
--Katherine McKittrick, author of Demonic Grounds and Dear Science