Fear of Black Consciousness

Fear of Black Consciousness

Lewis R. Gordon's Fear of Black Consciousness is a groundbreaking account of Black consciousness by a leading philosopher In this original and penetrating work, Lewis R. Gordon, one of the leading scholars of Black existentialism and anti ...

Author: Lewis R. Gordon

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9780374718800

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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Lewis R. Gordon's Fear of Black Consciousness is a groundbreaking account of Black consciousness by a leading philosopher In this original and penetrating work, Lewis R. Gordon, one of the leading scholars of Black existentialism and anti-Blackness, takes the reader on a journey through the historical development of racialized Blackness, the problems this kind of consciousness produces, and the many creative responses from Black and non-Black communities in contemporary struggles for dignity and freedom. Skillfully navigating a difficult and traumatic terrain, Gordon cuts through the mist of white narcissism and the versions of consciousness it perpetuates. He exposes the bad faith at the heart of many discussions about race and racism not only in America but across the globe, including those who think of themselves as "color blind." As Gordon reveals, these lies offer many white people an inherited sense of being extraordinary, a license to do as they please. But for many if not most Blacks, to live an ordinary life in a white-dominated society is an extraordinary achievement. Informed by Gordon's life growing up in Jamaica and the Bronx, and taking as a touchstone the pandemic and the uprisings against police violence, Fear of Black Consciousness is a groundbreaking work that positions Black consciousness as a political commitment and creative practice, richly layered through art, love, and revolutionary action.
Categories: Social Science

Black Consciousness in South Africa

Black Consciousness in South Africa

Court transcripts of South African activist Steve Biko; includes background information.

Author: Steve Biko

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: UVA:X000075989

Category: Afrika

Page: 360

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Court transcripts of South African activist Steve Biko; includes background information.
Categories: Afrika

Black Consciousness

Black Consciousness

In this deeply personal book, Hlumelo Biko, who was born of Steve and Mamphela’s union, movingly recounts his parents’ love story and how the BCM’s message of black self-love and self-reliance helped to change the course of South ...

Author: Hlumelo Biko

Publisher: Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: 9781776190454

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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‘If Steve Biko were alive today, we would have a country that gladly embraces African culture as the dominant driving force for how society is organised ...’ In 1968, two young medical students, Steve Biko and Mamphela Ramphele, fell in love while dreaming of a life free from oppression and racial discrimination. Their love story is also the story of the founding of the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM) by a group of 15 principled and ambitious students at the University of Natal in Durban in the early 1970s. In this deeply personal book, Hlumelo Biko, who was born of Steve and Mamphela’s union, movingly recounts his parents’ love story and how the BCM’s message of black self-love and self-reliance helped to change the course of South African history. Based on interviews with some of the BCM’s founding members, Black Consciousness describes the early years of the movement in vivid detail and sets out its guiding principles around a positive black identity, black theology and the practice of Ubuntu through community-based programmes. In spiritual conversation with his father, Hlumelo re-examines what it takes to live a Black Consciousness life in today’s South Africa. He also explains why he believes his father – who was brutally murdered by the apartheid police in 1977 – would have supported true radical economic transformation if he were alive today.
Categories: Political Science

No Fears Expressed

No Fears Expressed

Author: Steve Biko

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:B3709954

Category: South Africa

Page: 175

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Categories: South Africa

Steve Biko

Steve Biko

The epistemological shift of this book is not to be bogged down by the cataloging of events, something that is popular in the literature of Steve Biko and Black Consciousness.

Author: Tendayi Sithole

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498518192

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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Moving away from the domain of commemorative, iconicity, monumentalization, and memorialization, Sithole uses Steve Biko's meditations as a discursive intervention to understand black subjectivity. The epistemological shift of this book is not to be bogged down by the cataloging of events, something that is popular in the literature of Steve Biko and Black Consciousness. Rather, a theoretical imagination and conceptual invention is engaged upon in order to situate Biko within the existential repertoire of blackness as a site of subjectivity and not the object of study. The theoretical imagination and conceptual invention fosters an interpretive approach and an ongoing critique that cannot reach any epistemic closure. This is what decolonial meditations are all about, opening up new vistas of thought and new modes of critique informed by epistemic breaks from “empirical absolutism” that reduce Biko to an epistemic catalogue. It is in Steve Biko: Decolonial Meditations of Black Consciousness that the black subject is engaged not only in the politics of criticism for its own sake, but philosophy of existence.
Categories: Social Science

African Freedom

African Freedom

of Biko's ideas as the founder of the Black Consciousness Movement during the late 1960s and 70s are collected in the ... In his essay, “Fear, an important determinant in South African politics,” Biko maintained that “ever since the ...

Author: Phyllis Taoua

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108689137

Category: History

Page:

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The push for independence in African nations was ultimately an incomplete process, with the people often left to wrestle with a partial, imperfect legacy. Rather than settle for liberation in name alone, the people engaged in an ongoing struggle for meaningful freedom. Phyllis Taoua shows how the idea of freedom in Africa today evolved from this complex history. With a pan-African, interdisciplinary approach, she synthesizes the most significant issues into a clear, compelling narrative. Tracing the evolution of a conversation about freedom since the 1960s, she defines three types and shows how they are interdependent. Taoua investigates their importance in key areas of narrative interest: the intimate self, gender identity, the nation, global capital, and the spiritual realm. Allowing us to hear the voices of African artists and activists, this compelling study makes sense of their struggle and the broad importance of the idea of freedom in contemporary African culture.
Categories: History

Marxism and Decolonization in the 21st Century

Marxism and Decolonization in the 21st Century

According to Lindy Wilson (1991), Biko embraced the culture of fearlessness because Black Consciousness is a way of life. According to Wilson, Biko “exhibited fearlessness” in the face of the climate of fear: Black Consciousness took ...

Author: Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000411447

Category: Political Science

Page: 412

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Marxism and Decolonization in the 21st Century is a ground-breaking work that highlights the resurgence and insurgence of Marxism and decolonization, and the ways in which decolonization and decoloniality are grounded in the contributions of Black Marxism, the Radical Black tradition, and anti-colonial liberation traditions. Featuring leading and young scholars and activists, this book is a practical scholarly intervention that shows how democratic Marxism and decoloniality might converge to provoke planetary decolonization in the 21st century. At the centre of this process, enabled by both increasing human entanglements and the resilience of racism, the volume's contributors analyse converging forces of anti-imperialism, anti-colonialism, anti-patriarchy, anti-sexism, Indigenous People’s movements, eco-feminist formations, and intellectual movements levelled against Eurocentrism. This book will be of great interest to students, scholars, and intellectuals interested in Marxism, decolonization, and transnational activism.
Categories: Political Science

Selfless Revolutionaries

Selfless Revolutionaries

Biko, Black Consciousness, Black Theology, and a Global Ethic of Solidarity and Resistance Allan Aubrey Boesak ... this was held together by a vicious cycle of fear, punishment, and submission followed by reward.358 Black Consciousness ...

Author: Allan Aubrey Boesak

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725285934

Category: Religion

Page: 330

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At this historic moment of global revolutions for social justice inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, the philosophy of Black Consciousness has reemerged and gripped the imagination of a new generation, and of the merciless exposure by COVD-19 of the devastating, long-existent fault lines in our societies. Frantz Fanon, James Baldwin, and Steve Biko have been rediscovered and reclaimed. In this powerful book Black liberation theologian and activist Allan Boesak explores the deep connections between Black Consciousness, Black theology, and the struggles against racism, domination, and imperial brutality across the world today. In a careful, meticulous, and sometimes surprising rereading of Steve Biko's classic, I Write What I Like, Boesak reflects on the astounding relevance of Black Consciousness for the current academic debates on decolonization and coloniality, Africanity and imperialism, as well as for the struggles for freedom, justice, and human dignity in the streets. With passion, forthrightness, and inspiring eloquence Boesak brings his considerable political experience and deep theological insight to bear in his argument for a global ethic of solidarity and resistance in the ongoing struggles against empire. Beginning with Biko's "Where do we go from here?," progressing to Baldwin's "the fire next time," and ending with Martin Luther King Jr.'s "There is no stopping short of victory," this is a sobering, hopeful, and inspiring book.
Categories: Religion

The Law and the Prophets

The Law and the Prophets

Black Consciousness in South Africa, 1968–1977 Daniel Magaziner. With the gendered composition of struggle in mind, ... Fear was the most pernicious ofthese, and in the face of fear, Black Consciousness put its faith in hope.

Author: Daniel R. Magaziner

Publisher: Ohio University Press

ISBN: 9780821443309

Category: Law

Page: 280

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“No nation can win a battle without faith,” Steve Biko wrote, and as Daniel R. Magaziner demonstrates in The Law and the Prophets, the combination of ideological and theological exploration proved a potent force. The 1970s are a decade virtually lost to South African historiography. This span of years bridged the banning and exile of the country’s best-known antiapartheid leaders in the early 1960s and the furious protests that erupted after the Soweto uprisings of June 16, 1976. Scholars thus know that something happened—yet they have only recently begun to explore how and why. The Law and the Prophets is an intellectual history of the resistance movement between 1968 and 1977; it follows the formation, early trials, and ultimate dissolution of the Black Consciousness movement. It differs from previous antiapartheid historiography, however, in that it focuses more on ideas than on people and organizations. Its singular contribution is an exploration of the theological turn that South African politics took during this time. Magaziner argues that only by understanding how ideas about race, faith, and selfhood developed and were transformed in this period might we begin to understand the dramatic changes that took place.
Categories: Law

Stephen Biko s Rhetorical Vision of Black Consciousness

Stephen Biko s Rhetorical Vision of Black Consciousness

Stephen Biko was a black leader in South Africa who died in police custody on September 12, 1977.

Author: Julie K. Fergusson

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:37257758

Category: Anti-apartheid movements

Page: 290

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Stephen Biko was a black leader in South Africa who died in police custody on September 12, 1977. Biko's death echoed within the Republic of South Africa and around the world, showing that racial tensions in that country were severe. At his death he was a hero to the black majority and a threat to the white minority. The rhetoric that survives reveals Biko's dominant themes. Biko worked to create an awareness among blacks that it was possible to combat white suppression. Four main themes, I argue, emerge from a study of his rhetoric. They are Black Humanity, Black Unity, Black Courage, and Black Self-Reliance. These themes became part of the ideology behind the Black Consciousness Movement and stood in opposition to four themes of white dominance: dehumanization, separation, fear, and control. In his work on rhetoric and the construction of social reality, Ernest G. Bormann suggests that certain "fantasy themes" within a group's rhetoric "chain-out" and become the "rhetorical vision" that a group holds in common. The fantasy themes, and in turn the rhetorical vision, can motivate the group to action. The purpose of this study, then, is to analyze the fantasy themes within Biko's rhetoric to learn more about the role of rhetoric in social movements and in the constitution and reconstitution of Black Consciousness.
Categories: Anti-apartheid movements