Fear of Black Consciousness

Fear of Black Consciousness

Summary

'Important . . . powerful . . . . an explanation of why Black protest is such a dangerous prospect to the white power structure' Kehinde Andrews, Guardian

Lewis Gordon, one of the leading scholars of Black Existentialism, has spent decades nurturing intellectual reflection as a vital component of ongoing activism for racial justice around the world. In this boldly original book, he delves into history, art, politics and popular culture to show how racism goes much further than physical traits; that Blackness is truly celebrated - and suppressed - in systems of knowledge and cultural expression.

From ancient African languages to films such as Get Out and Black Panther, Gordon shows how this hidden aspect of racism can be exposed and interrogated. Fear of Black Consciousness offers a stunning philosophical and social critique while highlighting the fundamental role of Black people as agents of history and of the social change required to build a humane world of dignity, freedom and respect.

'Expansive . . . reminds us that the ultimate aim of Black freedom quests is, indeed, universal liberation' Angela Y. Davis

Reviews

  • 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, author of Women, Race and Class

About the author

Lewis R. Gordon

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