rethinking racial capitalism

Rethinking Racial Capitalism is a Two-Day Symposium sponsored by the American Studies Program in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU. Panelists include Nikhil Singh, Alys Weinbaum, David Kazanjian, David Roediger, Penny Von Eschen, Fred Moten and others. For full schedule, click here.


Dorothy Height

Black Feminisms honors and mourns pioneering black feminist and civil rights activist Dorothy Height. Height served on the national board of the YWCA for thirty years, acted as National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority from the late 1940s until the mid 1950s, and as President of the National Council of Negro Women for over forty years. She worked tirelessly on a national and international scale for the rights of women. May her journey be filled with peace and light.

who will save black girls?

Salamishah Tillet wrote a poignant piece on black girls and modern-day slavery in The Root this past week in response to the Rowan Towers sexual assault case and other unspeakable incidents. The April/May issue of Heart and Soul magazine also takes up the “state of our girls.” Could a movement be brewing?

In response to the sexual assault of the 7-yr old in Rowan Towers, an impromptu march was organized by Trenton’s Mayor Doug Palmer and hip hop mogul Russell Simmons and addressed to men. While I think it’s useful for men to educate one another about domestic violence and sexual assault, the rally’s purpose seemed to be “peacekeeping” and policing(read male protection of women). Nation of Islam’s David Muhammed contends:

You can’t go into a community that loves itself and brutalize it […] I believe it has always been the duty of men to protect his community, to protect the women.

And yet, patriarchy (male authority and dominance) is part of the problem. Why not organize a rally to encourage dialogue between women and men around violence, sexism, and black male privilege? The knee jerk response to crises in black communities tends to be one in which men are encouraged to assume leadership of their communities instead of building coalitions with women. In order to begin eradicating sexual and other forms of violence in black communities, black women and men have to be seen as equal partners in struggle.

lisa gail collins at barnard

Art historian Lisa Gail Collins will offer a lunchtime lecture Tuesday April 13 at noon in 101 Barnard Hall. Click here for more details.

Return of the Ankh

Meanwhile, over at Bold check out my review of Erykah Badu’s New Amerykah Part Two.