In the early 20th Century Black radicals in NY began to theorize the fallout of race ideology as a unique social injury distinct from, but interconnected with, class exploitation. They linked racial oppression to capitalism and imperialism, and black liberation to the socialist project. They also argued that the struggle for socialism in the US required a strong anti-racist platform and organizing agenda within the socialist movement—a position that differed from the one held by white American socialists at the time. Their analysis of race and class and the organizational conclusions they drew have been foundational for revolutionaries the world over.
This 7* week course explores the position that Black Americans & other historically oppressed groups— Puerto Ricans and Native, Chinese, Japanese, And Mexican Americans have occupied in the US economy & Society. We outline the Materialist/Marxist analysis of race ideology and how it differs from other interpretations.
We also analyze the theoretical and political contributions that radicals of color in the US have made to the fight for human liberation. Topics include ideology, race ideology in the US, gender and sexuality, Karl Marx on the Civil War, the New Imperialism of the late 19th Century, the African Blood Brotherhood, interventions by Black Americans at the Comintern in Moscow, Revolutionary Nationalism, Communists in Harlem, the Young Lords, the Black Panthers, the Brown Berets, I Wor Kuen, and the American Indian Movement, among others.
- Weekly on Monday's 6-7:30pm EDT
- 7 weeks*: October 5th - November 16th (**the course was originally 6 weeks but we added an extra week**)
- Via zoom (link in email receipt confirmation_
Assoc. Prof Of History
Johanna Fernández teaches 20th Century US history and the history of social movements in the Department of History at Baruch College (CUNY). Her book on the Young Lords, the Puerto Rican counterpart to the Black Panther Party was released in 2020. Professor Fernández is the editor of Writing on the Wall: Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal (City Lights, 2015). With Mumia Abu-Jamal she co-edited a special issue of the journal Socialism and Democracy, titled The Roots of Mass Incarceration in the US: Locking Up Black Dissidents and Punishing the Poor (Routledge, 2014). Her awards include the Fulbright Scholars grant to the Middle East and North Africa and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship of the Scholars-in-Residence program at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library. Professor Fernández’s mainstream writings have been published internationally, from Al Jazeera to the Huffington Post. She has appeared in a diverse range of print, radio, online and televised media including NPR, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Democracy Now!.
*Syllabus coming soon*
Upon registration you will receive a zoom link to the class! We will send out a welcome and logistics email to all confirmed RSVP's on Thursday, October 1st. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact us at email@example.com
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