Conversing with Frantz Fanon in the Fade to Black Film Festival, 9.12.16

Racial Capitalism and more

I was honored to be asked to give a talk about my thoughts on Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth, as visualised in the film Concerning Violence (directed by Goran Hugo Olsson).

My take on Fanon’s masterclass analysis of Colonialism is largely based on ideas from my latest book The Polemics CLR James and Contemporary Black Activism and my recent article Populism, the era of Trump and the rise of the far right that trace the (pre)colonial genesis of our present neoliberal era. I make the point that identity as the historical centre of “property rights” drives the market (and our supposed democratic freedoms) and we need to resolutely resist the market erasure of our identities WHILST making sure that we don’t reproduce the social market relations of whiteness and blackness.

We had a great discussion very much in the spirit of one of my earlier posts Black Study, Black Struggle, where we created a community space for ideological discussion and exploration.

I hope you will enjoy the discussion but do try to catch Concerning Violence, if you can, well worth a watch!

For a reflective companion piece see here.


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Published by: Ornette D Clennon

Composer, Musician, NCCPE Public Engagement Ambassador. Dr Clennon is also a Visiting Research Fellow in the Research Centre for Social Change: Community Wellbeing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Professor at the Federal University of the Amazonas.

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