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Black Politics and State Violence

Panelists L to R: Ben Blumberg (Platypus), Dread Scott (Artist), Eljeer Hawkins (Socialist Alternative/CWI)

Wednesday, March 11, 6:30pm. Audio available here

School of Visual Arts
136 West 21st St, Room 418F
New York, NY
 
Hosted by the Platypus Affiliated Society in conjunction with the SVA Black Student Union
Panelists: Ben Blumberg (Platypus), Eljeer Hawkins (Socialist Alternative/CWI), Dread Scott (Artist)
Moderated by Allison Hewitt Ward (Platypus); Introduced by Tiffany Freeman (SVA Black Student Union)
 
The widely publicized killings of black men by police and the resulting movement with its slogan “Black Lives Matter” puts back on the agenda of a beleaguered American Left a seemingly perennial question, one that evokes a long history of struggle, longing, and disappointment. With a black president in the White House having survived or co-opted the #Occupy Movement, the Black Question seems to pose a return to the old platitude that America is racist. At the same time, precisely because of recent history it seems necessary to resist a complacency that threatens to obscure the precise nature of the present, not to mention an adequate analysis of how the Left got where it is today. Such skepticism would appear doubly warranted in light of the fact that the Democrats seem way out in front of this movement, likely soon to have all the necessary police officials and the black vote duly lined up on their side. Given these circumstances and the dangers of yet another historical round of disappointment, another course in diminishing expectations and demobilization, now would seem an opportune moment to reflect on how this movement might indeed be transformed into the herald of a genuine revival of the Left here in the United States, where it is so badly needed.
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