Racism in the US and the Sophistication of White Supremacy
A Framework for Understanding All Social Justice Issues: Many people have framed the discussion of racism as one of many other injustices that plague American society. We will discuss the notion of racism/white supremacy as the central organizing principle that governs the political and libidinal economy in the US. We will investigate the notion of white supremacy as a paradigm that prefigures all of the social, political, and economic struggles in Baltimore.
The Implications of Freddie Grey in Baltimore - Police Brutality, Black Lives Matter, and Activism
The issue of police brutality has been making national headlines for the past couple of years, and with the Uprising in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Grey, this session will investigate the various layers of the unrest and its implications on Baltimore. We will also look more broadly at how Black Lives Matter and the Uprising has changed the landscape around conversations about racial inequality and institutional racism.
Whiteness and the Contours of Black Leadership
There are a complex series of factors that contribute to what is called Black Leadership in the United States. This session will look at ways that whites have historically and contemporaneously impeded the progress of effective Black Leadership.
White Women and Black Masculinity
Black masculinity has been under attack in the United States since 1619. There is an anxiety about Black manhood that is manifested in the castration of Black men during slavery. We will look at the way that particular depictions of white femininity has been used to justify violence against Black men within activist circles in Baltimore.
Black Children and White Adults: The Psycho-Existential Complex
There are many forms of representational violence that are directed at Black youth in Baltimore. Most of the public criticism of the representations of Black youth that make us targets of the criminal justice system are directed at mainstream media. While this criticism is important there are also harmful ways that the non-profit sector represents Black youth that undermines the development of Black led social movements in Baltimore.
The Non-Profit Industrial Complex (NIC) in Baltimore
We will look at role of Non-Profit organizations in Baltimore and the role that race and racism play in these dynamics. We will look at the particular ways that specific foundations participate in perpetuating racism in the non-profit world and discuss ways that whites can help to subvert the NIC.
Revolutionary Dr Martin Luther King: Beyond Non-Violence
Dayvon will discuss the strands of Black nationalist and anti-colonial struggles against imperialism that emerged in Dr Martin Luther King's evolving political philosophy.