Lewis R. Gordon’s “Fear of Black Consciousness”
By LARB Radio HourFebruary 18, 2022
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Lewis R. Gordon, head of the philosophy department at the University of Connecticut, joins Eric Newman and Medaya Ocher to talk about his latest book, Fear of Black Consciousness. The book explores contemporary racism and the long historical movement from black consciousness with a lower-case "b" to capital “B” Black consciousness, an active and more liberatory mentality that sees through the lies of white supremacy and works to build a better and more democratic society. Gordon examines these weighty topics through sustained readings of popular film and culture, including Jordan Peele’s Get Out and Ryan Coogler's Black Panther.
Also, Sheila Heti, author of Pure Colour, returns to recommend Elif Batuman’s Either/Or.
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