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Episode 41: Racism and Capitalism in Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor's Race For Profit

Millennials Are Killing Capitalism

Release Date: 10/20/2019

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In this episode, we interview Robyn Spencer. Robyn Spencer is the author of The Revolution Has Come: Black Power, Gender, and The Black Panther Party In Oakland. Spencer is an Associate Professor of History at Lehman College. Our conversation is centered around Spencer’s organizational history of the Oakland chapter of the Black Panther Party. She discusses their struggles to tackle issues of patriarchy, the repression they faced and their internationalism.

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This is part 2 of our 2 part conversation with Stefano Harney and Fred Moten, Revisiting The Undercommons In A Time Of Pandemic And Rebellion. In this part of the conversation we focus on their conceptions of homelessness, Black study, the surround, policy and fugitive planning. Moten and Harney also get into a discussion of critiques and notions of sovereignty in Indigenous theory and Afro-pessimism. 

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This is part one of a two-part conversation with Fred Moten and Stefano Harney. 

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In this episode we interview Morgan State University and Media Studies Scholar Jared Ball. Ball is the creator of IMIXWHATILIKE.org and the author of I Mix What I Like! A Mixtape Manifesto. He is also the co-editor of A Lie of Reinvention: Correcting Manning Marable’s Malcolm X.

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Joshua M. Myers is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Howard University. He is the author of We Are Worth Fighting For: A History of the Howard University Student Protest of 1989, which came out in 2019 on NYU Press. Among his current projects, the book Cedric Robinson: Black Radicalism Beyond The Order of Time. 

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In this episode we talk to Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army Veteran Jamal Joseph. We discuss the new “Open Letter from Original Black Panther Party Members to Black (Hip-Hop) Artists Who Have an Interest in Our Community.” We talk about the Panthers’ desire to engage celebrities and hip hop artists in political discussion about how to use their resources to effectively support a program for Black Liberation.

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In this episode we speak to five of the creators and authors of 8 To Abolition. Which is an abolitionist response to the police preservationist platform 8 Can’t Wait. Since launching 8 to Abolition has become a viral phenomenon and served along with the popular demands of Defunding Police and Defending Black Life to serve as a key conversation piece and political framework for community-based discussions around police violence and police abolition.

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In this episode we talk to Robert Saleem Holbrook and Megan Malachi about the abolitionist demands of the Philly Black Radical Collective that have arisen from the mass protests in the wake of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police.

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Aaron Dixon, former Captain of the Seattle Chapter of the Black Panther Party held this interview with organizers Selinda Guerrero. Selinda leads the New Mexico chapter of Millions for Prisoners,  a national movement to abolish the loophole in the 13th amendment that allows for the continuation of slavery through the criminal justice system.

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In this episode we interviewed professor and author Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor about her latest book Race For Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership. The book has already been put on the long-list for the National Book Award. Taylor is also the author of From #BlackLivesMatter To Black Liberation, which articulates many of the historical arguments she references throughout our conversation. In 2017, she also published How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective. 

In this interview we discuss some of the central themes of Race For Profit, and some of the historical figures within it. The book is a thorough analysis of how racism and capitalism in the US worked together through public and private partnership, after organizers and rebellions brought about the formal end of redlining at the end of the 1960’s. 

We talk to Taylor about why this book - which is based on her dissertation ended up being her third book. Additionally through the course of the conversation Taylor provides her insight into key questions for socialists in the US today, including questions surrounding the Sanders campaign, the lack of US internationalism. 

For context this interview took place back in July, but we agreed to time it with the release of the book. Which is available now from University of North Carolina press and comes out everywhere this week.

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