Boston minds


Blackness policed

The Brattle Theatre • 40 Brattle St., Cambridge MA 02138 • Harvard Square • 617 876-6837 •

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Special Events Archive
Randall Kennedy and Touré in conversation with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
at 6:00 PM

Presented by Harvard Book Store
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Harvard Book Store is excited to host law scholar RANDALL KENNEDY and cultural critic TOURÉ for a conversation about racial politics in the “age of Obama.” The discussion will be moderated by W.E.B. Du Bois Institute director HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR, author of the new book Black in Latin America.

In The Persistence of the Color Line, Randall Kennedy tackles such hot-button issues as the nature of racial opposition to Obama, whether Obama has a singular responsibility to African Americans, electoral politics and cultural chauvinism, black patriotism, the differences in Obama’s presentation of himself to blacks and to whites, the challenges posed by the dream of a postracial society, and the far-from-simple symbolism of Obama as a leader of the Joshua generation in a country that has elected only three black senators and two black governors in its entire history.

And in Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?, Touré begins by examining the concept of “Post-Blackness,” a term that defines artists who are proud to be Black but don’t want to be limited by identity politics and boxed in by race. He soon discovers that the desire to be rooted in but not constrained by Blackness is everywhere. He argues that Blackness is infinite, that any identity imaginable is Black, and that all expressions of Blackness are legitimate.


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