Let’s consider a trio of books that can be helpful in gaining a deeper understanding of racism, both its practice and its ideological components, including in the current period.
Most current of the three is The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story (2021), created by Nikole Hannah-Jones. It consists of nineteen essays by eighteen different authors. The date signifies when the first enslaved Africans were delivered to Jamestown, Virginia. Most of the essays originally appeared in the New York Times in 2019 to mark 400 years of enslavement and its aftermath.
Raoul Peck;s latest film, Exterminate All the Brutes, is a four-part documentary on HBO. Peck challenges the long accepted establishment narratives of history and its white mythologies,
His two previous films, The Young Karl Marx and I Am Not Your Negro, are great works,
I was deeply moved by both but even more so by I Am Not Your Negro which is a documentary about James Baldwin and the black freedom struggle in the United States which he lived and wrote so brilliantly about.
I highly recommend both films.
I am really looking forward to Raoul Peck’s new work which will undoubtedly be highly illuminating and unforgettable. .
“I was born a slave, but nature gave me the soul of a free man,” said Toussaint Louverture, the leader of the successful Haitian slave revolt of 1791 to 1804.
The Haitain revolution reverberated throughout Europe, interacting with the French Revolution, inspired Georg Hegel’s philosophy, changed the shape of the world and echoes down the years to us — still demanding a response.
Under Louverture’s political and military leadership, the Haitian slaves defeated a series of enemies. It was an international revolution, interacting with events around the globe, redrawing maps and effecting great empires.