Wendi Muse is a PhD Candidate in History at New York University. Her research analyzes Lusophone Africans’ impact on the Brazilian left through intellectual and political exchange during the Cold War. In addition to her doctoral work, Wendi holds an MA in Latin American Studies and has conducted research regarding Afro-Brazilian women’s political organizing throughout the 20th century. Wendi is presently a 2017-2018 New York Public Humanities Fellow and a recipient of the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship to support her research in Brazil, Portugal, and Mozambique. Wendi is the creator of the hashtag #LeftPOC and the Left POCket Project, which uses digital media to make the histories of leftists of color more easily accessible to the public. Her podcast can be found at https://soundcloud.com/leftpoc
Twitter: @MuseWendi & @LeftPOC
Race & Racism in Brazil
On the Imperative of Transnational Solidarity: A U.S. Black Feminist Statement on the Assassination of Marielle Franco (written by Wendi & several professors who work on Brazil)
(note: this article notes that Brazilian movements “echo” BLM, but the reality is that Brazil has had its own formal movements against police brutality since at least the 1960s, and informally well before then)
Example of Issa Rae’s relationship to “ratchetness” (would actual black people with a so-called “authentic” black experience even need to have ratchet defined? Who is this video for?) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtJOaBer5kk
Today D. Mills (https://twitter.com/mdmills79) and I talk with Dr. Tommy Curry (https://twitter.com/drtjc) on the need for black male studies in academia and the media. Dr. Curry has also been in the news recently for a controversy he’s been embroiled in thanks to a witch hunt started by conservative white supremacist Rod Dreher. We also go into whether such a thing as Black Patriarchy exists in the black community or if it’s a myth,
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This week I discuss the psychodynamics of a recent false rape accusation by a white college student against two black athletes, and how it ties into the history of America and the fears of white supremacist men.
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Recently Wal-Mart got in trouble for describing the color of a product on their website as “Nigger-Brown.” In this episode I wanted to go into why exactly so many people are doing so much racist spontaneous acting out and how it relates to the alt-right’s obsession with “free speech.”
That video link is especially a good video for elaborating on my points from this episode about how and why it’s psychically necessary for white sanity that black people remain some level of subhuman status in a system of white supremacy. I highly recommend watching the linked video or reading the linked book to get the most of this episode.
We had a whole agenda of topics for discussion today, but due to technical difficulties with losing co-host Mike (@blackexception1 on Twitter) and stalling while waiting for him to resolve his tech issues and come back (he never did), remaining co-host D. Mills (@mdmills79 on Twitter) and I ended up having a pretty fun unplanned discussion on gentrification.
After a bunch of technical difficulties and delays, I finally bought a new laptop and this is the first episode using it. So far, so good.
Today we discuss answers to reader questions, including the topics of Black consciousness/liberation, the dynamics of interracial dating in a supposedly post-racial, gentrified landscape, and Twitter Hoteps.
The book The Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class by Dean MacCannell is discussed: http://amzn.to/2s348lH