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Is anyone afraid of post-blackness?

December 6, 2011

Last night, I was fortunate enough to witness the latest in the wonderful Talking About Race series co-sponsored by Open Society Institute-Baltimore (OSI) and the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Cultural critic Touré was flanked by Georgetown University professor (and public intellectual) Michael Eric Dyson to discuss Touré’s new book, Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? What It Means to Be Black Now. There was a great bit of lively, engaged conversation and dialogue with the audience, including an accusation that Touré was a mouthpiece for white supremacy and a Zionist sympathizer…you can hear the complete podcast recording, here.

I look forward to reading Touré’s book, though, skeptically, I’m not sure there will be much more to mine from it than say, Ellis Cose’s The End of Anger, or Eugene Robinson’s Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America, both published this year. 2011 must-be the year of Post-Blackness, or professional pontificating of “blackness” as we know it.

Speaking of OSI-Baltimore, here is my contribution to their Audacious Ideas blog.


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