Black/Radical/Subversive: On the Anticommunist Politics of U.S. Racial Capitalism

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Date: February 24, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Category: Lecture

Now more than ever, it is important for our campus body to have a strong knowledge of ongoing struggles for Black people. Sponsored by CLAS departments of African American Studies, History, English, Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, and Philosophy. 

In “Black/Radical/Subversive: On the Anticommunist Politics of U.S. Racial Capitalism,” Dr. Charisse Burden-Stelly discusses communism and anticommunism in three ways.

First, she explains how, throughout the twentieth century, communism was constructed as a threat to U.S. racial capitalism in a way that entangled Blackness and radicalism as danger, subversion, and un-belonging.

Next, she explicates anticommunism as a governing regime through which antiblackness and antiradicalism became indivisible technologies of repression employed to maintain and reproduce ruling class domination rooted in racial hierarchy.

Finally, she illuminates anticommunism as a means of maintaining the super-exploitation of Black labor; continuing the expropriation of land, resources, and human capital from colonized nations; and criminalizing ideas that challenged racial capitalism as advocating the overthrow of the U.S. government by force or violence.