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Back to Black

Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century. Blackness in Britain

By (author) Kehinde Andrews
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd, London, United Kingdom
Published: 15th Jul 2018
Dimensions: w 140mm h 222mm
ISBN-10: 1786992787
ISBN-13: 9781786992789
Barcode No: 9781786992789
Born out of resistance to slavery and colonialism, the Black radical tradition has a long and proud history, one which reaches from Marcus Garvey and the Black Panthers to the Black Lives Matter activists of today. And yet, the Black radical tradition has also consistently been one of the most misrepresented and misunderstood. The Politics of Black Radicalism explores the roots of this tradition, while also considering what a renewed politics of Black radicalism might look like in the 21st century. Surveying Black radicalism's many varied forms and influences, and incorporating feminist and LGBT perspectives, Andrews shows that Black radicalism has too often been misconstrued as a narrow form of cultural nationalism, an attitude which overlooks its fundamentally global and inclusive character. Black radicalism's legacy outside the US has been particularly neglected, and Andrews's work is distinctive in offering an analysis of this legacy within British, African and Caribbean contexts. Extending his analysis to the present day, Andrews argues that progress towards racial equality has stalled, as the radical tradition has given way to more moderate demands for reform. Now more than ever, it is time for us to reclaim the Black radical tradition, and to resume its global struggle for justice and equality.

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`Andrews takes the concepts that underpin so much of our woolly, contemporary talk about blackness, structural racism, pan-Africanism and - most of all - radicalism, and does the hard, essential work of re-inserting meaning and critique into the debate. An unflinching and authentic contribution.'

Afua Hirsch, author of Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging

`No more timid, liberal bullsh*t or empty jingoism. Kehinde Andrews is a brilliant, black British intellectual who searingly and expertly reveals the meaning of real change, for those willing to face it. In a time of flux, doubt and uncertainty, Kehinde provides a clear and lucid voice. Back to Black is an important book for anyone interested in real change and what that is likely to cost.'

Russell Brand

`Andrews is ferocious and brilliant and absolutely indispensable.'

Junot Diaz

`Andrews pulls no punches. His concept of black radicalism is raw and powerful. This book is sure to provoke, and will gain him adversaries - both black and white - because of the home truths it exposes.'

Femi Nylander, Rhodes Must Fall Oxford

'A timely and important book capturing an important political moment in north Atlantic culture.'

Robert Beckford, BAFTA winning documentary filmmaker, and Professor of Theology, Canterbury Christ Church University