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Back to Black
Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century. Blackness in Britain
National liberation & independence, post-colonialism
, Social & political philosophy
, Social discrimination
, Ethnic minorities & multicultural studies
, Black & Asian studies
, Political ideologies
, Civil rights & citizenship
, Demonstrations & protest movements
, Revolutionary groups & movements
, Human rights
, Political activism
Back to Black traces the long and eminent history of Black radical politics. Born out of resistance to slavery and colonialism, its rich past encompasses figures such as Marcus Garvey, Angela Davis, the Black Panthers and the Black Lives Matter activists of today. At its core it argues that racism is inexorably embedded in the fabric of society, and that it can never be overcome unless by enacting change outside of this suffocating system. Yet this Black radicalism has been diluted and moderated over time; wilfully misrepresented and caricatured by others; divested of its legacy, potency, inclusivity and force for global change.
Kehinde Andrews explores the true roots of this tradition and connects the dots to today's struggles by showing what a renewed politics of Black radicalism might look like in the 21st century.
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What Reviewers Are Saying
'We need writers like Kehinde Andrews ... We can only hope Back to Black will inspire many more radical thinkers. These are truths we need to be hearing.'
`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.'
`Andrews is ferocious and brilliant and absolutely indispensable.'
`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