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Anti-Blackness is framed through the Black Radical Tradition and the critical questioning of what it means to be free and liberated without capitalism. Anti-Blackness is ensconced in the long history racial capitalism that has negatively affected Black folk. I also appreciated the section about the history of guns and how Black people have protected themselves has gun owners since the state was never there to protect them anyway. The re articulation of ‘non-violence’ as not PASSIVE, but on the condition that it doesn’t mean Black people aren’t going to raise arms to fight back was good. The authors strip away the romanticized version of white liberals only focusing in ‘non-violence’ as if it means we can never go up in arms to fights oppression. I think it’s a necessary read for mainstream in the USA who really don’t understand how anti-Blackness operates and how Black liberation isn’t possible through capitalism.
This compact and highly-readable volume is something you need to add to your library and read immediately. Through their efforts to denaturalize history, Samudzi and Anderson challenge commonly-held assumptions about U.S. history, liberalism, and the parameters for political change. The ideas are tremendous and urgent, but I think what's most impressive is how accessible the authors made this book. Additionally, Samudzi and Anderson cite Black radical thought so extensively, that they provide any reader with a terrific syllabus. This text is certainly timely - in the long run it will prove timeless.
Lots in here to think on and underline. Compact and very readable, so one I think I'm more likely to recommend than others I'm reading that are more exhaustive in scope (history) or more narrow in context.