Racial Capitalism and Decolonization: Videos and Podcasts

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[PODCAST] A Different Lens; Episode #94: Armed and Dangerous: An Interview with Redneck Revolt

“We sit down with Beth of the leftist organization Redneck Revolt to discuss the history of RR and the history of the white working class resisting capitalism. We also discuss some of the problems on the Left and end with the most recent bombings on Syria by the US, UK, and France. Note that this was recorded back in April 2018.” by The Hampton Institute; A Different Lens.

[PODCAST] The Intercept: Ruth Wilson Gilmore Makes the Case for Abolition (Parts 1+2):

The Movement to defund the police in the United States is gaining unprecedented momentum as protests continue across the globe. This week on Intercepted: Chenjerai Kumanyika, assistant professor of journalism and media studies at Rutgers University, hosts a special two-part discussion. Kumanyika is co-host of the podcasts “Uncivil” and “Scene on Radio.” He is an organizer with 215 People’s Alliance and the Debt Collective. He is joined for this episode of Intercepted by the iconic geographer and abolitionist Ruth Wilson Gilmore, author of “Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California.” Gilmore is one of the world’s preeminent scholars on prisons and the machinery of carceral punishment and policing. In this discussion, she offers a sweeping and detailed analysis of the relentless expansion and funding of police and prisons, and how locking people in cages has become central to the American project. Gilmore offers a comprehensive road map for understanding how we have arrived at the present political moment of brutality and rebellion, and she lays out the need for prison abolition and defunding police forces. 

[PODCAST] The Intercept: Robin D.G. Kelley: The Rebellion Against Racial Capitalism:

“The Black Lives Matter uprisings against police and state violence are continuing across the U.S., as a humiliated Donald Trump threatens a broader crackdown to defend Confederate monuments. This week on Intercepted: Robin D.G. Kelley, a distinguished history professor at UCLA, explains why he believes the current abolitionist movement has the potential to fundamentally change the country and offers a historical analysis of the weaponization of racial capitalism throughout U.S. history. He also tells the story of the Black-led Communist Party of Alabama in the aftermath of the Great Depression and the racist roots of U.S.-style policing. As Attorney General William Barr continues to preside over a Justice Department being wielded as a political and legal weapon to defend Trump, Hina Shamsi of the American Civil Liberties Union explains the dangerous use of military and intelligence surveillance systems to spy on activists, the characterizations of activists as terrorists, and discusses the ongoing drone strikes overseas.”

[PODCAST] A Different Lens; Episode #95: Transportation, Complete Streets, and Race with Teka Lark

“Today we interview Teka Lark, host of the vodcast Black Kids In Outer Space, to discuss problems with pedestrians dying in the black community due to poor roads and lack of safety, touching on the history of transportation and infrastructure, in addition to linking it to larger problems such as gentrification and neoliberalism.” by the Hampton Institute; A Different Lens.

[PODCAST] A Different Lens; Episode #131: The Fear of the Ruling Class with Rainer Shea

“We sit down with writer Rainer Shea (@rainer_shea) to discuss his recent article entitled “The Growing Ruling Class Fears of a Communist Resurgence,” which can be found in the shownotes. In the interview we discuss how the failures of the capitalist system are opening up avenues for Communist thought to come back into political life.” by the Hampton Institute; A Different Lens.

[LECTURE] What is Racial Capitalism and Why Does it Matter? by Robin D.G. Kelley

[EPISODE] Geographies of Racial Capitalism with Ruth Wilson Gilmore by the Antipode Foundation

[EPISODE] David Harvey and the City by the Antipode Foundation

[DOCUMENTARY] Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 Directed by Göran Olsson

 “The documentary features the found footage shot by a group of Swedish journalists (discovered some 30 years later in the cellar of Swedish Television) overlaid with commentaries and interviews from leading contemporary African-American artists, activists, musicians, and scholars. Divided into 9 sections based chronologically on each successive year between 1967 and 1975, the film focuses on several topics and subjects relevant to the Black Power Movement including Opposition to the United States involvement in the Vietnam War, the Black Panther Party, COINTELPRO, and the War on Drugs. The film documents these events with footage of individuals who were highly important to the movement including but not limited to Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, and Huey P. Newton. The footage includes appearances by Stokely Carmichael, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Eldridge Cleaver, Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, Louis Farrakhan, Emile de Antonio, Richard Nixon, Ingrid Dahlberg and Angela Davis who also provides contemporary voice commentary. Additional contemporary voice commentaries are provided by Erykah Badu, Ahmir Questlove Thompson, who is also credited with scoring the music for the film along with Om’Mas Keith, Talib Kweli, Harry Belafonte, Kathleen Cleaver, Angela Davis, John Forté, Sonia Sanchez, Bobby Seale, Robin Kelley, Abiodun Oyewole and Melvin Van Peebles.”

[DOCUMENTARY] Concerning Violence: Nine Scenes from the Anti-Imperialistic Self Defense Directed by Göran Olsson, Narrated by Ms. Lauryn Hill

 “From the director of The Black Power Mixtape comes a bold and fresh visual narrative on Africa, based on newly discovered archive material covering the struggle for liberation from colonial rule in the late ’60s and ’70s, accompanied by text from Frantz Fanon’s “The Wretched of the Earth”. Director Goran Hugo Olsson gathers footage of anti-imperialist liberation movements from the 1970s onward, drawn from the Swedish Television archives, and crafts a powerful document that brings us face-to-face with the people for whom Fanon’s writings were not just rhetoric, but a reality. Nominated for the Grand Jury World Cinema – Documentary Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Winner of the Cinema Fairbindet Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival” 

[DOCUMENTARY] Life and Debt by Stephanie Black, Narrated by Jamaica Kincaid

Utilizing excerpts from the award-winning non-fiction text “A Small Place” by Jamaica Kincaid, Life & Debt is a woven tapestry of sequences focusing on the stories of individual Jamaicans whose strategies for survival and parameters of day-to-day existence are determined by the U.S. and other foreign economic agendas. By combining traditional documentary telling with a stylized narrative framework, the complexity of international lending, structural adjustment policies and free trade will be understood in the context of the day-to-day realities of the people whose lives they impact. The film opens with the arrival of vacationers to the island– utilizing Ms. Kincaids text as voice-over, we begin to understand the profound contrasts behind the breathtaking natural beauty of the island. The poetic urgency of Ms. Kincaids text lends a first-person understanding of the legacy of the country’s colonial past, and to it’s present-day economic challenges. For example, as we see a montage of the vacationer in her hotel, voice-over: “When you sit down to eat your delicious meal, it’s better that you don’t know that most of what you are eating came off a ship from Miami. There is a world of something in this, but I can’t go into it right now.” (adapted excerpt “A Small Place”)

Orientalism by Edward Said

David Harvey: a History of Neoliberalism part 1

David Harvey: a History of Neoliberalism part 2

Nancy Fraser: Critique of Capitalism

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975