Souls invites essays, interviews, policy and strategy papers that explore the dynamic 2017-2018 political landscape and the various ways in which it impacts Black life and is being navigated and confronted by those engaged in various parts of the Black Freedom Movement.
BLACK POLITICS, REPARATIONS, and MOVEMENT BUILDING in the ERA of #45 (Forthcoming)
Barbara Ransby, University of Illinois at Chicago
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Princeton University
The election of the 45th president of the United States marks a pivot point for the ongoing Black freedom struggle in the United States, and perhaps in the world. It was an electoral season like no other: revealing deep divides, and sparking intense debates among African Americans about our historic and troubled relationship with electoral politics in general, and the Democratic Party, in particular. The 2016 presidential election took place in the wake of a period of intense Black Lives Matter (Movement for Black Lives) street protests, which gave rise to an insurgent national movement against racist police violence. There is cause for optimism, however. The 45th president has been so universally hateful that he has created fertile ground for new forms of coalition and united front work across different racial and ethnic communities, among feminists and others, and across ideological lines as well. What is the state of the Democratic Party especially as it pertains to African Americans and other minorities who are in the crosshairs of the Republican Party? What are the prospects for “third party politics”? Beyond electoral politics, what kind of movement building is possible in this political moment? What are the obstacles that confront the opposition to #45 and can they be overcome? Beyond electoral politics, the demand for reparations has garnered more traction in recent years. How do we view the call for reparations as a proactive strategy in these foreboding political times?
With this backdrop, and questions, in mind, Souls invites essays, interviews, policy and strategy papers that explore the dynamic 2017-2018 political landscape and the various ways in which it impacts Black life and is being navigated and confronted by those engaged in various parts of the Black Freedom Movement.