Peter James Hudson reviews three recent history of slavery and capitalism texts to place them in conversation with radical black scholarship and political thought, past and present:
“As an undergraduate at Penn in the 1990s, Salamishah Tillet C’96 experienced some of the best and very worst that a young person’s college years can offer. It was here that she made lasting friendships and found the inspiring classes and mentors that sparked her ambition to become a scholar and teacher herself. And it was also here that, during her freshman year, she was sexually assaulted by a fellow student—a trauma compounded by a second rape while she was on a study-abroad program in Kenya during her junior year.
“For some, Haiti is the “poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere,” a “failed state,” long on the brink of collapse. For others, Haiti is a beacon of freedom, evidence of the only successful slave revolt in modern history. This forum brings together scholars from different fields of study, and different parts of the world, for a conversation about ways to think about challenges that Haiti … Continue reading Ayiti Kraze / Haiti in Fragments Social Text)
Cy Grant, the Guyanese actor, singer and writer who was the first black person to be seen regularly on British TV, has died at the age of 90… Read the rest BBC News – Actor and activist Cy Grant dies (via Repeating Islands) Continue reading Actor and Activist Cy Grant Dies
“Haiti is an alarming reminder that natural disasters have more devastating consequences where physical infrastructure is weak, where institutions are problematic, and where there is a lot of poverty. So trying to foster development is also a response to disaster. How humanitarian assistance is administered may make it more or less conducive to longer term development, may make a transition from one set of actors … Continue reading SSRC Forum: Haiti, Now and Next
“Florida International University is creating a database of fluent Haitian Creole speakers willing to volunteer their time to help with a number of ongoing efforts to support South Florida’s Haitian community in the aftermath of the Jan. 12 earthquake that devastated Haiti. Interpreters are needed right away to assist the College of Law’s Carlos A. Costa Immigration and Human Rights Clinic as it helps Haitian … Continue reading FIU’s Hope for Haiti Seeks Creole speakers/interpreters
1) Sir Hilary Beckles “The hate and the quake” http://www.trinidadexpress.com/index.pl/print?id=161585871 2) Response to Beckles by Anthony Wilson “Blame Haiti’s Politicians”: http://guardian.co.tt/commentary/columnist/2010/01/24/blame-haiti-s-politici ans 3) Message to the Montreal Conference on Haitian Relief by Norman Girvanhttp://www.normangirvan.info/message-to-the-montreal-conference-on-hai tian-relief/ Continue reading Debating the Future of Haiti
Image Credit: Library of Congress, Washington, DC<br> Nègres cangueiros [and] Différentes nations nègres [Slaves carrying a heavy load and Black people from different nations / Cangueiros negros e Negros de diferentes nações], from Voyage pittoresque et historique au Brésil [A picturesque and historical trip to Brazil / Viagem pitoresca e histórica ao Brasil], Jean Baptiste Debret, 1834. Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division. / … Continue reading Portugal Omits Slave History–Sign the Petition