AFROPUNK SOLUTION SESSIONS EP. 3: SKEPTIC
June 20, 2018
In our last episode of SOLUTION SESSIONS, “A Seat at the Table,” Bridget and Yves talked to Black organizers dedicated to making change through electoral politics. But not everyone thinks that liberation can be found in running for office and in voting. Some of us are more skeptical of the two-party system and reject it entirely. In the third episode of SOLUTION SESSIONS, we’re exploring Black political skepticism. If the system has always marginalized and discounted you, does it make sense to turn your back on it?
Bridget and Yves talk to Franklin James Fisher, of the band Algiers, and Shalya Nunnely, author of Trust in Black America: Race, Discrimination, and Politics and professor of Political Science and Africana Studies Institute at University of Connecticut, to trace the roots of Black political skepticism and what it means for making change today.
We get into it:
- The historical roots of Black political skepticism
- The simulation of American democracy
- Using protest to break through the noise
- Read everything you can
- Start a dialogue
- Make your own lanes
- Break the machine
- For a primer on Jean Baudrillard and his work Simulacra and Simulation go HERE
- For more on Dr. Nunnely’s work go HERE
- For more from Frank check out this New York Times piece and listen to more Algiers
- For more on Mario Savio’s “the Machine” speech, go HERE
Featured in this episode:
Shayla C. Nunnally
Author + Associate Professor at UConn
Shayla Nunnally, associate professor of political science at University of Connecticut and has written the book ‘Trust in Black America: Race, Discrimination, and Politics.’ (Photo: Daniel Buttrey/UConn Photo)
Member Of The Band Algiers
ALGIERS is a doom soul band from Atlanta, Georgia. Their second LP, The Underside of Power, shouts down oppressors as it twists work songs and soul motifs around post-punk, noise and sledgehammer beats.
Founder, Overcoming Racism
Matthew founded “Overcoming Racism,” realizing that problems facing black and brown kids in our education system are rooted in systemic racism, and not in the children themselves.