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Critical Black Studies Reader

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Edited By Rochelle Brock, Dara Nix-Stevenson and Paul Chamness Miller

The Critical Black Studies Reader is a ground-breaking volume whose aim is to criticalize and reenvision Black Studies through a critical lens. The book not only stretches the boundaries of knowledge and understanding of issues critical to the Black experience, it creates a theoretical grounding that is intersectional in its approach. Our notion of Black Studies is neither singularly grounded in African American Studies nor on traditional notions of the Black experience. Though situated work in this field has historically
grappled with the question of «where are we?» in Black Studies, this volume offers the reader a type of criticalization that has not occurred to this point. While the volume includes seminal works by authors in the field, as a critical endeavor, the editors have also included pieces that address the political issues that intersect with – among others –
power, race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, place, and economics.

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Part 4: Activism and Resistance in Black Studies Past, Present, Future

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Part 4 activism and resistance in Black studies Past, Present, Future this final section is multidimensional and expands the conversation of activism and resistance in Black studies beyond the economic, psychological, legal, and moral to systematically focus on the experience of Black people engaged in the outer struggle against oppression, discrimination, imperial- ism, racism, and other pejorative forces while reflecting on their inner struggle to establish community, identity heritage, and systemic change. linda a. Wiggins, in chapter 19, “When the Church sins: The Violence of silence,” examines the silence of the church in the face of racial injustice, particularly as it pertains to police brutality. she asserts that many churches, Black and White, are not averse to ensuring that they participate in what- ever way necessary to help maintain the power and influence of the dominant culture over those who are oppressed by that culture. Because of this Wiggins explains that the violence against people of color has continued to escalate to near-cataclysmic levels, while the church continues to turn a blind eye to these countless acts of injustice. In chapter 20, ‘Yes! Black folks tan, too!’ resistance recognized Through the stories of a Black Beach Community,” hope Jackson examines how her stories and those of one of the cofounders, Caro- nell Chestnut, dispel the myth of beaches as “White only” spaces. our experiences (re)define the ocean City beach community as another unrevealed perspective of overlooked african american culture. as such, she argues for ocean City being appreciated...

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