Saturday, December 7, 2013

Video: my talk at Northwestern

In the video here, I mostly answer astute questions from Gary Fine's classes at Northwestern (h/t Heather Menefee and Kang san Lee). See also here. Gary, a fellow Evans professor who has led the protest against naming an award for an "exterminator"\ethnic cleanser, asked a devil's advocate question to the effect: oh, you're just talking down America. Quite the contrary, to name the truth is to speak for what is decent and perhaps even hopeful in America. In a democracy, there is no peace to be made with genocide. With Langston Hughes' "America is not America to me," a multiracial America, rejecting ethnic cleansing and carrying out the Bill of Rights (and of course, taking on capitalism and its consequences) will be...

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