Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Williams, Chad; Kidada Williams, and Keisha Blain, Eds.: Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Williams, Chad; Kidada Williams, and Keisha Blain, Eds.: Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence

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Williams, Chad; Kidada Williams, and Keisha Blain, eds. Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2016, pp.368, ISBN: 0820349577.

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In this work the editors sought a way to put murder-and the subsequent debates about it in the media-in the context of America's tumultuous history of race relations and racial violence on a global scale. Hence, the book is a collection of essays and columns published in the wake of the June 17, 2015 Charleston massacre, along with selected excerpts from key existing scholarly books and general-interest articles. The collection draws from a variety of disciplines-history, sociology, urban studies, law, critical race theory-and includes a selected and annotated bibliography for further reading, drawing from such texts as the Confederate constitution, South Carolina's secession declaration, songs, poetry, narratives of the enslaved, and literacy texts. As timely as it is necessary, the book works as a resource for understanding the roots of American systemic racism, white privilege, the uses and abuses of the Confederate flag and its ideals, the African American church as a foundation for civil rights activity and state violence against such activity, and critical whiteness studies. …

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