Just as the history of the Maroons in Jamaica demonstrate, the black freedom struggle can ill afford any more accommodation or compromise now any more than it did two centuries ago. Marronage is freedom, but only if we collectively understand its limits. Otherwise it is mired in class collaborationist politics which may profess a desire for black freedom, but in reality hamper it at every turn.
Beaumont Kin is a good example of how those within the profession should embrace the activist historian mantle in our own time and in our own, very real world.
Western wealth was taken, not by innovation and ingenuity, as we have long told ourselves, but by “murder, mutilation, and downright robbery.”
We need a Joker who rejects the crumbling capitalist order, not one who reinforces it.
Ibram X. Kendi’s much-anticipated second book, How to Be An Antiracist, hit shelves across the world last month.