What We Can Learn From the Rise and Fall of ‘Political Blackness’

Written by Kwame Anthony Appiah 6 October 2020

“In Britain, this capacious usage of “Black” scanted the enormous differences among the nation’s nonwhite minorities. But that was exactly its point, and its power...using “Black” as an umbrella term, he felt, would weaken such illusions: It would helpfully emphasize the “immense diversity and differentiation of the historical and cultural experience of black subjects” (Kwame Anthony Appiah, 2020).

Publisher: NYT

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Category: Culture and Democracy