[Video] Black Liberation and the Paradox of Political Engagement- Frank Wilderson III

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 6.01.07 PMVideo From UCD Islamic Third World Coalition

[Thank you to #UCDAVIS Black Student Union (BSU), Critical Anti-Colonial Studies, Faces of African Muslims (FAM), and UCD Islamic Third World Coalition for bringing key Afro-Pessimist thinker and anti-Apartheid fighter Frank B. Wilderson III to University of California at Davis]

In this talk, Frank Wilderson will use ideas/themes from a paper he wrote titled “The Black Liberation Army and the Paradox of Political Engagement”. See the abstract of that paper below-

Abstract:
“Assata Shakur’s 1973 prison communiqué is exemplary of the paradox immanent in any recourse to the analogical terrain of the Symbolic for the articulation of a Black political position. The violence constitutive of the Black-qua-Slave voids access to “transindividual objects” of prior spatial (e.g. “land”) or temporal (e.g. “heritage”) plenitude—real or imaginable—that both triangulate intra-Human (non-Black) conflict and fortify their relationality or common subjectivity. Since the narrative structure of political discourse cannot translate gratuitous violence (Real) from “violated” flesh (Imaginary) to its authorized touchstones (Symbolic), it, like the Marxists and postcolonialists who deploy its grammar, are inherently anti-Black.”

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