ANT 324L • Senior Seminar
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
In 1951, William Patterson, W.E.B. DuBois, and Paul Robeson accused the United States of genocide against African Americans at the United Nations. In this seminar, we will explore how the concept of genocide is relevant to understanding racial oppression in the US as well in the African Diaspora. To do so, we will simultaneously focus on two points:
1) past and contemporary manifestations of anti-Black genocide; and 2) the analyses and solutions activists and intellectuals put forth concerning systematic assaults on communities of color.
Possible readings include William Patterson's We Charge Genocide, Dorothy Robert's Killing the Black Body, Robert Williams Negroes With Guns, and Cathy Cohen's The Boundaries of Blackness.