Back to Black; Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century.

Author:Alexice, Mya
Position:Brief article - Book review

Kehinde Andrews; BACK TO BLACK; Zed Books (Nonfiction: Social Science) 24.95 ISBN: 9781786992789

Byline: Mya Alexice

Back to Black pulls no punches. In the first few pages, Kehinde Andrews condemns liberalism and the entire foundation of Western society, and does not do so in a gentle manner.

Best for those who are already somewhat familiar with black radical theory and anti-racist efforts, the book explores the advantages and limitations of all types of pro-black ideologies, from pan-Africanism to Garveyism to black nationalism and beyond. Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Assata Shakur, and Angela Davis are among the cast of black radicals that the text analyzes and dissects. It moves through this history of black radicalism in order to present a modern iteration in the hopes of combatting racism.

The book follows in the tradition of radicalism by always fixating on the root of social problems. Andrews is scathing in his denouncement of politics...

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