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Performing blackness

To many, Obama's election meant the dawn of a new "post-racial" era for America. But, say many leading black American thinkers, the reality is much more complicated

For his article “Post-racial kitsch?” (Prospect, December), Jonathan Derbyshire interviewed a number of leading African-American thinkers, both before and after the US election, about how an Obama presidency would affect America’s fraught racial politics. His conversations with Kwame Anthony Appiah, a Ghanian-American philosopher and theorist of identity, John McWhorter, an African-American linguist who has attacked “black victimology,” and Tommie Shelby, a historian of the black solidarity movement, are recorded in full here.

3rd November 2008 Conversation between Jonathan Derbyshire and Kwame Anthony Appiah

Kwame Anthony Appiah is a philosopher, cultural theorist and novelist. He is the Laurance S.…

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