The problem of political blackness: lessons from the Black Supplementary School Movement

Andrews, K. (2016) The problem of political blackness: lessons from the Black Supplementary School Movement. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 39. pp. 1-19. ISSN 01419870 (ISSN)

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The Black Supplementary School Movement has a fifty-year tradition of resisting racism in Britain. Central to the movement is a construction of African Diasporic Blackness that is marginalized in British scholarship. 'Political blackness', based on the unity ethnic minority groups, is an important frame of reference in Britain. This article will examine the limitations of 'political blackness' in relation to research carried out in the Black Supplementary School Movement that involved interviews with key activists and an archival analysis of documents at the George Padmore Institute. Political blackness is based on an inaccurate understanding of the relationship between multiculturalism and anti-racism; a misreading of the complex and global nature of racism and a non-strategic essentialism. The concept also creates a form non-whiteism, which disempowers ethnic minority communities and works to delegitimize African Diasporic Blackness, which has a tradition of resisting racist oppression. © 2016 Taylor & Francis

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: anti-racism, Black studies, Black supplementary schools, multiculturalism, Political blackness
Subjects: L300 Sociology
Divisions: UoA Collections > REF2021 UoA21: Sociology
Depositing User: Jessica Baylis
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2016 12:22
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2017 11:01

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