Cedric Robinson in the Black Radical Tradition ¡Presente!

“The mammy icon functioned as a buttress to the utopian construction of the imagined Old South.  The mammy confirmed the notion that in the Old South and the New South, race relations were mediated by nurturing love and kindness.  The icon–middle-aged or older, overweight, de-eroticized Black woman–negated the rape of Black women by white men, transferring the responsibility for hundreds of thousands of mixed-race individuals to the Black rapist…Virtually every known nineteenth-century female slave narrative contains a reference to, at some juncture, the ever-present threat and reality of rape

As the trade name for a premixed pancake preparation (and, for a time, the brand name for the milling company), Jemima’s extraordinary success as a promotional icon in mass consumption became the forerunner for the commercial exploitation of Black imagery.  Cream of Wheat’s Uncle Rastus, Uncle Remus maple syrup, Uncle Ben’s Rice, Gold Dust washing powder’s twin pickanninies, ad hundreds of other ante- and postbellum Black images adorned cans, boxes, bags, and newspaper advertisements for products as diverse as shoe polish, toothpaste, fruits, tobacco, ice creams, and services.  Black servitude or slave labor became the signifiers of class comfort and race privilege.”  Cedric J. Robinson.  2007.  Forgeries of Memory & Meaning:  Blacks & the Regimes of Race in American Theater & Film Before World War II.  Chapel Hill:  The University of North Carolina Press, 60-61.  

Several of us last night and this weekend, really, many throughout the world, are especially moved by and are present to the thought and writing of Cedric Robinson, an important and great thinker, writer and scholar who most of (white) scholarship has ignored.  Really, all of us who know that racial categories are farcical constructions hold him in the highest esteem, as he breaks it down, and disarticulates it, while at the same time showing its deadly consequences for all of us.

So, those several of us – Deshonay, Robin, Allison, Mae and I, who were introduced to Professor Robinson and his work through Professor Ruth Wilson Gilmore, gathered at the Shrine in Harlem last night to make him ¡Presente!, and we even got the chance to go on stage to share his important work and thinking, as the most excellent Q n A Band backed us up and set the perfect tempo doing so.  The pictures and videos speak for themselves, as it was so important for us to share some of his important work, work that has been hidden for too long from so many of us.

Recently some of our heroes including Muhammed Ali, Prince, and now Cedric Robinson, to name the latest who transitioned into the ancestor world, are very present to us as they are no less materially real, as we continue to learn and struggle to live following their examples towards a more righteous, happy and sustainable world.

These great pictures are by Robin McGinty, and the great videos by Allison Guess, part of the Black Radical Tradition Warrior Crew, at the beginning of our planetary and beyond tour!  And of course, we had to kick it off at our spot, the Shrine in Harlem.  Unfortunately, the poor peoples’s version of wordpress does not support videos, so check them out on Allison Guess’s Fb page.  

And we also celebrated our dear sista headliner graduate, Deshonay Dozier, as she continues her scholarship through Clyde Woods Blues Epistemologies!

And look at Mae Miller’s artistic expressions, spoken word is song, Hip Hop/the Blues –

“The mammy icon functioned as a buttress to the utopian construction of the imagined Old South.  The mammy confirmed the notion that in the Old South and the New South, race relations were mediated by nurturing love and kindness.  The icon–middle-aged or older, overweight, de-eroticized Black woman–negated the rape of Black women by white men, transferring the responsibility for hundreds of thousands of mixed-race individuals to the Black rapist…Virtually every known ninteeth-century female slave narrative contains a reference to, at some juncture, the ever-present threat and reality of rape…As the trade name for a premixed pancake preparation (and, for a time, the brand name for the milling company), Jemima’s extraordinary success as a promotional icon in mass consumption became the forerunner for the commercial exploitation of Black imagery.  Cream of Wheat’s Uncle Rastus, Uncle Remus maple syrup, Uncle Ben’s Rice, Gold Dust washing powder’s twin pickanninies, ad hundreds of other ante- and postbellum Black images adorned can, boxes, bags, and newspaper advertisements for products as diverse as shoe polish, toothpaste, fruits, tobacco, ice creams, and services.  Black servitude or slave labor became the signifiers of class comfort and race privilege.”  Cedric J. Robinson.  2007.  Forgeries of Memory & Meaning:  Blacks & the Regimes of Race in American Theater & Film Before World War II.  Chapel Hill:  The University of North Carolina Press, 60-61.  

Algunes de nosotres anoche y este fin de semana, como muches alrededor del mundo, nos animamos particularmente por y tenemos presente ahora el pensamiento de Cedric Robinon, un pensador, escritor y sabio quien mucho de la academia (blanca) no lo ha tomado en cuenta.  En realidad, todes quienes entendemos la construcción absurda de categorias raciales lo valoramos mucho, mientras el lo descompone, y lo desarticula, y a la vez, muestra sus consecuencias mortales que nos tocan a todes.

De hecho, varies de nosotres, Deshonay, Robin, Allison, Mae y yo, a quienes la Profe Ruth Wilson Gilmore nos introdujo al Profe Robinson y a su trabajo, nos juntamos en el Shrine en Harlem anoche para hacerlo ¡Presente! y aun tuvimos la oportunidad de subirnos a la tarima para compartir su trabajo y pensamiento importante, acompañadas por la banda excelente Q n A con el ritmo perfecto.  Las fotos y los videos cuentan bien la historia, pa’ compartir algo de su trabajo importante, cuyo ha sido ocultado de mucho de nuestros conocimientos por mucho tiempo.

Recientemente, algunes de nuestres heroes como Muhammad Ali, Prince, y ahora Cedric Robinson, para nombrar los últimos en hacer la transicción al mundo de nuestros ancestros estan muy presentes en sentidos bien materiales, mientras seguimos aprendiendo de elles y luchamos para seguir sus ejemplos de vivir hacia un mundo más justamente bakano, felíz y sostenible.

Las fotos bakanas arriba fueron tomadas por Robin McGinty, y los videos cheveres por Allison Guess, parte del Conjunto de la Tradición Radical Negra, al inicio de nuestra gira planetaria y al más alla.  Desafortunadamente, wordpress no deja montar los videos en esta versión para la gente pobre, pero chequealos en la pagina de Fb de Allison Guess.  

Además, festejamos a la hermana estrella graduada, Deshonay Dozier, mientras ella sigue en camino con su erudición por medio de las epistemoligias de los Blues de Clyde Woods.

Y vea arriba a las expresiones artísticas de la Mae Miller, palabra cantada de hip hop/los blues.

 

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