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Deferred Dreams, Defiant StrugglesCritical Perspectives on Blackness, Belonging, and Civil Rights$
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Violet Showers Johnson, Gundolf Graml, and Patricia Williams Lessane

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940339

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786940339.001.0001

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Introduction: Deferred Dreams, Defiant Struggles

Introduction: Deferred Dreams, Defiant Struggles

(p.1) 1 Introduction: Deferred Dreams, Defiant Struggles
Deferred Dreams, Defiant Struggles

Violet Showers Johnson

Gundolf Graml

Patricia Williams Lessane

Liverpool University Press

Offers a brief international history of black oppression, exploitation and misrepresentation. The significant gains born out of the freedom struggles of the 1950s and 1960s are noted and reflected upon in the context of the persistent injustices and discrimination experienced by African-descended peoples around the world today. Parallels are drawn between the anti-immigrant rhetoric of Enoch Powell’s 1968 “Rivers of Blood” speech and the rise of right-wing populism across Europe in the early twenty-first century. The recent police killings of African-Americans are discussed in order to highlight the continuation of the black struggle in a post-civil rights USA. A broad overview of the contents of volume is then provided. Subjects and themes outlined range from the dynamics of the struggle against racism in a transnational context, to the disruption of socially constructed discourses on blackness via artistic and religious performativity, and the lesser known struggles of the Civil Rights Movement.

Keywords:   Labour exploitation, Colonialism, Civil Rights Movement, Ethnocentricity, African nationalism, Colour-blind racism, Immigration, Oppression, Anti-black racism, Activism

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