The New Age of Empire: How Racism and Colonialism Still Rule the World
Dawn Butler MP in discussion with Kehinde Andrews about his new book The New Age of Empire: How Racism and Colonialism Still Rule the World
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About this Event
The Harambee Organisation of Black Unity is hosting a launch for Kehinde Andrew’s new book The New Age of Empire: How Racism and Colonialism Still Rule the World. Dawn Butler MP will be in conversation with Kehinde about the themes in the book and how relevant they are to the current moment.
Kehinde has signed a very limited number of copies of the book, due the coronavirus restrictions. For this event we have partnered with Foyles who will send out a signed copy to anyone who buys a book ticket and is based in the UK. Books will sent after the release date in February.
All proceeds to the Harambee Organisation of Black Unity’s project to open the Garvey Education Centre, in Birmingham
Dawn Butler is Labour MP for Brent South and served as Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities between 2017-2020. Since returning to Parliament in 2015 has been awarded two Patchwork Foundation awards, having been voted People’s Choice 2016 Labour MP of the Year and next receiving the Overall MP of the Year award 2017. Dawn in one of the most outspoken voices for Black people in Britain and in 2020 named one of the 25 most influential women in the UK by Vogue.
Kehinde Andrews is Professor of Black Studies at Birmingham City University, . At BCU he was also one of the team who founded the first undergraduate degree in Black Studies. Andrews regularly writes for the Guardian, the Independent, Ebony Magazine, and CNN. He has been featured on Good Morning Britain, Newsnight, Channel 4 News, BBC News Channel, and Under the Skin with Russell Brand. Andrews’s first book, Resisting Racism: Race, Inequality and the Black Supplementary School Movement, was published in 2013 and he co-edited the first collection of British Black Studies, Blackness in Britain, in 2016. His latest book was Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century published by Zed books in 2018.
About the book:
The West is rich because the Rest is poor. Capitalism is racism. The West congratulations itself on raising poverty by increments in the developing world while ignoring the fact that it created these conditions in the first place, and continues to perpetuate them. The Enlightenment, which underlies every part of our foundational philosophy today, was and is profoundly racist. This colonial logic was and is used to justify the ransacking of Black and brown bodies and their land. The fashionable solutions offered by the white Left in recent years fall far short of even beginning to tackle the West’s place at the helm of a racist global order.Offering no easy answers, The New Age of Empire is essential reading to understand our profoundly corrupt global system. A work of essential clarity, The New Age of Empire is a groundbreaking new blueprint for taking Black Radical thought into the twenty-first century and beyond.
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