Visiting Speaker Karin Wimbley

    Location: Center Hall: 216 Classroom
    Date: 04/04/18
    Time: 12:00PM - 1:00PM


    The Enlightenment in a 21st Century American Context: #BlackLivesMatter and the Rhetoric of Natural Rights

         This talk argues that “#BlackLivesMatter (BLM) is part of a long history of civil rights movements in the U.S. that have used (without prolonged success) the rhetoric of human rights. Why is appealing to the basic entitlement to human rights an ineffective strategy in Black resistance to state-sanctioned violence in the United States? Drawing upon decolonial and postcolonial critiques of the Enlightenment, Modernity, and Empire, I contextualize the U.S. Constitution as a document that brings to life the colonial matrix of power that codifies African enslavement in the U.S. as a natural right, human right, and civil right for those granted citizenship. Ultimately, the U.S. Constitution (and subsequent amendments) remains true to the original spirit of the founding fathers: black bodies are economically indispensable, yet black lives are disposable.”

    Ticket Information: free and open to the public

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    Violet Benge
    Event ID:43299