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Crystal M. Fleming, On the Illegibility of French Antiblackness: Notes from an African American Critic
This talk employs a critical race framework to explore historical and present-day dynamics of antiblackness in France. Reflecting on her own experiences as an African American researcher studying French racism and commemorations of slavery in the Paris region, the author considers the discursive practices of denial and minimization that continue to obfuscate French antiblackness. The author argues that despite rising attention to the legacies of slavery and a massive resurgence of mobilizations focusing on the experiences and suffering of Black people, the denial of systemic racism and French antiblackness remains hegemonic. Obscuring, erasing, justifying and trivializing antiblack racism are common features of French life—with devastating consequences for people of African descent.

Nov 17, 2020 02:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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