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George Yancy: To Be Black in the US Is to Have a Knee Against Your Neck Each Day

What drives the current rift between white and Black America, and how as individuals can we effectively contribute to the fight against the worldmaking of whiteness?

July 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Noam Chomsky: Trump Has Adopted a “Viva Death!” Approach to the Presidency

In this interview, Chomsky provides insight on how we can best grapple with the current moment – and prepare for the sobering future.

June 8, 2020 · 6 Comments

George Yancy: Ahmaud Arbery and the Ghosts of Lynchings Past

As a black man living in Georgia, I am all too aware of the state’s history of lynching.

May 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

George Yancy: Dear God, Are You There?

We are in a deep spiritual crisis that can’t be relieved by politics, or philosophy.

August 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

George Yancy: #IAmSexist

Men, listen up. In light of a year of disturbing revelations from the #MeToo movement and from last month’s profoundly troubling Brett Kavanaugh hearings and his eventual confirmation to the … Continue reading

November 12, 2018 · 1 Comment

George Yancy: Should I Give Up on White People?

You deserve to be punished with several fists to your face! You’re nothing but a troublemaker! I’ve had enough of your Racist talk! You’d better watch what you say and … Continue reading

April 17, 2018 · 2 Comments

Drucilla Cornell & George Yancy: James Bond is a Wimp

I conducted this interview with the influential feminist philosopher and ethicist Drucilla Cornell over the past month, as the #MeToo movement has gained force, and debates about feminist responses to … Continue reading

February 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

David Kyuman Kim and George Yancy: An Open Letter of Love to Kim Jong-un

一封充满爱意的信,致金正恩 Dear Chairman Kim Jong-un, We are certain that you will find this letter of love surprising. We offer it to you in the final days of President Trump’s trip … Continue reading

November 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: What is Destroying the Earth?

A sense of entitlement among Westerners is driving many of the environmental problems that are destroying our world. Lately, I’ve been thinking about my friend Carla*, a longtime environmental activist. … Continue reading

July 14, 2017 · 3 Comments

George Yancy: Is Your God Dead?

I don’t mean the God of the philosophers or the scholars, but, as Blaise Pascal said, the “God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob.” With no disrespect, I … Continue reading

June 21, 2017 · 2 Comments

George Yancy: It’s Black History Month. Look in the Mirror.

To many Americans, February, first officially recognized by President Gerald Ford in 1976 as Black History Month, is a time to celebrate African-American achievements, ones that were gained against nearly … Continue reading

February 10, 2017 · 1 Comment

George Yancy: I am a Dangerous Professor

Those familiar with George Orwell’s “1984” will recall that “Newspeak was designed not to extend but to diminish the range of thought.” I recently felt the weight of this Orwellian … Continue reading

December 4, 2016 · 3 Comments

George Yancy and Brad Evans: The Perils of Being a Black Philosopher

Brad Evans: In response to a series of troubling verbal attacks you recently received following your essay in The Stone in December, “Dear White America,” the American Philosophical Association put … Continue reading

April 21, 2016 · 2 Comments

George Yancy: Dear White America

In 2015, I conducted a series of 19 interviews with philosophers and public intellectuals on the issue of race. My aim was to engage, in this very public space, with … Continue reading

December 31, 2015 · 1 Comment

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