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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

George Yancy and bell hooks: Buddhism, the Beats and Loving Blackness

George Yancy: Over the years you have used the expression “imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy” to describe the power structure underlying the social order. Why tie those terms together as … Continue reading

December 15, 2015 · 3 Comments

George Yancy and Paul Gilroy: What ‘Black Lives’ Means in Britain

George Yancy: In a review of the 2013 movie “12 Years a Slave,” you wrote that neoliberalism — the unquestioning faith in free market values taken to ideological extremes — … Continue reading

October 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

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