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

Wed, 10/21/2020

“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?”

In the longest public interview he has ever given, SCT Faculty George Yancy argues that “white supremacy breathes at the site of Black asphyxiation.” Yancy, who in the summer of 2021 will lead a 6-week SCT seminar, Whiteness and the Phenomenology of Racial Embodiment, discusses the “racialized dimensions of COVID-19 vulnerabilities, Donald Trump’s displays of white nationalist aspirations, the un-sutured pain of living as a Black person in the United States, and the much-required insurrection against white ontology itself.

Read the full interview with Woojin Lim on Truthout here.

George Yancy, the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Philosophy at Emory University and a Montgomery Fellow at Darhmouth College, works primarily in the areas of critical philosophy of race, critical whiteness studies, critical phenomenology (especially, on racial embodiment), and philosophy of the Black experience. A preview lecture of Yancy's 6-week seminar scheduled for the summer of 2021 can be found here. 

Photo Credit: McKinsey. Black Lives Matter protest in Compton Los Angeles. 7 Jun 2020, LOS ANGELES, USA

 

Black Lives Matter protest in Compton Los Angeles. 7 Jun 2020, LOS ANGELES, USA