Beyonce and the politics of cultural dominance

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I confess, I am a culturally alienated, old, disconnected 1960s and ‘70s radical trying to live and struggle for revolutionary change in a world that might have passed me by, because I cannot for the life of me understand how Beyonce’s commodified caricature of black opposition was in any way progressive. Instead what I saw was the cultural power of neoliberal capitalism to co-opt opposition, monetize it and provide some mindless entertainment all at the same time. I didn’t see opposition; I saw the imagery and symbols of authentic black radicalism grotesquely transformed into a de-politicized spectacle by gyrating, light-skinned … Continue reading

A White Problem

One of the major flaws of political correctness and multiculturalism has been the way in which it has subsumed questions of ‘race’ under the euphemistic umbrella of ‘culture’. This shift in language correlates with the disavowal of the race problem. Culturalisation of discourse has amounted to depoliticisation. With good intentions of inhibiting prejudice and furthering sensitivity, we find ourselves all too complacent in attestation to racial oppression and injustice. You’ll know what I mean if you’ve ever had that conversation about Malcolm X with your liberal friend, who accuses the man of being as bad as the white racists he … Continue reading