Remi Joseph-Salisbury, Azeezat Johnson & Beth Kamunge
The Fire Now: Anti-Racist Scholarship in Times of Explicit Racial Violence
Not so long ago, many talked complacently of a post-racial era, claiming that advances made by people of color showed that racial divisions were becoming a thing of the past. But the hollowness of such claims has been exposed by the rise of Trump and Brexit, both of which have revealed deep-seated white resentment and have been attended by a resurgence in hate crime and overt racial hatred on both sides of the Atlantic. At a time when progress toward equality is not only stalling, but being actively reversed, how should anti-racist scholars respond?
This collection carries on James Baldwin’s legacy of bearing witness to racial violence in its many forms. Its authors address how we got to this particular moment, arguing that it can only be truly understood by placing it within the wider historical and structural contexts that normalize racism and white supremacy. Its chapters engage with a wide range of contemporary issues and debates, from the whiteness of the recent women’s marches, to anti-racist education, to the question of Black queer studies and queer intersectionality. Mapping out the problems we face, and the solutions we need, The Fire Now considers how anti-racist scholarship and activism can overcome the setbacks posed by the resurgence of white supremacism.