***'Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4Chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right' (4hrs)
You want to know how we got here and what the alt right is? and I don't mean "oh them boys with the tiki torches" - this book goes deep into how we got here from a social media perspective and how we got here from a philosophical+historical perspective
***'Black Rednecks and White Liberals' Fuckin' don't even read this horseshit. Thomas Sowell is the black guy they can rollout to say "see? you niggers have it fucked up, opportunity is still alive in America"
I made gave it 1 hour before being mad I even tried to be fair with ideas.
*** 'Homo Deus - A Brief History of Tomorrow' Dense, the thing I got from it is...nothing is real, we're only really in love with symbols - as in, The King merely a representation of what we want to have in a king.
*** 'The Plot to Betray America; How Team Trump Embraced Our Enemies, Compromised Our Security, and How We Can Fix It'
Trump is a certified piece of shit. The end.
Recommended reading for a long drive if you want to have some Trump facts to drop on his fans who deny reality.
***'Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities'
Essentially, the only color that matter is green is a fucking lie of the devil. Our property, lives and the things we (black people) touch are devalued. I havent read it yet, its next up.
Not to mention classics like Franz Fanon's "The Wretched of the Earth," which was adopted into an excellent documentary narrated by Ms. Lauryn Hill called "Concerning Violence" (2015). In terms of Black aesthetics and art, I would recommend Martine Sym's "Afro-Futurist Manifesto."
4. "Adolph Reed Jr's 1995 "What Are The Drums Saying, Booker?"" In response to Reply # 2
is an interesting take on proto-woke Black public intellectuals that explicitly criticizing this "wokeness" as insufficiently political and unable to rectify economic disparities for all classes of Black people by instead focusing on the few privileged Blacks able to achieve upward social mobility by "translating what the drums say" for white audiences.
6. "I meant it in a tongue-in-cheek way. " In response to Reply # 2
tbh, that term has been burned to death. it died when it was appropriated by right wing circles to reference a conservative's "power level". as in, "spicy is woke" (fuck, 'member spicer?)
ya know, I've not read any bell hooks, might have to look into it.
I wonder if the the historical dialog has been broken or disrupted with the creation and distribution of internet culture which seems to break all cultural norms around social contracts - aka not ok to drop the n-word full stop but it became ok to use it online but then the meaning has adopted several new layers of meaning. SO with that, what becomes of critical race theory of the past 30 years?
11. "Reading Jazz As Critique by Fumi Okiji" In response to Reply # 0
More relevant than you might think at a time like this. Theodor Adorno got his freudian take on fascism we are seeing from MAGA world right now pretty spot on, but he had to simplify and strip jazz of its power as a critique / counter to mainstream society at large by painting it as a by-product of late-stage capitalism.
Very dense, it took me an hour and half to read the intro (like 10 pages lol).
"A sustained engagement with Theodor Adorno, Jazz As Critique looks to jazz for ways of understanding the inadequacies of contemporary life. Adorno's writings on jazz are notoriously dismissive. Nevertheless, Adorno does have faith in the critical potential of some musical traditions. Music, he suggests, can provide insight into the controlling, destructive nature of modern society while offering a glimpse of more empathetic and less violent ways of being together in the world. Taking Adorno down a path he did not go, this book calls attention to an alternative sociality made manifest in jazz. In response to writing that tends to portray it as a mirror of American individualism and democracy, Fumi Okiji makes the case for jazz as a model of "gathering in difference."Noting that this mode of subjectivity emerged in response to the distinctive history of black America, she reveals that the music cannot but call the integrity of the world into question.
About the author
Fumi Okiji is Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst."
12. "Color of money is a great book. " In response to Reply # 0
The work of the Equal justice Institute is great at illuminating the true history of racial violence in America.
Not sure what city you live in but if you find a more local history of housing discrimination, school segregation, transportation discrimination, or job discrimination the lines of race and class become even more clear.
The Baltimore area book is Not In My Neighborhood, the Atlanta area book is Race and the shaping of 20th century Atlanta.
America has imported more warlord theocracy from Afghanistan than it has exported democracy.
14. "Contemporary stuff there, I still think the classics are also vital" In response to Reply # 0
I'll guess that you already The Fire Next Time and probably some other Baldwin stuff but there was a hardbound collection of his essays and shorter works (just a plain white jacket with black print) that was very illuminating and varied.
Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth is still indispensable and recently seems to have come under fire from conservative assholes much in the way that they put Howard Zinn in their crosshairs. That means it is still poignant, relevant and, in my view, essential.
Angela Davis's Are Prisons Obsolete? is a pretty good intro to some of the defunding/abolitionist stuff that is going on now even though it was written like 20 years ago.
One that I think has a wide range of topics explored from fairly hardcore political analysis to keen social insight is a book called Liberalism and the Limits of Power by Juliet A. Williams. It came out around 2005 and really hit the nail squarely in terms of the direction of liberalism and offered some other observations later on about the rise of a sort of preference for simulation and imitation over reality.
And you will know MY JACKET IS GOLD when I lay my vengeance upon thee.
20. "RE: Getting "woke" and shit. I need some book recs. " In response to Reply # 0
Buy the Man-Not by Tommy Curry and read it, immediately. Take your time tho. It's dense, and heavy.
From Here To Equality by Sandy Darity The Color Of Law by Richard Rothstein The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation by Daina Berry
^^^reading these in conjunction with the Color Of Money will completely alter your perception of race and economics in America^^^^
Propaganda by Edward Bernays Quick read, and HUGELY influential in modern life. Dude was a despicable human being, and his rotten ideas are everywhere
The Condemnation of Little B by Elaine Brown Search & Destroy By Jim Miller The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander ^^^The role that black men play in this culture as boogie men cannot be overstated. These books help unpack why and how this is done.
22. "if you read the Fire Next Time by James Baldwin, you should read" In response to Reply # 0
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race by Jesmyn Ward.
James has been dead for over 40 years now and he's a prominent figure in today's civil rights movement, BLM. Ward's book is a response to James foretelling and cautionary realism of the future when systematic racism continues to flourish in each generation and those who are tired of it, will stop marching/singing but instead will start killing/shouting.
Rutger Bregman - Humankind: A hopeful history Peter Kropotkin - Mutual Aid: A factor in evolution Jared Diamond - Guns, germs and steel Bruno Latour - We have never been modern David Abram - The spell of the sensuous Charles C. Mann - 1491: New revelations of the Americas before Columbus Charles C. Mann - 1493: Uncovering the new world Columbus created