Black Lives Matter

What political and cultural tactics have black people employed to expose, challenge, and undo state-sanctioned and extrajudicial racial violence against black bodies, and how have those tactics changed over time? In this course we will examine how the emergent #blacklivesmatter movement is distinct from, but in direct conversation with, the long history of movements committed to racial justice in America. We will discuss the discourse of #blacklivesmatter in popular media, and its incorporation of black feminist and queer resistance to social and material structures of power. Interdisciplinary texts may include Marc Lamont Hill’s Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, From Ferguson to Flint and Beyond (2016), Dorothy Roberts’ Killing the Black Body (1998), and Ida B. Wells-Barnett’s classic Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases (1892). 3 hr. lect.
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AMST 0345

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Spring 2017

AMST0345A-S17 Lecture (Finley)