Dr. Sekou M. Franklin is Associate Professor of Political Science at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). He has published works on urban politics, social movements, juvenile justice, the anti-death penalty movement, youth activism, Venezuelan politics, and state and local politics.
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Lester Spence provides a must read for those seeking to understanding the current state of black politics in his book, Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics. He takes on neoliberalism, which has wreaked havoc on poor communities. In the interview below with Bill Fletcher, he helps us understand why blacks politicians and even grassroots advocates have championed the neoliberal dogma.
Time to bring down the confederacy and all of its symbols. See my essay describing why we must bury confederate iconography.
My hope is that the Movement for Black Lives Matter exemplifies a new protest cycle – a rebellious, yet strategic, impulse by young people and especially blacks to make greater demands for racial equity and social justice. I expressed these sentiments in an essay a year ago. Note: The essay was initially written for the National Conference of Black Political Scientists and then revised for Atlanta BlackStar.
In August, I was asked by the Boston Review to offer my comments about the Watts rebellion of 1965 . The essay offers insight about Bayard Rustin, his Watts Manifesto, and the connection between Watts and the Movement for Black Lives Matter.