All posts by sekoufranklin

About sekoufranklin

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.

The Danger of Neoliberalism and Black Politics


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.



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.