Brittney Cooper on The Racial Politics of Time

“We treat time as though it is timeless, as though it has always been this way, as though it doesn’t have a political history bound up with the plunder of indigenous lands, the genocide of indigenous people and the stealing of Africans from their homeland.

When white male European philosophers first thought to conceptualize time and history, one famously declared, “[Africa] is no historical part of the World.” He was essentially saying that Africans were people outside of history who had had no impact on time or the march of progress.”

—Dr. Brittney Cooper

On the final day of Black History Month, check out this great talk by Dr. Brittney Cooper on the racial politics of time.


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones

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I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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