Examining the parameters of Africana thought with references to the 2008 presidential campaigns that led to the election of Barack Obama as the forty-fourth president of the United States, this essay explores the relationship of black elite leadership and black mass disenfranchisement. It identifies the intersection of these two formations as a “dead zone,” that is, a void in practical and theoretical politics, one that reveals central evasions in conventional discourse given its general inability or unwillingness to critique the simultaneous successes and failures of a multiracial democracy that enables antiblack racism and genocide.
Joy James; The Dead Zone: Stumbling at the Crossroads of Party Politics, Genocide, and Postracial Racism. South Atlantic Quarterly 1 July 2009; 108 (3): 459–481. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00382876-2009-003
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