Black Power in the Caribbean by Kate Quinn

By Kate Quinn

“An altogether path-breaking selection of riveting essays.”—Robert A. Hill, Editor in leader of The Marcus Garvey & UNIA Papers

“A attention-grabbing, unique, and much-needed background of the improvement of Black strength at the quite a few islands of the Caribbean. via relocating the guts of the research clear of the USA, this assortment increases vital new questions about the increase and effect of Black Power.”—Stephen Tuck, writer of We Ain’t What We should Be

“The little-understood position of the Afro-Caribbean Left within the English-speaking islands gets a strong dose of perception here.”—Paul Buhle, writer of C.L.R. James: The Artist as Revolutionary

“A scintillating addition to Black Power’s shiny historiography. whereas its geographic concentration is comparatively small, its implications for our realizing of black radical politics couldn't be broader. It proves past a doubt that Black strength was once a really transnational phenomenon.”—Joe road, writer of The tradition battle within the Civil Rights Movement

“Most case reports of the Black energy phenomenon which swept in the course of the Caribbean islands within the seventies concentration commonly on one or Caribbean islands.  the worth and significance of Kate Quinn’s publication is that it marshals experiences drawn from as a ways south as Trinidad and Tobago to others as some distance North as Jamaica and Bermuda. It additionally has the good thing about taking a look at cultures and languages except English. The publication is a must-read.”—Selwyn Ryan, writer of Eric Williams, the parable and the Man

Black energy reports were ruled by means of the North American tale, yet after a long time of scholarly forget, the expansion of “New Black strength stories” has revitalized the sector. primary to the present time table are a critique of the slim household lens in which U.S. Black energy has been seen and a choice for larger consciousness to foreign and transnational dimensions of the circulation. Black energy within the Caribbean highlights the original origins and explanations of Black strength mobilization within the Caribbean and its courting to Black strength within the usa, eventually situating the ancient roots and smooth legacies of the flow in a much wider, foreign context.


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Mills, S. The Empire Within: Postcolonial Thought and Political Activism in Sixties Montreal, Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2010. Moya Pons, F. “Dominican National Identity and Return Migration,” Centre for Latin American Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville, 1981. Mwakikagile, G. Relations between Africans and African Americans, Dar es Salaam: New Africa Press, 2007. Naipaul, V. S. “Michael X and the Black Power Killings in Trinidad,” in The Return of Eva Peron, London: Andre Deutsch, 1980, 1–91.

15 Thus, although there was a clear racial dimension to the conception of “white power,” the equation of whiteness with imperialism and capitalist exploitation gave an added ideological dimension to the definition of black and white. ”17 Caribbean conceptions of Black Power were also influenced by the particular dynamics of the multiethnic and black majority societies in which they evolved. In these contexts, the conceptualization of Black Power included a class dimension that took into account not only international and local “white power” but also the existence of a local brown and black middle class whose interests lay in preserving the status quo.

How then did these race-class formations play out, and what did “blackness” mean in Caribbean conceptions of Black Power? While there were a variety of positions, here I will focus primarily on the radical left, whose definitions of blackness had strongly political (not solely “racial”) dimensions. There are three critical considerations here: first, how “blackness” was defined against a global “white power” system into which the Caribbean was inserted; second, how conceptions of “blackness” dealt with the existence of a domestic black and brown middle class; and third, the extent to which definitions of “blackness” in the Caribbean context were inclusive of the region’s other ethnicities.

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