May 18, 2022
In this episode, we talk with Georgetown University Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò, about his new book Elite Capture: How the Powerful Took Over Identity Politics (And Everything Else). In early 2021 we interviewed Taiwo about his essay of a similar name (Identity Politics and Elite Capture) to debunk the myth of trickle-down blackness --the concept that if a select group of Black people can gain access to elite spaces then the fruits of that access will magically trickle down to the masses of Black people.
This episode picks up as part two of that conversation. With elite capture as our philosophical lens, we discuss the pitfalls of popular phrases like "Rooting For Everybody Black" and "All Skin Folk Ain't Kinfolk" that obscure class differences among Black people and allow a faux racial solidarity to dilute our politics. We also discuss if class suicide can weaken the negative impact of elite capture.
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