Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781786993809 Will Publish November 2018 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786993793 Will Publish November 2018 For sale in North and South America only

The Fire Now

Anti-Racist Scholarship in Times of Explicit Racial Violence

Edited by Azeezat Johnson, Remi Joseph-Salisbury, and Beth Kamunge

The Fire Now

Edited by Azeezat Johnson, Remi Joseph-Salisbury, and Beth Kamunge

Distributed for Zed Books

208 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781786993809 Will Publish November 2018 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786993793 Will Publish November 2018 For sale in North and South America only
Not so long ago, many talked complacently of a post-racial era, claiming that advances made by people of color showed that racial divisions were becoming a thing of the past. But the hollowness of such claims has been exposed by the rise of Trump and Brexit, both of which have revealed deep-seated white resentment and have been attended by a resurgence in hate crime and overt racial hatred on both sides of the Atlantic.  At a time when progress toward equality is not only stalling, but being actively reversed, how should anti-racist scholars respond?
This collection carries on James Baldwin’s legacy of bearing witness to racial violence in its many forms. Its authors address how we got to this particular moment, arguing that it can only be truly understood by placing it within the wider historical and structural contexts that normalize racism and white supremacy. Its chapters engage with a wide range of contemporary issues and debates, from the whiteness of the recent women’s marches, to anti-racist education, to the question of Black queer studies and queer intersectionality. Mapping out the problems we face, and the solutions we need, The Fire Now considers how anti-racist scholarship and activism can overcome the setbacks posed by the resurgence of white supremacism.
Review Quotes
Fred Moten, New York University
“Mobilizes the global resources of anti-racist activism and scholarship, bringing light and heat to a world desperately in need of both. The writing it contains is brilliant, timely, and essential.”
Yasmin Gunaratnam, Goldsmiths University of London
“A clarion call and a collaborative love letter, The Fire Now is a ferocious and diligent reckoning with newly energized forces of racism and white supremacy.”
Robbie Shilliam, Queen Mary University of London
“A handbook for those who wish to undertake anti-racist work in resurgently racist times. By curating a timely and diverse set of critical interventions, the editors have provided an indispensable book with which to confront our current political climate.”
Heidi Safia Mirza, UCL Institute of Education (emeritus)
“This powerful collection captures the voices of a new generation of revolutionary writers and activists who declare ‘no more!’ to racial injustice. The Fire Now will burn in your thoughts for as long as racism and white privilege prevail.”
Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Syracuse University
“These eloquent essays craft an inspiring landscape of resistance to white supremacy and racist violence in the age of Trump and Brexit. It belongs on the bookshelves of everyone who refuses to be silent in the face of profound injustice.”
Akwugo Emejulu, Warwick University
“An important book for the unpredictable and dangerous times in which we live. Now, more than ever, we need to understand the function of white supremacy and the anti-racist theories and practices to effectively combat it.”
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