Traoré’s 2017 film reminds us that the border itself is a problematic institution. Even in its most stripped-down form, a border exists for the exercise of power against those populations whose movements it controls. Who crosses—and at what cost—depends on lines of race, class, and gender.
Other than by risking a conversation, how else can we understand each other?
Robin D.G. Kelley’s work explores the history of black radical movements, the location of public intellectual work in contemporary social movements, and the role of the imagination in transformational politics. In this talk he discusses modern jazz in revolutionary times.