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Lester K. Spence: Power makes durable shifts in politics, economics & culture

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Lester K. Spence parsed the nature of power in his wide-ranging conversation with Black Work Talk co-hosts Steven Pitts and Toussaint Losier. Spence is perhaps best-known for his work on neoliberalism in the Black community. “Neoliberalism turned cross-class solidarity in the Black community towards upper-class interests,” he said, but that is changing. “As a result of Black Lives Matter, we have a robust Black liberal tendency and a growing Black Left.” The three also touched on the impact that the decline of unions has had on Black political power, and the nuances of recognizing police abuse as a class issue as well as an expression of racism.


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Lester K. Spence

Lester K. Spence teaches political science and Africana studies at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He wrote Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics (Punctum Books, 2015) and blogs at The Counterpublic Papers.


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