James and John are joined by our official Fanon correspondent M. Shadee Malaklou for an impromptu, lo-fi episode delving into the ongoing dustup between Cornel West and Ta-Nehisi Coates. We puzzle through both the substance of their ongoing arguments and what is attending the spectacle of it all on social media. In the process we think about neoliberalism and form, Fanonian psychoanalysis, the white masculinist gaze, black feminism, academic boundary politics, Afropessimism, and racialized phallocentrism. Join us as we explore who’s being petty, who’s being neoliberal, and who’s bringing receipts in this brouhaha (bro-haha?).
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Links to media we discussed on the show:
- Cornel West on Coates and neoliberalism
- Kiese Laymon on Coates
- Selamawit Terrefe’s interview with Christina Sharpe
- Brittany Cooper’s thread on West-TNC
- Jelani Cobb’s tweets about West-TNC
- Michael Harriot, “Did Cornel West Come for Ta-Nehisi Coates?“
- R.L. Stephens on Coates and Afropessimism
- Shadee on Jay-Z’s 4:44 and Black Radical Thought