Against Civility by Alex Zamalin audiobook

Against Civility: The Hidden Racism in Our Obsession with Civility

By Alex Zamalin
Read by Adam Barr

Beacon Press
6.11 Hours 1
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The first history of racial injustice to examine how civility and white supremacy are linked and a call for citizens who care about social justice to abandon civility and practice civic radicalism The idea and practice of civility has always been wielded to silence dissent, repress political participation, and justify violence upon people of color. Although many progressives today are told that we need to be more polite and thoughtful, less rancorous and angry, when we talk about race in America, civility maintains rather than disrupts racial injustice. Spanning two hundred years, Zamalin’s accessible blend of intellectual history, political biography, and contemporary political criticism shows that civility has never been neutral in its political uses and impacts. The best way to tackle racial inequality is through “civic radicalism,” an alternative to civility found in the actions of Black radical leaders including Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, Martin Luther King Jr., James Baldwin, Malcolm X, and Audre Lorde. Civic radicals shock and provoke people. They name injustice and who is responsible for it. They protest, march, strike, boycott, and mobilize collectively rather than form alliances with those who fundamentally oppose them. In Against Civility, citizens who care deeply about racial and socioeconomic equality will see that they need to abandon this concept of discreet politeness when it comes to racial justice and instead more fully support disruptive actions and calls for liberation, which have already begun with movements like #MeToo, the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, and Black Lives Matter.

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Summary

Summary

The first history of racial injustice to examine how civility and white supremacy are linked and a call for citizens who care about social justice to abandon civility and practice civic radicalism

The idea and practice of civility has always been wielded to silence dissent, repress political participation, and justify violence upon people of color. Although many progressives today are told that we need to be more polite and thoughtful, less rancorous and angry, when we talk about race in America, civility maintains rather than disrupts racial injustice.

Spanning two hundred years, Zamalin’s accessible blend of intellectual history, political biography, and contemporary political criticism shows that civility has never been neutral in its political uses and impacts. The best way to tackle racial inequality is through “civic radicalism,” an alternative to civility found in the actions of Black radical leaders including Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, Martin Luther King Jr., James Baldwin, Malcolm X, and Audre Lorde. Civic radicals shock and provoke people. They name injustice and who is responsible for it. They protest, march, strike, boycott, and mobilize collectively rather than form alliances with those who fundamentally oppose them.

In Against Civility, citizens who care deeply about racial and socioeconomic equality will see that they need to abandon this concept of discreet politeness when it comes to racial justice and instead more fully support disruptive actions and calls for liberation, which have already begun with movements like #MeToo, the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, and Black Lives Matter.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Barr’s delivery is polished and consistent throughout the 200 years of history covered in these chapters. His measured pace allows listeners to ponder the wide range of ideas being presented…Barr is an excellent choice for a title that is likely to cause debate—even controversy.” AudioFile
“Powerfully reveals how civil discourse has been weaponized throughout history to undermine antiracism, bolster white supremacy, and oppress marginalized people. Zamalin’s timely call for civic radicalism inspires and educates us all.” Crystal Marie Fleming, PhD, author of How to Be Less Stupid about Race
“An impassioned argument for public acts of resistance.” Kirkus Reviews
“[A] urgent and incisive call for a stiffer resistance to the status quo.” Publishers Weekly
“Provides an eye-opening view into why white calling for people to act ‘civil’ has racial undertones…a rich and detailed history lesson in the use of this civility from George Washington to George Floyd.” San Francisco Chronicle

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Author

Author Bio: Alex Zamalin

Author Bio: Alex Zamalin

Alex Zamalin is the director of the African American Studies Program and an assistant professor of political science at the University of Detroit Mercy. He is the author of numerous books, including  Antiracism: An Introduction. His areas of expertise include African American political thought, American politics, and political theory. Hiss essays and reviews have appeared in various edited book collections and in peer-reviewed journals such as New Political Science, Contemporary Political Theory, Political Theory, and Women’s Studies Quarterly.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 6.11
Audience: Adult
Language: English