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“Hubert Harrison, Theodore W. Allen, and the Centrality of the Struggle Against White Supremacy"

“Hubert Harrison, Theodore W. Allen, and the Centrality of the Struggle Against White Supremacy"
5-SESSION CLASS BEGINS Saturday, July 26, 2014, 10:00 am --12 Noon
Classes continue on August 2, 9, 16, 30 at 10 am
The Commons
388 Atlantic Avenue (between Hoyt and Bond)
Brooklyn, New York, NY, 11217

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This course will focus on the relevance today of important insights from Hubert H. Harrison (1883-1927) and Theodore W. Allen (1919-2005), two of the twentieth century's most important writers on race and class.

The St. Croix, Virgin Island-born, Harlem-based Harrison was the leading Black activist and theoretician in the Socialist Party; a brilliant writer, orator, and editor; the founder of the "New Negro Movement," the major radical influence on A. Philip Randolph and Marcus Garvey, and a self-described "radical internationalist." He is known as "The Father of Harlem Radicalism."

The Brooklyn-based Allen originated his "white skin privilege" analysis in 1965, authored Class Struggle and the Origin of Racial Slavery: The Invention of the White Race, in 1975, and authored the two-volume The Invention of the White Race (1994, 1997; Verso Books: New Expanded Edition, 2012).

Jeffrey B. Perry edited A Hubert Harrison Reader (Wesleyan University Press, 2001) and authored Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918 (Columbia University Press, 2008). Perry also contributed new front and back matter to the new edition of Allen's The Invention of the White Race and he authored "The Developing Conjuncture and Some Insights From Hubert Harrison and Theodore W. Allen on the Centrality of the Fight Against White Supremacy" (Cultural Logic, 2010)

Saturday morning at 10:00 AM to 12 noon
5-Session Course at The Commons in Brooklyn
Session 1 -- July 26, 2014, 10 am
Class continues on August 2, 9, 16, 30 at 10 am
The Commons
388 Atlantic Avenue (between Hoyt and Bond)
Brooklyn, New York, NY, 11217

On this topic people may be interested in the following links --

Jeffrey B. Perry, "The Developing Conjuncture and Some Insights From Hubert Harrison and Theodore W. Allen on the Centrality of the Fight Against White Supremacy"

A video of a Slide Presentation/Talk on Hubert Harrison

A video of a Slide Presentation/Talk on Theodore W. Allen’s The Invention of the White Race

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Theodore W. Allen Challenged the Two Main Ideological Props of White Supremacy Among European-American Workers


Theodore W. Allen Challenged the Two Main Ideological Props of White Supremacy Among European-American Workers


1. The idea that “racism is innate.”

2. The idea that ‘white’ workers “benefit” from “white race” privileges. (Allen argues that the “white race” privileges are a “poison bait,” like a shot of heroin -- ruinous to the interests of workers)

On this topic people may be interested in the following links --

Jeffrey B. Perry, The Developing Conjuncture and Some Insights From Hubert Harrison and Theodore W. Allen on the Centrality of the Fight Against White Supremacy

The video of a Slide Presentation-Talk on Theodore W. Allen’s The Invention of the White Race
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Comment on “All In with Chris Hayes” Discussion with Melissa Harris-Perry and Tim Wise

In the discussion period (with Melissa Harris-Perry and Tim Wise) following the video clip on the struggles of the Moral Majority in North Carolina on “All In with Chris Hayes” on June 26, 2014, there were comments made on whether, or not, white supremacy is in the interest of poor and working class “white” people. This question is extremely important in terms of how we struggle against white supremacy and it is discussed at great length in the work of Theodore W. Allen.

On this topic people may be interested in the following links --

Jeffrey B. Perry, The Developing Conjuncture and Some Insights From Hubert Harrison and Theodore W. Allen on the Centrality of the Fight Against White Supremacy

The video of a Slide Presentation-Talk on Theodore W. Allen’s The Invention of the White Race

The two volumes of Theodore W. Allen’s “The Invention of the White Race”

Vol. I Racial Oppression and Social Control

Vol. II The Origin of Racial Oppression in Anglo-America
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Gerald Horne on The Invention of the White Race by Theodore W. Allen


"Few books are capable of carrying the profound weight of being deemed to be a classic--this is surely one. Indeed, if one has to read one book to provide a foundation for understanding the contemporary U.S.--read this one." – Gerald Horne, activist, historian and author, most recently, of The Counter-Revolution of 1776 and Negro Comrades of the Crown: African-Americans and the British Empire Fight the U.S. Before Emancipation
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“ ... the ‘white race’ must be understood, not simply as a social construct, but as a ruling class social control formation.” Theodore W. Allen “Summary of the Argument of The Invention of the White Race"



“ . . . the ‘white race’ must be understood, not simply as a social construct,
but as a ruling class social control formation.”
-- Theodore W. Allen
“Summary of the Argument of The Invention of the White Race”
1998 (nos. 7 & 8)


7. . . . the thesis of "race as a social construct," as it now stands, . . . is an insufficient basis for refutation of white-supremacist apologetics. For, what is to be the reply to the socio-biologist and historian Carl N. Degler who simply says that, "...blacks will be discriminated against whenever nonblacks have the power and incentive to do so...[because] it is human to have prejudice against those who are different." Or, what if the socio-biologists say, "Fine, we can agree that racial ideology is a social construct, but what is your 'social construct' but an expression of genetic determinants--another version of Winthrop Jordan's 'unthinking decision'"
8. The logic of "race as a social construct" must be tightened and the focus sharpened. . . . the "white race" must be understood, not simply as a social construct, but as a ruling class social control formation.


For additional discussion of this subject see Jeffrey B. Perry, “The Developing Conjuncture and Some Insights From Hubert Harrison and Theodore W. Allen on the Centrality of the Fight Against White Supremacy” pp. 77-86 at the top left HERE
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Hubert Harrison por Pablo Ferrer Part I

Hubert Harrison por Pablo Ferrer (Part I)


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Hubert Harrison por Pablo Ferrer Part II

Hubert Harrison por Pablo Ferrer (Part II)

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Afrikan Knowledge Network: Beyond The Book Club June 18, 2014, 11 PM Eastern Time Discussion on Hubert Harrison with Jeffrey B. Perry and hosts Charles Williams and Jolivette Williams


Afrikan Knowledge Network: Beyond The Book Club
June 18, 2014, 11 PM Eastern Time
Discussion on Hubert Harrison
with Jeffrey B. Perry and hosts
Charles Williams and Jolivette Williams
Listen live HERE
For more information on Hubert Harrison CLICK HERE

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Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem RadicalismHugh Hamilton Interviews Jeffrey B. Perryon The Meeting on the African Village SquareWVIP 93.5 FM, New Rochelle June 22, 201412:30 AM (in morning)


June 22, 2014
Sunday early morning at 12:30 AM (show actually starts at midnight on Saturday, July 21)
Host Hugh Hamilton of "The Meeting on the African Village Square," WVIP 93.5 FM in New Rochelle discusses St. Croix, Virgin Islands-born, Harlem-based, Hubert Harrison, "The Father of Harlem Radicalism," with Jeffrey B. Perry. Listen live by CLICKING HERE or HERE
For more information on Hubert Harrison CLICK HERE
For a video on Hubert Harrison CLICK HERE
For more on Hugh Hamilton CLICK HERE
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The Hubert H. Harrison Papers and the Hubert H. Harrison Papers Finding Aid (Online) at Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library

For information on
The Hubert H. Harrison Papers
and the
Hubert H. Harrison Papers Finding Aid (Online)
at Columbia University Rare Books and Manuscript Library
Click Here"

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