Dr. Frank Wilderson joined us again to discuss South Africa beyond Mandela, Afro-pessimism, Anti-Blackness, Steve Biko, Chris Hani, Winnie Mandela and more. We talked also about armed struggle, political compromise and suppressed concepts and histories related to South Africa and the world. For our earlier conversations with Dr. Wilderson please visit our archive here at IMixWhatILike.org.
Andile Mngxitama of the Economic Freedom Fighters of Azania (“occupied South Africa”) joined us to discuss among other topics: the passing of Tata Nelson Mandela, the film Mandela, what’s next for the youth and African revolution in Azania and the coming 20th anniversary of the official “end” of apartheid.
Hear here our previous interview with on the legacy of Steve Bantu Biko.
Alan Wieder joined us to discuss his new book, Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War against Apartheid. Wieder is an oral historian who lives in Portland, Oregon. He is distinguished professor emeritus at the University of South Carolina and has also taught at the University of the Western Cape and Stellenbosch University in South Africa. In the last ten years he has published two books and numerous articles on South Africans who fought against the apartheid regime.
This week marks the 36th anniversary of the assassination of Steve Biko (September 12, 1977). Journalist and Black Consciousness advocate Andile Mngxitama joined us from “Occupied Azania” to discuss his work on the legacy and continued relevance of the founder of the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM) Steve Biko. Mngxitama discussed the history of Biko and the BCM, as well as, Biko’s relationship to the Black Power Movement here in the U.S. and the continued attempt by liberal academics, politicians and popular culture to co-opt this and other revolutionary movements.
This edition of The Killer Bs IMIXWHATILIKE.ORG podcast features our discussion today with Dr. Frank B. Wilderson, author, scholar, and former member of the African National Congress and Umkhonto we Sizwe.
Drs. Frank Wilderson and Todd Burroughs joined us this week to commemorate Chris Hani. Hani, South Africa’s most popular leader, was assassinated April 10, 1993. Centering Hani imposes the very questions most fear regarding the direction of South Africa since his death and the current state of what is an international human rights struggle. Similarly, any omission of Hani from discussions of recent South African history renders those exchanges utterly meaningless.
Originally aired April 12, 2010.
“In South Africa, Mandela once called the author, one of the few African-Americans to help lead the ANC, ‘a threat to national security’—in short, a terrorist. Wilderson was named such because he and his colleagues continued to clandestinely push for socialism by any means necessary while Mandela had embraced the military-corporate establishment and the idea of peace and reconciliation—the latter the author dismisses as “anger management for Blacks.” — From the review written by our co-host this afternoon Dr. Todd S. Burroughs. We were joined by the author, Dr. Frank Wilderson, III, for a discussion of South African history, politics and the pan-African reality of just “how impossible it is to live as a Black person in the world.”
February 9, 2009*