by Andrews, Kehinde | Humanities
Published 04/02/2021 by Penguin Books Ltd (Allen Lane) in the United Kingdom
Hardback | 288 pages
“If you want to get beyond gestures and slogans and to the truth, this is the book to get you there” Russell Brand “Kehinde Andrews is a crucial voice walking in a proud tradition of Black radical criticism and action” Akala”An uncompromising account of the roots of racism today” Kimberle Crenshaw “This clear-eyed analysis insists upon the revolutionary acts of freedom we will need to break out of these systems of violence” Ibram X. Kendi The New Age of Empire takes us back to the beginning of the European Empires, outlining the deliberate terror and suffering wrought during every stage of the expansion, and destroys the self-congratulatory myth that the West was founded on the three great revolutions of science, industry and politics. Instead, genocide, slavery and colonialism are the key foundation stones upon which the West was built, and we are still living under this system today: America is now at the helm, perpetuating global inequality through business, government, and institutions like the UN, the IMF, the World Bank and the WTO.
The West is rich because the Rest is poor. Capitalism is racism. The West congratulations itself on raising poverty by increments in the developing world while ignoring the fact that it created these conditions in the first place, and continues to perpetuate them.
The Enlightenment, which underlies every part of our foundational philosophy today, was and is profoundly racist. This colonial logic was and is used to justify the ransacking of Black and brown bodies and their land. The fashionable solutions offered by the white Left in recent years fall far short of even beginning to tackle the West’s place at the helm of a racist global order.
Offering no easy answers, The New Age of Empire is essential reading to understand our profoundly corrupt global system. A work of essential clarity, The New Age of Empire is a groundbreaking new blueprint for taking Black Radical thought into the twenty-first century and beyond.