Black Masculinity Under Racial Capitalism

A professor feels that within the world capitalist system, black men are cast in three distinct but imbricated roles: as commodified bodies, as devalued laborers, and as fraught consumers

Dr. Vibe speaks with a professor who feels that through brands and branding, black men paradoxically are transformed into iconic figures of success within the fantasy of late capitalism

Jordana Matlon is an Assistant Professor at the School of International Service at American University. Prior to that, Ms. Matlon was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse. She received her PhD in Sociology from UC Berkeley.

Dr. Vibe spoke with Ms. Matlon about her article Black Masculinity Under Racial Capitalism.

During the conversation, Ms. Matlon talked about:

– Growing up in Francophone West Africa, living in eleven countries
– When did she become passionate about inequality
– The background behind the article
– Black men’s place in the world of racial capitalism
– The only way Black men can succeed is view entrepreneurship
– Capitalism’s exploitation of Black people
– Her thoughts on the JayZ NFL partnership
– Black men being commodified bodies, devalued laborers, fraught consumers, exploitable and excludable
– China using Chinese workers in Africa instead of African workers
– The effect that racial capitalism is having on Black masculinity and the state of Black masculinity
– What can Blacks do to break the racial capitalism bubble
– The response to the article


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