Friday, September 23rd 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the second study session on Sam Greenlee’s 1969 classic, The Spook Who Sat By The Door. The best seller was adapted to major motion picture in 1973 and remains a seminal literary commentary on Racism. Greenlee died in 2014. The main character, Dan Freeman, becomes the first black employee at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Freeman learns as much as possible in order to transfer his knowledge and expertise to terrorized black people, so that they can coordinate a counter-violence offensive against White Supremacy. Last week’s session described how a Racist politician seeking re-election accused the CIA of discriminatory hiring practices because they had no Negro agents. In response, the CIA amassed a handful of black recruits – including Freeman. Greenlee contrasts Freeman with the other black candidates, highlighting their superficial ambitions for material and economic comfort. Freeman exemplifies counter-racist codification: not deviating from his well constructed agenda, no retaliating when insulted by Whites or blacks, attempting to learn as much as possible. Early in the text, Greenlee emphasizes the frequency and harm inflicted by Whites sexually exploiting black people. Dr. Niyana Rasayon and others note that the FBI continues to use the book to train new agents.
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