Friday, October 7th 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the fourth study session on Sam Greenlee’s 1969 definitive novel, The Spook Who Sat By The Door. The bestseller was modified into a major motion picture in 1973 and remains a celebrated critique of Racism. Greenlee died in 2014. The main character, Dan Freeman, becomes the first black agent at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Freeman acquires as much knowledge as possible in order to transfer skills and expertise to terrorized black people so that they can organize a counter-violence offensive against White Supremacy. Last week’s session emphasized how members of the Cobras, a black Chicago gang, became excited about learning. Freeman describes his rage about the waste of black genius that White Supremacy guarantees. Freeman also articulated the logic of following logic and knowledge as opposed to worshiping an individual; his reasoning sounded identical to Mr. Neely Fuller’s concept of “united, independent” codification. Tellingly, Greenlee’s band of counter-racist camaflouged their militant intentions by adhering to commonly held Racist notions – that black people are drug fiends ands morons. We’ll remain mindful of how anti-blackness is reflected in the text, and we’ll not differences between the book and the film.
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