Book Launch: American Exceptionalism and American Innocence
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April 11, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Join us for the launch of American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: a People’s History of Fake News, From the Revolutionary War to the War On Terror. Speakers include Danny Haiphong, Ajamu Baraka, and Glen Ford, moderated by Brittany Friedman.
Did the U.S. really “save the world” in World War II? Should black athletes stop protesting and show more gratitude for what America has done for them? Are wars fought to spread freedom and democracy? Or is this all fake news?
American Exceptionalism and American Innocence examines the stories we’re told that lead us to think that the U.S. is a force for good in the world, regardless of slavery, the genocide of indigenous people, and the more than a century’s worth of imperialist war that the U.S. has wrought on the planet.
Sirvent and Haiphong detail just what Captain America’s shield tells us about the pretensions of U.S. foreign policy, how Angelina Jolie and Bill Gates engage in humanitarian imperialism, and why the Broadway musical Hamilton is a monument to white supremacy.
“James Baldwin reminds us that those who attempt to remain in a state of innocence long after that innocence is gone turns themselves into monsters. Roberto Sirvent and Danny Haiphong cut through the monstrous and seductive idolatry, bad faith, and false historic discourses of America’s “exceptionalism” and “innocence.” America is precisely exceptional in its history of white terrorism, colonial logic, and imperialist fantasies and actions; and, America’s naked reality exudes a stench of culpability . . . [This book] is a radical counter-narrative to national and destructive common sense that is embedded within a politics of distraction. It is a text that radically forces a counter-memory, one that refuses to forget the violent myths of manifest destiny and a corrupt and toxic white philosophical anthropology that supports it. Roberto Sirvent and Danny Haiphong dare to imagine a radically different future, one predicated upon uncompromising justice.”
–George Yancy, professor of Philiosophy at Emory University
Cosponsored by the Black Agenda Report
Brittany FriedmanBrittany Friedman is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Faculty Affiliate of the Program in Criminal Justice at Rutgers University. Her research juxtaposes race and social inequality with incarceration conditions and politics. She is currently writing a book about the systematic use of extreme punishment against black militant prisoners and … Read More ›
Danny HaiphongDanny Haiphong is a socialist activist, writer, and political analyst. For the last five years, Haiphong has been a weekly contributor to Black Agenda Report. His articles have also appeared in publications such as MintPressNews, Counterpunch, The American Herald Tribune, The Center for Global Research (Canada) and The Herald (Zimbabwe). … Read More ›
Glen FordIn the fall of 2006, Glen Ford, Bruce Dixon, Margaret Kimberley and Leutisha Stills of CBC Monitor left Black Commentator, which Ford had co-founded and edited since 2002, and launched Black Agenda Report. Executive Editor Glen Ford: A Certified Elder of the Black Journalism Tribe Historic "firsts," "mosts," and "onlys" are the … Read More ›
Ajamu BarakaA human rights defender whose experience spans four decades of domestic and international education and activism, Ajamu Baraka is a veteran grassroots organizer whose roots are in the Black Liberation Movement and anti-apartheid and Central American solidarity struggles. He was the 2016 Vice Presidential candidate of the Green Party of … Read More ›