Market Uber Alles
Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics
Hunter, Kim D. http://www.solidarity-us.org/node/4981
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/05/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21599
Book review of Lester K. Spence's Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics.
While Spence also takes issue with scholar and activist Cornel West's romanticizing Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement, clearly his main targets are African-American elites who advocate Black community advancement through knuckling under to the market and consumerism, forces at the heart of the nihilism decried by those same leaders.
The book comprises five untitled chapters and a sixth, "Solutions," which posits the necessity of "a solution set that is more about combating the type of long term institutional violence that doesn't necessarily have a Trayvon Martin or a Freddie Gray at the center. The types of violence that instead might have Freddie Gray at the center not at the moment of his murder, but at the moment he was found to have lead poisoning."