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There is no improved race relations in a colony. There is no improved race relations in White supremacy. Anytime there are gestures towards that, or even the thinking of its possibility - to talk about the possibility of reformed White supremacy, the possibility of reformed colonialism - one presumes the relationship between the oppressed and the oppressor will always remain the same... I would rather have bad race relations that can end up in anticolonialism, than to have good race relations in a colony.

Africana studies scholar Yannick Giovanni Marshall explains how Black liberals work to police the possibilities of Black politics - coopting and neutering the critiques of radicals, in service of their own position in a society built on centuries of exploitation of Black life and labor.

Yannick wrote the op-ed Black liberal, your time is up for Al Jazeera English.

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Yannick Giovanni Marshall

Yannick Giovanni Marshall is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Knox College.

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