[Blackstudies-l] Black Humanities GREAT Day Presentations

Maria Lima lima at geneseo.edu
Wed Apr 22 10:59:34 EDT 2020


"The Ills of American Capitalism and the Question of Reparations"

Emma Mandella

Faculty Sponsor: Maria Lima, Black Studies
Chattel slavery was the foundation for capitalism in America, and the
extreme impact it has had on economic development of the nation has made
American capitalism into a system uniquely cruel to its working class. This
uniquely American preference of profit over worker security began with the
seemingly endless profit from slavery, and can still be identified in
worker exploitation today. A close reading of Matthew Desmond’s “In order
to understand the brutality of American capitalism, you have to start on
the plantation” brings forth the realization that an oppressive capitalist
system continues to work against black Americans. From the Reconstruction
period until today, structural inequality permeates the lives of African
Americans; housing discrimination, unfair lending practices, and social
discrimination culminate in the perpetual subjugations of black citizens
under American capitalism. Based on this, I will argue that to achieve any
lasting solution to such inequities, optimal reparations must attack
structural injustice, and (perhaps most importantly) work outside of
American capitalism itself.
View <https://cloud.ensemblevideo.com/Watch/Zf93Hbr2>
"Introducing Black History with the Stolen Sounds of American Popular Music"

Margaux Carmel

Faculty Sponsor: Maria Lima, Black Studies

The goal of The New York Times’s The 1619 Project is to restructure
education around American history to include and focus on the experiences
of black people in American history and society, specifically the impact of
slavery and structural racism. This presentation creates the argument to
include societal education of the importance of black musicians, artists,
and musical traditions in the formation of what is now American popular
music in genres such as country and rock and roll. It also analyses the
successful retention of black music culture through the contemporary rap
genre. Overall, this presentation sets the foundation of the use of
American music culture in the education of the black influence on American
history and culture.
View <https://cloud.ensemblevideo.com/Watch/m9C3Qbg6>

"From Plantation to Prison: Examining the Creation of the United States
Prison System"

Kelsey Dux

FACULTY SPONSOR: Maria Lima, English

The goal of this presentation is to analyze the history of the United
States prison system to reveal how it recommenced the existence of slavery
after the 13th Amendment. My intention is to separate its history into
three eras: the first prison boom of the mid-1800s, the second prison boom
of the mid-1900s, and the modern-day private prison industrial complex. The
connection of chattel slavery to the prison system is then shown through
three parts: how the government used its power to institutionalize this new
form of slavery, how culture and public opinion have been influenced to
accept this new caste system, and finally how brutal inhumane treatment
against Black Individuals have been continued through the prison system.
The rhetoric promoted by governmental leaders and policies, as well as the
created connection between Black Americans and criminality is among the few
themes examined. Pulling from various sources, including The New York
Times's The 1619 Project, this presentation reveals how the three parts
work interdependently to normalize a system that continues the deprivation
of human lives.
View <https://cloud.ensemblevideo.com/Watch/d7BJc2b3>
Maria Helena Lima
Professor
Department of English
Comparative Literature Director
James and Julia Lockhart Professor, 2014-2017
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