It is my pleasure to share this post written by Featured Philosopher Charles Mills. Professor Mills is the John Evans Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy at Northwestern University, and is well know for his influential and insightful work in oppositional political theory. His post today is on Black Radical Liberalism.
BLACK RADICAL LIBERALISM (and why it isn’t an oxymoron)
“Black radical liberalism” is my attempt to reconstruct from different and usually counterposed bodies of political thought what I see as the most promising candidate for an emancipatory African American political theory. So I am less concerned with the question of whether any African American political theorists actually self-consciously identified what they were doing under this designation than with the question of whether it stands up to criticism as a plausible way forward.