Challenging Feminism, Intersectionality, and Black Academics: An Interview w/ Dr. Tommy Curry
by R.L. Stephens II on March 13, 2014
On my radio show “Like It Is w/ Robert Stephens”, I recently spoke with Dr. Tommy Curry, a professor and critical race theorist who engages in the study of Black people. We discussed his approach to studying Black people, the limitations of lenses like feminism and intersectionality, and the failures of Black academics to create rigorous studies of Black life that are relevant to the people facing unemployment/underemployment, police brutality, imprisonment, sexual assault, and other consequences of White supremacy. Essentially, how can we accurately study Black people and use that knowledge to dismantle White supremacist power?
Dr. Curry offers a wealth of theories and sources, and even if you disagree with his interpretations and conclusions, his references alone are worth hearing.
In my estimation, Dr. Curry is perhaps the preeminent young Black scholar in the country. As we try to combat the reality of White supremacy and its impact on all of us, Dr. Curry’s ideas offer us helpful guidance for the journey.
Here are a few highlights from the interview:
- Dr. Curry’s Original Work: 7.07 min
- Feminism and Intersectionality: 20.00 min
- A Critique of Black Academics: 51.30 min
- Is the Law/Civil Rights a Solution: 110.35 min
- Decolonization: 115.26 min
- Next Steps/Closing Thoughts: 121.38