Decolonize Multiculturalism by Anthony Alessandrini

About the Book

Here’s the thing: everyone agrees that multiculturalism is important, but almost nobody actually likes it. For those on the left, “multiculturalism” is an apolitical catchword used by administrators and corporate types. For those on the right, “multiculturalism” is a convenient villain blamed for everything from the War on Christmas to international terrorism. In this context, it’s easy to forget that even the tamest institutional forms of multiculturalism are the result of radical struggles by student movements. Today’s “multiculturalism” is what we’re left with when institutions reconfigure radical student demands seeking to transform the system into slogans that strengthen their brand. But this means multiculturalism also contains residues of the original radical demands: to open up the university, to wrench it from its settler-colonial, white supremacist, and patriarchal capitalist origins, and to transform it into a place of radical democratic possibility. Those tasks remain undone today. Decolonizing multiculturalism, then, begins with the act of returning it to its radical roots.

  • Anthony Alessandrini

    is a professor of English at Kingsborough Community College-CUNY and is on the faculty of the MA Program in Middle Eastern Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he is also a member of the Committee on Globalization and Social Change. He serves as the core faculty at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research (NY). He is the author of Frantz Fanon and the Future of Cultural Politics: Finding Something Different; the editor of Frantz Fanon: Critical Perspectives; and the co-editor of “Resistance Everywhere”: The Gezi Protests and Dissident Visions of Turkey. He is a Co-Editor of Jadaliyya E-Zine and co-edits the Reviews Page, the NEWTON Page, and the Turkey Page. He is also a contributor to Status Audio Journal.