Not Your Cup of Chai

Not Your Cup of Chai is a podcast by Kiran Opal, featuring commentary and rants, discussions, and interviews with various friends and guests. We usually cover topics in politics, culture, news stories, and activism, all from an international, progressive, socialist and no-nonsense lens.
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Jan 18, 2017

Welcome to Not Your Cup of Chai, a podcast hosted by Kiran Opal and Bisha K. Ali where we discuss feminism, politics, war, and social and cultural news, from an intersectional, no-BS lens.

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Episode 11 is a special episode to mark an historic week in US history - a week that starts with Martin Luther King day, and ends with the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump.

In this episode, I (Kiran) speak with Wendi Muse, a scholar in the field of racialized politics, authoritarian regimes, and leftist movements, about the history of racial politics, civil rights, and the intersections of those movements with anti-imperialist movements.

We also discuss how race - and other identity categories - have been deployed lately in service of the imperialist wars of neoliberal capitalism. Wendi brings her immense knowledge of scholarly works, historical context, and lived experience to a topic that is now more relevant than ever.


Show notes:

~Daniel José Camacho's excellent piece: How King’s political vision became politically irrelevant

~Wendi's Storify of the #LeftPOC hashtag she started:

~Penny M. Von Eschen's book: Race against Empire: Black Americans and Anticolonialism, 1937–1957

~Wendi's response to Joan Walsh's erasure of Black and Brown Leftists

~What’s Missing When We Talk about Russiagate | by Wendi Muse

~Matthew Yglesias's article where he's "OK" with poor people in Bangladesh dying in garment factories because they're poor: "Different Places Have Different Safety Rules and That's OK"

~Muslim Americans Express Disappointment Over Debate Rhetoric Tying Muslims to Terrorism

~NAACP's tweet lauding hug between Michelle Obama and George W. Bush

~Obama's farewell speech

~Why Did the US Drop 26,171 Bombs on the World Last Year?

~Angela Davis rallies activists at MLK commemoration


~~~Further Reading~~~

More books recommended by Wendi:
Black Morocco: A History of Slavery, Race, and Islam (African Studies)

~Tell This in My Memory: Stories of Enslavement from Egypt, Sudan, and the Ottoman Empire

~Black Star, Crescent Moon: The Muslim International and Black Freedom beyond America

~Geographies of Liberation: The Making of an Afro-Arab Political Imaginary

~Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture

~Black Crescent: The Experience and Legacy of African Muslims in the Americas

Happy listening!
-Kiran & Bisha


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