6 PM Mountain Time
In late summer, 2001, the international community convened in
At stake was the making of a global declaration and agenda against the European domination of the planet called imperialism by some and Whitesupremacy by others, among many descriptions. But instead of agreement, delegates from over 160 countries found themselves filibustered by former colonial powers such as
Many delegates found the final declaration to be a drastically understated document. Instead of declaring European slavery of millions as a crime against humanity, the document went only so far as to address that crime with “profound regret.” But for a short time, whatever the conference’s failures, the world was focused on the former apartheid state for a discussion on the globe’s ongoing racial hierarchy and its enormous damage to the political, economic, social and ecological welfare of the planet.
One man who has refused to forget is Vijay Prashad, Professor and Director of International Studies at Trinity College, Hartford, Ct. His most recent books are The Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World (New Press, November 2006) and (with Teo Ballve) Dispatches from Latin America: Experiments Against Neoliberalism (South End Press, October 2006).
He is the author of ten other books, including two chosen by the Village Voice as books of the year (Karma of Brown Folk, 2000; Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting, 2001). He is on the board of the Center for Third World Organizing (www.ctwo.org), United For a Fair Economy (www.faireconomy.org) and the National Priorities Project (www.nationalpriorities.org). He writes a monthly column for Frontline, India (www.frontline.in) and occasionally for Counterpunch (www.counterpunch.org).
In tonight’s presentation, Vijay Prashad speaks about his own experience at
Prashad cites figures such as Harlem’s Congressman during
But Prashad also questions why the liberation movements of Afrika, Asia and