He takes relentless lickings and keeps on ticking.
Great conversation between George Yancy and Noam Chompsky. Yancy's work speaks for itself, but Chomsky's durability is astounding. He has had the shit kicked out of him for so many years and yet and seems to just calmly carry on. Key graph:
"There is also a common variant of what has sometimes been called “intentional ignorance” of what it is inconvenient to know: “Yes, bad things happened in the past, but let us put all of that behind us and march on to a glorious future, all sharing equally in the rights and opportunities of citizenry.” The appalling statistics of today’s circumstances of African-American life can be confronted by other bitter residues of a shameful past, laments about black cultural inferiority, or worse, forgetting how our wealth and privilege was created in no small part by the centuries of torture and degradation of which we are the beneficiaries and they remain the victims. As for the very partial and hopelessly inadequate compensation that decency would require — that lies somewhere between the memory hole and anathema".
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