Professor Brittney Cooper’s excellent analysis of Prince’s 11-word protest at the Grammys is a must-read. Prince said: “Albums still matter. Like books and Black lives, albums still matter.” Professor Cooper notes Prince was the only artist to speak the words Black Lives Matter, in a way that linked violence against Black Americans to the devaluing of art. It was a statement against the insidious connection between racism and capitalism.
“Resisting neoliberal logics means asking why the means of self-care elude us, why the erosion of communities and schools and art is happening. Resisting means asking how the logic of neoliberalism daily forecloses our ability to be fully human.”Prof Brittney Cooper