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The Global South Atlantic$
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Kerry Bystrom and Joseph R. Slaughter

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823277872

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823277872.001.0001

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Beyond the Color Curtain

Beyond the Color Curtain

The Metonymic Color Politics of the Tricontinental and the (New) Global South

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(p.99) Beyond the Color Curtain
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The Global South Atlantic
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Anne Garland Mahler

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823277872.003.0006

This essay argues that tricontinentalism—the ideology disseminated through the expansive cultural production of the Cold War alliance of liberation movements from Africa, Asia, and Latin America called the Tricontinental—revised a black Atlantic resistant subjectivity into a global vision of subaltern resistance that is resurfacing in contemporary horizontalist concepts, like the Global South. Tricontinentalism responded to a political formulation of blackness from the négritude/negrismo/New Negro movements of the 1920s–40s and to the transformation of this category in Richard Wright’s use of the “color curtain” to describe the 1955 Afro-Asian Bandung Conference. As Bandung solidarity moved into the Americas to become the Tricontinental, tricontinentalism would attempt to push beyond the color curtain, transforming this category of color into a non-essentialist, political signifier that refers to a global and broadly inclusive resistant subjectivity that is inherent to contemporary concepts like the Global South.

Keywords:   Bandung, Black Atlantic, civil rights, Global South, Tricontinental, Richard Wright

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