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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

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

Anne Garland Mahler

Fordham University Press

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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