Think Inc. much anticipated intellectual discourse with race activist and renowned member of the Democratic Socialists of America, Dr Cornel West, is almost here and it’s very timely as the issue of racism continues to smear the otherwise pristine image of Australia. Focusing on race, gender, equality, asylum seeking, Indigenous rights and the rights of minority groups in our society, these talks will be held in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney respectively.
Salt Magazine sent Dr West a couple of questions for a hint of what to expect from his tour. Outlined below are his responses to our questions.
The African community in Australia is fairly new and does experience racism from time to time, based on your experience how should they deal with this issue and what measures should the Government put in place to address racism?
What’s your take on the notion that Africans use the race card to shy away from their responsibilities?
It does appear that racism will always be lurking around so what do you suggest to improve race relations in western societies?
Do you prefer ‘African Australians’ or ‘Australians of African descent’ and why?
As an activist what are you aiming to achieve or what’s your ideal society?
Salt Magazine looks forward to attending one of his talks and hopes to get more answers to our questions as we think he could elaborate further.
Australian Tour dates:
Wednesday 10 June | Astor Theatre, Perth
Thursday 11 June | BCEC Brisbane
Friday 12 June | MCEC Melbourne
Saturday 13 June | Big Top Luna Park