Rodríguez is a Professor in the Department of Media and Cultural
Studies at the University of California, Riverside. He is also a
founding member of Critical Resistance. In this episode we talk to
Rodríguez about his new book White
Rodríguez explains the historical process of white
reconstruction, and the current phase marked by a shift towards
what Rodriguez calls multicultural white supremacy.
talk about themes from multiple chapters, including Rodríguez’s
readings of archival documents related to the Freedman’s Bureau and
the US colonial war in the Philippines. Rodríguez also talks about
Barry Goldwater’s creepy white pseudo-indigenous men’s club and
Rodríguez's discusses his analysis of the 13th
Amendment, prison strikes and the abolitionist practice of
Chicago’s We Charge Genocide campaign.
frame the conversation around Rodríguez analysis of Safiya
Bukhari’s notions of security and radical self-defense. Concepts
that he says necessitate forms of militant mutual aid. And he talks
about how these concepts along with Bukhari’s definition of Black
Liberation are central to abolitionist expressions that deal with
the reality of anti-Blackness.