Sifting the Stony Soil

A recent paper by Joseph G. Ramsey, "Sifting the “Stony Soil” of Black Marxism," is attracting considerable interest as it engages sympathetically, but critically with Cedric Robinson's treatment of the Black Marxists, including W. E. B. du Bois, C. L. R. James, and Richard Wright. Ramsey focuses on conceptual tensions in Robinson's analysis of racial capitalism and his use of Richard Wright as an exemplar of the Black Radical Tradition. On March 25, 2021, in partnership with Shelter & Solidarity, S&D will be hosting a public conversation about this paper. We are also considering the publication of responses to Ramsey's paper in our July 2021 issue. (updated 2/10/21)