The Way with Anoa

Does Representation Matter? Kamala Harris and Critiques on Purposeful Distortion

Episode Summary

On this episode, Anoa sits down with Wendi Muse host of the Left POCekt Project. The two discuss whether representation matters and other concepts which are commonly distorted in general political discourse. Anoa and Wendi also dive into "blackness" and who gets to be Black in America in light of recent comments concerning Senator Kamala Harris' background. There are legitimate critiques of Senator Harris without feeding into anti-immigrant sentiments.

Episode Notes

On this episode, Anoa sits down with Wendi Muse host of the Left POCekt Project. The two discuss whether representation matters and other concepts which are commonly distorted in general political discourse. Anoa and Wendi also dive into "blackness" and who gets to be Black in America in light of recent comments concerning Senator Kamala Harris' background. There are legitimate critiques of Senator Harris without feeding into anti-immigrant sentiments.

Wendi Muse is a PhD Candidate in History at New York University. Her dissertation analyzes Portuguese Africa’s impact on the Brazilian left through intellectual and political exchange during the Cold War. In addition to her doctoral work, Wendi holds a master’s in Latin American Studies, has lived and worked in Brazil, and has conducted research regarding Afro-Brazilian political organizing throughout the 20th century. Wendi is also the creator of the Left POCket Project, which makes the histories of leftist movements led by and comprised of people of color more easily accessible to the public. You can find her on twitter at @MuseWendi and follow the Left POCket Project by visiting @LeftPOC.

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