Black Hospitality Open Access

Mubirumusoke, Mukasa (2017)

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My dissertation entitled "Black Hospitality" argues that French philosopher Jacques Derrida's conception of unconditional hospitality provides the most accurate and advantageous framework for describing and conceptualizing Black ethical behavior in a white supremacist antiblack America. Antiblack racism and white supremacy express their power, for the most part, by attempting to undermine the ethical nature and political expression of Blacks by means of severe physical and psychological violence. Jacques Derrida's unconditional hospitality offers a framework and logic of ethics that identifies the resistive power of Blacks against the almost insufferable hegemonic and homogenizing momentum of antiblack racism and white supremacy in America. Questioning the motives, contesting the practices, and undermining the reality of antiblack racism and white supremacy are the catalysts that motivate Black critical thought and this dissertation will continue this tradition with Derridian deconstruction guiding its core argument.

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