David Walker’s Appeal to the Colored Citizen of the World

Thanks to readings from the Appeal of David Walker (1829-30), the course will try to reconstruct on a genealogical key the theoretical, political and discursive fundaments of black radicalism. These aspects will be analyzed in their constitutive duality: integration/separation; violence/non-violence; nationalism/internationalism. Because of this constitutive doubleness, black radicalism will be read as a particular form of critical theory based on modernity and on its core political concepts (freedom, equality, happiness, citizenship). It can also be seen as an evidence of the irresolvable contradictions of Modernity and, at the same time, of its unexplored possibilities.


Appeal to the Colored Citizen of the World by David Walker (1829)