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Why Race Still Matters endorsed by decolonial activist, Houria Bouteldja

Houria Bouteldja, the spokesperson for the Parti des indigenes de la Republique, whose work has long been influential for me, and whose texts on the political instrumentalisation of antisemitism in France inform my thinking in Chapter 4 of Why Race Still Matters, wrote an endorsement of the book:

Decolonial activists are troubled by the tendency, among certain scholars towards what is ironically called ‘the race for theory,’ or in other words, academic work which is based on the concept of race but whose real purpose is personal career-building. Alana Lentin escapes this. Not only is this book inspired by decolonial struggles and deepens them, but it also fully recognizes their legitimacy. For this, my infinite appreciation.


Alana Lentin