This talk goes beyond fiscal interventions on the topic of reparations. I am thinking through three distinct philosophical threads: Alain Locke’s ‘value theory,’ Leonard Harris’ ‘insurrectionist ethics,’ and Drucilla Cornell’s ‘imaginary domain.’ My purpose is to argue that a philosophical reading outside of fiscal interventions is to redefine how we critique Black social value through the intricacies of resistance, occupancy of space, and full citizenship for those who are historically racialized as Black. Therefore, I will be looking at the art of talking back an ethical undertaking that will inform the reparative justice that will see Black people as fully humanized subjects. Arguably, to think this through is to Imagine a domain of Black futurity and value. This is a hybrid event.
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