On being a black philosopher

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò:

Ferguson is out of the news cycle.  In its place are controversies at Yale and Missouri.  I suspect that, as with Ferguson, these will largely fail to be so much as a subject of conversation at the kind of gatherings we have in my department, much less (hey now, let’s not get crazy) organizing.  If the next wine and cheese reception fits this description, I will not be mad because I think that a fine Merlot must always be paired with banter about white supremacy.  But if that absence seems an instance of a larger, unfolding pattern of the larger intellectual and material exclusion of Black thoughts and bodies from philosophical spaces – then, well, niggas might feel some type of way about that.