Roderick D. Bush is author of We Are Not What We Seem: Black Nationalism and Class Struggle in the American Century (NYU Press 1999). He is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at St. Johns University. He spent most of his adult life in the movement for Black Liberation and social change. He is currently working on a book tentatively entitled The End of White World Supremacy: Black Internationalism and the Problem of the Color Line.
Praise for "The Cost of Privilege"
Several people, mostly Freedom Road Socialist Organization members wrote advance "praise blurbs" for the book's website .
- Chip Smith and the large cast of characters who engaged in the production of The Cost of Privilege have given us a book of enormous power, scope, and analytic/practical insight. It locates white supremacy and racism as central to the systems of power within the United States and the larger world-system. But it points as well to race, class, and gender as interlocking forms of oppression, as opposed to viewing them as separate but related systems of oppression. Even more important this work not only locates these systems of oppression within a historical social system, it explains the role of oppressed strata in the development of knowledge about the social world, and strategies for changing that world. Smith and his comrades who have been in the forefront of the struggle against racism and white supremacy for some thirty years have given us an exemplary work which I place on a par with classics such as Robert Allen's Black Awakening in Capitalist America (1970), Bob Blauner's Racial Oppression in America (1972), and James Boggs's Racism and the Class Struggle (1970).
Rod Bush, author, We Are Not What We Seem: Black Nationalism and Class Struggle in the American Century.
Critical Resistance event
Friday, May, 20, 2011 Riverside Church, South Hall Admission: $50-$250. (includes admission to main event -"The World We Want is the World We Need". Riverside Church, Nave 490 Riverside Drive. Admission: $20-$30
Host Committee: Rashidah Ismaili AbuBakr, Malaika Adero, Seth Adler, Shana Agid, Sam Anderson, Kai Barrow, Andrea Bible, Jean Carey Bond, Dorothy Burnham, Melanie Bush, Rod Bush, Angela Cali, Susie Day, Jesse Ehrensaft-Hawley, Joan Gibbs, Elspeth Gilmore, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Lennox Hinds, Esther Cooper Jackson, Peter Marcuse, Jerry Meyer, Charlene Mitchell, Mary Morgan, Mary Lou Patterson, Beth E. Richie, Shreya Shah, Alvin Starks, Farrah Tanis, Laura Whitehorn.
Left Forum 2010
The Black Internationale:
- Rod Bush (Chair) - Sociology and Antropology, St. John's University
- Komozi Woodard - Sarah Lawrence College
- Charles Pinderhughes - Boston College
- Michael Simanga - Author, In the Shadow of the Sun
Left Forum 2011
Transforming Public Higher Education in NYC
- Dr. Basil Wilson—John Jay College, CUNY Graduate Center
- Jerry Watts—UNY Graduate Center, Institute for African Diaspora in America & the Caribbean (IRADAC)
- Martha Biondi—Northwestern University
- Noliwe Rooks—Princeton University, Center for African American Studies
- Rod Bush—St. John's University
- Ydanis Rodriguez—Chair of City Council's Higher Education Committee
“Forging a Black Liberation Agenda for the 21st Century”
10th Anniversary Meeting of the Black Radical Congress, “Forging a Black Liberation Agenda for the 21st Century” Black Radical Congress, June 20-22, 2008, St. Louis, Missouri.
Endorsers for the Congress included Rod Bush Assoc. Prof. of Sociology and Anthropology-St. John’s University.