A.D. Carson speaks on the reality of race in America today and how it relates to the past through words, poetry, and hip-hop.
About the speaker
A.D. Carson is a performance artist and educator from Decatur, Illinois whose work focuses on race, literature, history, and rhetorical performances. He received a Ph.D. in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design at Clemson University. His most recent project is Sleepwalking, Vol. 1: A Mixtape. This work extends from his doctoral dissertation, Owning My Masters: The Rhetorics of Rhymes & Revolutions, which he submitted in rap album form as the primary feature of a digital archive at phd.aydeethegreat.com. Dr. Carson’s work has been featured by Complex, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Forbes, The Guardian, NPR’s All Things Considered, OkayPlayer, Time, USA Today, and XXL among others. These and other projects are available to stream/download free from aydeethegreat.com. Dr. Carson is currently assistant professor of Hip-Hop at the University of Virginia.
Follow A.D. Carson on Twitter/IG @aydeethegreat.
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America. The beautiful. Who crowns her good with brotherhood, but from sea to shining sea shoots down and locks up young black boys and girls, men and women, with impunity. — A.D. Carson
To be clear, when I say America, I mean "White America." The America, America sees--wants to see. Not the real America, but the ideal America. — A.D. Carson
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