Well, that’s over.
In February, I was growing bored with mainstream politics, and I spent the month recycling some old material and working on our first e-book, A Glance at Africa: 28 Days of Black History From Wakanda to Zamunda. I wanted to work on content of lasting value beyond just following Donald Trump. I also wanted to see if I had the stamina to break down an African country every night.
By the end of February, I was growing exhausted. I didn’t have the time to follow and analyze the news as intensely as I had done in December and January. In hindsight, it was a good time to tune out of politics. We covered the DACA debate which turned out to be a big nothing burger. It doesn’t seem likely that President Trump and Congress will get much of anything done this year.
I didn’t expect to spend February doing Black History Month 2018. I kind of stumbled into it as a response to Black Panther and all the fantasies about Wakandans. The original goal was to review some books about liberal democracy and that is what we are going to get into next. The history of post-colonial Africa is largely the history of the failure of civic nationalism. The collapse of the Rainbow Nation in South Africa into land seizures is a symbolic bridge between the two subjects.
In March, we are going to return to covering the news while taking a deep dive into the political theory and history of civic nationalism. In particular, we want to trace and analyze how the poison of civic nationalism has eroded ethnic nationalism and racial nationalism in the West.