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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Schools Conservative Asshole on Donald Trump’s Racism

Prolific Nigerian novelist and feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie appeared on BBC Newsnight to debate Donald Trump's racism with R. Emmett Tyrrell.

Prolific Nigerian novelist and renowned feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie appeared on BBC Newsnight alongside noted conservative asshole R. Emmett Tyrrell (who we'll refer to as "Bob") shortly after the election of you know.


BBC commentator Emily Maitlis began by noting the first-ever black President will be followed by someone who’s been endorsed by the KKK (which is a fact), to which Bob laughed, and to which Adichie could only look on in horror (at Bob, for his assholeness).

Bob elaborated that the KKK doesn’t mean anything. “I can’t imagine anybody more marginal to American elections than the KKK…”

Yeah, Bob? (See: "The number of KKK groups in America more than doubled last year, says new report")

But we’ll let Adichie take it from here.

“The point is, the KKK exists. The KKK endorsed Donald Trump. The KKK stands for white supremacy. And that has to be acknowledged. That has to be pushed back on,” a stunned Adichie responded.

Maitlis pointed out that if a fifth of Latino and Hispanic voters went with Trump, maybe race wasn’t an issue after all. Adichie, thank goodness, took issue with that line of thought. “I find that argument to be very troubling—the idea somehow that if Hispanic or even any people of color work for someone who’s racist it means he’s not racist. Every system of oppression has people who are in the group of the oppressed who somehow contribute to that oppression,” she said.

“I think what we should do is look at Trump for who Trump has told us and shown us that he is. So let’s look at what he has said on the campaign trail. The only way we can judge the kind of president he will be is based on the campaign that he ran.”

But what if Trump didn’t believe anything he said, Maitlis wondered. That’s exactly the problem, Adichie said. “On the one hand we’re told that Trump’s appeal is that he says what he thinks and he says it like it is, and then on the other hand we’re told that he doesn’t really mean it. So which is it? There’s something very troubling about that.”

The discussion then turned to whether or not Trump has been racist in his language (he has). Bob, of course, flat-out denied Trump's racism. Adichie was all smiles in her response. “If you’re a white man, you don’t get to define what racism is. You don’t get to sit there and say that he hasn’t been racist, when objectively he has. And it’s not about your opinion. There are objective things, racism is an objective reality, and Donald Trump has inhabited that reality.”

Bob called false consciousness on Adichie. “I can’t even open my mouth because I’m a white male…”

Okay, Bob.

Adichie shouldn’t have had to respond to Bob. But she did. “I’m just saying to you that Donald Trump has shown us and has said things that are objectively racist… If he says to us, for example, that a United States judge is unable to judge him fairly because he’s Mexican, that is racist. Objectively racist.”

As for final thoughts: will Trump govern in the same way that he campaigned? Bob said no, that he showed people how he’ll govern starting the other night when he was “dignified, charming and very focused.”

“I think it’s very sad that the standards have been so lowered for Donald Trump that because he manages not to behave like a spoiled child, he needs to be praised," commented Adichie. "To say to us that we have to disregard everything that Donald Trump said and did during his long campaign and judge him just on the one day after he had won the election doesn’t make sense.”

Watch Adichie school Bob in full above.

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1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Goes to Paris in 2021

The longstanding celebration of African art will be hosted by Parisian hot spot Christie's for the first time ever.

In admittedly unideal circumstances, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair will be touching French soil in 2021. The internationally celebrated art fair devoted to contemporary art from Africa and the African diaspora will be hosted in Paris, France from January 20 - 23. With COVID-19 still having its way around the globe, finding new ways to connect is what it's all about and 1-54 is certainly taking the innovative steps to keep African art alive and well.
In partnership with Christie's, the in-person exhibits will take place at the auction house's city HQ at Avenue Matignon, while 20 international exhibitors will be featured online at Christies.com. And the fun doesn't stop there as the collaboration has brought in new ways to admire the talent from participating galleries from across Africa and Europe. The fair's multi-disciplinary program of talks, screenings, performances, workshops, and readings are set to excite and entice revelers.

Artwork: Delphine Desane Deep Sorrow, 2020. Courtesy Luce Gallery


The tech dependant program, curated by Le 18, a multi-disciplinary art space in Marrakech medina, will see events take place during the Parisian run fair, followed by more throughout February.
This year's 1-54 online will be accessible to global visitors virtually, following the success of the 2019's fair in New York City and London in 2020. In the wake of COVID-19 related regulations and public guidelines, 1-54 in collaboration with Christie's Paris is in compliance with all national regulations, strict sanitary measures, and security.

Artwork: Cristiano Mongovo Murmurantes Acrilico Sobre Tela 190x200cm 2019


1-54 founding director Touria El Glaoui commented, "Whilst we're sad not to be able to go ahead with the fourth edition of 1-54 Marrakech in February as hoped, we are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to be in Paris this January with our first-ever fair on French soil thanks to our dedicated partners Christie's. 1-54's vision has always been to promote vibrant and dynamic contemporary art from a diverse set of African perspectives and bring it to new audiences, and what better way of doing so than to launch an edition somewhere completely new. Thanks to the special Season of African Culture in France, 2021 is already set to be a great year for African art in the country so we are excited to be playing our part and look forward, all being well, to welcoming our French friends to Christie's and many more from around the world to our online fair in January."

Julien Pradels, General Director of Christie's France, said, "Christie's is delighted to announce our second collaboration with 1-54, the Contemporary African Art Fair, following a successful edition in London this October. Paris, with its strong links to the continent, is a perfect place for such a project and the additional context of the delayed Saison Africa 2020 makes this partnership all the more special. We hope this collaboration will prove a meaningful platform for the vibrant African art scene and we are confident that collectors will be as enthusiastic to see the works presented, as we are."


Artwork: Kwesi Botchway Metamorphose in July, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery 1957


Here's a list of participating galleries to be on the lookout for:

Galleries

31 PROJECT (Paris, France)
50 Golborne (London, United Kingdom)
Dominique Fiat (Paris, France)
Galerie 127 (Marrakech, Morocco)
Galerie Anne de Villepoix (Paris, France)
Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire/ Dakar, Senegal)
Galerie Eric Dupont (Paris, France)
Galerie Lelong & Co. (Paris, France / New York, USA)
Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris, France / Brussels, Belgium)
Galleria Continua (Beijing, China / Havana, Cuba / Les Moulins, France / San Gimignano, Italy / Rome, Italy)
Gallery 1957 (Accra, Ghana / London, United Kingdom)
Loft Art Gallery (Casablanca, Morocco)

Luce Gallery (Turin, Italy)
MAGNIN-A (Paris, France)
Nil Gallery (Paris, France)
POLARTICS (Lagos, Nigeria)
SEPTIEME Gallery (Paris, France)
This is Not a White Cube (Luanda, Angola) THK Gallery (Cape Town, South Africa) Wilde (Geneva, Switzerland)

For more info visit 1-54

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