[Marxism] Academics should write for the public for political, personal and practical reasons (opinion)

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri May 17 14:52:36 MDT 2019

I also write for the public because I see my work as part of a long 
tradition of black activist scholarship that was never fooled by the 
idea that intellectual, practical and political work should be kept 
separate. As an educator with expertise on racial inequality, I see my 
responsibility extending beyond the classroom, even if I don’t yet have 
tenure. W. E. B. Du Bois, perhaps the prototypical public sociologist, 
neatly encapsulated this view of the necessity of public engagement when 
he said, “One could not be a calm, cool and detached scientist while 
Negroes were lynched, murdered and starved.” The racial problems Du Bois 
identified are still with us, and we can help eradicate them by engaging 
in the type of committed public writing that Du Bois modeled.	


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