(Forbes 2012) The black Jacobin

Forbes, Remeike. The black Jacobin. Jacobin. 2012 Spring; 6:67–69. Online version: 2012 Mar 3. Available from: http://jacobinmag.com/blog/2012/03/the-black-jacobin/. Accessed 2012 Oct 26. Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/6BhPTHYw1.

Jacobin magazine design director Remeike Forbes considers the political significance of the choice of an image referencing The Black Jacobins by C. L. R. James, a history of the Haitian Revolution, as the magazine’s logo. Forbes states that

There is hardly a greater signifier of universalism than the Haitian Revolution. The slave revolt struck at the heart of existing contradictions in the Western Enlightenment, by taking up the mantle of the Enlightenment and turning it into a genuine project of emancipation.

Forbes characterizes the black Jacobin as a symbol both of the attack on Enlightenment hypocrisy and of advocacy of the fundamental rationalist approach of the Enlightenment.


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