In Never Meant to Survive, Costa Vargas presents a historical, political, and social assessment of anti-black genocide and liberatory struggles to resist it. Through examination of two cities linked by common experiences of Blackness, Los Angeles and Rio de Janeiro, the book identifies anti-black genocide as a prevailing force in organizing individuals and groups across society. Costa Vargas approaches his analysis of anti-black genocide in these cities through discussion of past conflicts and the work of groups like the Black Panther Party.
Joao H. Costa Vargas is associate professor of African and African American Studies and Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. He is author of Catching Hell in the City of Angels: Life and Meanings of Blackness in South Central Los Angeles.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Genocide in the African Diaspora: Brazil, United States, and the Imperatives of Holistic Analysis and Political Method Chapter 4 The Inner City and the Favel: Transnational Black Politics Chapter 5 Hypersegregation and Revolt: The Los Angeles Black Ghetto in Historical Perspective Chapter 6 The Los Angeles Times' Coverage of the 1992 Rebellion: Still Burning Matters of Race and Justice Chapter 7 Hyperconsciousness of Race and its Negation: The Dialectic of White Supremacy in Brazil Chapter 8 When Jacarezhino Dared to Become a Condominium: The Politics of Race and Urban Space in Rio de Janeiro Chapter 9 Black Radical Becoming: The Revolution of Imperative Genocide Chapter 10 Bibliography