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Abstract

This essay authored by Charles Pinderhughes, titled “My Dialogue with Rod Bush on Internal Colonialism,” is a chapter in the anthology Rod Bush: Lessons from a Radical Black Scholar on Liberation, Love, and Justice, edited by Melanie E. L. Bush, and co-edited by Rose M. Brewer, Daniel Douglas, Loretta Chin, and Robert Newby (2019). The chapter discusses Rod Bush’s generous capacity to mentor and support academic comrades. Bush’s unselfish example led to a new approach to a part of Charles Pinderhughes’ re-assessment of Internal Colonialism Theory. Lessons to be learned from Rod Bush include supporting the principled engagement of ideas, being generous with our commentary, and engaging in dialogue to cultivate understanding rather to make points or to be right. Bush supported Charles Pinderhughes’ development of Geo-focused Internal Colonialism Theory even though he [Bush] partially disagreed with some of the change advocated.

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