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Video comment by Marlon James on the topic of racism, published on Jan 13, 2016 by The Guardian.

Most of us, says Marlon James, are non-racist. While that leaves us with a clear conscience, he argues, it does nothing to help fight injustice in the world.

In fact, we can pull off being non-racist by being asleep in bed while black men are killed by police. We need to stop being non-racist, and start being anti-racist.


Writer Roger Bonair-Agard joins Marlon James for a conversation on fictional characters and writerly motivations.

This program was recorded on Oct 31, 2015 as part of the 26th annual Chicago Humanities Festival, Citizens:

Marlon James is at the forefront of a new generation of Caribbean writers. The author of such critically acclaimed novels as "John Crow’s Devil" and "The Book of Night Women", James’s latest returns us to his lush, tumultuous homeland. Using the assassination attempt on Bob Marley as an anchor, "A Brief History of Seven Killings" explores the Cold War and gangster politics of 1970s Jamaica. At the heart of all of James’s work is a fertile historical imagination.


Marlon James joins Shad in studio q for a wide-ranging conversation about art, identity and race — from Kendrick Lamar's performance at the Grammys this year to Beyonce's politically-charged Superbowl halftime show.

This program was published on Feb 19, 2016 by q on cbc.

Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James cautions audiences against blurring lines between artists and activists, calling on them to speak to "15 million issues" in just the right way.


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