Why won’t the US Supreme Court do anything about racism?

by Tonja Jacobi & Ross Berlin The Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke fired 16 shots, killing the African-American teenager Laquan McDonald; 14 of those shots were apparently fired while McDonald lay on the ground. It took four years and the expulsion of the state attorney general before the trial against Van Dyke for first-degree […]

Black Nationalism

Black Nationalism (Taken from “Message to the People: The course on African Philosophy”  by Marcus Garvey  Lesson 3) The culmination of all the efforts of the U.N.I.A. must end in Negro independent nationalism on the continent of Africa. That is to say, everything must contribute toward the final objective of having a powerful nation for the Negro race. […]

How the Ashanti game of Oware was used by slaves in the Caribbean to plan their escape from plantations

Oware is considered the oldest Mancala board game in the world. Dating back centuries to ancient Africa, specifically the Ashanti tribe in Ghana, Mancala is one of the most commonly known board games in Africa, among others. The worldwide spread is noted to be because of the slave trade Carribean that saw many Africans sold to […]

We are the revolutionary force that can free the people

by Kamau Askari (Roscoe Abell) “George and the Dragon” (2016) – Art: Kevin “Rashid” Johnson, 264847, Pendleton Correctional Facility, G-20-2C, 4490 W. Reformatory Road, Pendleton, IN 46064 Many New Afrikans (Blacks) for some reason think that the revolution is dead. The revolution is not dead. It is the spirit of the people that is dead. […]

Fred Hampton’s Death Is Just One Example of the Government’s Covert Disruption of Black Lives

by Monique Judge At a rally outside the U.S. Courthouse October 29, 1969, Dr. Benjamin Spock, background, listens to Fred Hampton, chairman of the Illinois Black Panther party. It was part of a protest against the trial of eight persons accused of conspiracy to cause a riot during the Democratic National Convention in 1968. Photo: […]

Unsilencing Stealth Histories of Armed Struggle and Shortcomings of Left Media Analysis

By Jared Ball    This is an important re-posting of an interview with (April 2016) and statement from (May 2017)  Dhoruba bin-Wahad. Dhoruba bin-Wahad, formerly of The Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army, discussed his critique of the “alternative press” and Left analysis of the history of armed struggle – what he calls “stealth” histories – as exemplified in a recent interview with Angela Davis. A STATEMENT […]

Why the Kingdom of Dahomey gave up the fight against slavery in 1730

King Behanzin of Dahomey and his household — Photo: New World Encyclopedia The Kingdom of Dahomey (present-day Benin) has a rich yet complicated history. It had kings and princes who made decisions that had a huge impact on the natives of the once prosperous kingdom. One of these kings is Agadja Trudo, the third ruler […]

Black revolutionary currents of the Atlantic

  The tempest created by Haitian revolutionaries and communicated via slave societies across the Atlantic was a major turning point in the history of the Americas.  by Julius S. Scott   This an excerpt from “The Common Wind” (Verso, 2018) by Julius S. Scott In the summer of 1792, just three days before the third anniversary […]

The Willie Lynch Letter

The Willie Lynch Letter The Willie Lynch Letter: The Making Of A Slave! This speech was delivered by Willie Lynch on the bank of the James River in the colony of Virginia in 1712. Lynch was a British slave owner in the West Indies. He was invited to the colony of Virginia in 1712 to […]

Remembering Fred Hampton

Fred Hampton was assassinated by the US government on his day (December 4th) in 1969. He was 21 years old. He spent his short life fighting against exploitation and oppression. He advocated for “international proletarian revolution” by all means necessary, viewing the class struggle as the primary vehicle for ending all oppression, including white supremacy. […]