Erasing the Line: The Organic Link Between the Struggles of the Working Class, Amerika’s Prison Population, and Black Amerika (by Jason Renard Walker, Deputy Minister of Labor – NABPP-PC)

One of the most important ways that a tiny 0.01% of the population controls all of society is through its police, military, and prisons. These are some of the fascist institutions within capitalism that, through its control of mass media, can shape and mold how the contradictions between the capitalist class and working class are […]

A Tale of Three Apartheids and the Land Conundrums

by Kweli Nzito  A Tale of Three Apartheids and the Land Conundrums “White settlers were convinced that the lands they appropriated in the ‘dark continent’ and other lands were theirs by right.” The word apartheid achieved global notoriety during the height of White rule in South Africa. It then extended at least to one other country […]

u.s. Slavery Was Uniquely Capitalist

by Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford   Even on the left, the capitalist nature of US slavery is not well understood, said historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment. “The commodification and capitalization of Black bodies is pretty unique to the United States,” she said. “Marx himself did not grasp it. Eurocentrism of […]

What’s the Difference Between a Frat and a Gang?

They’re both blamed for predisposing their members to violent acts, but they’ve sparked radically different public-policy responses. by IBRAM X. KENDI When I thought about locking up with a crew in 1996, I wanted to see a full initiation first, not parts I stumbled upon over the years. My friend Cliff and I arrived at a […]

The Funke Wisdom of Chocolate Cities

By Mary F. Corey  A Review of Chocolate Cities: the Black Map of American Life by Marcus A. Hunter & Zandria F. Robinson, University of California Press Mathematically it all adds up All people are equal, but equal to what? Once you understand there’s a spiritual math Add soul to the science and subtract the riff–raff Knowledge ain’t enough, you need funke funke wisdom —Kool Moe Dee, Funke Wisdom (1991)    Imagine a giant map of the United States with just two words inscribed across it: THE SOUTH. There are no blue states and no […]

INTERCEPTED PODCAST: WHITE SUPREMACY AND THE CHURCH OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT   THE CONSTITUTION IS the sacred text of the civic religion that is U.S. nationalism, and that nationalism is inexorably tied to white supremacy. This week on Intercepted, historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz argues that the Second Amendment, which is rooted in genocide and slave patrols, should be abolished. She describes the relationship between U.S. wars abroad […]

No pledge of allegiance to racism

By Mikisa Thompson My son Jeremiah Boykin called me from school on Friday, Feb. 16, to tell me that he was dismissed from class because he did not stand for the pledge of allegiance. His constitutional rights were violated. He was verbally and almost physically assaulted by the person supposed to teach him anatomy. The teacher, […]

TFN #2: FUN CONTROL IN THE UNITED SNAKES As peeps in the United Snakes struggle through the aftermath of yet another senseless mass shooting, debates around gun control are once again heating up. But who to cheer for in this recurring battle of right-wing, gun-toting libertarians and latte-sipping liberals? In this sedition of The Fuckin’ News, Stim gives us his hot take.

Blackness Largely Absent From Kerner Commission Report on Black Uprisings

Dr. Keisha Bentley-Edwards joined us to discuss her work related to the Kerner Commission report. 50 years ago today (March 1, 1968) the first mainstream press story broke about this historic report and its conclusions regarding the origins of Black uprisings around the country. Dr. Bentley-Edwards helped us fill in some missing pieces of what was and was not […]