“Negro” by Langston Hughez

I am a Negro: Black as the night is black, Black like the depths of my Africa. I’ve been a slave: Caesar told me to keep his door-steps clean. I brushed the boots of Washington. I’ve been a worker: Under my hand the pyramids arose. I made mortar for the Woolworth Building. I’ve been a […]

The Violence of Police Politrikz

by Steve Martinot The “dementia” of police behavior is reflected in U.S. prisons, where punishment is justified by the fact of incarceration. “Solitary confinement is imposed on those who think critically and politically.” On the street, police dementia is policy. “In profiling, the police commit an act of suspicion, and then look for a crime […]

Policing, Mass Imprisonment, and the Failure of Amerikan Lawyerz

Harvard Law Review Forum Commentary by Alec Karakatsanis 128 Harv. L. Rev. F. 253 It did not surprise me that almost every child in the D.C. public high school class raised a hand when I asked if any of them had been stopped and searched by the police. When I told them that being stopped […]

‘Concerning Violence’ introducez new generations to Frantz Fanon

Review by The People’s Minister of Information JR Frantz Fanon was one of the greatest political scientists, writers and philosophers to live in the modern era and deal with the effects of colonialism on the oppressor and the oppressed. Born in 1925 on the island of Martinique, this psychiatrist by trade was hired by the […]

The Drug War: A Roller-Coaster To Hell

By John Grant The War On Drugs, fought mostly in poor and person-of-color communities (despite the fact that whites are more than 70 percent of all drug users) has contributed dramatically to the growth of a prison-industrial-complex that is quickly sapping resources from education, job training and other vital programs. Tim Wise I’ve taught creative […]

Mumia: CIA = Crime All the Time

“The CIA, the executive hand of the president, has been involved deeply in every crime known to man,” said America’s best known political prisoner, Mumia Abu Jamal, in a report for Prison Radio. The agency commits thousands of crimes every day, but is immune from prosecution under the Intelligence Authorization Act of 2001. “That’s American […]

5 Reasonz People Are So Wrong About ‘Black-on-Black Crime’

The Nation / By Gary Younge We don’t hear much about white-on-white crime or Asian-on-Asian crime Shortly after Michael Brown was shot dead in Ferguson, Missouri, a local pizzeria owner, Jim Marshall, flashed a gun at black protesters after an argument. Some branded Marshall a racist and called for a boycott. A few weeks later, […]

How They Police vs. What They Police: Reflectionz on Ferguson, Race, and “the Rule of Law”

By Paul Street How Throughout its coverage of the drama sparked by the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, US corporate media has framed the basic racial issue at stake as how police carry out their tasks: how they police.  The issue is not minor. How cops do their jobs is a serious […]

Being black in public: Amerika’z most punishable offense

By Timothy McGettigan “…three fifths of all other Persons.” (Article 1, Section 2, Paragraph 3 of the United States Constitution) Racism is the most sacred American value. When racist cops can murder black kids in broad daylight and not be charged with crimes, it is safe to conclude that we live in a racist country. […]