The Cancer of Racism—and the Radical Surgery Required to Cut It Out

“Racism is America’s defining sickness …” —journalist Lindy West, New York Times OpEd, June 1 There was a lot attention last week on Roseanne Barr’s racist tweets, comparing a prominent Black woman to an ape. Roseanne had plenty of company in expressing her hateful racism. Some incidents that happened or came to light in the last week alone of […]

Amerika’s Forgotten Mass Lynching: When 237 People Were Murdered In Arkansas

In 1919, in the wake of World War I, black sharecroppers unionized in Arkansas, unleashing a wave of white vigilantism and mass murder that left 237 people dead. DAVID KRUGLER 02.16.15 6:55 AM ET The visits began in the fall of 1918, just as World War I ended. At his office in Little Rock, Arkansas, […]

Abolition Collective letter of support for Jalil Muntaqim

The Abolition Collective expresses its support and solidarity with Jalil Muntaqim, Political Prisoners, and the right of incarcerated people to engage in popular education. Jalil has been politically active since his incarceration. Most recently, he was punished for teaching an administratively sanctioned Black History class in Attica Prison, and was transported to a supermax prison […]

Hearts open, fists up: the color line

by  Soya Jung Bio: Left of the color line. Empire resister. Unapologetic problem minority. I was asked to share the following mashup of an essay titled “The Endurance of the Color Line” published in the journal Othering & Belonging: Expanding the Circle of Human Concern and remarks I gave as part of a public talk called “Hearts Open, […]

FBI, the politikal police

by Marc Sapir, MD, MPH When FBI director James Comey dropped a propaganda bomb that blew up the 2016 presidential election and probably changed how the U.S. will be governed for some time to come, he wasn’t acting for the Russians. Comey wasn’t acting as an individual rogue actor either. He was acting in the […]

Lively Up the Dead Zone: Remembering democracy’z racist state crimez (Ashe)

by Janine Jones (12/6/16) A critique of political thinking in Africana thought brings us to a crossroads. At this intersection, passing trajectories meet. Moving in opposite directions, they send contradictory messages concerning democracy, racism, and political violence. One trajectory pursues the accomplishments of Africana intellectual, artistic, economic, and political elites…  The other trajectory tracks the misery […]

A Bicentennial Without a Puerto Rikan Kolony

by Piri Thomas (1975)   Published in The Crisis, December 1975. As the United States prepared to celebrate the Bicentennial of the American revolution of 1776, anti-imperialists sought to call the nation back to its anti-colonial routes. A focus of many activists was the continuing U.S. control of the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, which […]

In fighting against apartheid, Cuba defended “the most beautiful cause of mankind”

By Piero Gleijeses The passing of Fidel Castro at 90 years of age provided opponents of the Cuban Revolution with an opportunity to pick up their ideological mantra in favour of some abstract notion of democracy, while ignoring the Revolution’s social achievements and human development. But Cuba’s foreign policy has also been of a remarkable […]

The Politikz of Che Guevara

Theory and Practice by Samuel Farber   A political portrait focused on Guevara’s thought and political record aimed at dispelling many of the myths about the revolutionary. This reexamination of Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s thoughts on socialism, democracy, and revolution is a must-read for today’s activists—or anyone longing to fight for a better world. Fifty years […]