PROTEST SONG OF THE WEEK: ‘PRAYER SONG’ BY NONAME FEATURING ADAM NESS

Noname (Photo by Nicolas Völcker) 2 Editor’s Note The following protest song was initially featured at Ongoing History Of Protest Songs. Noname is the moniker of Fatimah Warner, a 26-year-old indie rapper from Chicago. She recently released her first official album “Room 25,” a much-anticipated follow-up to her acclaimed 2016 free mixtape, “Telefone.” The album is […]

A new look at racial disparities in police use of deadly force

by Joseph Cesario One of the most important social issues of the last five years is fatal police shootings of black Americans. The concern that police fatally shoot blacks at higher rates than whites has given rise to a strong push for department-wide interventions for police officers. Such interventions, usually in the form of “implicit bias” training, […]

The horrifying treatment of Afrikan fruit pickers in Italy, where they are exploited and killed

A member of Médecins Sans Frontières talks to an African worker in a makeshift camp in the countryside near the village of Rignano Garganico, southern Italy. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters The migration of Africans to Europe is one of the toughest journeys as some lose their lives in the waters of the Mediterranean or get turned […]

Amerikan Crime; December 26, 1862: The Lynching of 38 Dakota Men―The Largest Mass Execution in U.S. (united snakes) History

Lynching of 38 Dakota (Santee Sioux) men, December 26, 1862.   THE CRIME On December 26, 1862, in the midst of the U.S. Civil War (April 1861-May 1865), and in the same week that the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, President Abraham Lincoln ordered 38 Dakota Santee Sioux men sent to the gallows in Mankato, Minnesota. […]

The Zong Massacre: The unforgettable 1781 incident which saw 133 slaves thrown into the Atlantic

Depiction of the Zong massacre…Alchetron On November 29, December 1 and other days later in 1781, 85 Ghanaian men, women and children were thrown overboard The Zong, a slave ship that was due to arrive in Jamaica. In protest, 10 more slaves jumped into the sea. In total, 142 slaves lost their lives due to the […]

Case #40: Native American Boarding Schools, 1870-1970s: “Kill the Indian, Save the Man”

THE CRIME: The cultural genocide of the Native Americans The near extermination of the Native Americans in the centuries following 1492 is one of the great historical crimes committed by the rulers of this country—or any country. Credible estimates of the indigenous population in North America in 1492 are between 12.5 and 18.5 million. Through […]

A reckoning for the sadism of white men in the Amerikkkan South

  Until now, the enforcement of white supremacy through racial terrorism in the form of lynching has largely been unrecognised as part of America’s history   by Ed Pilkington in Montgomery, Alabama Vanessa Croft was driving home after work in Gadsden, Alabama last month when she noticed something strange in her rear-view mirror. There were two huge flags bearing […]

A Brief History of Neo-Colonial Rape and the “Freak Shows” of Black Women’s Bodies

by  Julian Vigo A Brief History of Neo-Colonial Rape and the “Freak Shows” of Black Women’s Bodies “These sites of ‘disaster’ are created by the very ‘civilized’ men who then turn around and exploit the victims of their imposed ‘civilization.’” Catharine MacKinnon’s book Are Women Human? is a text which interrogates the violence specifically targeting women throughout […]

A HIDDEN FACTOR IN POLICE SHOOTINGS OF BLACK AMERICANS: DECADES OF HOUSING SEGREGATION

by  Maha Ahmed DATA HAS SHOWN that, across the country, black Americans are more likely to be killed by police than whites. But the problem is worse in the most segregated states, according to a recent study showing that racial disparities in fatal police shootings are linked to histories of structural violence. Police killings, more than just the […]

The Assassination of Fred Hampton, Surveillance of Civil Rights Leaders, and Harassment of Black Lives Matter Just Business as Usual for Law Enforcement

The criminalization of drug use was and still is an easy excuse to surveil and control populations. by Morgan Humphrey Drug Policy Alliance Blog  Screenshot / YouTube   On this day, 49 years ago, 21 year-old Fred Hampton, Black Panther Party of Self-Defense State chairman, was drugged and assassinated of by the Chicago Police Department (with the […]