Shaka Shakur: Help resuscitate justice in Sullivan County

 by Shaka Shakur Usually Feb. 21 is a day of remembrance and reflection for me as it represents the anniversary of the day Brother El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz aka Malcolm X was assassinated by agents of the U.S. government and its counter-intelligence program, COINTELPRO. Well, this Feb. 21, 2018, I’m having to focus on and prepare for […]

A Politikal Philosophy of Self-Defense

by Chad Kautzer Editor’s Note: This essay is an adapted excerpt from Setting Sights: Histories and Reflections on Community Armed Self-Defense (ed. scott crow). In his 1964 speech “Communication and Reality,” Malcolm X said: “I am not against using violence in self-defense. I don’t call it violence when it’s self-defense, I call it intelligence.” Earlier that year, he made a […]

Police Brutality: No End Under Capitalism

Police Brutality: No End Under Capitalism   “Hiring more black police officers probably doesn’t offer a direct solution to this problem.” Recently, another cop — former St. Louis officer, Jason Stockley — was acquitted for the 2011 first-degree murder of Anthony Lamar Smith. The police video caught most of the incident. It included the alleged […]

Listen: What Hitler and the Nazis Learned from American Racism

On this Chauncey DeVega Show podcast: Troubling parallels between Trump, Hitler, and Charlottesville. By Chauncey DeVega / AlterNet September 15, 2017  Photo Credit: Chauncey DeVega   The Chauncey DeVega Show is the official podcast of politics writer Chauncey DeVega. On a weekly basis the show features a relaxed and free-form conversation with artists, authors, musicians, researchers, academics, […]

US prisons practice the same slavery and racism celebrated by Confederate monuments

September 15, 2017 Assailing slavery and white supremacy today by Kevin “Rashid” Johnson On Aug. 11, white supremacists rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia, against the removal of the statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. In the wake of that rally, which turned deadly when a rally-goer plowed his car into a group of counter-demonstrators, killing […]

The Abandonment

by PAUL STREET Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow is properly understood as a classic text on and against the regime of racist mass incarceration and criminal- (felony-) marking that arose and became deeply entrenched in the United States during the last third of the previous century.  There were three key problems, however, with professor Alexander’s use […]

How White Amerika have Reaped 500-plus years of Cruelty toward People of Color

Many people are shortsighted to this phenomenon because of the concept of time, and believe that white America has, and is getting away with their crimes against humanity in the past and to this day. However, that is far from the truth. White America is suffering rapid decline, mental torment and retribution for the years […]

How Paul Robeson Found His Politikal Voice in the Welsh Valleys

Paul Robeson – African American singer, movie star, Broadway actor, freedom fighter and socialist -built his singing career in the teeth of racism in the early 1900s. But his radicalism was spurred on in Britain – by a chance meeting with a group of Welsh miners. by  Jeff Sparrow Paul Robeson singing with a choir […]