A radical’s oral history of Detroit in 1967

Rebellion By Michael Jackman @michaeljackman The Tony Spina Collection, Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University National Guardsmen patrol Detroit during the summer of 1967. This perspective on the events of the summer of 1967 comes from a few Metro Times fellow travelers in the form of John and Leni Sinclair, and Fifth Estate staffers Harvey […]

BLACK PEOPLE’S DISLIKE OF THE POLICE IS LEGITIMATE AND A MATTER OF SURVIVAL

by Hassan Henderson There are no such things as “appropriate” responses to the violence forged against Black lives. Neither those who directly support the affairs of American imperialism nor their allies possess the moral skill-set to determine how we will get free. Pilgrims are in no position to define either resistance, ending Black dehumanization, or the […]

‘Detroit:’ The Real Story Behind One Of The Most Horrific Police Brutality Events In History

By Malaika Jabali While Kathryn Bigelow’s film focuses on one horrific act at the Algiers Motel, where police killed three Black teenagers, the events that lasted over the five-day uprising is a crash course in America’s dark history with state violence and the overall oppression of Black and Brown people.   If you’ve read Turner House — the debut […]

Detroit’ Is One Of The Most Irresponsible And Dangerous Movies Of the Year

The film is egregious, both in what it includes and what it omits.   By Mary Phillips Assistant Professor, Lehman College, CUNY   The church was packed. “Watch accurate justice administered by citizens of the community,” a flier announced. “Review and watch the evidence for yourself.” Nearly two thousand black people and a smattering of whites […]

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 […]

A History of the Omaha Black Panthers

On July 28, 1966, the Omaha World-Herald published a report about a a “200 member gang known as the Black Panthers” that “planned much of the systematic firebombing, sniping and looting in Cleveland’s slum riots.” From the outset, Omaha’s media portrayed the Black Panther Party as violent hoodlums, and in the next several years they wouldn’t stop. […]

Court Affirms Citizens Have the Right to Defend Themselves Against Police Brutality

by Matt Agorist Newark, NJ — A court case was decided this month by an appellate court in New Jersey which affirmed that citizens are allowed to defend themselves against police brutality. The court’s decision involves the case of Darnell Reed, 33, who was beaten to a bloody pulp by officers during an arrest in 2013 in which he […]

Protest Song Of Week: ‘Glory’ by Rhymefest feat. Billy Branch

    Rhymefest co-wrote the Oscar-winning “Glory,” with Common and John Legend. The song appeared in “Selma,” and at the 2017 Chicago Bluesfest, Rhymefest was joined by blues harmonica legend Billy Branch for a performance that transformed the song into a 12-minute jam. The presence of Rhymefest at the Chicago Bluesfest was hugely significant. Hip-hop […]

The NFL Media War Against Kaepernick People

Folks – I’m going to be at The People’s Summit tomorrow in Chicago. Stop on through! Details here https://www.thepeoplessummit.org/sessions/athletics-activism-social-change/ https://www.thenation.com/article/nfls-war-colin-kaepernick/ The NFL’s War Against Colin Kaepernick by Dave Zirin We have heard a farcical parade of excuses by NFL owners and executives for why free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick remains unemployed. “He’s not 100 percent committed.” […]

VIDEO: Rockers Prophets of Rage call for political resistance in their Michael Moore-directed visual, “Unfuck The World”

True to form, the Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave/Public Enemy/Cyprus Hill member-founded supergroup Prophets of Rage issue a call for action for everyday people to stand up to white supremacy, political corruption, and police brutality. Director: Michael Moore Executive Producer: Meghan O’Hara Producer: Monica Hampton Editor: Vanessa Roworth Animation: Robin Steele, Steeleworks Animation Band Videography: Eitan […]