PROTEST SONG OF THE WEEK: ‘HARD TIMES’ BY CURTIS MAYFIELD

Curtis Mayfield (Photo by Beeld en Geluidwiki) Singer-songwriter Curtis Mayfield’s “Hard Times” is a raw articulation of what it was like to witness the dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement turn into a nightmare. From Mayfield’s 1975 album, “There Is No Place Like America Today,” the funk and soul […]

Revolution and Black Struggle: Marxism as a Weapon Against Racism and Capitalism

by Marcello Pablito Racism, Capitalism, and Slavery In his most important work, Marx states that “Labour in a white skin cannot emancipate itself where it is branded in a black skin.”1 Despite attempts by political and intellectual groups to deny Marx and Engels’ (and, by extension, revolutionary Marxism’s) uncompromising stance against racism, the founders of scientific […]

Mass Racial Incarceration for Profit

African slaves held in bondage and tortured in the United States by Abayomi Azikiwe This article is transcription from a lecture, which Abayomi Azikiwe delivered at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Detroit, Michigan on Sunday 18 February 2018. Abayomi Azikiwe presented the message for the day on the history and contemporary significance of mass incarceration […]

A Tale of Three Apartheids and the Land Conundrums

by Kweli Nzito  A Tale of Three Apartheids and the Land Conundrums “White settlers were convinced that the lands they appropriated in the ‘dark continent’ and other lands were theirs by right.” The word apartheid achieved global notoriety during the height of White rule in South Africa. It then extended at least to one other country […]

New Documents Reveal FBI Spied on Black Activists, Declared Them ‘Threat Actors’

  A man protesting the shooting death of Alton Sterling is detained by law enforcement near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department Louisiana. | Photo: Reuters Two U.S.-based civil rights groups, Color of Change and the Center for Constitutional Rights, have obtained some heavily redacted FBI documents.   A new report published by […]

Mississippi Sheriff’s Department Gets Sued, ACLU Finds a Long ‘White Pride’ Email

New data show roadblocks in the country occur twice as often in Black neighborhoods as white ones. C.J. Ciaramella In the same Mississippi county that’s currently being sued for running discriminatory, unconstitutional roadblocks in black neighborhoods, the now-sheriff forwarded a chain message about “white pride” containing a long list of racial slurs around the office. […]

(Classist, Racist) History of Jaywalking

  by BRIAN ADDISON There’s more to the word and law behind “jaywalking” than meets the eye or common assumption. In fact, lurking behind this common word and often-cited form of lawbreaking sits classism, racism, and the domination of the automobile over the human—and is far from just someone who decides to, in the eyes of […]