Revolutionary Daily Thought

“You don’t fight fire with fire. You fight fire with water. We’re gonna fight racism with solidarity. We’re not gonna fight capitalism with Black capitalism. We’re gonna fight capitalism with socialism. Socialism is the people. If you’re afraid of socialism, you’re afraid of yourself.  – Chairman Fred Hampton Sr.

Angola Prison and the Shadow of Slavery

by  THOMAS BELLER Prisoners going to work, 2004. CREDITPHOTOGRAPH BY CHANDRA MCCORMICK   A few years ago, I was on a panel at the Tennessee Williams Festival titled “Writing New Orleans: The Most Exotic place in America.” It was held in the largest room in the hotel where the annual literary festival is held, and […]

De Mau Mau

Black Vietnam veterans have been coming back from Vietnam angry and disillusioned with the American system. They were told they were fighting to safeguard freedoms in the United States — freedoms they, as Black people, don’t have. They know they were used: sent to fight Asian people, with a disproportionate number of Black soldiers in […]

The racist criminalization of Afrikan Amerikans

by  Abayomi Azikiwe When former President Bill Clinton spoke on April 7 in Philadelphia, protesters interrupted him, exposing Democrats’ role in the mass incarceration and state repression of oppressed peoples in the U.S. during the 1990s. He responded by trying to justify decades of criminalization of tens of millions of African Americans. Clinton’s mere suggestion […]

HOW DANGEROUZ IZ YOUR BLACKNEZZ?

WITH TWO MEN SENT TO DEATH ROW BASED ON RACIST TESTIMONY, TWO CASES HIGHLIGHT THE DEATH PENALTY’S FATAL FLAW by JAMIL SMITH Two black men sitting on death row in the South, Kenneth Fults and Duane Buck, recently turned to the Supreme Court for help. Fults, who had an intellectual disability, murdered 19-year-old Cathy Bounds during […]

10 easy stepz to understanding the protestz in Brazil from the bottom up

by Agente Z9R Brazil is a country filled with Black and Brown people. Rarely are they seen at the recent wave of protests demanding the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. How does the country’s mainstay allure, racial democracy, deflect and misinform us about the current wave of protests against the only aspect of Brazilian life […]

How doez Change Happen? Video of Speech by Angela Davis

From radical rebel to university professor, Angela Davis has dedicated her life to social activism. In this talk, Angela Davis reflects on her successes and shares her insights on the strategies for change that have made – and will make – history. Sponsored by the Women’s Resources and Research Center at UC Davis. source: http://www.blackcommentator.com/645/issue_645.html

Post-modernist introspection failz to meet Black Nationalism: a Maoist review of “White Privilege II”

by a contributor Macklemore & Ryan Lewis today share their latest track “White Privilege II,” which features none other than Closed Sessions’ latest major signing Jamila Woods (also of “Sunday Candy” fame). The lengthy track revisits the age-old American issue of white privilege, and (as Pitchfork points out) it’s the follow-up to Mack’s 2005 track “White […]