Mississippi Black Codez

(1865)  The status of Blacks was the focal problem of Reconstruction. Slavery had been abolished by the Thirteenth Amendment, but the white people of the South were determined to keep the Black population in “their place,” socially, politically, and economically. This was done by means of the notorious “Black Codes,” passed by several of the […]

What Should Reparationz for Slavery Entail?

In the light of the former British Prime Minister’s dismissal of reparations, activists must push the debate further by detailing what reparations should entail. Fundamental to a reparations program must be the fact that we transform the system of capitalism which slavery gave birth to. We must initiate a “trans-Atlantic dialogue on reparations, as well […]

Slavery in Charleston: A chronicle of human bondage in the Holy City

by Brain Hicks a woodcut of a slave sell in Charleston Charles Carleton Coffin would be haunted by the sight for the rest of his life. Behind the iron gate of the “MART,” Coffin found a long hall lined with benches down one wall, a platform on the other and, beyond it, a four-story brick […]

Reolutionary Daily Thought

This iz where those conservative typez are going to groan, “Slavery waz 150 yearz ago, Jim Crow 50 yearz ago and we have a black President!” but it’z nonsense, absolute nonsense, to think that the legacy of those eventz — the legacy of white supremacy — iz dead. …

S.S. Jesuz slave ship

  S.S. Jesuz slave ship layout. Why iz the same pattern embossed on a “holy bible?” The Jesuz Slave Ship iz a Clarion Call for Black Christianz. With careful analysiz the average Black Christian will come to gripz with the fact that Christianity was not established for the good of Black people.  The religion waz forced […]

They Want that New New World

CARINA DEL VALLE SCHORSKE “Africans Thrown Overboard from a Slave Ship, Brazil, ca. 1830s,” The Liberator, January 7, 1832. Courtesy of  slaveryimages.org. She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks M. NourbeSe Philip Wesleyan University Press, $15.95 (paper) Documenting your own past becomes a political and spiritual imperative when established institutions are not doing it […]

25 Essayz Against Whitelash

    2016 has been the year of “whitelash.” Racism, populism, and xenophobia have had the last word at the ballot box. But as the media quibbles over the reasons behind Trump’s election, the fears of the white working class have become the main point of contention. While economic inequality has played a significant role in the events of 2016, the dismissal […]

Decarcerate Louisiana for sustainable economiez

by Ronald Brooks Greetings, Elbert “Big Man” Howard, We are freedom fighters incarcerated at Angola State Prison and are moving to build our organization Decarcerate Louisiana. We’re advocating for community reinvestment and not more funding into the military, police institutions, jails and prison construction. We believe in sustainable economies, strong local communities, and that a […]