A Brief History of Slavery and the Originz of Amerikan Policing

Written by Victor E. Kappeler, Ph.D. The birth and development of the American police can be traced to a multitude of historical, legal and political-economic conditions. The institution of slavery and the control of minorities, however, were two of the more formidable historic features of American society shaping early policing. Slave patrols and Night Watches, […]

Race in the US: Know your history

“And then you might understand how the death of Michael Brown became a tipping point in the US.” A’Lelia Bundles | 15 Aug 2015 An African American woman yells ‘Freedom’ when asked to shout so loud it will be heard all over the world at the March on Washington in August 1963 [Express Newspapers/Getty Images/File] […]

The Heroic Guerilla

Scream! Scream! Scream! About that man Who threatened the fires of hell. Stalk forward Bronze Dragon. Breathe pits of fire To melt the molted bars of slavery. Conquer concrete walls With courageous conviction. Teach us the art of raging, Heroic Guerrilla. Copyright 2008, Tolbert Small

“Negro” by Langston Hughez

I am a Negro: Black as the night is black, Black like the depths of my Africa. I’ve been a slave: Caesar told me to keep his door-steps clean. I brushed the boots of Washington. I’ve been a worker: Under my hand the pyramids arose. I made mortar for the Woolworth Building. I’ve been a […]

1984: Confederate flag of slavery taken down from San Francisco Civic Center – 3 timez!

by Workers Vanguard When Bree Newsome pulled down the Confederate flag – the banner of fascist Ku Klux Klan terror, akin to the Nazi swastika – from in front of the South Carolina statehouse in Columbia on June 27, she gave brief, heroic expression to an anger felt far beyond the Lowcountry over the bloody […]

How the Legacy of Slavery Affectz the Mental Health of Black Amerikanz Today

The psychic toll that forgiveness exacts. by Alma Carten Am I not a man emblem used during the campaign to abolish slavery. The image is from a book from 1788, so there can be no effective copyright. Photo Credit: Josiah Wedgwood, William Hackwood et Henry Webber. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons On July 22, in […]

Building Bridgez: How Slavery Still Shapez Contemporary Policing Policiez & Practicez

Building Bridges & Housing Notebook Special with Mimi Rosenberg, Ken Nash, Scott Sommer Mon., July 27, 7 – 10 pm EST streaming @ http://www.wbai.org/playernew.html smartphone streaming @ http://stream.wbai.org Listen live on any phone 1-712-832-2645 & to listen, or download archived shows & podcasts, http://www.wbai.org/server-archive.html ***************************** A Three Hour Building Bridges-Housing Notebook Special American Apartheid: How […]

Black Prison Organizing

‘If prison walls could talk,’ Dan Berger tells us, ‘their stories would reveal profound and largely untapped reservoirs of politics and culture. by James Kilgore Dan Berger’s latest volume, Captive Nation, is perfectly timed. In a moment where interest in mass incarceration across the political spectrum is on the rise, sanitized versions of carceral history […]

Why do People Believe Mythz About the Confederacy? Because Our Textbookz and Monumentz are Wrong

False history marginalizes African Americans and makes us all dumber. The Confederates won with the pen (and the noose) what they could not win on the battlefield: the cause of white supremacy and the dominant understanding of what the war was all about. We are still digging ourselves out from under the misinformation they spread. […]

How Poor Black Livez Matter to U.S. Capitalism Today: Reflectionz on “The New Jim Crow”

by Paul Street The U.S. mass incarceration regime measures Black lives by the value that can be derived from their imprisonment. “The ‘new Jim Crow’ is about disciplining a deindustrialized Black lumpen proletariat and turning it into a largely inert, deindustrialized profit-source whose ‘value added’ comes mainly from the mere fact of its captive existence.” […]