The US doesn’t invest in mass organized political education for its citizens and beyond that, it has systematically underfunded and underdeveloped it’s public educational system. This means that when laws, measures, executive orders are passed that provide protected status to trans folks, for example, they are extremely nebulous in nature, often only address small symptoms and not root causes, and beyond that are subject to being quickly overturned with a mood swing, new people in power, or ballot measures voted on by a still mostly reactionary populace. (The entire concept of people in the United States voting on basic human rights for subsections of the population is BANANAS to me.) The reason this keeps happening is that the overall consciousness of US society hasn’t been changed or raised. So edicts come down from the top saying, “ok trans people are people who are protected now” but no systematic, mass work . . .
#BlackLivesMatter needs a class analysis alongside its race analysis. Nothing has driven this home more to me than being in Ghana and seeing African owned shops, African owned banks, African owned corporations, African judges, African police, and an African president and yet the masses of people there are still poor, still struggling, and still exploited and oppressed. It’s extremely common in Accra to see huge, huge houses with humming generators behind six foot high walls topped with broken glass and barbed wire, houses owned by wealthy Africans. Next to this ostentatious wealth you’ll see rows upon rows of reclaimed shipping containers turned into homes, or concrete huts with sheet metal roofs, often without running water or consistent electricity, housing families of four, five, or more poor Africans. What does this obvious inequality tell you? If the solution to African oppression in the US is just more and better integration, more . . .
The poor, queer, Black, disabled masses have no allies in the white power structure, even if the powerful is ‘melanated.’ All these foxes do is work to convince us that our only hope is to remain subject to the very system that violates us and our cousins overseas. But, there is no savior within the Amerikkkan Empire. We alone are our magic hands, as Fanon once said, and so it is on us to protect ourselves, by ourselves, for ourselves and for our planet. . . .
By: Danielle Butler In response to mounting criticism over being seen at a Dallas Cowboys game sitting alongside former President George W. Bush, daytime talk show juggernaut Ellen DeGeneres defended her friendship with Bush in a 4 minute monologue on her show directed at the wave of disapproval expressed on Twitter. Staring earnestly into the camera, DeGeneres asserted “Here’s the thing. I’m friends with George Bush” she said, “In fact I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have.” After citing an example of her being able to befriend people who wear fur, while being vegan she continued, “When I say be kind to one another, I don’t mean the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone.” Met with a predictable thunderous applause from her cheering audience, and tweets from approving fans who exclaimed that . . .
Last September, Time Magazine released a provocative yearbook picture of Justin Trudeau, the current Prime Minister of Canada. It was taken at a costume party for teachers college, in Vancouver. He dressed up as Aladdin……. with Black face. My first thought seeing this picture, “Which version of Aladdin is this?” I wasn’t aware of the Jim Crow era of Arabia nights. Before I knew it, media tried to spin this story, calling it “brown face” because he was dressed as an Arab/middle easterner. Since then, he has apologized for his behavior in 2001. He properly recognized his actions as Black face and acknowledged his white privilege. He also admitted to a separate instance in high school when he wore Black face for a performance singing Harry Belafonte’s “Day-o”. Well that’s that right? Trudeau was right in the middle of washing his white privileged hands of an ignorant past in the . . .
“Although we are in essential agreement with Marx’s theory as it applied to the very specific economic relationships he analyzed, we know that his analysis must be extended further in order for us to understand our specific economic situation as Black women.” —the Combahee River Collective Statement, 1977 “The concept of the simultaneity of oppression is still the crux of a Black feminist understanding of political reality and, I believe, one of the most significant ideological contributions of Black feminist thought.” —Black feminist and scholar Barbara Smith, 1983 The situational systematic position of Black women, particularly in the US, has long been explained throughout the decades whether it has been called “triple oppression”, “double jeopardy”, or more notably, “intersectionality”. While the mode of thought that has progressed Black feminism varies in political tendency, they all acknowledge the axis of oppressions that exist when Black and a woman. As this acknowledgement . . .
Godfather of Harlem (2019) is a television prequel to the events of American Gangster (2007). The series follows a fictionalized version of Harlem racketeer Bumpy Johnson (Forrest Whitaker) as he returns from an 11 year stint in Alcatraz as the result of a heroin deal gone bad. He refused to inform and served his full sentence. Mayme Hatcher (Ilfenesh Hadera) is Whitaker’s wife, a conflicted character who hates junkies and dope (including Johnson’s daughter) while living a luxurious lifestyle as a consequence of her husband’s activities selling it. The series puts Johnson and Hatcher in contact, contradiction, and unity with stalwarts of the early 1960s era in Harlem such as Adam Clayton Powell (Giancarlo Esposito) and Malcolm X (Nigel Thatch, reprising his role from Selma). We see Johnson team up with Malcolm X to run Italian dope pushers led by mobster Vicente “The Chin” Gigante (Vincent D’Onofrio) out of the . . .
By: Erica Caines and Christopher Winston Last Thursday, US Rep Fredricka Wilson (D- Miami) organized a roundtable discussion between US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and some of South Florida’s most prominent Haitian Americans. In the meeting, Haitain Americans reps minced no words when addressing Pelosi over the current situation in Haiti— The US needs to stop meddling in Haiti’s internal affairs. “The people of Haiti are saying, ‘My goodness, let us govern ourselves. Let us find our own path… just support us,’” said Gepsie Metellus, the executive director of the social services program, Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center. “What do people want to see? They want to see the United States ask, ‘What do you want and how can we help you get it?’ We don’t want the United States or Canada or France or the rest of our friends dictating. We don’t want to be dictated to.” While . . .
The recent debacle in regards to the Amber Guyger case teaches many lessons that must be consistently pounded into the heads of those who claim to work for a better world. For those who are for whatever reason unaware of who Amber Guyger is, she is the white former police officer who was found guilty this week of murdering Botham Jean, her Black neighbor, in Dallas, Texas. Guyger illegally entered Jean’s apartment, falsely claiming it as her own, and then proceeded to gun the man down in cold blood and then deny him adequate first aid in line with her police training. The inflammatory texts that were recently released demonstrate that this was the deed of a twisted mind that simply could not wait to take a black life. Essentially, all of the evidence was stacked against her and no jury in their right mind would call this anything short . . .
Greta Thunberg is a Drug and You’re a Dope-Head This article is written with an agenda to destroy the ability for anyone to trick you into forgetting who you are and who the enemy is. This is beyond Greta, so I have tricked you. See how easy that was? So, if my junior college drop-out self can trick you so easily, what do you think about a 600 year old system that is birthed and sustained from tricking you? |And, probably tricks you a whole lot better than me!? It knows you–no, it knows us–better than we know ourselves. In the efforts to stop producing a relationship through tricking Black people and cause I don’t want to act like my colonizer, at the end of the article I will lay out specifically Greta for your entertainment and you can watch this child abuse that I will show is really defending . . .