A very long list of my concerns and grievances about reparations for African descendants of slavery: 1). We should begin by critiquing an oft-recited argument made by the Right. The standard conservative deflection is that slavery “happened so long ago” and therefore “no one alive is responsible.” This line of reasoning fails to understand the relationship between anti-blackness and time. What we call “time” is, first and foremost, a human invention and social convention. We are led to believe that time always unfolds in a neat and chronological format; one that is labeled ‘beginning-middle-end’ or ‘past-present-future.’ The problem is: black people are always positioned outside of humanity and social integration/protection. Black people are relegated to the past, thus destroying the present and denying the future. The present and future collapse into the past. Therefore, anti-blackness suspends our normal understanding of time altogether. If we extract only one pearl of wisdom . . .
Today, we as 21st Century young revolutionaries must take into account that WE ARE ALL WE HAVE. The elders of today have been bamboozled into fighting silently for the payoff of living longer, but that approach only continues the perpetration and mass slaughtering of Afrikans worldwide! We must plant seeds early in the spirits of our children to be radical, outspoken, over achievers, and strategic. NO MORE “we shall overcome some day” b.s. NO, WE WILL OVERCOME NOW! BLACK POWER! What does this exciting phrase mean? It means that we as Afrikans have developed a mind set of race first which will produce economic stability for the majority and not the minority, safe communities for Black families and no harassment from government or corporations. This includes Black on Black crime becoming completely unacceptable and punishable to the fullest extent if caught doing so. It also means the ability for the . . .
In the development of Student Philosophical Conciousness in both colonial & settler colonial contexts, all African students everywhere can find themselves in these 3 types of students described by Kwame Nkrumah. Which one are you? Lately, I’ve been feeling this ‘personality type’ thing lately. The Feds use these systems a lot, I’m sure. They can be helpful in isolating and articulating probabilities and outcomes. I even developed a travel personality system to help folks planning to travel so they will be able to plan for a great outcome. I use it in my book, The “un”-Official Ghana Travel Guide. I came across another personality type system while reading Consciencism by Kwame Nkrumah. Nkrumah describes 3 types of students. Student Type #1 The first is star struck by colonial education as a result of being immersed in it from an early age-they are fully internally indoctrinated by the time they finish . . .
The Negroe Intellectual what an odd bird he is. You see intellectuals are supposed to be a grouping of people who are skilled at thinking and their thinking advances humanity. Think of it like this, what good is a farmer if he cannot produce to feed the people? Skill is only as important as its ability to produce and advance society. This is where the oddness of the Negroe intellectual comes in. You see education is nothing but a tool to reproduce the theories of the dominant society. We live in a White Powered society that is sustained through the parasitic relationship towards everyone that isn’t white. Therefore the dominant theory is thought that condones that parasitic relationship. A white Intellectual is someone that is produced through their own white imperialist education system. Just like the farmer must produce for the white capitalist nation on stolen land, it does a . . .
Unlike Colonizer “leftist”, us Colonized Revolutionaries find our way to the front lines of the revolution through pain by the parasitic system we know as Colonialism. Colonialism, which is the primary mode of production for this society called the western world, is what we know to be White Power. Colonizer “leftists” find their voice through wanting to sound superior in college debates. We Colonized Revolutionaries find our voice with tears in our eyes screaming, “We want to stop dying, we want to stop seeing our people murdered by the Colonial Police state”. We come to the front lines of the revolution because even if we were to ignore colonialism, we live as if we are at war already. Mike Brown, Treyvon Martin and Sandra Bland were not revolutionaries but they were assassinated by the same system that assassinated Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Patrice Lumumba. So how much more . . .
The Black Upper Class (Petty Bourgeoisie) has no loyalty to the Black Poor and Working Class. Even though without black poor people they wouldn’t have the ability to acquire such wealth. With this understanding I am never shocked at the stunts they pull to get that bread. But this underhanded shit Jay Z’s just done has given me a bit of pause. He has just signed a multi-million dollar deal – exact amount hasn’t been disclosed – with the NFL. You always know the money is extra dirty when the amount isn’t disclosed. The deal is for him to be a Token Negroe so that all black fans and black players can be good obedient cash cows again. Of course that’s not what they said in the press conference. They said he’s gonna be working in the entertainment and social justice field of the NFL… If you think JayZ and . . .
Now calm down and listen to me before ya get all upset and pour holy water on my face. Child everybody should know that I do not believe in anything that’s not real and I seek the truth in everything. No, I am not an atheist, I’m a materialist. What is the difference you ask? Well, an atheist just doesn’t believe in god. But you see me? I don’t believe in NOTHING FAKE! I don’t believe in a fake god, fake politics, fake theories, fake people, fake anything! Because I believe that when you only deal with what is and not with what you think that is, you make better decisions. Now back to how Jesus stole yall nigga lol. “You knew that nigga was no good when ya met him!” I know yall done heard this one before! So why did you let him hit it raw, drive ya . . .
So much of who I am is blended into the rich colors of red, Black and white, is moved through a calypso tune and horns, steel drums and chipping on the road, is a reflection of spices and pepper sauce. As the US born daughter of two Trinis, one who loved politics and one who loves bacchanal, my identity has always been twofold, like many Black people who reside within the US. Trinidad and Tobago’s “Together We Aspire, Together We Achieve” motto means “the hope of a people for a better life to be achieved through cooperation and working together to build a better nation”. The twin isles also happen to be the birthplace of Black Radicals such as Claudia Jones, Kwame Ture, and Darcus Howe, all of whom embraced African centered internationalist politics. Because these aforementioned Black Radicals left Trinidad and became symbolic figures in movements towards Black liberation . . .
Organize! Organize! Organize! The state of colonized African people in the United States is a dire one. Despite class contradictions within the Black community, the overwhelming majority of colonized Africans on the US are marginalized poor working class or a rising class of the unemployable. Our communities are under resourced. Our communities are plagued with wage inequality, employment discrimination, housing discrimination, being under educated and mass incarceration. This is the result of intentional negligence and broken bonds by both government and private entities run mostly by white settler Americans. How do we combat these dire conditions? As Fredrick Douglass once noted, “if there is no struggle, there is no progress.” What Douglass was referring to is a belief that progress starts with the desire for change coupled with a willingness to endure the work, suffering, and/ or sacrifices to get it. This requires the masses to not only mobilize in . . .
“The ultimate expression of law is not order — it’s prison… The law and everything that interlocks with it was constructed for poor desperate people.” –George Jackson If Vladimir Lenin believed that prisons are universities for revolutionaries then George Jackson is the physical embodiment of that belief. While certainly an oppressive state can breed creativity, literary activism is its own form of resistance. In Jackson’s case, he forged a liberation movement from a space of captivity. Arrested on presumably false charges based on dubious evidence for a $70 robbery at a gas station at age 18, Jackson pled guilty in exchange for a light sentence in the county jail. Due to his past run-ins with the law and his poor working class status, Jackson received a court-appointed attorney who advised him to take the guilty plea. Jackson was given an intermediate sentence of one year to life. Jackson was sentenced . . .