Negroes Steppin’ and Fetchin’ for Imperialism 

In 1821, Africans who were free or who had escaped enslavement came together in Onslow County, North Carolina to wage war against white oppressors. They were described as well armed and cunning, and during their campaign they destroyed farms, burned houses, and looted stores in broad daylight. It took a two hundred man militia 26 days to search woods, swamps and marshes before the group was finally subdued. While we can only speculate about the dreams of these honorable ancestors, we can be reasonably certain they did not struggle and sacrifice with hopes for their descendants to ascend to government . . .

Thoughts On Abolition

Politics can change and evolve. Considering the dialectical nature of embodied knowledge or ‘lived experience’ and politics, it is imperative to acknowledge that these processes inherently demand change and evolution. In other words, what one strongly believes can be reconsidered and analyzed alongside objective material analysis, as both are theoretically in a constant state of development. Since 2020, there has been a gradual realization about the limitations of various strategies, ideologies, and political approaches, particularly in the context of using “abolition” as a catch-all umbrella. To grasp the U.S. state in its specific and complex dimensions, one needs to recognize . . .

Review of Tip Of The Spear by Orisanmi Burton

I decenter these duly noted, juridically mediated, and scholastically authorized sources of evidence, focussing instead on “discredited,” “inadmissible,” and “untrustworthy” modes of knowledge, analysis and narration. I construct my argument by thinking and theorizing with Black rebels, both living and dead.  Orisanmi Burton, Tip of the Spear: Black Radicalism, Prison Repression, and the Long Attica Revolt (Oakland, University of California Press, 2023) For most of us who remember at all the history of the Attica Prison uprising in September 1971, we likely think of an event lasting roughly four days, involving hostage taking, and then massive repression associated with state power and . . .

The US Has No Right to Call Assata or Cuba Terrorists

Background Let’s start with the irrefutable statement issued from the lips of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he said in 1967 that the United States is “the number one purveyor of violence on the planet Earth!”  Starting 531 years ago and the illegal invasion of Cristobal Colon (Christopher Columbus) crashing into the area known today as the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean, the colonial nightmare began. The so-called U.S. revolution in 1776 was just the official dawning of European colonial conquest over Indigenous lands and of course, that terror against the Indigenous people has continued for this entire 500+ . . .

Montgomery Country Chooses Genocide Over Community

The Montgomery County Senate Delegation in Maryland recently published a letter, not condemning the ongoing genocide and occupation in Palestine by the Israeli state, but rather an immigrant justice organization, CASA, that spoke out in support of Palestinians and their struggle for liberation.  CASA is a national organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for working-class Black, Latine, Indigenous, and immigrant communities with its power-building model focusing on human services, community organizing, and advocacy.  Recently, CASA has been in the news for “a rent stabilization bill that limits dramatic rent hikes and protects approximately 40%of the county’s population, the . . .

The Black Misleaders Promote Zionism

In 2021 this columnist wrote, “The Palestine Litmus Test.” At that time Israel, a bastion of zionism, was carrying out one of its periodic attacks against Gaza, deliberately targeting civilians, and in doing so practicing war crimes. Now the zionist state is intent on completely destroying Gaza, killing as many people as possible and driving out the survivors so that the region can be open for settlement and for oil and gas extraction.  The horrific scenes of carnage have evoked revulsion for millions of people in the United States and around the world. Huge protests have taken place nationally and . . .

Attendees of a solidarity march holding a banner saying "stop genocide, free palestine"

Zionism, Settler-colonialism and the Myth of Democracy

Zionism is settler-colonialism and settler-colonialism is an act of genocide.  This current wave of massacres of Palestinians in Gaza is part of a long process of ethnic cleansing that began with murderous attacks on Palestinian villages prior to and in 1948, then proceeded to the expulsion of more than 700,000 Palestinians in the Nakba. The ethnic cleansing is all these acts of settler-colonial dispossession and deprivation including military assaults, destruction of homes, crops and cultural sites, arrests, rape and torture, blockades and denial of water and food as well as killing of women and children. In the age of capitalist . . .

Cop City: A New Hub of White Minority Rule

The proposed Atlanta Cop City uber police militarization training base and headquarters is a reincarnation of antebellum South Carolina’s Citadel, 1842. The Citadel traces its origins to an arsenal constructed by the state of South Carolina to defend white Charlestonians against possible slave uprisings following Denmark Vesey’s thwarted rebellion of 1822 which was preceded by the Stono Rebellion and Haitian Revolution. Originally the Citadel consisted of the Citadel Academy in Charleston and the Arsenal Academy in Columbia. The Arsenal was burned by General Sherman’s forces during the U.S. Civil War and never reopened. But the Citadel Academy, occupied by Union . . .