Redrawing Aesthetics: Decolonial Theory and the Black Radical Tradition

i have been locked by the lawless. Handcuffed by the haters.  Gagged by the greedy.  And, if i know anything at all, it’s that a wall is just a wall  and nothing more at all. It can be broken down.  i believe in living  i believe in birth. i believe in the sweat of love  and in the fire of truth. –Assata Shakur, “i believe in living.” Opening On the brisk morning of April 1st 2021 at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) office in Washington D.C., a protest was on the rise as Indigenous livelihoods, histories, and futures . . .

The Call for Community Control Over Public Schools

For many in Black and brown communities all across the country, folks are divided when it comes to their feelings and stances towards the public education system. Some feel that it’s a cesspool of violence and a place where students are trained like robots to assimilate to white European history, standards and are taught things that are never going to be used in their adult lives at all. On the flipside some people in Black and brown community understand that the public education system is heavily flawed but do their best as educators, parents, students, and staff to try and . . .

On Opportunism

The term “Opportunism” has taken on a general definition: “taking opportunities as and when they arise, regardless of planning or principle.” He was accused of “political opportunism”, implying a certain mercenary, ‘end justifies the means’ mentality. In this case, it is an individual personality characteristic – “He is an opportunist.” We also see opportunism as an essential feature of capitalism and imperialism, which seeks to use every opportunity to enrich the bourgeoisie at the expense of the people. This is the opportunism of corporate or state entities that pursue profit by every available means. In this struggle of ours, the . . .

A Materialist Guide to Media Literacy

Materialism: A Grounded Analysis In exploring the notion of critical media literacy, the Marxist concepts of base and superstructure and Antonio Gramsci’s theory of cultural hegemony provide an essential framework for understanding the complex dynamics of media, power, and ideology. I’ve long engaged with these concepts frequently, not because I’m a broken record with only a single track working; it’s because these are part of the same source material and concepts that were ideologically foundational to Walter Rodney, Frantz Fanon, and many of my own foundational intellectuals. A necessity of our political education and study has to be not only . . .

Community Control for A Zone of Peace

Co-coordinator of the Black Alliance For Peace Haiti/Americas Team and coordinator of the Black Alliance For Peace Baltimore Citywide Alliance, Erica is a member of the Black worker’s centered Ujima People’s Progress Party in Maryland and the founder of Liberation Through Reading. She is also the co- editor of the revolutionary African blog, Hood Communist. Erica speaks here about her work and how we can support our Black Alliance For Peace brothers and sisters in their current struggles. As said, my name is Erica Caines and I do a lot of work with the Black Alliance For Peace (BAP). Just . . .