What European settler-colonialism looked like in Africa

Imperialism Was Built on Settler-Colonialism

Abstract This paper builds on Nkrumah’s approach of starting from the point of knowing the enemy.  Collective imperialism, sham independence and neo-colonialism as described in Book One Chapter One of Nkrumah’s Handbook of Revolutionary Warfare are re-examined in the context of 21st century globalization.  Capitalism was built on the theft of land and resources in the process of colonization.  The most extensive exploitation of land and resources resulted in the near extermination of indigenous peoples and the creation of powerful settler regimes that serve to support the dominance of USA-European capitalism.  Racism played a key role in justifying the barbaric . . .

Pastors for peace delegation in Cuba

Between A Rock & A Hard Place: Reflections on Cuba

My body has been back in the United States of Amerikkka for three days, but it’s a shell housing a consciousness forever stuck there and then with them. Perhaps it’s a “blackened” consciousness, forever outside of time and place, which would explain why it feels like I’m out of time; matters are urgent. After being in Cuba, time, itself, passes differently—somehow slower yet faster, a cautious drag and then a rushed pull like a tug of war. Time now skips past me with its tongue stuck out and hands wagging at its ears like a teasing bully. I trace its . . .

Black Liberation to liberate our people

Three Steps to Black Liberation

If history should be any teacher, it has taught us this: the state has no interest in serving the needs of the masses of Black people in this country, who are poor and working class. Billions of dollars for a war abroad (from which weapons manufacturers and their shareholders profit handsomely) yet we can’t pass a minimum wage of $15 an hour — let alone a living wage — at home. COVID has exposed the horrors of having a for-profit healthcare system, with the wealthiest country on Earth having the highest infection and death rate, and with Black people in . . .

“The shrewd capitalists, the shrewd imperialists, knew that the only way people would run toward the fox would be if you showed them a wolf, so they created a ghastly alternative.” - Malcolm X

It’s Time to Face the Wolf

We live in unprecedented times. This sentiment has been echoed relentlessly in election after election, misleading a very legitimate sense of urgency in the masses of oppressed people and corralling it into political theater. But it’s true, we do live in unprecedented times. We are on the precipice of extinction, and the fate of every living being on this planet is at stake. That’s not an alarmist statement; we are rapidly reaching the point of no return, millions of lives have already been given their expiration dates because of the gluttony of a privileged few. “When any election is held . . .

Rev. William Barber of the Poor People’s Campaign

Poor Peoples Campaign Dishonors Martin Luther King

On April 4, 1967 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave one of the most significant speeches of his career. In “Beyond Vietnam – Time to Break Silence ” King declared his unequivocal opposition to the war in Vietnam. His very public break with Lyndon Johnson was greeted with derision, including from his own allies, who believed that the president was an ally who should not be attacked. The NAACP board passed a resolution calling King’s statement a “serious tactical mistake” that would neither “serve the cause of civil rights nor of peace.” The media joined in the condemnation, with the . . .

Liberation Archives: The Validity and Usefulness of the Term Black Misleadership Class

The Usefulness of the Term “Black Misleadership Class”

In what he called “an afterthought” to his December 21 article on “The Black Political Class and Network Neutrality,” BAR managing editor Bruce Dixon dropped an unexpected bomb. He now has “deep reservations” about use of the term “Black misleadership class,” because “it implies that there is or ought to be a class of good and righteous black leaders.” The term is “sloppy and imprecise,” Dixon writes, adding (I hope) sarcastically: “Maybe the good ones are supposed to be the ‘real’ blacks and the bad ones unreal. Maybe the difference [is] having or lacking character, table manners, home training or . . .

We are Africans, period. Why I reject Black American

Why I Reject Black “American”

There are many Black people living in the US who are hesitant to reject the title “American”. Not because they believe their existence to be anything other than that of a colonized person living inside the empire of the world, who has never been offered the full rights of citizenship that the white ruling class has retained for itself. But because they take great pride in the homes and cultural creations that Black people struggling in “America” have created over the years. And in many ways, I agree. We materially do not have anything else. But that doesn’t mean we . . .

At the Pan-African Community Garden

Lessons from the Pan-African Community Garden

Last summer the Southwest chapter of the All African People’s Revolutionary Party started the Pan-African Community Garden with the help of comrades, relatives, neighbors, and social justice organizations in Tiwa territory (Albuquerque, New Mexico).  We did this without non-profit status, corporate sponsorship, grant funding, or financial backing of any kind – spending very little out of pocket when it came to the construction and maintenance of the garden. We also did this without any formal experience as a chapter undertaking such a project – meaning we had never built something like this together before. And yet in just a bit . . .