Ellen, Amber and Reclaiming Forgiveness

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, . . .

New Black Face of Canada

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 . . .

Unpacking The Super Exploitation of Black Women

“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 . . .

Protests in Haiti

Prospects for the Haitian Revolution

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 . . .

A Historical Materialist Analysis of Gender for the Worldwide Pan-African Movement

The Worldwide Pan-African Movement’s  (WWPAM) current line on gender contradictions and the role of women in the struggle is out of date. As a movement, we are in dire need of an update in our analysis around these questions if we are serious about the struggle against patriarchy and the liberation of women and non-men*. *Non-men means folks who are neither men nor women, but who are still oppressed on the basis of gender under patriarchy and capitalism. This paper seeks to raise and discuss three major contradictions that currently exist within the WWPAM’s generally accepted line on gender, patriarchy, . . .

A Case For Impeachment Has Nothing To Do With Us

While many inside the party branded themselves “the resistance”, there were obvious disagreements on actually resisting. What Waters was (and still is) calling for is a complete removal from office, while Pelosi wanted to use “other alternatives” like subpoenas. At the time, many of the cowards democrats believed an impeachment inquiry would set a bad precedent in the future for Congress. After “The Mueller Report” ended up being the disappointment “the radical left” knew it would be, democrats seemingly went on with business as usual. hat was until whispers of a “troubling” phone call between Trump and another country’s leader made its rounds. . . .

Why Black People need Spaces Exclusively for Themselves.

I read this post a while back, Why People of Color Need Spaces Without White People. (https://arrow-journal.org/why-people-of-color-need-spaces-without-white-people/) I thought it’d be crucial to reiterate and double down on the need for Black people of melanated Afrikan descent to organize, collaborate and study together on a regular basis.  In my experience, an organized Pan-Afrikan’s basic, fundamental requirement is reading compression. There is an extensive, often times a detailed political education program that revolutionaries must read in order to make thier steps better on the journey of liberation.I know some would say networking is key, other’s would say accumulating material resources to further our liberation . . .

Umar’s FDMG Academy and The Legacy of Pan-Afrikanism

Umar Johnson has reached a pivotal point on how his legacy will be written down in history books. There are only 3 possibilities when it comes to his long time, crowd funded FDMG (Frederick Douglas – Marcus Garvey) Academy for boys. He’ll either succeed, fail, or bamboozle us all. This is not a piece analyzing the viability of his school. This piece is a response to the announcement of the acquisition of the property. A lot of people, mainly his supporters are in high hopes that this will advance the liberation movement. Johnson is the self proclaimed “Prince of Pan-Afrikanism” . . .