Erica sits down with Dr. Jared Ball to talk about the battle of ideas in popular culture and propaganda in the internal colony. TRANSCRIPT: Erica: So Peace Peace Peace. I am excited about this one. We have a special, special guest, Dr. Jared Ball. Jared, do you wanna introduce yourself? Jared: Sure. My name is Jared Ball. Professionally, I teach Africana and media studies at Morgan state university. I work with Black Power Media and everything else about me and other work can be found at imixwhatilike.org. I like to consider myself —- I just came up with a new . . .
That long history of racist violence against Black men is told in cleverly laid-out shadow puppetry, which simultaneously removes the physical gruesomeness of the acts portrayed while delivering their inhumane brutality. Each shadow-puppet story relates to a different iteration of Candyman, and the collective trauma of centuries of violent racist brutality against Black men turns the Candyman figure into something other than a villain. Terrifying in his visage and actions, certainly, but the question emerges as the connections are made between this history and the urban legend come to life: Is Candyman the monster, or is the monster what created Candyman? . . .
Very recently, the Hood Communist Collective (an independent revolutionary African blog source) came up against the demand for $600.00 USD to pay for our domain name. In our bi-weekly team meeting, we discussed chipping in to raise the money before the suggestion came up about fundraising within our communities to raise that money. We decided to embark upon that suggestion and literally within an hour of launching an internet crowdsource requesting donations, we had raised the entire amount needed. As for my book, A Guide for Organizing Defense against White Supremacist, Patriarchal, and Fascist Violence, the book has sold in . . .
There’s no intent on clarifying that this is a concession won by the mobilizing of millions of working people around the country who marched, fought in the streets and burned down precincts. Instead, the Black petty-bourgeoisie media is attempting to convince the masses of working-class Black people that this is a sign that the system can work for us. . . .