These N*ggas are Not for Us

Matt Thompson Note: This article was originally published on the author’s site. I came here to vent. Actually, I came to tell a story. No, that isn’t right. I’m here to offer an explanation. See, I hate when academics throw jargon around that isn’t digestible to the masses. Half the time, it’s barely digestible to me. And it’s clear that there is a dire need to educate our folks, Black folks, on the lies they are being told and sold. Case in point: Obama was a nice guy. Right? Kind demeanor. (Seemingly) level-headed. Charming. And an excellent orator. And therein . . .

Will This Be the Radicalization of Black Lives Matter?

Ten Black Lives Matter chapters are demanding that those who have amassed millions of dollars in the movement’s name submit to both a financial and political accounting. On Monday a group of local Black Lives Matter chapters issued a statement to the public calling for more transparency and accountability from the Black Lives Matter Global Network (BLMGN), the umbrella structure for the Black lives matter structures.  In what appears to be an ongoing internal discussion, the chapters claimed that BLMGN not only did not collaborate on political visioning and collective analysis with the chapters but shockingly, with the millions reported . . .

Advancing The Struggle

Centering Discussion from Erica Caines’s Black Girl Marxists Webinar for Black Women and Femmes.  Black feminism has been minimized to a merely progressive political ideology, not the radical movement that Black feminist theorists had argued for; thus, a specific class of Black women (the petty bourgeoisie) has risen as “Black leaders.” In the almost nine months of COVID-19, these groups of the new ‘new Black’ has redefined racial justice within the boundaries allocated by the Democratic Party, discounting the real movements happening (and continuing to happen) in the streets. These same groups of Black women have served as buffers or . . .

A UNIA flyer depicting an African at a crossroads.

The Black Reformist & the Betrayal of the Black Masses

What you and I must understand is, the negro reformist is a powerless political entity, therefore, the only card he has to play in the game of politics, is his ability to keep the Black masses trapped in the system that oppresses them (i.e. keep the Black masses voting), in exchange for progressive legislation for himself. . . .

Kamala Harris & Joe Biden stare into each others eyes. The limitations of representation politics.

The Hard Limitations of Representation

I know that people are celebrating the representational victory that Kamala Harris embodies. But I thought we learned from the last time we got representation in the White House that representation does not equate to justice. . . .

P Diddy, Jay Z, and TI

The African (Black) Petti-Bourgeoisie has Always Been a Problem

Its critical that we as African people understand that the African petti-bourgeoisie will always choose their class interests over the interests of the masses of African people. . . .

Democratic Party vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris waves in front of a red, white, and blue backdrop.

Intersectionality only works for Sellouts! We must throw it to the Sea!

As an African Non-Binary Queer Differently-Abled Person who is the child of immigrants, I initially gravitated towards the theory of Intersectionality. But I soon realized that underneath the mask, what is being called intersectional feminism is just white feminism with artificial flavoring. . . .