Finding Black Liberation in the Politics of Being Left Alone

Days after a 21-year old white gunman walked into two Atlanta massage parlors and fatally shot eight people –six of them Asian –the writer Zaid Jilani appeared on the internet news program, Rising to aver: “There is not a white supremacist wave of terrorism or hate crimes or anything like that.” That is, in fact, exactly what is happening according to FBI Director Christopher Wray, who told Congress in February that domestic terrorism investigations have doubled over the past four years to nearly 2,000, while the number of arrests of white supremacists over that same span has nearly tripled. Those . . .

African children at a rally to free political prisoners organized by the Black Panther Party.

An Analysis of the “Free Huey” Speech by Kwame Turé

In “Free Huey,” Kwame Turé underlines the concept of survival. Turé argues that the survival “of a race of people…is all that is at stake”. By establishing this, Turé discusses the roles that resistance, the vote (its futility, rather), allyship, and ideologies play in contributing to survival. . . .

Another Nation: The Nation of Islam and the Refutation of the Black American Identity

Despite the mass racial psychosis afflicting contemporary Black America that has questioned the validity and relevance of race to the American identity, there has been an organization that, despite the attacks and smears to their work and legacy, have continued to recognize the centrality and importance of race in American political life – The Nation of Islam. The Nation of Islam (N.O.I.) is a Black organization within the United States that continues the tradition of proliferating a race-centric Black politique, one that ties racial identity to political action. Through the teachings of the N.O.I., the organization instills within their membership . . .

Pseudo Black Nationalism; Toxic Masculinity & Homophobia

Black Nationalism at face value has its honored place in history.  Despite the efforts by racist Europeans and accommodating negroes to denounce it for centuries, the concept of Black Nationalism has always been a survival tool for the African masses.  As Sekou Ture eloquently points out in his classic and widely missed analysis of “Negritude,” Black Nationalism was African people’s response to colonialism and slavery.  Since a major component of institutionalizing those racist systems was for the bourgeois to develop and nurture the concept of white supremacy, Black Nationalism has always been our way of deconstructing racist ideology and proclaiming . . .

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. . . .

Motherhood in Movement Spaces: The Material Reality of the Front Lines.

Most recently, an article published on Moyers For Democracy entitled Resistance For Real: The Moment Has Come by Jim Sleeper. In the piece, Sleeper says, “Portland’s #WallofMoms and its emulators have stood up. They’ve set an example that we’ll need to follow, not merely by “liking,” tweeting, and signing petitions or otherwise scribbling our thoughts and sentiments online, as I’m doing right now, but by engaging personally, at some risk to our bodies, in strategically coordinated civil disobedience.” There has been a lot of discussions around the actions in Portland, Oregan brought on by President Trump’s and Attorney General William . . .

Black Power For The Future

Today, we as 21st Century young revolutionaries must take into account that WE ARE ALL WE HAVE. The elders of today have been bamboozled into fighting silently for the payoff of living longer, but that approach only continues the perpetration and mass slaughtering of Afrikans worldwide! We must plant seeds early in the spirits of our children to be radical, outspoken, over achievers, and strategic. NO MORE “we shall overcome some day” b.s. NO, WE WILL OVERCOME NOW! BLACK POWER! What does this exciting phrase mean? It means that we as Afrikans have developed a mind set of race first . . .