Since the amerikkkan “civil rights act” 56 years ago, voting has seemed to be the only answer liberals have made to “improve” their white nationalist state, but what has it really done for poor and working-class African, Indigenous, and colonized people? Elections serve the white colonizers and their sellouts, the neocolonial “people of color.” This is clear since both parties have promised to give more power and resources to the pigs who lynch colonized people with a quota! Colonial “democracy” on stolen land is a sham. Only Indigenous people have claims to Turtle Island, aka what colonizers call amerikkka! So . . .
Originally published on Hampton Institute “At the end of capitalism, which is eager to outlive its day, there is Hitler. at the end of formal humanism and philosophic renunciation, there is Hitler.” —Aimé Césaire, Discourses on Colonialism We are in a sociopolitical moment where it is arguably more crucial than ever to challenge widespread, and often deliberate, misapprehensions regarding historical precedents, to avoid remaking past mistakes and repeating history when so much is at stake. Fascism is a socio-economic and political project and system of governing that began the moment Europeans first made contact with West African shores. The process . . .
In the last weeks, there have been more and more building conversations around the potential of the 45th president of the US, Donald Trump, staging a coup to stay in office after the November 3rd general elections. The uncertainty of citizens’ (in)ability to vote by mail during a pandemic, and an open supreme court seat coupled with Trump’s rather outright statements suggesting he may not leave, has led to a cartoonish- like panic around how we are discussing the upcoming elections. The same groups are also having the conversations around these alleged possibilities and scenarios on the left that have . . .
Think about all the time, resources, labor, and capacity that are poured into the US electoral process. Billions of dollars and millions of hours and millions of people all activated and mobilized around this spectacle. Judging by those figures one would assume that some significant wins that would improve the day to day conditions of the masses of poor and working class people were at stake. . . .
Donald Trump is America and America is Donald Trump. By refusing to acknowledge the basic reality of their history, Americans are guaranteeing that another, much worse Trump will come. . . .
By attributing fascism and the conditions of an overzealous militarized police force solely to Donald Trump, we ignore the trajectory of how we have arrived at a Trump presidency. Furthermore, an obsessive fixation on Trump and not the system, at large, makes us complicit in the work of encouraging fascism. . . .