Martha Karua, a former Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister and current vice presidential candidate in the 2022 Kenyan election

Elite Capture: Martha Karua and the Politics of Representation

Kenya’s former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and a front-runner in the upcoming August 9th presidential election announced that Martha Karua, a former Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister (and an erstwhile fierce opponent), would be his running mate. This historic nomination made her the first woman in Kenya to run on a dominant political party’s presidential ticket. The news was met with varying degrees of enthusiasm and concern. In her acceptance speech, Karua, who vied for the presidency in 2013 and came in sixth said “This is a moment for the women of Kenya. It is a moment that my grandmother . . .

The Saweetie Meal at McDonalds

Understanding Exploitation through the “Saweetie Meal”

Already underpaid, overworked, and disrespected, McDonald’s employees then begin to prepare for a flood of customers who expect them to deliver not just the Saweetie Meal itself, but the “Saweetie Meal Experience” that has been crafted. While many in the “diversity economy” created around the meal receive a material benefit (even if crumbs) from their participation in the event, the workers see no change in their material condition. . . .

Why We Say: Fuck Black History Month, a graphic featuring African sell-outs Lloyd Austin, Kamala Harris, Paul Kagame, Lori Lightfoot, and Barack Obama

Why We Say: Fuck Black History Month

In this statement, members of the Hood Communist Collective will outline what we have identified as four key ways in which Black History Month has been commandeered to work in the interest of the ruling class and paralyze the potential for radical movement-building today. . . .

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. . . .