Racial oppression is rooted in capitalism. White people are not oppressed as white people, but do suffer from capitalism in other ways. White anti-racism cannot only be based on moral values but must also be related to their own oppressions caused by capitalism.Continue reading Why Racism? Why Anti-Racism? – Can White People be Allies of People of Color?
Paid organizers for the communists are only trying to get good negroes in trouble. Alabama is a good place for good negroes to live in, but it is a bad place for negroes who believe in SOCIAL EQUALITY.” If you updated the language and added some flavor-of-the-day woke terminology to these sentences from a 1930s pamphlet, they wouldn’t look out-of-place on a pundit’s Twitter feed these past few weeks. Recently, every esteemed media progressive has responded to the protests erupting throughout the country with all the support and promises to “listen” that you would expect, but with the condition that things remain peaceful. Such ruling-class demand for the perfect “peaceful” protest has led to denunciations of those that don’t as “agitators” and “looters”. As you may have guessed, the sentences in the aforementioned pamphlet are followed by “The Ku Klux Klan is watching you. TAKE HEED”. This matter is worth exploring.Continue reading Out of State, Out of Mind: Media Narratives and the Recent Protest Movement
Dr. Keisha N. Blain speaks to ROAR about the vital role of Black women leaders in the success of Black political movements in modern US history.Continue reading “Silence is not an option”: Black women make history
Our society is a historical social system, meaning it is an overarching structure that operates according to certain rules and exists and has existed in time and space (historically). That historical social system is capitalism. Capitalism is a world economy predicated on the endless accumulation of capital (productive materials and goods used for the further acquisition of more of these things). This process is fed by a class struggle in which capital tries to squeeze more and more out of work forces and work forces resist this squeeze. Thus a division of labor has been created by the capitalist world economy that allots specific roles and rewards to hierarchically organized social groups. Among other social lines this division of labor has been organized along is “race”.
“Race” is a nonsense. It doesn’t actually exist. Anthropologist Robert Sussman tells us that “race” is a cultural and ideological myth, there are no sub-species of humans, our evolutionary history has not allowed for even the slightest speciation to occur. Instead we have simply developed different cultures based on our group historical experiences. Race itself is simply a post-facto justification for a specific ethnic organization of the aforementioned division of labor. This division of labor is “white supremacy”, those socially designated as members of the “white race” are allotted better roles and rewards than those socially designated as members of other “races”. Let us keep this in mind as we introduce another key aspect of the story.
Social systems, like all systems, move toward and away from equilibrium. Once they establish themselves their rules of operation keep them going and drown out processes that are outside themselves so that those processes become “noise”. However, the contradictions inherent in the rules of operation for the system eventually lead away from equilibrium and the noise, in effect, becomes too loud to ignore. This creates “bifurcation” where multiple possibilities assert themselves creating real historical “choice”.
For reasons we will not go over here capitalism is now approaching it’s point of bifurcation. Suffice it to say that capitalism has run up against it’s political, cultural, and geographic limits. It’s existed for 500 years and continual accumulation of capital can’t continue forever. However, here we will explore how the recent uprisings against racist police brutality in America which have not failed to garner international solidarity are expressing empirically the fact of approaching bifurcation. Let us start with a consideration of the racial division of labor in the United States as it effects black people.Continue reading Racist Murder In America And The Bifurcation Of The Modern World System
Essen. Germany. June 20. 2020. The demonstration against racist police violence was banned in Essen today, only a stationary gathering was allowed. But despite the ban people started marching after the stationary gathering anyway. A report from Essen.Continue reading #Essen, #Germany: A day of grief and rage – Justice for #AdelB
Call for a banner action on March 12, 2020, in solidarity with migrants in Greece and the EU outer borders.Continue reading Solidarity with persons seeking protection in greece and the eu external borders – March 21: International Day Against #Racism
Montreal, Canadian territory: As the Victoria Day weekend begins, the Macdonald Monument and the Queen Victoria Statue at McGill have once again been vandalized. Montreal May Anarchists (MMA) sprayed the Macdonald Monument in anti-colonial green, and the Queen Victoria statue in anti-imperialist red.Continue reading Macdonald Monument & Queen Victoria Statue Vandalized Again in #Montreal
On the 21st of April 2019 our brother Tonou-Mbobda died as a result of a racist, brutally inhuman and ultimately deadly attack by “security” personnel of the University Hospital Hamburg – Eppendorf (UKE).Continue reading Demonstration: Africa Liberation Day /#JusticeForMBobda May 25 – 12:00 at #UKE #Hamburg
The Hambacher Forest occupations are under immediate thread of eviction. But activists in the forest still found the time for a protest to commemorate Oury Jalloh.Continue reading #HambacherForest: Solidarity action to commemorate #OuryJalloh