The Origins of White Supremacy

Chelli Stanley White supremacy is an incredibly insincere distraction that tries to erase the histories of White, Black, and Red peoples. “Many White people seem to have forgotten what happened to them.” Some say the white supremacy ideology comes from pride.  Some say it comes from a belief that one’s culture is superior.  Some say it comes…

Are the Elite Preparing for a Global Social Revolution?

José Negrón Valera Part I If the world elite know anything it is that capitalism is unsustainable without political violence. State terrorism is an integral part of both its operational logic and its very existence. Venezuelan sociologist Edgardo Lander reminds us in his essential essay Social Sciences: Colonial and Eurocentric Knowledge that the official history…

Reparations for Development and Justice for the Caribbean

Prime Minister Gaston Browne The labor costs alone of our forebears would have created a debt of approximately two trillion dollars, which must be repaid. “Reparations and its compensatory mechanisms could be utilized as the new frontier to achieve equity, global peace and unity.” The following is an address by Antigua Prime Minister Gaston Browne…

America’s Last Slave Ship Could Offer a Case for Reparations

Jay Reeves Clotilda descendants Ruth Ballard, Joycelyn Davis and Darron Patterson, from left. The riches that accrued from the last US slave shipment are in plain site of the voyage’s descendants in Mobile, Alabama. “The international slave trade was already outlawed, but Meaher wagered he could import slaves in defiance of the ban.” Alabama steamship…

Race in Black and White

Alexis L. Boylan Slavery and the Civil War were central to the development of photography as both a technology and an art. “Matthew Fox-Amato’s Exposing Slavery is a valuable aid for thinking through the tangle of issues around race, sight, power, and bodies.” Review: Exposing Slavery: Photography, Human Bondage, and the Birth of Modern Visual Politics in…

Open Arms and the Refugee Crisis: The Legal Slave Trade of NGOs

Eder Peña The African refugee crisis in Europe is wreaking havoc on humanity (Photo: Archive) In the midst of a phenomenon such as depopulation, a product of the neoliberal architecture that financial elites have imposed on the European Union (EU), the role of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) dedicated to the rescue of migrants in the…

Theft of a Continent — America’s Real Original Sin

Mark P. Fancher Before slavery there was the theft of territory from indigenous nations followed in short order by a campaign of genocide. “Though the surrender of the settlers’ nation building project may seem unreasonable, it is precisely what the settlers demanded of America’s indigenous first nations.” Another Fourth of July has come and gone….

We are Already Late to the Great Black Reparations Debate

Glen Ford The following essay was prepared for the 30th annual convention of NCOBRA, the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America, held June 20 – 23 in Detroit. 2017 is the year that reparations definitively became a “mainstream” issue – meaning, serious candidates for president have been compelled to discuss the need to…

Reparations Means Global Social Transformation

Glen Ford Reparations is not a token gesture of concern, apology or even solidarity; it seeks justice and redress of wrongs through the transformation of a people’s condition. “An all-Black reparations debate is overdue.” The Democratic presidential race has erupted in incomprehensible babble on reparations. Bernie Sanders says he’s not sure what people mean by…

“All the Chocolate Sold in Brazil Today is Tainted by Child Labor”

Luciana Console Around 8,000 Brazilian children work in the cocoa production chain, mainly extracting beans for chocolate manufacturing / MPT Handout In 2011, the documentary film The Dark Side of Chocolate by Danish journalist Miki Mistrati exposed how thousands of children from Eastern African countries were forced to work in the cocoa industry for chocolate multinationals. Seven years…