The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: Time to De-Colonize Human Rights!

Ajamu Baraka The post-WW II promise of human rights was a compact meant for white people only, but a People-Centered Human Rights framework seeks global liberation and transformation. “If human rights are to have any incredibility, any “universal” applicability, any value, they must be seized from the barbaric grip of European and de-colonized.” “…recognition of the…

The DNA Industry and the Disappearing Indian

Aviva Chomsky DNA, Race, and Native Rights Amid the barrage of racist, anti-immigrant, and other attacks launched by President Trump and his administration in recent months, a series of little noted steps have threatened Native American land rights and sovereignty. Such attacks have focused on tribal sovereignty, the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), and the…

Patriarchy!

ANWO Uhuru We want to talk and write about feminism and patriarchy about as much as feminists want us to talk and write about it─which is zero. We would rather spend all of our time engaged in solving the problems of our class; organizing African women to combat colonialism, which threatens our participation in the…

Birthright Citizenship: Remembering a Previous White Supremacist Campaign

Nina Wallace In the latest in a long string of attacks on immigration, this week Trump declared he would issue an executive order ending birthright citizenship. Established by the 14th amendment in order to grant citizenship to freed slaves, the idea that all people born in the United States are U.S. citizens, regardless of race…

The Great Un-Blackening: The Corporate Project to Erase Black People from Politics

Glen Ford Corporate rule imposes a duopoly system in which one party is overtly white supremacist and the other party refuses to tackle racial oppression – but both pursue austerity and war. “Class has been effectively suppressed, except as racialized euphemisms and code words of American politics.” While Donald Trump’s Republicans strive to maintain electoral…

Theory 101: Class Struggle in the Age of US Imperial Decline

Danny Haiphong The focus on separate “identities” has led to numerous academic theories and non-profit career opportunities but no real power for oppressed and working-class people. “Paul Robeson and Huey P. Newton made common cause with oppressed people around the world and defended revolutionary movements in Russia, Vietnam, and Cuba from US and Western aggression.”…

How The European Left Got Imperialism Wrong

Jay Tharappel Two books came out in 1902 about imperialism, one by an Indian nationalist writer Dadhabhai Naoroji, another by John A. Hobson. The books are, ‘Poverty and Un-British Rule’ & ‘Imperialism: A Study’. Who did the western Left choose to get their opposition to imperialism from? Whose theoretical language did they adopt? John A….

A Concise History of the Repression of Black Protest at HBCUs

Dr. Matthew Quest 1960s era protests at Howard University (left) and Texas Southern (right) The greatest thing about HBCUs are the toiling students fighting for justice on these campuses. Not the college presidents, boards of trustees, the administrators, teachers, or coaches. It is the students who, under adversity of both institutional racism and the duplicity…

9/11 Legacy: Two Contending Fascisms

Glen Ford Two fascisms compete for popular support in the US. One is blatantly racist, the other offers a devil’s bargain that demands Black people accept austerity and war. Both must be fought. “The Clinton-Pelosi fascists invite Black people to fully participate in their own destruction — and to feel honored at the invitation.” 9/11…

Politics of Fear

Jay Taber Nuuca, the new short film by Algonquin filmmaker Michelle Latimer, focuses on the sexual violence against Indigenous women and girls by oil workers in the Bakken Fields. This unholy violence by the oil industry is, of course, not exclusive to the fracking frenzy in North Dakota; rather, it is symbolic of the systematic rape…

White Guilt and Third Worldism: An Infantile Disorder

Mond Like white-chauvinism, white-guilt is one of the twin blades of white supremacy. White guilt differs from white-chauvinism in a sense that it can be considered the polar opposite of its more forward and aggressive counterpart (although the two are not mutually exclusive and white-guilt often manifests itself in the most chauvinistic of ways). Some…

Fascism and Anti-Fascism: A Decolonial Perspective

Ena͞emaehkiw Wākecānāpaew Kesīqnaeh Truly, there are stains that it is beyond the power of man to wipe out and that can never be fully expiated. But let us speak about the colonized. I see clearly what colonization has destroyed: the wonderful Indian civilizations—and neither Deterding nor Royal Dutch nor Standard Oil will ever console me…

The Black Panthers Didn’t Fight Symbols

Glen Ford New York state prison guards assaulted and seriously injured 69 year-old former Black Panther Herman Bell, this week, a totally unprovoked beating timed to sabotage his chances for parole after more than 40 years behind bars. In neighboring New Jersey, former Panther Sundiata Acoli was denied parole last December shortly before his 80th…

The United States is a Racist Monument, Tear it Down!

Danny Haiphong “Prisons in the US are monuments that enforce terror against oppressed people.” Much attention has been given to the Confederate monuments that have been taken down by activists across the United States, beginning in Charlottesville, VA. Confederate monuments harken back to a period when the future of Black bondage was a key question…

All-African People’s Revolutionary Party: Fascist Racism Is Rooted in Settler-Colonialism

All-African People’s Revolutionary Party The All-African People’s Revolutionary Party applauds the current and historical people’s struggle against the militia forces of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and Neo-Nazis (Nazis). The forces of the people have demonstrated their resolve to struggle for victory over these white racist terrorists from Ukraine to Charlottesville Virginia United States (U.S.)….

The Body Count Rises in the US War Against Black People

By Ajamu Baraka Before we can even process the acquittal of the murders of Philado Castile, we hear about another murder of a black person by the police occupation forces.  This time the victim, Charleena Lyles, is a black woman who was also five months pregnant. Again, there is anger, confusion and calls for justice from the…