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…

Alone in the African Diaspora: Why African Americans Need More Solidarity

T.D. Harper-Shipman I looked at the sign posted beside the ticket booth, somewhat confused. 5,200CFA (US $9) for non-Africans, 2,700CFA (US $5) for non-Senegalese Africans, and 1,500CFA (about US $3) for Senegalese adults to take a ferry to Gorée Island—the island housing the last slave outpost in Senegal. The prices indicated the commodification of one…

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…