By Freya B. As Samir Amin aptly notes in his critique of Hardt and Negri’s Empire, in periods of unrest and confusion following the defeat of revolutionary movements, there is a tendency for theories to emerge which lend legitimacy to that unrest and confusion, and which actually portray the resulting opportunism as a viable form […]

All of the references are taken from Professor Muhammad Ahmad’s work The World Black Revolution. The subsequent analysis regards only this specific work and should not be seen as a personal criticism of Professor Ahmad or any of his previous or thereafter works. By Zak Brown A few months ago I read a pamphlet that had […]

Chokwe Lumumba — lawyer, activist, Vice President of the Republic of New Afrika, and cofounder of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) — was elected mayor of Jackson, Mississippi on 4 June 2013 with 87% of the votes. Accounting for 80% of the population, Jackson is the second Blackest city in the United $tates. Mississippi […]

Black Panther liberation school, a main instrument of counter-hegemony in African-American communities. Without revolutionary theory there can be no revolutionary movement. This idea cannot be insisted upon too strongly at a time when the fashionable preaching of opportunism goes hand in hand with an infatuation for the narrowest forms of practical activity. – Vladimir Lenin, […]

Being that today is Malcolm X’s birthday, I thought it was incumbent upon me to share these reflections. First and foremost, I think it’s necessary that I explain why I, as a “white man,” a euro-amerikan, feel such a profound reverence for Malcolm, someone who said to be a “black militant” and accused of being […]

Saul Alinsky’s thinking was on the First Worldist and reformist end of nominal radicalism in the United States. His 1971 ‘Rules for Radicals’ was supposed to be a manual to organize against the evils of capitalism (and though never implied, from a privileged position atop a global division of labor). As such, his political stances are […]

This is a speech about Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the Pan Africanist and anti-colonial leader of Ghana and major theorist on neocolonialism.  It is given by Jorge Risquet Valdes, a Central Committee member of the Communist Party of Cuba.  Here he illustrates main points of Nkrumah’s ideas and influence, and Cuba’s strong relationships to Africa displaying […]

This following was written by Thomas Meisenhelder. As always, reposting here is for critical discussion and does not imply, agreement, endorsement, or affiliation. Cabral’s ‘The Weapon of Theory’ will be read and discussed as part of the National Liberation and Neo-Liberalism 101 course during the second semester (beginning in January) of People’s Liberation University. This is a most difficult time […]

The World Black Revolution was the name of a 1966 pamphlet written by Max Stanford Jr. and published by the group he led, the Revolutionary Action Movement. The group counted Malcolm X as a close supporter and member and was heavily influenced by Robert. F. Williams, who had fled the United States and was in […]

This article was originally posted at MIM-Prisons and is part of a continuing debate around the line and practice of the recently formed New Afrikan Black Panther Party- Prison Chapter. This is a response to an article titled “Black Liberation in the 21st Century: A Revolutionary Reassessment of Black Nationalism,” by the New Afrikan Black Panther Party […]

Bourgeois history is typified by its appreciation of particulars.   In turn it rejects larger narratives regarding fundamental social relations.  The effect of this is obscuring unflattering trends in the history of the capitalist world-system and particular dominant countries therein. Though highly accessible, Scott Reynolds Nelson’s Steel Drivin’ Man: John Henry: The Untold Story of an American Legend adds […]

Crown Prince of the Black Order Revolutionary Organization details the meaning and history of Black August and Bloody September and encourages conscious prisoners to rise up and participate in a work stoppage and demonstration on September 9th. MIM-Prisons originally published this article.  Salute comrade, today we stand on this crest of time as we reach through the recess of […]

The following is a polemic by Sanyika Shakur of the New Afrikan Independence Movement against the positions held by the Kevin Rashid Johnson and the New Afrikan Black Panther Party. While we certainly don’t agree with the entirely of Shakur’s piece, including his self-defeating shallow one-liners against Stalin and the USSR, we are  reposting it […]

Bell hooks was a leading figure in establishing ‘third-wave feminism’: a philosophical and practical branch of feminism centered around the history, experience, and interests of ‘women of color.’ Her writings are directly critical of previous feminist movements which favored white middle-class women, and she is generally critical of the standard feminist framework while finding cause in altering the scope of its discourse. Her central thesis in Feminist Theory, from Margin to Center is that the objective of feminism is not simply for equality between sexes but for an end to sexist oppression and the broader “ideology of domination” which supports it. In the process, she gets many things right in regards to the struggle against oppression while bringing a lot of detail and nuance into the discussion. In some regards, her critiques of feminism are applicable to nominally left-wing movements in the US today. Yet her explicit understandings of larger economic questions are lacking. Though she raises many salient points, these ideas are best understood as part of a broader yet more incisive critique of general social practice and relations between classes and groups.

It is widely believed that white supremacy is a racist ideology- of hatred promoted by marginal extremist organizations like the Ku Klux Klan or the Aryan Nations. Often overlooked and neglected in this view are the structural inequalities that ensure the continued supremacy of whites over non-whites in all facets of social life. Also conveniently disregarded are the more subtle, yet frequent and numerous, manifestations of white supremacy that are woven into the fabric of Amerikan culture. In this sense, white supremacy is just as much of a social reality as it is an ideology. Indeed the two often go hand in hand. There are many white people who hold supreme positions in the social hierarchy, over and above the masses of non- white people, without consciously adhering to any white supremacist ideology. This essay will explore the complex reality of white supremacy in Amerika, examining its existence in the social structure, analyzing its cultural expressions, considering some of its ideological forms, and finally investigating its causes.

Throughout the United States, public outcry and mass outrage have grown over the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by ‘Neighborhood Watch Captain’ George Zimmerman. Martin, a Black youth in Sanford, Florida, was killed by Zimmerman, 28, as he walked home from a convenience store. City and state officials have thus far refused to arrest or charge Zimmerman, and a federal grand jury is scheduled to take place on April 10th to determine whether or not criminal investigation should carried out.

The murder of Trayvon Martin on February 27th and the state’s refusal to arrest Zimmerman has elicited a widespread response. So far, professional athletes, celebrities, media activists and even Democratic Party politicians (including US President Obama) have been vocal on the issue. In cities throughout the United States, demonstrations are being held to raise awareness on the issue.

Many of those speaking out on the case or participating in public actions donned hoodies, the type of jacket Martin was wearing when he was killed. Zimmerman, who wants to be a cop, said Martin’s dress caused him to be suspicious of the youth and led to the fatal altercation.

A common slogan for those rallying in the wake of Martin’s murder has been, ‘Justice for Trayvon Martin.’ Incensed by Zimmerman’s continuing freedom, many are demanding his immediate arrest.

The demand for Zimmerman’s arrest is certainly understandable given the circumstances of the case. Zimmerman approached Martin in the streets and shot him in the chest. As well, the incident may be prosecutable under US law as a “hate crime,” a term used when ethnic or other prejudice in part motivates a crime. Zimmerman was recorded as having uttered a racist epithet immediately prior to shooting Martin. Continue reading

Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller of the People’s National Party, recently reelected, stated that Jamaica would take steps to cut ties with the British monarchy and become a republic.  Through this action Jamaica will replace its head of state, currently the Queen of England, with its own indigenous president.

At a celebration marking the 50th anniversary of independence from Britain, Prime Minister Miller, whose People’s National Party won in a landslide reelection on December 29th 2011, stated in her inaugural address:

“I love the Queen, she is a beautiful lady, and apart from being a beautiful lady she is a wise lady and a wonderful lady. But I think time come…As we celebrate our achievements as an independent nation, we now need to complete the circle of independence.” (1) (2)

Although Jamaica achieved independence from Britain in 1962 it still retains its colonial ties in an arbitrary monarchical system.  Jamaica has both a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy.  As part of the Commonwealth Realm, Queen Elizabeth of Britain is the official head of state of Jamaica, and retains the title Queen of Jamaica. The government has a Governor-General which represents the British monarchy in the government of Jamaica.  The Governor-General appoints the members of the Cabinet on the advice of the Prime Minister.  The monarch and the Governor-General have ceremonial roles in the day-to-day operation of the government but have reserve power to dismiss the Prime Minister or Parliament. Continue reading

Recently the U.S. Census Bureau released statistics showing that the poverty rate in the United States has risen.  This has been widely covered in the media,(1) (2) used by different sides in U.S. politics, and also given by many on the nominal left as confirmation of oppression of a supposed Amerikan “proletariat” in the U.S. […]

By Terryn Asunder Octavia Butler is the first published black, female, Science Fiction writer. Her influence on the genre and fiction as a whole is immense. She explores themes such as identity, oppression, community, and power through the lens of a black feminist, and she treats these themes with the nuance they deserve. Her prose […]

Anti-Imperialism.com supports revolutionary unity between oppressed nations in the First World and the exploited Third World masses. This song and video, by Black nationalist hip-hop artist Uno the Prophet, is a wonderful example of art leading to such unity. Hat-tip to People of Color Organize for bringing this to video to our attention. – Nick […]