First, a definition of terms: By "class politics" I mean politics whose primary concern is the distribution of wealth and control of the means of production in society. By “identity politics,” I mean politics whose primary concern is the treatment of minority groups. Of course, these can intersect, a person's focus can shift, and being … Continue reading Why leftists should shut the fuck up about “Identity politics”
Dear Ms. Sherman, When I read your reflection in The American Conservative I was so sorry to hear that you had mistaken the museum at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello for a monument to the Declaration of Independence. This mistake clearly caused much despair to you, and I suspect, to your unwitting children, who later found themselves flung … Continue reading An open letter to White people who tire of hearing about slavery when they visit slave plantations: especially Suzanne Sherman.
“I’m Just Saying,”- (column name) The Lynching of Troy Davis (Originally published October 2011 in The Fisk Forum-The Student Newspaper of Fisk University) A great Blues artist of the 1920’s, Blind Willie Johnson, asks in one of the greatest songs ever written “What is the soul of a man?” In asking this question, Mr. Johnson … Continue reading “The Lynching of Troy Davis,” September 2011
With the way folks talk about Tulsa, Oklahoma's "Black Wall Street," it’s easy to forget that most Black people in Greenwood didn’t own any wealth. We hear a lot about how “the dollar circulated in Greenwood,” but never how the dollars got there. The Black economic doyen of Greenwood made their money from selling goods … Continue reading “Black Wall Street,” and why I’m sick of hearing about “intergenerational wealth.”
we’ve been giving the bastards hell since we got here and we’ve got a lot more hell to give, but we’ve got to accept that backlash, resentment and terror are the price of these victories and conduct ourselves accordingly. There has never been a time when the White supremacist impulse in this country faced our progress quietly, and as demographic trends portend a long life for White supremacist America, we should stop expecting anything like permanent freedom in this society as it exists, and start plotting a way out.
The day one cannot venture into the university to find humanity is the day there are no more universities, not as a matter of charity, but of what makes a university something other than an elaborate content production facility.
Famous atheist and hurler of flaming shit heaps into the discourse, Richard Dawkins, said on Twitter: “It’s one thing to deplore eugenics on ideological, political, moral grounds. It’s quite another to conclude that it wouldn’t work in practice. Of course it would. It works for cows, horses, pigs, dogs & roses. Why on earth wouldn’t … Continue reading No, eugenics doesn’t work.
August 20, 1619, Jamestown, Virginia Colony, “Twenty and odd negars,” disembark a Dutch Man o’ War. Strange colored men speaking grotesque tongues surround them; all about, the ring and grate of clanging chains. The vast, green Virginia wilderness looms ahead of them filled with menace, the uncrossable Atlantic rages behind them, its depths, the unscalable … Continue reading 8/20/1619: The founding date of Black America is a historical fiction, why that doesn’t matter
"If Biden had allied with someone who’d defended ISIS fighters for torturing a child to death and throwing his body into the ocean, there would be no question of letting him anywhere near the White House. "
In a previous post, I traced Christendom’s roots in antisemitism and Islamophobia. Now, I will discuss how Christendom became Europe, Europe and Europeans became White and Whites became Western, in order to unmask how the Western mythology has allowed bigots to rise and seek to remake the world in their image.
What makes bigoted narratives compelling is their root in the Western intellectual tradition, the pub and the classroom share a basic idiom.
We grow the corn They give us the husk.We bake the bread They give us the crust.We raise the meat They give us the skin.And that’s the way they take us in.Naught's a naught, a figure's a figure, all's for the white man and none for the nigger- Afro-American folk rhyme Before we turn to … Continue reading Reparations and Power: How to spend ten trillion dollars