20 Years After Durban: Africans and Afro-Descendants Colonized or Emancipated?

Mireille Fanon Mendes France The 20th anniversary of the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) is an opportunity to analyze the state of African descended people. Reparations for centuries of crimes against humanity must still be paid. At the end of the Durban -2001- conference, the international community, many NGOs, social movements and members of what…

Whither Fanon?

David Marriott The following is excerpted from Whither Fanon?: Studies in the Blackness of Being by David Marriott . It is published by Stanford University Press, ©2018 by the Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University. All Rights Reserved. FOREWORD However painful it may be for me to accept this conclusion, I am obliged to…

Teaching Politically and the Problem of Afropessimism

Nino Brown, Derek Ford The authors argue that the theory of Afropessism is antithetical to the development of political movements. As teachers, we’re tasked with educating our students, students who are increasingly, like their teachers, becoming politically conscious and called to act. Yet the dominant political theories and forms of action are inadequate for real…

Bolivarianism & Marxism: Commitment to the Impossible in Defense of Utopia

Jesús Santrich, W. T. Whitney, Jr. Translator’s introduction Colombian troops killed Jesús Santrich in Venezuela on May 17, 2021. Santrich was a leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and spokesperson for the FARC’s negotiating team during peace talks with the Colombian government that ended in 2016. In this essay from March of 2009,…

The Limits of “Lived Experience”

 Erica Caines Online, the “left” continues to find itself in a never ending series of bad faith arguments around self-determination. Many terms/frameworks that may have had a subversive character within their original context when first articulated, have now been incorporated and distorted by liberalism encouraging radical individualism and anti-materialism. More and more, analyses that are…

Assata Shakur: The Making of a Revolutionary Woman

Rachel DomondIn commemorating Black August, we commemorate the struggle of those who have fought before us and faced violent repercussions from the state. We uplift the revolutionary history of the Black working class and its fundamental position in forging and leading the struggle for liberation for all. And we recommit ourselves to the struggle for…