Decolonising Freedom

Lewis R Gordon Towards the decolonisation of normative life “Reforms and revolutions are created by the illogical actions of people. Very few logical people ever make reforms and none make revolutions. Rights are what you make and what you take.” —James Boggs, Pages from a Black Radical’s Notebook There is a problem that surfaces in many…

Whiteness as a Covenant

John Kamaal Sunjata White supremacy, whatever its latest evolution, whatever its latest iteration, ensures that one man’s apocalypse is always another man’s paradise. The blessings and promises that whiteness bestows upon its “chosen people” are inextricably linked to absolute, total, and seamless damnation of generations and generations of racialized people. Whiteness has fabricated itself in…

White Lies Shattered

Episode 1: Shattering the white lie that “Europeans brought civilization to the world” On the premiere episode of “White Lies Shattered,” a special series hosted by Reparations in Action, Penny Hess, Chairwoman of the African People’s Solidarity Committee explores the genocidal origins of capitalism and uproot the lies white people tell ourselves about slavery, colonialism…

Decolonization and Communism

Nodrada “We have to give life to Indo-American socialism with our own reality, in our own language. Here is a mission worthy of a new generation.” — José Carlos Mariátegui, “Anniversary and Balance,” José Carlos Mariátegui: An Anthology¹ While the turn towards analyzing ongoing settler-colonialism has finally reached the mainstream of North American political discussions,…

When Race Burns Class: Settlers Revisited (An Interview with J. Sakai)

Kersplebedeb, October 28, 2000 EC: Settlers: The Mythology of the White Proletariat is a book which had a major impact on many North American anti-imperialists. How did this book come about, and what was so new about its way of looking at things? JS: Settlers  completely came about by accident, not design. And what was so…

Franz Fanon: The Psychopathology of Colonization

Frantz Fanon’s relatively short life yielded two potent and influential statements of anti-colonial revolutionary thought, Black Skin White Masks (1952) and The Wretched of the Earth (1961), works which have made Fanon a prominent contributor to postcolonial studies. Fanon was born in 1925, to a middle-class family in the French colony of Martinique. He left…