Black August, COINTELPRO & Learning the Important Lessons

Ahjamu Umi As 2021 moves along, there are a number of things that, like the sun following the moon, remain constant. The international capitalist system continues to utilize its control over our brain waves to promote, institutionalize, and normalize lies, confusion, and misinformation. The masses of humanity continue to resist this oppression in any number…

Finding Black Liberation in the Politics of Being Left Alone

Jon Jeter Days after a 21-year old white gunman walked into two Atlanta massage parlors and fatally shot eight people –six of them Asian –the writer Zaid Jilani appeared on the internet news program, Rising to aver: “There is not a white supremacist wave of terrorism or hate crimes or anything like that.” That is,…

Fascist Plots in the U.S.: Contemporary Lessons from the 1934 “Business Plot”

Gabriel Rockhill In a key event leading to the plot, Army Chief of Staff Douglas MacArthur orders soldiers to burn the Bonus Army Encampment in D.C. Photo: “Bonus march camp burns on Washington’s Mall: 1932” by Washington Area Spark. Source: Wikimedia “In contradistinction to German fascism, which acts under anti-constitutional slogans, American fascism tries to…

Witnessing the Selling Out of Juneteenth Right Before Our Eyes

Ahjamu Umi President Biden hands a pen to Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) during the signing of the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act in the East Room of the White House. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press) For those active and aware of the African (Black) experience of struggle over the last 500+ years, Juneteenth, along with…

The Hidden History of Juneteenth

Gregory P. Downs “We knowed what was goin’ on in [the war] all the time,” said Felix Haywood, dismissing the notion that his fellow Texas slaves were ignorant of the Emancipation Proclamation. “Ending slavery was not simply a matter of issuing pronouncements, but of forcing rebels to obey the law.” One hundred fifty years ago,…