an excerpt from Settlers: The life of European settlers — and the class structure of their society — was abnormal because it was dependent upon a foundation of conquest, genocide, and enslavement. The myth of the self-sufficient, white settler family "clearing the wilderness" and supporting themselves through their own initiative and hard labor, is a … Continue reading J. Sakai: The Foundations of Settler Life
TO THE WHITE FRIENDS By Claude McKay Think ye I am not fiend and savage too? Think ye I could not arm me with a gun And shoot down ten of you for every one Of my black brothers murdered, burnt by you? Be not deceived, for every deed ye do I could match — … Continue reading Poem: To the White Friends
The Euro-Amerikan "left" has completely mystified the question of class consciousness. They see in every labor strike, in the slightest twitch for reform, examples of proletarianism. Some "socialist scholars" (a self-awarded title, to be sure) conduct almost anthropological expeditions into the settler masses, seeing in every remembered folk song or cultural nuance some profound but … Continue reading Class Consciousness & Struggle: An Excerpt from Settlers
White people aren’t inherently reprobate, elect for damnation, or created for destruction. They were not formed by God to be exploitative, emotionally calloused, or drunk on privilege. This isn't God's design. In fact, whiteness is a cultural construct, not a biological reality. That isn’t to say skin color doesn’t exist but the categories of “race” … Continue reading Redemption for White People?
"They call us thieves and bandits. They say we steal. But it was not we who stole millions of Black people from the continent of Africa. We were robbed of our language, of our Gods, of our culture, of our human dignity, of our labor, and of our lives. They call us thieves, yet it … Continue reading Assata Shakur: “They call us thieves and bandits. They say we steal. But it was not we who stole millions of Black people from the continent of Africa.”
by Liz Oppenheimer, originally posted on meetinghouse.xyz We are cautioned in the letter from the elders of Balby that “these things [which we have shared with you] we do not lay upon you as a rule or form to walk by, but that all with the measure of light which is pure and holy may … Continue reading Our good intentions fail our Friends of color
By Melanie S. Morrison. Re-posted from LivingFormations. *Five years ago , George Zimmerman was exonerated for the killing of Trayvon Martin. Three years ago today,Sandra Bland was found dead in a Waller County Texas jail cell. Just this week the Department of Justice announced a re-opening of its investigation into the lynching of Emmett Till. It is in this … Continue reading Trayvon Martin, the Legacy of Lynching, and the Role of White Women