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I’ve always said that people are scared of what they don’t know. They see it their way and no one else’s way. As long as they are in their comfort zone, they are happy. These Republican politicians only care about what interest them and not what’s best for EVERYONE else. There are trans people that are out there suffering because they feel like they aren’t good enough to live in our society. Instead of making the situation worse, make sure you consult people within that group to make sure it’s actually beneficial for them.

Today in history: February 23, 1868 – W.E.B DuBois born. 

DuBois was an intellectual leader and activist in the Black liberation movement and anti-colonial movement for decades. He was a life-long fighter for full equality for Black people in the U.S., co-founding the NAACP, active in struggles against lynching, Jim Crow laws and discrimination in education and employment. 

DuBois was an internationalist, organizing several Pan-African Congresses supporting the national liberation movements in Africa. He was a prolific author, writing many important articles and books including a key book for understanding U.S. history, Black Reconstruction in America. DuBois believed that capitalism was a primary cause of racism, and was generally sympathetic to socialist causes throughout his life. Though he conflicted with the Communist Party for many years, at age 93 he finally joined the Communist Party. 

He traveled throughout the world and was friends with leaders of liberation movements in Africa and Asia (pictured see DuBois with Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong). DuBois faced serious repression during the McCarthy era, having his passport revoked for 8 years. He died at age 95 in Ghana, while there working with Nkrumah’s government on an Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora.

Via Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back!)

Dear Racism, I am my Grandmother Azie Lee.  (In Response to BS "Dear Racism, I am not my grandparents. Sincerely, These Hands." t-shirts)

by Rachael Edwards

There is a T-shirt image that is floating around the interwebs. The t-shirt reads, “Dear Racism, I am not my grandparents. Sincerely, These hands”. The first time I came across this image was in the hub of where most of our internet content derives from, Tumblr. I remember reading the shirt because I had seen similar ones before like “Nah.” - Rosa Parks.  I didn’t have a problem with the Rosa Parks one, I thought it was a fresh take of imagining what youth would say if presented with that scenario today.  However, this t-shirt rubs me the wrong way, and for a number of reasons.


To begin with, my generation has to understand that we did not create resistance. The movement that is happening now, whether you call it Black Lives Matter, Black Liberation, or whatever echoes liberation movements before this. To be specific, Civil Rights Movement, Black Panther Movement etc. We are not the first ones to boldly challenge racism.  Particularly this  t-shirt gives way to false assumptions that our black grandparents, our great grandparents, and ancestors were docile. Um. Can you see why this is problematic? That is an unfair assessment also considering there is no historical backing that supports the claim that our grandparents were docile.

My Grandmother,

Azie Lee Oglesby

was born in the 20’s. Her parents were sharecroppers in North Carolina and she had a ton of siblings. When my siblings and I were younger, we used to go over to her home on the weekends, she would tell us stories of how overt racism was when she was younger. One time she told us about when two white girls were teasing and picking with Azie Lee’s younger sister.

Azie Lee never played.

She fought the two white girls and I remember her telling us that her parents scolded her because of the fear of being lynched  or that the house would be burned down. Fortunately enough, that did not happen.


My father once told me a story about when race riots were happening in Baltimore in 1968  that my Grandma Azie would go into these spaces with machetes in her trench jacket. She ain’t never played with white folks. She was not docile. She was not meek. She didn’t toy with racism.

Another reason why these t-shirts are problematic is that the creators and the wearers of them are dishonoring those who came and fought before us. Our ancestors went through back breaking chattel slavery, just to be freed and tossed into the throes sharecropping, Jim Crow, Segregation, crack epidemic, and mass incarceration. They fought. Some of them are still fighting. How dare we assume they were docile?

Were the four little girls who died in the Birmingham church bombing in 1963 docile? Was Emmett Till docile? Was MLK? Malcolm? Assata? Angela? The list can go on forever.

We, as a people are already doused in miseducation of our history, let’s not put more fuel to the fire with this dishonoring rhetoric. Our grandparents and ones before them fought like hell and many died for it.

Don’t let me catch you on these streets with that shirt on.

Signed,

These Hands.

The thing is, capitalism has never been reformed ‘peacefully’.

Reform movements which have formally disavowed violent means - from the Civil Rights movement in 1960s America, to Attlee’s Labour government in 1940s Britain - have only been historically successful because mass, organised, revolutionary movements of the politically disenfranchised outside of the formal reform movement have forced those benefiting from the status quo to cede concessions to non-violent, often middle-class, reformist leaders. Malcolm X, the Socialist Party of the USA and the Communist Party forced the American elite to come to the table with Dr. King; the syndicalist and communist trade unions in post-War Britain made opposition to Attlee’s NHS and limited nationalisations foolhardy.

Those who preach non-violence as a strategy rather than as a flexible tactic fatally mistake capitalism for a rational, logical system which plays by its own rules and respects human life.

We know better.

Black Men And Their Disgust Of The Emotions Of Black Women

I want to challenge Black men to really examine the way that you register/process the anger of Black women. Examine it well. Never stop. This is so important, and you really just do not understand. 

So Black men, if any of what I list here you are guilty of, confess that to yourself and be better. I am about to say something. 

 Now I do not know if this is the experience of every Black woman, but I definitely know that this is my experience ..and I encourage Black women to confirm this experience for themselves, if it applies. Expressing your anger to Black male associates, friends, members of society (whether personal or impersonal) is much different than expressing your anger to your Black female friends, associates, etc. 


 Your Black girl friends will usually validate your anger by doing the following : 


 1) Consensual physical affection. 

 (hugs, patting, etc)


 2) Confirming your suspicion. 

“No, fuck that, you ain’t wrong!“ 


 3) Feeling empathy. 

 "I know exactly how you feel. I really hate that shit!" 


 4) Offering support. 

"You should have called me, bitch! I would have had your back!" 


 5) Getting angry right there with you. 

 "Fuck them bitches! They got you fucked up!" 


 Those are just some examples. You can expect her to process your anger like she would process her own. Expressing your anger to Black men is a much different experience. Black women can be extremely animated, hype, loud, and emotional when we are angry….as we should be.


 There are four ways that I have analyzed that Black men process the anger of Black women. 


 1) Comedy

 I have found that Black men view the anger of Black women to be comedic. They will smile or giggle through your expression, and you’re forced to remind them that you’re being serious. This is also why you will see so many skits on YouTube of Black men pretending to be angry Black women for comedy purposes. It’s funny to them. They will laugh at you through their inability to process your anger as real.


 2) Exaggeration 

 No matter how serious your situation is to you and no matter how justified you are in being angry, Black men will always feel that you’re exaggerating. It can be extremely serious, but for them..it will never be serious enough. So then you either become directly or indirectly gaslit into being embarrassed at having expressed yourself so passionately about something that "wasn’t that serious” simply because they made you feel that you were exaggerating when you were not. 


 3) Irritation 

 Black men will become irritated at your expression. You’re always “doing too much” when you’re angry, and it’s so unbearably annoying to them that they can barely stand to endure it. It could be literally minutes after you had the most traumatizing or aggravating experience of your life, and Black men will find nuisance in the fact that you’re cussing loudly. Or the fact that you’re clapping your hands. They can’t wait for you to get over it because your anger is a burden to them. To them, you are “showing out” and all your expression is merely “theatrics”. They won’t process your anger. They will just get agitated by it. 


 4) Disinterest

 Black men will simply be indifferent or unmoved by your emotional expression as a Black woman. Their lack of concern is obvious. 


 So again, Black men, if any of what I listed here you are guilty of, I encourage you to do better.

Originally posted by janetmock

‘Avenge Fred Hampton!  Carry Forward the Struggle for Working Class Revolution! ’, event sponsored by the Revolutionary Communist Party, Committee to Commemorate Fred Hampton, and Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade, Chicago, [late 1970’s]. Thanks to Dennis. 

I hate that people are calling what Brittany Herring and her team of scumbags did a “mistake”. Kidnapping, and torturing a special needs boy for being white and supporting trump and recording what you’ve done isn’t a mistake. It’s being an evil, vile person and a hate crime. The left was right about there being hate crimes once trump was elected, they were just wrong about who would be committing them.

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