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'A special place in hell': for Sanders supporters or Albright?
Madeleine Albright says there's a "special place in hell" for young women who don't support Hillary. PSL presidential candidate Gloria La Riva responds. #elections #imperialism

Madeleine Albright, the war monger, telling people that they have a special place in hell. Lol.

I love how shallow and ridiculous the appeals to identity politics are becoming in this race.

How many democratic governments has the U.S. government overthrown?
—  Here is a list of 57 U.S. attempts to overthrow foreign governments just since 1949, thirty-six of them successful. Most of those governments had been put in place by election and were arguably as “democratic” as the United States if not more so. Without a doubt, in most cases, the governments overthrown were replaced by less democratic regimes. The author of that list, William Blum, notes in his book, America’s Deadliest Export, that just since World War II, the United States has also interfered in at least 30 foreign elections, attempted to assassinate over 50 foreign leaders, and dropped bombs on people in over 30 countries. On August 5, 2015, President Barack Obama bragged that he had himself ordered the bombing of seven countries. – David Swanson

Those who misunderstand colonialism and its subsequent re-shaping of the world often ask what makes it so different from all the other conquests in history. What separates the British Empire from the Greek Empire of Alexander the Great? Why do North Africans resist French influence but not the region’s prior Arabization? Why don’t populations demand apologies from all their previous conquerors in an attempt to reconcile all that has been done to them?

To compare European colonial systems to the flow and ebb of prior conquests is to assume that all historical conquests relied on the same model of subjugation that defined European conquest: centralized and institutional racialization of peoples across the globe, in need of civilization (or the alternative, extermination), and whose histories could be described by constructed hierarchies. As it stands, such characterizations only framed the praxis of European colonization. Prior conquests, for all intents and purposes, were not borne out of globally racialized agendas that attempted to recourse history towards new definitions and categories, but typically out of fundamental desires for wealth, power, cultural or religious influence, and stability. Most conquerors also assimilated to the cultures of the lands they acquired rather than simply the reverse, and often the subsequent cultural exchange influenced both the habitus of the conquerer and the conquered.

For example, Sudanese intellectuals, regarding Arab influence in North Africa, argued that:

Afro-Arab integration in the North tended to be referred to as Arabization. To the extent that Arab symbols of identification, especially their language and religion, have been highlighted over and above their African equivalents, this characterization may be justified, but the process involved more give-and-take than the term “Arabization” would adequately reflect. A significant degree of Africanization of the Arab element also took place. (x)

European colonization did not permit such give-and-take. There was no Native Americanization of British settlers in the Americas, no Indianization of British culture, no Africanization of Europe; instead there was a one way push towards the Europeanization of the colonies- a push that attempted to strip and eradicate whole cultures and peoples from their native identities.

Moreover, no other conquest in history received massive authority from virtually every part of society. While rulers in previous eras sanctioned their own expansion with or without popular support, European colonization was justified, reinforced, and encouraged by political figures, religious authorities, scientists, the intelligentsia, philosophers, artists, the working class, merchants, and more. Each social class in the otherwise stratified nation-state became a beneficiary to the fruits of colonialism and all unified to buttress its institutionalization with easy conscience. Academia and other discourse were dedicated to crafting fields of study that attempted to legitimize the dehumanization of global peoples, establish their inferiority to reflect European superiority, and subjugate the world to Social Darwinist ideologies through various modes of violence. The centrality and normalization of this method was unprecedented. 

The resulting violence in native lands, then, was also unprecedented in history. No other era testifies to the systematic eradication of peoples and cultures by the bloody hands of European colonialists. No other era exhibits a collective continental culture that relied on terrorizing millions worldwide. No other era has killed more, exploited more, and glorified itself more than the era of European colonization. 

This is why the resistance to the legacy of colonialism is so great and why Europe and America are so scrutinized and held responsible for their recent sins; sins that scathed Africa, Asia, and South America, and whose wounds are still bleeding. Indeed, this is also why European colonization is not comparable to other conquests of the past.

I’m curious if those of you in black tumblr who criticize Asian family businesses in black neighborhoods as being predatory, 

do you turn that criticism towards yourselves as well for taking part in US military as soldiers as well as being English teachers? Because I’ve seen quite a few side with White people telling Koreans to be “grateful” for “saving” Korea and “protecting” them for the horrible North.

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The French African Connection (2013) // A documentary about France’s imperialist exploitation of its former African colonies. Below is an excerpt from Securing Africa: Local Crises and Foreign Interventions by Toyin Falola that explains the attempted destabilization of Guinea by France:

“Sekou Toure, friend of Panafricanism leaders Kwame Nkrumah (president of Ghana) and Modibo Keita (president of Mali) declared, ‘We prefer freedom in poverty to riches in slavery.’ He refused any agreements with France and claimed the independence of Guinea in 1958, two years before the other countries. Sekou Toure still remains an icon for liberation in the broader African community. President de Gaulle was clearly upset by this speech, and he rapidly called back the French administration and army. Then, secret services organized the destabilization of Guinea. First, France was confronted by Guinea’s decision to not be a member of currency union, France CFA, which was indexed on the French national currency. In response, French secret services organized the destabilization of the Guinean franc by importing counterfeit money. Then, the French secret service armed and trained the opposition to create a climate of instability and attempted a coup. However, France failed to overthrow Sekou Toure.”

It’s kind of fucked up that white imperialism and colonialism have made such an impact that the word “natives” is often a synonym for “primitive people”.

“Natives” should just mean “people from a place” but we’ve literally made “living in the place you’re from” a sign that you’re not “civilized”.

The English language quite strongly ties our concept of “civilization” to the practice of invading and colonising others.

Don’t forget that the entire European colonial era began in 1492 and we are still living through it today.

Don’t forget that it is presently lasting nearly 484 years.

Don’t forget that it historically began with the unification of Catholic Spain and the European discovery of the Americas.

Don’t forget that the last African colony that became independent from a European power was Djibouti in 1977. This was only 38 years ago.

Don’t forget that European colonization is still in effect in parts of the Caribbean, South America, Africa, and Oceania.

The Lie of Black Capitalism

#BlackLivesMatter needs a class analysis alongside it’s race analysis. Nothing has driven this home more to me than being in Ghana and seeing African owned shops, African owned banks, African owned corporations, African judges, African police, and an African president and yet the masses of people there are still poor, still struggling, and still exploited and oppressed. It’s extremely common in Accra to see huge, huge houses with humming generators behind six foot high walls topped with broken glass and barbed wire, houses owned by wealthy Africans. Next to this ostentatious wealth you’ll see rows upon rows of reclaimed shipping containers turned into homes, or concrete huts with sheet metal roofs, often without running water or consistent electricity, housing families of four, five, or more poor Africans. What does this obvious inequality tell you?

If the solution to African oppression in the US is just more and better integration, more representation in the justice system, in business, and in government, why is the situation in Ghana what it is? Or alternatively, if the solution is separate Black owned and led institutions, created for us and by us, then WTF Ghana?

Black business will not save us, y’all. Black capitalism will not save us. A Black president damn sure didn’t save us. Neither did having Black congress people, Black cops, or Black judges, no matter how many of them we find and raise up. Black nationalism isn’t going to save us either, unless the ideology is tied to an understanding of class, capitalism, and colonization.

There’s no such thing as true equality under capitalism. There’s no such thing as capitalism without exploitation. Capitalism can not function without structural oppression. White supremacy and anti-black and anti-indigenous racism were all created with the express purpose of creating a justification for capitalist exploitation. Why? Because Africans and Indigenous folks had the land and the resources, and capitalists needed both to build their empires. They justified  theft and genocide by dehumanizing us and it’s STILL happening. We will never be free under capitalism.

If the structure of a system is broken, it’s gonna stay broken no matter how many Black faces you plug into it. And it’s important to understand that there are African (Black) bourgeois just as surely as there are European (white) ones - ask poor Africans - and they have a vested interest in the survival of capitalism and the continued oppression of all of the rest us. The more they steal from us, the less power we have to stop them, the more wealth they have. It’s as simple as that.

Building the power of the African masses both on the continent and in the diaspora is the only thing that’s going to save us. Dismantling capitalism and pushing for socialism in the US and on the African continent - an economic system where every single person is truly considered equal, where the masses of people own their labor, resources, and means of production, and where no land or nation can be exploited for the benefit of a callous few - is what’s going to get us free.