The following article is by anti-racist writer and activist Tim Wise:
Virginia is For Liars:
Neo-Confederate Mythology, Racist Realities and Genuine Southern Heroes
By Tim Wise
April 13, 2010
Am I the only one who finds it a bit too coincidental that in the midst of a political season in which conservative whites can be heard screaming that they “want their country back,” the Governor of Virginia should declare April “Confederate History Month?” Or that others would be clamoring for the inclusion of a “Confederate Southern American” identity box on the decennial census forms? I mean, damn, waxing nostalgic for the 1950s is one thing, but the 1860s? Quite telling, to say the least.
Posted in Black Liberation
Tagged African American National Liberation, Bob McDonnell, Civil Rights Movement, Haley Barbour, Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., National Liberation, national oppression, Neo-Confederates, racism, slavery, Tim Wise, U.S. Civil War, Virginia, white privilege, white supremacy
The following article by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of Pan-African News Wire, is being reposted here from Workers World:
After more than a decade of struggle
African-American farmers win compensation
On Feb. 18, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the latest settlement to provide compensation and resources to African-American farmers. An organization that represents African-American farmers, the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund — founded in 1967 — welcomed the announced settlement.
Demonstrations took place during February in support of the demands put forward by African-American farmers seeking an end to land loss and the racist policies of the USDA, which have driven millions of people from the rural areas of the South for decades. Rallies were held in Washington, D.C.; Little Rock, Ark.; Memphis, Tenn.; Jackson, Miss.; Montgomery, Ala.; Columbus, Ga.; Columbia, S.C.; and Richmond, Va.
Posted in Black Liberation
Tagged Abayomi Azikiwe, African American National Liberation, Black Belt, Black farmers, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, Heather Gray, John Boyd, Land Reform, National Black Farmers Association, national oppression, Ralph Paige, Reconstruction, U.S. Civil War, USDA, W. E. B. Du Bois
This interview was originally posted on npr.org. For more on these questions, please see The Marxist-Leninist’s archive of the writings of Harry Haywood, the principal theorist of the African American National Question. See also, “The Third International and the Struggle for a Correct Line on the African American National Question” by the Freedom Road Socialist Organization.
How ‘Communism’ Brought Racial Equality To The South
Tell Me More continues its Black History Month series of conversations with a discussion about the role of the Communist Party. It was prominent in the fight for racial equality in the south, specifically Alabama, where segregation was most oppressive. Many courageous activists were communists. Host Michel Martin speaks with historian Robin Kelley about his book “Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression” about how the communist party tried to secure racial, economic, and political reforms.
To listen to the interview, go here: Interview with Robin D.G. Kelley.
Transcript: Continue reading
Posted in Black Liberation, Books, Marxism-Leninism
Tagged African American National Liberation, Alabama, Artur Davis, Black Belt, Civil Rights Movement, Communist Party of the United States, CPUSA, economic crisis, Great Depression, Hosea Hudson, Michel Martin, NAACP, Nate Shaw, national oppression, National Public Radio, Ned Cobb, NPR, Robin D. G. Kelley, Rosa Parks, Scottsboro, Sharecroppers Union, SNCC
The following article by Laura Langley is from Fight Back! News:
Tuscaloosa, AL – Bus drivers, with the support of students at the University of Alabama (UA), are organizing a union campaign to win a living wage. The bus drivers shuttle students, football fans and others around the UA campus. Student activists are riding the buses to sign up student supporters for the bus drivers. The 62 Crimson Ride Shuttle Bus drivers work for FirstGroup PLC, a huge British multinational corporation. The union drivers and students are exposing the British company’s big ripoff of Alabama workers and taxpayers.
The bus drivers, most of whom are African American women, make only $9.50 per hour. This salary puts the drivers and their families below the poverty line. In May of 2009, the Crimson Ride Shuttle Bus Drivers at the University of Alabama unanimously voted to join the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1208, but still do not have a contract. Without a contract there are few benefits. The drivers have no job security. There are no guidelines regulating termination. The drivers are paid nothing during university holidays. Many work two jobs to make ends meet.
Posted in Black Liberation, Labor Movement, Student Movements
Tagged African American National Liberation, Alabama, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), ATU Local 1208, Class Struggle, Crimson Ride, Crimson Ride Shuttle Bus Drivers, Fight Back!, FirstGroup PLC, Jenae Stainer, Laura Langley, living wage, racism, Students for a Democratic Society, Tia Brown, Trade Unions, Tuscaloosa, University of Alabama
Typically the Gregory Brothers do the youtube show Autotune the News in order to try and respond to serious subjects in a popular and funny way, while taking a jab at pitch correction in music. But there’s nothing particularly funny about this video, which the Gregory Brothers posted for MLK Day 2010. It may not be to everyone’s liking, but it is certainly an interesting tribute.
The Marxist-Leninist posted the following article for MLK Day 2010: Mao Zedong on the Assassination of Martin Luther King.