Posts in: people of color

What’s up (and down) with ballot access today

April 2015

On March 8, 2015, thousands commemorated the 50th anniversary of the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery. It led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Today ballot access is again under racist attack. From 2011 to 2015, almost 400 new voting restrictions have been introduced and 22 states — most… Read more »

For community control over the police! Now is the time to demand elected civilian review boards

June 2015

After every sickening murder by cops, politicians and police chiefs shake their heads sadly and create another toothless police commission. From Ferguson to Baltimore and beyond, outraged protesters have lost their patience with the system. (Keep visiting socialism.com for continuing reports on Baltimore.) Many of these protesters want to bring this system down. Until that… Read more »

Norma Abdulah, 1921–2015

August 2015

A passionate fighter for race, gender and economic equality, Norma Abdulah was born in Harlem to a Trinidadian family. Her education about racism in the U.S. started early when her father, a professional in his homeland, was told not to apply for “white men’s jobs.” But no matter how tight the budget, Norma was always… Read more »

The Charleston killings: indictment of a racist system

August 2015

The following was written just after the murders at Mother Emanual Church on June 17, and before the subsequent series of Black church burnings in June and early July. The Freedom Socialist Party joins millions of Americans in expressing our condolences to the families, friends and congregation of the nine killed in Charleston, South Carolina… Read more »

End the racial wealth gap — Restore affirmative action and job training

August 2015

Every day it seems, the headlines carry another story of racist violence, from police gunning down unarmed Black men to white supremacists bombing Black churches — or killing parishioners! This is only the most outward expression of the ugly and deep color line that runs through U.S. society. Less publicized, but no less destructive, is… Read more »

Identity politics: dead end for student activism

December 2015

After being denied the truth about our history in early schooling and fed lies about the causes of racism in the United States, people of color care deeply about learning their history in college. As a first-generation student and woman of color, I know how oppression on campus directly hits new students. Tuition is huge,… Read more »

Black radical leadership in Depression-era Alabama

December 2015

In the 25th anniversary reissue of his book Hammer and Hoe, Robin D.G. Kelley tells the absorbing story of the courage and perseverance of Black communists working underground in the dangerous Depression-era South. Kelley, an esteemed Black author and educator, thoroughly documents the role of the Alabama Communist Party (CP) in this period. By far,… Read more »