Posts in: people of color

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 »

500 years of police brutality

December 2015

Police stand guard against Occupy Wall Street and union protesters on May Day 2012. Five hundred years before Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice were murdered by police, white men in the colonies were hired to catch runaway slaves. They were the first police force in what became the United States. Native Americans had… Read more »

Freedom Socialist editorial — Exposed: racist college administrators

December 2015

Bastions of higher education are quaking as Black students target relentless racism. And college administrations should shake. Despite paying lip service to diversity, most U.S. campuses have done away with affirmative action programs and currently feature overwhelmingly white faculty and student bodies. Today’s young organizers of color have no interest in keeping this status quo…. Read more »

Black Lives Matter: A “pop-up movement” or one with lasting impact?

February 2016

Black Lives Matter. As a slogan, this simple statement captures a profound truth: for Blacks, fighting racism is a matter of survival. Not only because of murders by police, but also because of poverty, mass incarceration, and all of the other ills that Blacks continue to experience unequally in the U.S. Black Lives Matter. As… Read more »

Chicano struggle for liberation provides lessons for all

Summer/Autumn 2009

Viva la Raza: A History of Chicano Identity and Resistance by Yolanda Alaniz and Megan Cornish, Red Letter Press (2008), 368 pages. ISBN 0-932323-28-6. Yolanda Alaniz and Megan Cornish have produced a comprehensive critique of Chicano oppression and resistance. While the focus of the authors’ attention may not be of central interest to many Australian… Read more »