Episode 05: Purging Socialists of Color From American History
On Episode 5, we explore the history of the media erasing socialists of color from the history books and present day discourse––A tactic that serves to both commodity and water-down black radicalism and pawn off leftwing politics as a uniquely white or middle class enterprise.
The books discussed in today’s program are as follows:
Between 1929 and 1941, the Communist Party organized and led a radical, militantly antiracist movement in Alabama -…www.amazon.com
Winner of the American Book Award (2014)In Oakland, California, in 1966, community college students Bobby Seale and…www.amazon.com
In The Revolution Has Come Robyn C. Spencer traces the Black Panther Party's organizational evolution in Oakland…www.amazon.com
Martin Luther King, Jr., is widely celebrated as an American civil rights hero. Yet King's nonviolent opposition to…www.amazon.com
During the Cold War, several prominent African American radical activist-intellectuals-including W.E.B. and Shirley…www.amazon.com
Robert Greene II is a Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of South Carolina. His research covers American intellectual history, the history of the United States South since World War II, and political history since Reconstruction. Mr. Greene has a book chapter coming out as part of the Southern Studies collection Navigating Souths: Transdisciplinary Explorations of a U.S. Region, forthcoming from UGA Press, along with essays published by Scalawag, The Nation, Jacobin, Dissent, and Politico. He has also
published the essay “South Carolina and the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement” in the journal Patterns of Prejudice, and is a blogger and book review editor for the Society of U.S. Intellectual Historians.
Roqayah Chamseddine is a Lebanese-American writer, published poet, and editor in chief of Wanderings. Magazine. Along with Kumars Salehi, she co-hosts “Delete Your Account,” a weekly podcast covering politics and pop culture. She is a staff writer at Shadowproof, contributing writer at Paste Magazine, and Mondoweiss, and former researcher for Abby Martin’s The Empire Files on TeleSur English.
Here’s some stuff mentioned or referenced during the show, or related to the topic in general. You know, in case you wanted to dig deeper.
A Letter from Huey Newton to the Revolutionary Brothers and Sisters about the Women’s Liberation and Gay Liberation Movements
Huey Newton| Ausust 15, 1970| The Black Panther
Robert Greene II | March 15, 2016 | Jacobin
The Black Panthers was an organization built on socialist principles and ideology. Its “Ten Point Program,” put forth in 1967, outlined the party’s basic precepts for a wide audience. Economic progressivism, long an important part of the twentieth-century African-American freedom struggle, pervades the document.
Roqayah Chamseddine | July 22, 2017 | Medium
There is something almost cathartic about watching members of the commentariat unravel at the slightest push back, to follow along as their fraudulence is laid bare. You’re able to witness them struggle and stammer, in real time, when confronted by those they regularly make invisible. And yet, despite this short-lived relief, the erasure and marginalisation continues.
Robin Kelly & Michel Martin | February 16, 2010 | NPR
The Communist Party was prominent in the fight for racial equality in the south, specifically Alabama, where segregation was most oppressive. Many courageous activists were communists. Tell Me More 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.
Brittney Cooper | April 8, 2014 | Salon
With anti-racism politics flaring up on the left, too many are making it personal — when it’s really about policy.
During a Bernie Sanders rally at Morehouse College in Atlanta on Tuesday, rapper and activist Killer Mike, of Run The…shadowproof.com
Right on cue, Jessica Valenti has published an article in defense of voting for Hillary Clinton???a vapid, intensely…www.roqchams.com
In honor of African American History Month, the third article in our series on the Communist Party's 90th Anniversary…www.peoplesworld.org
Reformists claim they are protecting marginalized populations by supporting Democrats and avoiding real confrontation…www.blackagendareport.com
We must redefine "identity politics," because the debate about it is mostly wrong. We can start by recognizing that…inthesetimes.com
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Nima Shirazi is an editor for Muftah, a digital foreign affairs magazine. His political analysis has appeared in Salon, Truthout, Mic, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting and Al Jazeera English, among other outlets.