Category Archives: Volume 17, No. 1

Du Bois and the Question of the Color Line: Race and Class in the Age of Globalization

When we engage W.E.B. Du Bois’s work and thought to extract useful insights and develop intellectual and social initiatives based on these, we unavoidably must deal with his concept of the color line and the role he assigned it in … Continue reading

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Race and the Racialized State: A Du Boisian Interrogation

The events of September 11, 2001 did not begin, but accelerated, processes that have for some years been leading to the transformation of the US state and political system. These historic processes have culminated in the reconfiguration of the US … Continue reading

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Language as Oppression: The English Only Movement in the United States

The hegemonic power of capital sometime visible, sometimes invisible propagates an increasing gravitation to English as the common global language. The spread of English seems to be analogous to the spread of capitalism. Within the United States the country most … Continue reading

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Critical Black History: A Symposium*

It’s my pleasure to be at the Brecht Forum to share with you a few insights about Black history. I’d like to begin by being somewhat autobiographical. First of all, I’m not a trained historian. My academic training is in … Continue reading

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An American Holocaust? The Structure of Denial

I The first question people ask about my book A Little Matter of Genocide1 is where it came from or why I wrote it. My purpose was to be able to really stretch out, explain, and fully contextualize my use … Continue reading

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The Sambo Thesis Revisited: Slavery’s Impact upon the African American Personality

…And William Siren is going to commit suicide when he finds out that Nat Turner made love to his great great grandmother And he has taken our most violent and militant leaders and stuck lollipops up their ass to pacify … Continue reading

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Enemy Arabs

Since September 11, 2001 the racialization of Arabs in the US has assumed the particularly invidious form of racial profiling, which serves as the unstated foundation of a new security regime that operates under the heading of “the war on … Continue reading

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Towards a Theory of Revolutionizing Street Nation

The purpose here is to present a critique of the current political trends of the different factions of the Almighty Latin Kings y Queens Nations, hereinafter the “ALKQN,” which is a Chicago- based so-called “street gang.” Considering the radical political … Continue reading

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Race and Citizenship

The subject of race and citizenship is unfortunately a very contentious one in our society today, what with the passage of Proposition 187 in California in 1994, debates right now about whether immigrants-people who are not citizens but are here-are … Continue reading

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False Optimism on Race

We have all enjoyed an excellent dinner, and my job, as keynote speaker, is to leave you with some food for thought. This is not the same as dessert, which is supposed to be sweet and pleasing to the palate. … Continue reading

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