Over the past several days a rupture has been brewing within the u.s.-based Marxist-Leninist/communist organization known as the Workers World Party. This has been the result of apparent conflict between the core organizational leadership and the membership of the Huntington, West Virginia branch of the Party. The dispute has apparently arisen due to the Huntington branch’s critical, anti-colonial approach to the West Virginia teachers’ strike, an event that has eventually entered into a Wild Cat phase. The core leadership of the Workers World Party took the stance of uncompromising support for the strikers; while the position of the Huntington branch members, who are actually present in West Virginia, had been to raise anti-colonial slogans in an attempt to critique this unquestioned support. In particular, on the Huntington branch’s Facebook page (which appears to, as of this writing, been taken down) the slogan “White teachers owe reparations” has been raised, and images of Pan Africanist Congress of Azania[i] agit-prop featuring their classic and beloved slogan “one settler; one bullet” have also been posted. Continue reading “Third Worldism,” the Workers World Party & the General Marxist Failure on Settler Colonialism
A little over a year ago I published on this blog an article titled Fascism & Anti-Fascism: A Decolonial Perspective. The article ended up receiving far more traction than I had ever anticipated. This surprised me, but I am also happy that people not just in Ontario, but in many other places have found the article helpful in figuring out what exactly is going on now in our current political juncture. Most recently the article was translated into french by the quebec anti-colonial group Unsettling Babtous, which I have reproduced below which only a few stylistic changes to better fit the aesthetic of this website. Many thanks to the folks at Unsettling Babtous for the work of the translation, because I do not speak a word of french.
Recently the article was also made into a printable zine booklet by the good people at Indigenous Action Media and the Táala Hooghan Infoshop. You can find the zine here, and again many, many thanks because as with my skills at french, my skills with PDFs and zine creation are pretty much non-existent.
Continue reading [French Translation] Fascism & Anti-Fascism: A Decolonial Perspective
Before I begin I’d really like to thank everyone on Twitter, but especially Nicolas Juarez (@nijuarez) and William Richardson (@HoodAcademic), whose conversations yesterday on this subject got me thinking enough to awaken from my writing slumber. Especially as it relates directly to my chosen specialization in my PhD research in sociology (my dissertation’s working title being The Biopolitical Indian: Settler Colonialism, Resistance and the Construction of Indigeneity). I consider both of them to be very valuable and insightful young Red & Black scholars working at the intersections of settler colonial studies, afropessimism, indigenous critical theory and decolonial thought—even if we may disagree on things here and there. If you haven’t already check them out!
I also want to give a shout out and big thanks to Twitterer @_rootbear who took the time to go over this article post-first posting with me. Her insights as a decolonial Indigenous feminist philosopher have been really helpful and have allowed me to clarify my thoughts below. Check her out on Twitter as well!
Continue reading What Makes the Red Man Red?: Comments on Indianness, Racial-Being & Visual Schema