for all of us
for all of us
"The same white liberals who inveigh against corporations for destroying local communities are aghast when rioters take their critique to its actual material conclusion."
In Defense of Looting (via ninjabikeslut)
Don’t conflate whiteness and white power and white supremacy—three concepts used to discuss power relations—with white persons, first of all. And don’t assume that one’s discussion of white supremacists extends to “all white people”. Such an extension is a rhetorical ploy white people like to use to prohibit discussion about racism to white people talking in abstracts about imaginary examples of racism that help illustrate good white intentions. Also, the ploy creates a narrow range for discourse that revolves around white individuals and how they perceive whiteness from “Not all white people” on one end of the spectrum claiming innocence and individuality untouched by white ideology to “I’m not racist, but…” on the other end of the spectrum covering for rather explicit racist attitudes and behavior.
I would probably be a cyborg in space by now if not for capitalism, and that’s fucked up.
Capitalism has done nothing but
advance the acceleration of technology. What are you talking about?
no it doesn’t, try…
We are talking about technological innovation, not who dies as a result of it.
And yes, people do like to make money. Besides the wireless electricity can you think of any other technological developments hindered by capitalism?
I come from a white supremacist country where white people give money to a cop because he executed an unarmed black man in the street. People have raised over one hundred thousand dollars on behalf of Wilson. I bet there’s a bunch of white people reading this right now who have at least five excuses for why they, too, [could/should/will/do] support the police rather than an entire community that has been routinely harassed by the police for generations. Even white people like me know the routine of excuses. We grew up hearing them. We have to actively reject the chorus of white rhetoric around us at all times. It seems all too natural, rather than constructed, taught, imposed, reinforced in the many ways capitalism has for injecting racism into our daily lives in a state. We know many friends who simply give in and play along in spite of disagreeing in their hearts. (And it’s not just white people, to be fair. White power bargains with all comers.)
Adding to my bad bile, is the rising wave of white socialists arguing about how to discipline the Ferguson dissent in order to make it more properly class struggle so they can use Ferguson as an example. I find it blatantly patronizing. It’s like I’m reading from Ellison’s Invisible Man or something. These shits kept quiet for a week as some kind of polite gesture. With each day now the volume is being turned up and before long we’ll have full-throated arguments from the vanguardist left criticizing what happened after the murder.
It’s all disgustingly white—the donations to the cop in an aggressive affirmation of white supremacist criminal justice in the US and the lack of will to follow the lead of local organizers in Ferguson while they come to terms with how to vocalize the decades of ignored abuse by their state officials.
I’m really fed up. I have nothing positive to say. I’m depressed. I can’t get in my car and drive to volunteer, put my body in harm’s way, or put other skills I have to use as needed. And I absolutely refuse to insist the theory I’m capable of wielding is more important, more vital, more correct, than the chorus of diy dissent in Ferguson.
I’m not going to talk about how to turn it towards “proper” class struggle. The struggle in Ferguson against white supremacist police, city, county, and state officials is, in fact, proper class struggle. It’s just not through whiteness.
Is tobacco an herb or some kind of lettuce?
"As seen in the responses to Ferguson, many liberals today excel at aping leftist aesthetics in order to earn trust into a community while simultaneously resurrecting anticommunist slurs like “outside agitator.” They pulverize words like “intersectionality” into a meaningless oblivion, and turn them into signals that, yes, they have also taken a Sociology 201 class. They ‘get it.’"
This is a really good article about how slandering socialist and communist groups as “outside agitators” has been used historically to put distance between black people/people of color and revolutionary socialism (and the two have an intertwined history). Communism has always been portrayed as being brought to the US from “foreigners” (e.g. in the 1900s it was Italians) and as being anti-American. also this quote = tumblr.
Yes, I see the point of the quote. At the same time, being careful enough to show support and stand together in struggle against the unique oppressions the black community faces while not seeming opportunistic, disingenuous, and derailing takes finesse.(via america-wakiewakie)
What wakiewakie said
0630 No sleep night. Need to get to school for some cheer. Tnite headed to Dongdaemun with the teachers to a little Uzbek place. Vodka and pickles for me.
“Despite Ferguson’s relative poverty, fines and court fees comprise the second largest source of revenue for the city, a total of $2,635,400. In 2013, the Ferguson Municipal Court disposed of 24,532 warrants and 12,018 cases, or about 3 warrants and 1.5 cases per household.”
Thank you, World Socialist Web Site for taking the time out of your day to remind the people of Ferguson theory about class struggle is much more important than actual class struggle against white supremacist action in their neighborhoods.
0338 and I’m wide awake. :/
O_O So this happened today in Oakland… #staywoke #insolidarity
you dumb assholes. WTF is wrong with you? IMO the cops need to start using real bullets. This is fucking unbelievable. And you wonder why they use tear gas, and arrest people. THAT is a felony right there, and the person doing it SHOULD go to jail. what a fucking piece of shit.
I love the photo, but I’m reblogging because I enjoy this bigot’s pain.