Tuesday, 29 March 2016
As some pioneering but rather problematic old skool rapper said: I aint new to this! Just putting this out here so people who don't know me can get to know a little:
- In 2002 I went on a delegation to occupied and settler colonial imposed military occupied West Bank, Palestine and co founded the Che Leila Youth Brigades in Ramallah. I organised one of the first public events for Leila Khaled in England, when I was a co founder and organiser for Che Leila Youth Brigades (2002 - 2005):
- In 2007 I visited the Resistance communities in Beirut and South Lebanon, including meeting Hezbollah leaders.
- In 2008 I organised the first event with the Black Panthers in the UK parliament with Emory Douglas and Black Panther Almuni head, Bill Jennings:
- In 2008 I organised the memorial event for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine founder and leader George Habash
- in 2009 I organised the first time a Hizbullah MP spoke in Parliament:
- In 2010 I organised five events to commemorate 10 years since the start of the 2nd Intifada with Leila Khaled, George Galloway MP, Venezuelan Ambassador, Lowkey, Shadia Mansour, and others:
- In 2011 I visited Libya three times during the Nato bombing to support the Resistance and demand a just peace:
- In Nov 2012 I organised a one year memorial for Shaheed Muammar al-Gaddafi, with my wonderful Libyan comrades:
- In June 2013, I organised a fantastic book launch for Sohail Daulatzai's Black Star Crescent Moon:
- In June 2014 I lead the organising of Strike the Empire Back with Akala, Aamer Rahman and Marcel Cartier amongst others, the first public event of the Malcolm X Movement:
- In Dec 2014 I helped to co organise and chair this event for Assata Shakur, with the wonderful Black Panther Charlotte Hill O'Neal speaking:
- In Jan 2015 I co organised the leading Jamahriyan spokeperson and leader of the Libyan Peoples National Movement Moussa Ibrahim in Parliament with George Galloway, it was the first time he made a public address since 2011, and he spoke while still on the red list wanted of Nato:
- In Jan 2015 I had the honour of hosting Black Panther Aaron Dixon for his book launch:
- In March/April 2015 I helped to lead organise the first annual Malcolm X Film Festival of the Malcolm X Movement, which was supported officially by amongst others the PFLP, Black Panther Alumni, Libyan Peoples National Movement, Bernadette McAliskey and Ilyasah Shabazz:
- In Aug 2015 led the organising of a very successful event with Eddie Marshall Conway and Dominque Stevenson, Black Panther and political prisoner of 44 years:
- And most recently I co organised and chaired a hugely successful commemoration of Paul Robeson's 40th years since his passing with some of the best Black radical voices in this country at the Marx Memorial Library:
I have done a lot more than all this over the years, but that is *some* of the highlights.
Thanks to all my comrades who have assisted me through all these struggles, ups and downs when trying to serve our peoples and their intergenerational wars of liberation, especially would like to thank James Stuart my long time mentor and brother and comrade, Dan Glazebrook my brilliant revolutionary brother, Hafsa Kara my fearless and typically stubborn Algerian sister and comrade, my RBG comrade and hard truth soldier Saqib Deshmukh, my comrade and brother and the greatest revolutionary artist of our generation Mohammad Hamza, my wonderful comrades in the Black Panthers and the wider Black Liberation struggle, especially those I have so much respect for like Bob Brown, the A-aprp GC, the African warriors and revolutionary thinkers like George Shire, the living revolutionary legend from Ghana that I have the honour of knowing H.E Kojo Gottfried, the pillar of our Black Liberation struggle here Minkah Adofo and Omowale Rupert, our very own Black revolutionary scholar of the highest standard Hakim Adi and all the comrades who aren't around with me who once were, and all the comrades who are new to my partnership. Special dedication to the Libyan people and their resistance to unify and liberate their country once more like it was in Sept 1969.
I am a flawed human like any other, I do the best I can, I am wrong sometimes, I fuck up sometimes and sometimes I am right and do well when most others are full of shit and sell out.
Most of all, thank God, our martyrs and ancestors and my Nanaji, and Dadaji, my other revolutionary family ancestors and my Mother and Father who raised me right in the heart of the enemy. You have sent me here and raised me here to continue our struggle against the british imperialists in defence of the oppressed, and that is the greatest honour.
Our peoples shall win.
- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm
Thursday, 24 March 2016
The untouchable by Shahid-e-Azam Bhagat Singh
The Untouchable (Originally published in 'Kirti' (Punjabi) June 1929)
This article shows Shahid-e-Azam Bhagat Singh at his very best; fearless, swimming against the high-caste tide, showing uncompormising militancy, daring to say what the others simply thought about in their deepest hearts but were afraid to bring these thoughts to their lips. We have reproduced this article as many Dalits and friends of Dalits do not know the existence of this article. -Editor
Our country is in a really bad shape; here strangest questions are asked, the foremost concerns the untouchables, who count 6 crores in population of 30 crores.
For instance :-
Would the contact with an untouchable mean defilement of an upper caste?
Would the gods in the temples, not get angry by the entry of untouchables there?
Would the drinking water of a well not get polluted if the untouchables drew their water from the same well?
That these questions are being asked in the twentieth century, is a matter which makes our heads hang in shame.
We Indian boast of our spiritualism, but then, we avoid accepting every human being as a fellow being just like ourselves. Western people on the other hand, who carry a reputation of being money minded, had unequivocally affirmed their faith in the principle of equality. This they did during the revolutions in America and France and above all in Russia, these days which is committed to the extension of this principle to all aspects of life and to ending of discriminations in any form whatsoever, thereby fulfilling the ideals of May Day declaration. But we Indians on our part who never tire of boasting about our gods and godliness are, yet seriously debating whether to permit the untouchables to wear the sacred thread or the janeu and whether the untouchables be permitted to read Vedas / Shastras. We often complain about our maltreatment in other countries, and particularly when we are maltreated by the whites, do we have any moral right to voice such a protest?
In 1926, Sindhi Muslim gentleman, Mr. Nur Mohd member of Bombay Legislative Council aptly remarked:-
"If the Hindu society refuses to allow other human beings, fellow creatures at that, to attend public schools, and if .... The president of the local board representing so many lakh of people, in his house, refuses to allow his fellows and brothers, the elementary human right of having water to drink, what right have they to ask for more rights from the bureaucracy? Before we accuse the people coming from other lands, we should see how people...
how can we ask for grater political rights when (we ourselves) deny elementary rights of human beings?
How true! But since this had been said by a Muslim, Hindus lost no time in alleging that the Muslim's real intention was to convert the untouchables to Islam and thus assimilate them into their own brotherhood. But then, it amounted to an open admission of the harsh truth--that if you (the Hindus) treat them worse than your cattle, they shall desert you, join to the fold of other religions where they hope to enjoy more rights, where they are treated as fellow beings.
Would it not then be pointless to blame the Christians and Muslims, that they were undermining Hinduism?
How fair and true! Yet the Hindus tremble in anger on hearing this plain truth. In any case, it had shaken Hindus from their complacency in the matter. Orthodox Brahmins too started re-thinking about it, also joined by some self-proclaimed reformers. At Patna a gala Hindu meet was held. Lala Lajpat Rai, known for his longstanding sympathy for the untouchables was presiding. A lot of hot arguments were exchanged as to whether the untouchables are eligible to wear sacred thread, the janeu? Could they read Vedas / Shastras? A number of social reformers lost their temper but Lala ji was able to persuade them to compromise on these two matters and thereby saved the prestige of Hindu religion; otherwise, what would have been the consequences?
Just imagine how shameful! Even a dog can sit in our lap, it can also move freely in kitchen but if a fellow human touches you, your dharma is endangered. So much so, even a reputed social reformer like Pandit Malviya ji, known for his soft corner for the untouchables, first agrees to be publicly garlanded by a sweeper, but then afterwards regards himself to be polluted till he bathes and washes those clothes. How ironical! In the temples meant for worshipping God, who lives in us all, once a poor man enters it, it gets defiled and God gets annoyed. When this is the state of affairs within the Hindu fold, does it behave us to quarrel and fight in the name of the Brotherhood? Above all, this kind of our approach to the question amounts of an ingratitude of the degree; those who provide us the comforts by doing menial jobs for us, we shun them. We could worship even animals, but would not tolerate fellow humans to sit beside us.
This is an issue of hot debate these days, the poor creatures getting special attention in this way. In the context of our advance towards national liberation, the problem of communal representation (seats in the legislatures allotted in proportion to Hindu/ Sikh/ Muslim population) may not have been beneficial in any other manner but atleast Hindu / Muslim / Sikhs are all striving hard to maximize their own respective quota of seats by attracting the maximum number of untouchables to their own respective folds. Accordingly Muslims started by providing them equal rights after converting them to Islam.
This naturally hurt the Hindus. Bitterness mounted, riots too broke out. By and by Sikhs, too woke up lest they be left behind in this race. They too started administering Amrit; tension mounted between Sikhs and Hindus over the removal of janeu or hair shaving. All in all, all the three are trying to out do the others, resulting in widespread disturbances. Christians sitting on the fence are quietly consolidating their hold.
Be as it may, this turmoil is certainly helping us to move towards the weakening of the hold of untouchability.
As for themselves, when they discovered that all this great turmoil was on their account and Hindus / Muslims / Sikhs, all were trying to profit at their cost, they have also started thinking, "Why should we not organize on our own?" No one is certain whether they are doing so as a result of official prompting or at their own but once this line of thinking had taken roots, certainly this trend is being fully backed up by official quarters. "Adi Dharam Mandal" and the like are the end result of this trend.
Here, the basic question arises, how precisely can we solve this tangle? The answer is quite obvious; above all, it needs to be settled for good, that all humans are equal without distinctions of birth or vocation. In other words since someone is born in a poor sweepers' family, he shall continue cleaning toilets all his life and thus getting deprived of all chances of progress in life, all this nonsense. Historically speaking, when our Aryan ancestors nurtured these practices of discrimination towards these strata of society, shunning all human contact with them by labeling them as menials, and assigning all the degrading jobs to them, they also, naturally started worrying about a revolt against this system. All this is the result of your past sins; what can be done about it? Bear if silently! and with such kinds of sleeping pills, were they able to buy peace for quite some time. All the same they were guilty of a great sin on this account, since this amounted to the negation of core human values like self-esteem and self-reliance; a grossly cruel conduct by all means. Yet present is the moment of its atonement.
In a broader social perspective, untouchability had a pernicious side-effect; people in general got used to hating the jobs which were otherwise vital for life. We treated the weavers who provided us cloths as untouchable. In U.P. water carriers were also considered untouchables. All this caused tremendous damage to our progress by undermining the dignity of labour, especially manual labour. We have thus to accept it, once for all, that in order to move forward we have to give up either considering or calling them untouchables.
Everything else shall fall in place by itself.
In this regard strategy adopted by Naujwan Bharat Sabha and the Youth conference is, most apt--to seek forgiveness from those brethren, whom we have been calling untouchables by treating them as our fellow beings, without making them go through conversion ceremonies of Sikhism, Islam or Hinduism, by accepting food / water from their hands. On the other hand quarrelling among ourselves in the race to win them over, without restoring to them their human dignity is futile.
But the moment we went to villages with our message of human equality and brotherhood mentioned above, Government agents started inciting the Jat community saying that this would embolden these menials to refuse serving you. This was sufficient to provoke the jats, to oppose our efforts in the right direction.
But the upper castes should also realise that their own status in life cannot change for the better as long they persist in considering these people as inferiors, calling them menials, and keep them under their heals. It is argued, they are unclean. The harsh truth is that they are poor; remove their poverty and they shall be clean. Don't we find that the poor even among the upper castes are no less unclean? Besides doing unclean jobs is no bad; for example mothers perform all the unclean duties for their children. Do they become unclean?
However, ultimately the problem can not be satisfactory solved unless and until untouchable communities themselves unite and organize. We regard their recent uniting to form their distinct identity, and also demanding representation equal to Muslims in legislatures, being equal to them in number, is a move in the right direction. Either reject communal representation altogether, else give these people too their due share! In principle, Councils, Assemblies are duty bound to ensure full and free access for all these communities to schools, colleges, wells and roads; that too not only on paper but by actually accompanying them to wells, schools and get them admitted there. But can these legislatures, where a lot of hue and cry is raised even over a bill to ban child marriages, on the grounds that it shall be a threat to their religion, dare to bring the untouchables to their own level on their own? No, never, that is why we plead that they must persist in pressing for their own distinct representation in legislatures in proportion to their numerical strength. We mince no words in proclaiming: Arise! So called untouchables, the real sustainers of life, awake and reflect over your past, you were the backbone of Guru Gobind Singh's army. Shivaji was able to achieve all that with your participation which made him ever shining in history. Your sacrifices are worthy of being embedded in golden letters. The way in which you sustain us and add to our comforts ought to make us feel grateful to you. It is we who fail to appreciate. The land Alienation Act (banning transfer of land to non-agriculturist communities, defined as per caste) does not permit you to buy land ever if you manage the necessary amount of cost. The way you are being oppressed had prompted Miss Mayo of U.S.A. to label you "less then man." As a matter of fact, without your own efforts, you shall not able to move ahead.
"Those who would be free must themselves strike the first blow." It must be kept in mind that every one belonging to the privileged class, strives to enjoy his own rights, but would try his utmost to keep on oppressing those below him, and keeping the underprivileged under his heel. Thus might is held to be right. Then waste no time and unite to stand on your own feet and challenge the existing order of society. Let it then be seen as to who dares to deny to you your due. Do not be at the mercy of others and have no illusions about them. Be on guard so as not to fall in the trap of officialdom, because far from being your ally it seeks to make you dance on its own tunes. The capitalist bureaucratic combine is, truly speaking responsible for your oppression and poverty. Hence always shun it. Be on guard about its tricks. This is then the way out. You are the real working class. Workers unite – you have nothing to lose but your chains. Arise and rebel against the existing order. Gradualism and reformism shall be of no avail to you. Start a revolution from a social agitation and gird up your loins for political economic revolution. You and you alone are the pillars of the nations and its core strength. Awake, O sleeping lions! Rebel, raise the banner of revolt.
Online collection of writings of Shaheed Bhagat Singh
Wednesday, 23 March 2016
(Janata dated 13 April 1931)
Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru have been eventually hanged. They were charged for the murders of an English police officer named Sanders and a Sikh police sepoy named Chaman Singh. Also there were three or four additional charges such as an attempt of murdering one police inspector at Banaras, throwing a bomb in the Assembly, conducting robbery at a house in Maulimiya village and looting its valuables. Bhagatsingh had already admitted to the charges of throwing bomb in the Assembly. For this crime, he and Batukeshwar Dutt were already sentenced with life imprisonment. One of the comrades of Bhagatsingh by name Jaigopal had confessed that the murder of sanders was executed by them revolutionaries including Bhagatsingh and others. The government had filed a case against Bhagatsingh and his comrades based on this confession. None of the three accused participated in this case, however. A special tribunal comprising three high court judges was appointed which heard the case and unanimously awarded them death penalty.
Bhagatsingh’s father had made a mercy petition to the Emperor and the Viceroy requesting them not to execute the punishment and convert if required into life imprisonment at Andamans. Many people including prominent leaders also tried to plead with the government in the matter. The issue of Bhagatsingh’s death penalty might have arisen in negotiations that took place between Gandhi and Lord Irwin. Although Lord Irwin had not given any definitive assurance about saving Bhagatsingh’s life, Gandhi’s speech during the intervening period created a hope that Irwin would try his best within his powers to save lives of these three youth. But all these hopes, predictions and appeals proved futile. They were killed by hanging in the Central Prison, Lahore on 23 March 1931 at 7 pm. None of them had made any appeal for saving them. But as it is already published, Bhagatsingh had expressed a desire for being killed with bullet shots instead of hanging by the neck. But even this last will of his was not granted and they implemented the judgment of the tribunal verbatim. The judgement was to hang by the neck till dead. If they were killed with bullet shots, the execution would not confirm to the judgement verbatim. The order of the justice goddess was obeyed in toto and the three were killed with the method she prescribed.
For whom the Sacrifice?
If the government thinks that people would be impressed by its display of devotion to and strict obedience of the justice goddess and therefore they would approve of this killing, it would be its utter naiveté. None believes that this sacrifice was made with only intention of maintaining clean and sans blemish reputation of the British justice system. Even the government will not be able to convince itself with such an understanding. Then how will it convince others with this veil of the justice goddess? The entire world, as well as the government does, knows that it is not the devotion to justice goddess but the fear of the conservative party and public opinion back home in England that this sacrifice was executed. They thought, the unconditional release of political prisoners like Gandhi and signing pacts with Gandhi’s party has damaged the prestige of the Empire. Some orthodox leaders of the conservative party have launched a campaign that the prevailing cabinet of the Labour Party and the Viceroy who danced to its tune were responsible for it. In such a situation if Lord Irwin had showed mercy to political revolutionaries who have been convicted for assassinating an English officer, it would be like giving a burning torch into the hands of the opposition leaders. Already the condition of the Labour Party is not stable. In such a situation if these conservative leaders got an alibi that the labour government grants clemency to the convicts, who had murdered an Englishman, it would be so easy to provoke public opinion against it. In order to avert this imminent crisis and to thwart the fire in the minds of conservative leaders from flaring further, these hangings were executed.
As such this was not to satisfy the justice goddess but to please public opinion in England. If it had been the issue of personal liking or disliking of Lord Irwin, he would have within his own powers annulled the death penalty and awarded life imprisonment in its stead. The cabinet of the Labour Party in England would have supported Lord Irwin in this decision. It would have been necessary to maintain congeniality of public opinion in the context of Gandhi-Irwin pact. While leaving the country, Lord Irwin would surely have liked to earn this goodwill. But he would have been crushed between the ire of his conservative kin in England and the Indian bureaucracy imbued with the same casteist attitude. Therefore, not minding the public opinion here the government of Lord Irwin hanged Bhagatsingh and his comrades to death and that too just 2 to 4 days before the Karachi conference of the Congress. Both, the hanging of Bhagatsingh and his comrades, and its timings, were sufficient to puncture the Gandhi-Irwin Pact and to trash the efforts to bring it about. If Lord Irwin wanted to fail this pact, he would not have found better act than this one. Looking from this perspective, as Gandhiji also felt, one could say that the government committed a great blunder.
In sum, merely not to incur anger of the conservatives in England, they sacrificed Bhagatsingh and his comrades ignoring public opinion and not minding what would happen to the Gandhi-Irwin pact. The government must remember, howsoever it tries to cover it up or polish it; it will never be able to hide this fact.
[Translated from this author and taken from the post here]
Ambedkar On Bhagatsingh
By Anand Teltumbde
01 March, 2016
The vested interests while lauding Babasaheb Ambedkar have systematically reduced him to be his near ideological antithesis. The ruling classes and their state of course have played a vanguard role but even his so called followers have not been any behind. This year the ruling establishment is going gaga over the celebration of his 125th birth anniversary when as though revealingly the year has dawned with the monumental injustice to the five Dalit Ph D scholars of the Hyderabad Central University that led to one of them, Rohith Vemula, committing suicide. When Ambedkar stressed on higher education unlike most reformers of his times, he had the likes of Rohith in mind, laced with critical faculties to steer the movement of oppressed people to their liberation. Harassment of Dalit students pushing them to commit suicide in higher educational institutes is not new but the manner in which this suicide took place should wake up Dalits to the deceit practiced by the current regime.
It saw the continued abuse of the Constitution and trampling of all ideas Ambedkar stood for in recent imbroglio in JNU. The very establishments that decimated his ideal of democratic republic and killed the spirit of liberty, equality, fraternity are posing as his biggest devotees. Under such mounting propaganda, right from the late 1960s, which shows that it is not parties but the class they belong to has been acting in concert, the radical aspects of Babasaheb Ambedkar have been systematically overshadowed. For instance, just after getting disillusioned with the aftermath of Mahad struggle he had tried class politics over the entire decade until he was forced by the circumstances to revert back to the caste politics. This politics symbolized by the Independent Labour Party, which was described by him as workers’ party, and its reflection in Janata, his newspaper appears to have been completely forgotten. The 1930s was an eventful decade and it is interesting to see how he saw or related with many of these events. The non-Marathi readers are totally lost to these writings because their translation are yet not available in English and therefore in other languages. It creates impression that Babasaheb Ambedkar just hampered upon the betterment of Dalits and supplemented the ‘divide and rule’ policy of the British imperialists. At least that is what is reflected by the current genre of the Dalit leaders through their apathy towards issues other than Dalit.
One of the most shattering events of this decade is the trial and eventual hanging of Bhagat Singh along with his two comrades Rajguru and Sukhdeo. It exposed the British imperialists in their true colour along with their love for the rule of law as well as the phony concern of our nationalist leadership for the freedom of people. Bhagat Singh and Dr Ambedkar, as they would seem perfect opposite of each other, are the two heroes who had truly understood what ailed this country. When I said this while speaking in the launch of centenary celebration of Bhagat Singh in Maharashtra in 2007, people were perplexed by such a weird statement. But it is quite true. The relevance of these two people is growing as they get distanced from us. How did they see each other? There is no evidence for either of them saying anything about the other. However, we do know that Bhagat Singh had grappled with the Dalit question. He had written an article titled Achoot Samasya (Problem of Untouchability) at the age of 16, but it still has freshness and reflects amazing maturity of thought to be relevant for the emancipatory struggle of Dalits. Ambedkar did not write on the revolutionary movement of Bhagat Singh but has written an editorial note titled "Three Victims" when they were hanged. Though it does not speak about their struggle, much less politics, it explains how their execution was influenced by political expediency back home.
I provide herewith its translation as it may be of interest to many a student of Ambedkar besides its historical value.
Tuesday, 22 March 2016
The Arab Spring Arrives in Belgium: Terror Attacks, Ghettos and Racism with Belgian Characteristics
By Sukant Chandan
22 March, 2016
Living on the edge of Molenbeek for around one year I have spent time in Moroccan communities in Belgium and working with them and the radical left on some political issues since the early 2000s. I have been a frequent visitor involved in political work in Belgium since the mid 1990s. Molenbeek is one of several ghettoes in Brussels. Despite the quaintness of Belgian terraced housing, with every house front being unique from its neighbours, despite the world famous 'Belgian' chocolate stolen from Africa; Molenbeek like Schaerbeek and Matonge (the other working class North African, African and Turkish ghettoes) are depressing and bleak places.
These ghettos are under resourced, neglected by the state, has overcrowded housing and high unemployment especially amongst the Black and Brown youth. Brussels has very little green spaces and recreational public spaces for children, young people and adults who want to pursue sports. The system doesn't even bother providing us with distractions in our poverty like basic public recreational infrastructure. While walking around one dodges the dog excrement that seems to litter Brussels throughout the city, and you see grown non-white men, fathers of children playing in tiny play areas, squashed in these small pitches alongside our children from the age around 6 years old. In the evenings bouncers and security of bars and music clubs systematically bar non-white men from entering, I myself was stopped on a few occasions at the entrance even though I was billed to Emcee at music events. My white colleagues in music had to reason with the security to let me in the venue.
Walking around and experiencing this colonially racislised life of our peoples in Brussels its like pages out of Fanon's Black Skin White Masks coming to life, racial oppression plays out in the streets with a few North African young men letting out their frustration wrongly and unjustly on white young people both male and female, while the police continue to harass and ensure that our youth know where their place is by calling them 'monkeys', playing out the backward country yokel type of racism on our youth. And every Christmas period, our peoples are reminded of what their role is in this racist society by most white Belgians celebrating the little Black slave helper - 'Black Pete' - to Father Christmas, and if we campaign against this we are 'attacking Belgian traditions'! Haven't we heard that countless times. It's European white supremacy with Belgian characteristics.
Central Brussels and these ghettoes reek of depression and dejection. They only thing that lifts one is the spirit and culture of the immigrant communities; the syrupy sweet mint tea being supped by Moroccan men sitting at the terraces of the Maghrebi cafes, the aromas of the mint tea wafting through the cobble streets from the small glasses of rows of men sitting in the terraces of the cafes, the Moroccan women standing on the doorsteps with their home clothes of tracksuits, with mops in hand, chatting away and rushing to the shops and back, the Moroccan sweet-meat shops, it as if the quick banter and atmosphere of Morocco is exported into the cold grey streets of Belgium. On top of the very old style white supremacy racism against all non white people, a very coarse unsophisticated racism (unlike London, for example) of a people, a country and government and society that knows very little about the outside world, and is not that interested, disinterested even more than the general western-centric conceit and arrogance that one finds across large swathes of western especially western white peoples.
While African and Asian people in the UK have for generations now organised hard in our communities, built many liberation-oriented grassroots movements and organisations since the 1950s, while we turned the cities upside down against racism and poverty especially in the late 1970s, African and Asian people have militantly demanded and organised for some semblance of breathing space which has forced the UK state to make concessions and to deepen the sophistication of their white supremacy and imperialism. It makes London a easier place to live than perhaps other areas of west Europe such as France and Belgium. However, in Belgium, African and Asian people have not seen any similar type of mass organising and struggle: our communities in Belgium remain weak and lacking collective and militant assertive capacity, actions and achievements.
When I was in Molenbeek for a conference in late 2001, there was a crudely sprayed graffiti next to the police station celebrating the 911 attacks on the twin towers. These ghettoes are relatively ripe for radicalising, and it has been the colonial supremacists using and abusing Islam that have made the greatest inroads amongst our youth, as these communities have seen no other liberating anti-imperialist movement presented to them save for a few years in the early 2000s, that saw a anti-racist and anti-imperialist movement collapse and subsequently its former leadership sell out the Resistance of Hizbullah and others and have gone into the imperialist enemy camp. The Belgian white left is as racist and ignorant as any other section of Belgian racist society, so our youth are left vulnerable to these supremacist forces, supremacist forces supported by the Belgian state in Libya, Syria and further afield, and supported by the Moroccan state and Belgium's regional allies.
With the aborted green-shoots of a militant anti-racist and anti-imperialist Arab-centric movement disappearing in the early 2000s, there was a hiatus of political organising, and then arrived the historic Nakba (catastrophe) of the Arab Spring in the 'Middle East, North African' region.
Some of my former anti-imperialist comrades in Belgium debunked to scupper under the political and actual wings of Nato, from opposing imperialism and supporting the Resistance they allied with imperialism and denounced the Resistance. Belgium proudly displayed their Nato 'surgical strikes' on Libya in 2011, and literally on the ground my former comrades were supporting the ground troops auxiliary forces of Nato in the 'rebels'. Imperialism became the 'resistance' and resistant countries and peoples like the Jamahirya, the Syrian Arab Republic and Lebanese Hizbullah became the 'enemy'.
It is well documented and infamous that the Nato 'rebels' in Libya and Syria during and since 2011 have conducted lynching of communities they consider outside of their supremacism, they have mutilated, crucified, raped and looted in delivering the Arab Spring, nay Arab STING to the Libyan and Syrian people. A good number of the recruits for these death squads have come from the UK, Sweden, France and also Belgium.
Perhaps the Belgian intelligence services are not as advanced as those in the USA and UK, but Belgium has been assisted by France and other imperialist military intelligence, especially as we are told one of the leading organisers of the attacks against Paris was Belgian Moroccan heritage Salah Abdelsalam and his brother was one of the attackers. There was a siege and shoot out in Molenbeek where it is reported Abdelsalam was hiding in a house, and in a keystone cops moment, Abdelsalam defies the entire Belgian military state and its might by jumping out of a window in the siege and manages to run away. Similarly, two attackers against the Charlie Hebdo offices managed to drive through France, through Spain to Madrid airport and caught a plane to Turkey and then waltzed into joining Daesh in Syria.
This all points to 'collusion', ie., complex and sophisticated covert operations used by Western states to develop terrorism to achieve its global and domestic strategic objectives. The West did this by using death squads in Ireland, 'latin' America, Afghanistan in the 1980s, and is now doing this on a much deeper and grander scale with Daesh, Al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula, Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb, Daesh and NusJabhat Nusra amongst others.
That which Belgium and leading Nato countries have promoted and exported into Libya and Syria, those depraved massacres, gruesome attacks on the Humanity of our peoples that has been going on for more than five years arrived and wrought its havoc for a few seconds in Brussels this morning. Whereas the cheerleaders of the Arab Sting in Belgium, from the pro Nato grassroots up to the government celebrated this depravity in Libya and Syria, they will now consider what has happened in Brussels today a great crime, a massacring and horrifically unjust act; and they would be right. But why is not the same depravity and collapsing of entire countries that is the hallmark of the Arab Spring not celebrated when it manifests for a few seconds in Brussels, or Paris?
Western / imperialist supremacism is very powerful, it will get people who think they oppose capitalism and imperialism to support just that, it will get people from Libya and Syria to shout an scream to demand that Nato bomb their countries to 'liberation', and it will make people support murdering madness in the 'third world', but denounce it and suddenly become good responsible citizens of Belgium when their same beloved Arab Sting arrives on their doorstep.
As Belgian and other western imperialisms see their system dive into greater crises, the most parasitic cultural and physical elements of the system is enlarged: rape and lynching promoted as 'Arab spring' and 'liberation', Europe's non-white poorest targeted and scaepgoated as the culprits for the growing malaise, refugees from imperialism's wars fingered as the destabilising force. All the while, and unlike a similar period in European history of the 1930s, Europe sees no organised and strategic Resistance. Can the spirit of our anti-imperialist Resistance, and the legacies of the communist anti-imperialists of Europe who fought and martyred in the streets in the streets in their thousands of Berlin in the late 1920s and 1930s against Hitler's hordes return in a 21st century form? No sign, but don't we increasingly desperately need it!
Collusion with Death Squads in the Muslim World
Seize the Time: Black Panther leader Bobby Seale
Beating the Fascists (communist street wars against fascism in Germany)
Settlers: Myth of the white proletariat
Our Flag Stays Red ( radical socialist grassroots organising)
Thursday, 17 March 2016
Saturday, 12 March 2016
By Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm
While snakes, fakes, fools and tools around and amongst us soft peddle or blatantly peddle the wannabe fascist ruler of the usa - donald trump - the reality is that the entire western world is becoming increasingly polarised as the imperialist crises deepens. The polarisation is most acutely taking place in the most honest of western countries when it comes to imperialist contradictions: the 'USA'.
I have seen the footage from inside the failed Trump rally in Chicago, and I have to really respect the courage and determination of the brothers and sisters who went into that pit of fascist idiots to sabotage the whole thing. They easily could have been lynched en masse, while there was a few scuffles and arrests, it was a small but great victory that joins in with many small victories over the far right such as in dover recently, the brothers who attacked and got stabbed fighting the kkk rally, and the expulsion and slaps administered to the pegida fascists in Dublin recently.
What is happening in the usa, is what many of us have been saying for decades now, and I have to thank James Stuart for educating me on these things and opening the way for a deeper understanding as to colonialism, white supremacy racism and class politics. What is taking place is a racialised class war, racialised by the colonial and now imperialist system, a oppressive racialised construct that nevertheless has been playing itself out in very real terms of centuries.
The usa was always going to go towards an increasing conflict between broadly the revolutionary forces against imperialism and racism, and then the colonial white settlers and those non-whites who have internalised that colonial settler conciousness.
While there were many liberals and Sanders supporters in the protest inside and outside of the trump rally, there were also people who are directly and foremostly impacted by oppression such as poor non-white people, immigrants etc. In this united front in the usa and broader in the west, this is the alliance we have: liberal lefts, left wingers who are historically and should be and will be led by more militant sections of this united front that is oppressed poorer social classes Black n Brown people, radical white working class socialists and anti-fascists, and then the weakest in our united front which is the upper classes and white middle classes and liberals.
The fact is that while the imperialist ruling circles in the usa and across the west want to utilise a main tool in their oppressive apparatus which is white supremacy racism to divide and divert people from uniting against the ruling circles, they also want to have the monopoly of power and control and do NOT want to lose control of their societies, hence the the ruling classes across the west are constantly playing with the fire of their own arson: they play up racialised divisions on all levels of society, and then control the fall out to maintain some law and order to as to continue making their money etc.
The new fascists have a warped and weird paranoid fantasy about the 'white genocide' and all manner of anxieties that spring from the fact that the white colonial / imperialist western world domination is nearing its end, that the billions of victims of colonialism and imperialism are sending tiny but for the west significant numbers into the west to take some crumbs from the millions of tons of loot stolen from us by genocide and rape of 500 years of colonialism and imperialism. All of this is making these freaks go nuts, but they are getting increasingly angry and will be looking to lash out. In the instance of the trump rally, the trump supporters are already demanding revenge. They have been humiliated in a major usa city, in front of many thousands of their loyalists etc.
My guess is that the usa authorities will be trying to keep a lid on this vengeful white fascism, but the genie is out of the bottle to a large extent as well, bigoted mass white hate is out to get anyone and everyone who is not responsible for the slow collapse of their society (targeting especially refugees and migrants, which is a very thin veil for attacking all Black and Asian people, and east european people are not far up from the imperialist hierarchy from Black n Asian people!).
Black and Asian people have got comfortable, but we are here in massive numbers and will never be moved, and we have and do fight off any considerably provocation. Our movement to come here and expand will not be stopped. The western white left is on its arse, as it has been for decades, much of it is joining in with the new fascist current, including self professed 'maxists' and 'socialists' who are pro-actively promoting fascists in our ranks just as they are attacking me in their typically obsessive stalky threatning manner. But the growing conflicts will continue. Black and Asian people and their white allies must hold the line and neutralise all provocations. But while in the usa there is a much more healthier radical scene developing, the rest of the west and this country will not see any serious take up of radical organising until there is somewhere in the world a real clear militant anti-imperialist socialist upsurge that can give some clarity of leadership and world-shaking example of victories.
Saturday, 5 March 2016
10 things to keep in mind If you encounter Hotep people
By Kribsoo Diallo
1. Hoteps think they are beyond reproach even when the people reproaching them are Africans and They think they know more about Africa than Africans.
2. Speaking of knowing things, here’s the thing they don’t actually know much and The kicker however is that they think they do They’ve watched tons of youtube videos from people like John Henri Clark, Runoko Rashidi, Phil Valentine, Ben-Jochannan and others on African identity and Maybe they read many of these “Afrakan” centered websites and books This is their scholarship The problem is that the people they hold in high regard are often wrong about a whole lot but they are venerated within the “conscious” community as preeminent scholars on Africa. It’s a very insular community and it becomes an echo chamber without checks and balances and what you get is massive group think.
3. Most of the Hoteps scholars study are not continental Africans and If they have studied African historians beyond someone like maybe Cheikh Anta Diop then I’d be surprised and There is a lot of pseudoscience babble in their research and here’s the thing and when you think these are the go to voices on African history then it should come as little surprise that this revisionist nonsense becomes near and dear to the hearts of the ankhs who swallowed it all This is their truth This information “awakened” them.
4. By default there is a patronizing and paternalistic tone “conscious” ankh types take when addressing Africans and they think they have unlocked the truth on African identity, history and faith/spiritual systems and Africans are just these lost people who have been swallowed up by Abrahamic faith systems and colonialism from the white man and Arabs and they have the answers, knowledge and truth. That’s offensive in many ways but what it boils down to is western exceptionalism. The rescuing and maintaining of “Afrakan” ways of life is to be done by people who probably haven’t stepped one foot on the continent, yet somehow know more than the Africans themselves and how does that work?
5. Hoteps are very literal. It’s always religions destroyed “Afrikan” spirituality. They live in a very black and white world. A world where the idea of syncretic faith systems or duality as a concept is lost on them and they would know about these practices if they actually shut up for once and spoke to Africans to learn a thing or two.
6. Hoteps do not respect the autonomy and agency of Africans. I’ll say it again Hoteps do not respect the autonomy and agency of Africans and If they did they would listen to Africans. In fact if they did, then continental African scholars would be centered in their movements. It’s quite weird to practice Pan-Africanism yet be completely dismissive of African people.
7. Pan-Africanism that dismisses African voices is what exactly? Well for one thing you’re likely to spell Africa as Afraka because based on your “studies” mired in pseudo-scientific research, you’ve come to understand that this is how things were and it’s a path to liberation and freedom to spell it as Afraka or whatever alternate spellings exist and they really believe this too. Revolution by spelling Africa with a K. The joke writes itself.
8. Hoteps discount actual African languages, spellings and writing systems. For instance, the people in what is now Southeastern Nigeria were not spelling “Afrika” in Nsibidi and did not refer to themselves as Afrikans and does your average ankh even know what Nsibidi is? What is Afraka to our ancestors in Southeastern Nigeria? Absolutely nothing but ankhs will use their kemetic pseudoscience and understanding/spelling of “Afrika” to blanket the entire continent as Afrikans.
9. You’re not going to have a sensible conversation with someone with a degree in watching youtube videos who thinks spelling Africa as “Afrika” actually does something. Save yourself the aggravation just point and laugh. No clear thinking person (especially Africans) takes them seriously.
10- "Although it is a commonplace for Hotep People who oppose socialism cause it's foreign ideology to claim that Karl Marx ignored racism, Marx in fact described the processes that created modern racism and his explanation of the rise of capitalism placed the African slave trade, the European extermination of indigenous people in the Americas and colonialism at its heart. In Capital, Marx writes: "The discovery of gold and silver in America, the extirpation, enslavement and entombment in mines of the indigenous population of the continent, the beginnings of the conquest and plunder of India, and the conversion of Africa into a preserve for the commercial hunting of black skins are all things that characterize the dawn of the era of capitalist production"
These fragments of Marx's writing give us a good start in understanding the Marxist explanation of the origins of racism. As the Trinidadian historian of slavery Eric Williams put it: "Slavery was not born of racism: rather, racism was the consequence of slavery." And, one should add, the consequence of modern slavery at the dawn of capitalism. While slavery existed as an economic system for thousands of years before the conquest of America, racism as we understand it today did not exist.
And Karl Marx also, explained:
The slave trade lasted for a little more than 400 years, from the mid-1400s, when the Portuguese made their first voyages down the African coast, to the abolition of slavery in Brazil in 1888.
Slave traders took as many as 12 million Africans by force to work on the plantations in South America, the Caribbean and North America. About 13 percent of slaves (1.5 million) died during the Middle Passage--the trip by boat from Africa to the New World. The African slave trade--involving African slave merchants, European slavers and New World planters in the traffic in human cargo--represented the greatest forced population transfer ever.
The charge that Africans "sold their own people" into slavery has become a standard canard against "politically correct" history that condemns the European role in the African slave trade. The first encounters of the Spanish and Portuguese, and later the English, with African kingdoms revolved around trade in goods. Only after the Europeans established New World plantations requiring huge labor gangs did the slave trade begin.
Onboard Africans were restricted in their movements so that they wouldn't combine to mutiny on the ship. In many slave ships, slaves were chained down, stacked like firewood with less than a foot between them. On the plantations, slaves were subjected to a regimen of 18-hour workdays. All members of slave families were set to work. Since the New World tobacco and sugar plantations operated nearly like factories, men, women and children were assigned tasks, from the fields to the processing mills.
Slaves were denied any rights. Throughout the colonies in the Caribbean to North America, laws were passed establishing a variety of common practices: Slaves were forbidden to carry weapons, they could marry only with the owner's permission, and their families could be broken up. They were forbidden to own property. Masters allowed slaves to cultivate vegetables and chickens, so the master wouldn't have to attend to their food needs. But they were forbidden even to sell for profit the products of their own gardens.
Some colonies encouraged religious instruction among slaves, but all of them made clear that a slave's conversion to Christianity didn't change their status as slaves. Other colonies discouraged religious instruction, especially when it became clear to the planters that church meetings were one of the chief ways that slaves planned conspiracies and revolts. It goes without saying that slaves had no political or civil rights, with no right to an education, to serve on juries, to vote or to run for public office.
The planters instituted barbaric regimes of repression to prevent any slave revolts. Slave catchers using tracker dogs would hunt down any slaves who tried to escape the plantation. The penalties for any form of slave resistance were extreme and deadly. One description of the penalties slaves faced in Barbados reports that rebellious slaves would be punished by "nailing them down on the ground with crooked sticks on every Limb, and then applying the Fire by degrees from Feet and Hands, burning them gradually up to the Head, whereby their pains are extravagant." Barbados planters could claim a reimbursement from the government of 25 pounds per slave executed.
The African slave trade helped to shape a wide variety of societies from modern Argentina to Canada. These differed in their use of slaves, the harshness of the regime imposed on slaves, and the degree of mixing of the races that custom and law permitted. But none of these became as virulently racist--insisting on racial separation and a strict color bars the English North American colonies that became the United State"
What I’m doing is asserting myself against people like who police African people and their identities the People who dive into our lives, our spaces and our conversations with their unsolicited opinions on our identities and who we are.
I’m talking about those Hotep Ankh people, I’ve been tolerant and patient for years but enough is enough, we as Africans have to pushback against people inaccurately using our ancestral customs and traditions. We have to pushback against people who spread misinformation about us, our customs and our identities. If we don’t, then who will?
Their garbage becomes the truth and if one looks around tumblr and social media it’s clear that this garbage is gaining traction. In addition these conscious Afrakan keep centering themselves in conversations about Africa and how does that work? If African voices aren’t centered in conversations on Africa, African cultures and traditions, then what the kind of conversation are you actually having? What are you talking about if people from the cultures you are adorning yourself with are dismissed and talked down to in a paternalistic manner? Their arrogance makes them think they know more about us than us. It is bizarre. It’s no different than Gaijin who watch anime, read manga and listen to J-pop who think they are now one with Japan. Except it’s not just a country like in the case of Japan, they are doing it with an entire continent and they keep multiplying and they keep spreading their nonsense and these guys build a following because a lot of impressionable people who are not African think what they are saying is knowledgeable.
When you’re coming with an empty slate, it probably does sound knowledgeable. Almost everyone who follows these “Afrakans” around are not Africans. Isn’t it interesting how that works? Do you think that’s a coincidence? Whenever there’s a symposium or get together of these “Afrikans” the one constant is the dearth of continental Africans with them and these people are infinitely unaware and the scary part is that they don’t know that they are and they will never know it because of their wild arrogance and dismissal towards Africans who know more than them about African identity. I’m not really concerned about these jokers in the grand scheme of things because they tend to fizzle out in time and you can only hold up tons of bullshit for so long before the weight makes your knees buckle.
What is worrying is that they always get a large and loyal following of young people who imbibe their nonsense and a large and loyal following that will in turn challenge African people about their identities like they are the authorities on it and not the Africans themselves and this happens because some joker on the internet started talking about “Afrikans” and it sounded right to them because they have no foundation to begin with.
No one teaches them about the vast and diverse continent of Africa and African people so whatever they hear becomes the default truth. Why they always hear nonsense first is a mystery. Why they always want to hear about Africa from non-Africans is also another mystery and figure that one out for yourself.
It doesn’t matter where in Africa the terminolgy, words or phrases come from and you don’t have to make a lick of sense. You can have Yoruba and Swahili in the same sentence. Why not? No one will question you. Only Africans that no one ever bothers to listen to will be able to tell that you’re full of shit. Why listen to them when you can listen to someone who thinks spelling Africa with a K is revolutionary? Just say things like Uhuru, Ase, Obatala, Shango, Harambe, Ogun, and Zulu! African people are tired of this crap. Leave us and our things alone and stop turning our ancestral traditions into nonsense.
Kribsoo Diallo can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Some Problematics of Afrocentrism and the United Front against Colonialism & Imperialism
An Introduction, by Sukant Chandan editor of Sons of Malcolm
I was sent this article above by comrade-brother Kribsoo Diallo, a Nubian comrade from Egypt whose comments over the years I respect. Having read through the draft of the article published above, I reflected that while I must publish this piece as it has been submitted to Sons of Malcolm respected brother, I am also cognisant of the problematics of raising the critique in the correct and most constructive manner. We are in an on-going inter-generational self-defensive war of liberation against colonialism and imperialism. Imperialist oppression constructs a hierarchy of oppression onto us that must be rejected and countered while at the same time through counter opposing imperialism we must seek the maximum unity of all oppressed peoples as one section of our peoples liberation is interdependent on another. This in my humble opinion, is the central strategy to employ, as has been employed by all our liberation movements.
At the same time, as imperialism goes into a clearly deeper crises, week by week, month by month, this deepening crisis is reflected amongst all western masses whereby we are seeing the development of all kinds of reactionary ideas and movements as responses to this crises, and also in a few places an upsurge of anti-imperialist struggle. The upsurge in the 'West' is seen mostly in the rise or re-rise of radical Black liberation politics and initiatives in the 'USA'. In these circles there is a growing contradiction between different forces, between liberals, separatists, socialists and many others. One growing contradiction is between those who are called Afrocentrists and those who claim that political self title (called disparagingly 'Hoteps' in the piece above) and the more socialist-oriented Black radicals / socialists / Pan-Africanists and anti-imperialists.
While Afican socialists / Pan-Africanists / Black radical leftists have taken up the tasks of the new wave of the Black liberation movement, the Afrocentrists with their conservative colonial ideas to gender, sexuality, women's liberation, petty capitalist orientation, essentialised and racialised divisiveness, lack of socialistic solutions for the Black and Brown working and poorer classes: all of this is a developing contradiction between these two contending forces in the same broad Black radical camp. These differences will and are continuing to develop, considering which perhaps there should be more constructive public debates as to these issues?
There is nothing wrong with 'centring' a world view and liberation framework on Africa and Africans, actually it would be positive. But the many criticisms of Afrocentrics and Afrocentrism often centres around the problematics of this internalising colonial and imperialist perceptions, projections and prejudices onto Africa and African people and their quest for liberation. These problematics are complex and multifaceted.
I believe in the strategy and framework and ethics of those who have actually delivered liberation for our peoples and homelands against colonialism and imperialism, such as Mao, Nkrumah, Nehru, Nasser, Mugabe, Ben Bella and Boumidienne, Gaddafi, Lenin, Kim Il Sung, Cabral, Sankara, Neto, Nujoma, Machel, Castro and many many others. In trying to develop a united front against imperialism, we find that there are many in radical circles who are against maximum unity and those who in principle want to divide our peoples into smaller and smaller circles. While there are many problems between clans, tribes, regions, religions, continents, countries, nations etc, there have been and continue to be those vested in working through these colonial and imperialist driven divisions to unite and liberate. However, many Afrocentrists like others who internalise coloniality and project it as 'radical' essentialise (generalise) North Africans, Christians/Christianity, Muslims/Islam, Asians, and they essentialise Africans below the Sahel/Sahara themselves. This does not help anyone or anything but imperialism, and it defeintely does not respect or give support to the liberation of African peoples. To give one example, Robert Mugabe is a Catholic (as was Hugo Chavez), but they do not see any natural contradiction between their faith and their radical anti-imperialist socialist ideology and practice. But others would literally campaign against and denounce this faith amongst African people. While all reactionary pro-imperialist interpretations of all faiths and belief systems should be critiqued, a total out of hand dismissal of such is not correct.
While Mugabe has always sought primary global unity and respect from China, as have others such as Nujoma, Machel, Nyerere and others, many Afrocentrists consider China a 'new colonialism' in Africa, and many even are campaigning against it as a bigger threat to Africa, while the actual leaders of African liberation such as Mugabe and the SADC / Frontline nations leadership consider it Africa's most important global ally. Either western-based Afrocetrists who espouse a line that fits perfectly with Western foreign policy are correct, or the African liberators of the African people on the continent are correct.
I advocated and continue to do so in the interests of all people who were and continue to be oppressed in Libya since the destruction of that leading radical African country by Nato and their allied supremacist death squads in 2011. Nato utilised lighter skinned Africans and people from the Middle East to conduct their ground operations led by Nato's military covert forces. One of their central acts was the mass persecution of all anti-Nato revolutionaries including the targeting of darker skinned Libyans and darker skinned non-Libyan Africans, an act that was given total white washed cover by the entire Western mainstream press and much of the western liberal and radical circles. I campaigned against this white supremacist violent role, and said there is a problem of internalised colonial hatred of some people in North Africa against darker skinned people. For this I was applauded and cheered on by many Afrocentrists. However, to date none of them have since 2011 been consistent in doing anything to campaign for justice of all the victims of Nato and their death squads, no solidarity or campaigning in defence of Black Libyans.
For example, the only darker skinned town in the entire North Africa was the town of Tawergha in Libya which had nearly 40,000 residents. It is no more, the residents are killed, raped, looted and scattered across the country and further afield. Despite my pleading for people to develop justice campaigns for these people, despite holding many an event about these issues for five years now, none of the Afrocentrists who were so delighted by the denunciation of some of the North Africa and Middle Eastern people supporting and playing the lynching troops for Nato have supported or conducted any on-going campaign. This experience gives one the feeling that some people had an agenda to use whatever material to attack North Africans and Muslims from the Middle East, utilise the Libyan issue to essentialise them, patronise the Nato and allied victims of darker skinned people, but then to date do next to nothing to actually work for justice and liberation of the attacked peoples. The reality is that despite the dearth of support to Libyans who have been persecuted, Libyans, darker skinned and lighter skinned and every shade in between are united in a struggle for justice against Nato, against death squads, and for the return to unity and liberation of Libya. This should be supported. Why are the Afrocentrists nowhere to be seen in this endeavour despite the noise they made on social media in 2011?
To close this introduction: one shouldn't do what many Afrocentrists do: throw the baby out with the bath water. ie., there is something to be positively learnt from some Afrocentrists. The New Afrikan radicals in the 'USA' have many interesting things to say. Robert F Williams and the Republic of New Afrika are leading and respected people and organisations for the liberation movement. The infamous Maulana Karenga and his camp have interesting things to say. Are they the forces, ideologies and allied to the actual African liberation on the continent? No. Didn't Malcolm X say that we have to be led by and learn at the feet of the actual liberation movements and leaderships across the world and African diaspora in the 'west' should especially learn from African leaderships who are delivering liberation? Yes. Should Malcolm X's father who was a radical but a Christian preacher be respected? Yes. Should Malcolm X himself who was greatly influenced by Islam and the Muslim world be respected as such and not denounced as associating with Islam and Muslims? Yes.
These are some of the issues that we are faced with. These are some of the issues that the new generations of Black and Brown youth who are entering this confusing and befuddling radical circles will encounter on their journey to sharpening their revolutionary minds that informs their practice. Perhaps the best we can do is start with the actual communities, ideologies, organisations and leaderships that have delivered concrete steps towards liberation and critically compare with that? Whatever the case, struggle is a science, and despite however much confusion that is created as the crises deepens, somewhere out of the mess more effective forms of struggle and ideology always emerge. Whatever can be done in that endeavour should be done.
- Pan-African socialism and anti-imperialists writings
- Walter Rodney
- How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, Walter Rodney
- Towards the African Revolution, Frantz Fanon
- Mao Tse Tung, Selected Works
- Afrocentrism: mythical pasts and imagined homes (Verso, Howe, Stephen, 1998)
Tuesday, 1 March 2016
By Roshan Kissoon
O inhabitants of the West, God's world is not a shop!
What you consider genuine, will be regarded as counterfeit
You civilization will commit suicide with its own dagger
The nest built on the weak branch will not be stable
(Allama Muhammad Iqbal – Bang-i-Dara -1907)
"Black and Asian people should come here in hundreds of millions. It's not right that for 500 years Imperialism has looted our countries of all our wealth, has destroyed our countries. We will come here, we have been coming here, and we will continue to come here in hundreds of millions until, indeed, Gaddafi said, Europe will turn Black. That's a long process. But when we come here, we contribute to the economy, we contribute to Anti-Imperialism and we will contribute to the ongoing liberation of our people but also the indigenous white people of Europe as well. Come here in greater numbers, there is nothing wrong with that. And anyone who is saying, any kind of hint of essentialisation, that these refugees are “destabilising” Europe, or they're somehow not compatible with Europeanness, it's a nonsense. It's the New Fascism. This is the new danger that's in front of our nose that we must defeat."
The comments above were made by Sukant Chandan, on 19 February 2016, on Russia Today's flagship Crosstalk program; these comments have led to death threats made online by various fascists and white nationalists. However, let us cool down, and with a calm head, look at what was stated and what is so controversial.
What is the civilisation of the West? We could choose a number of different terms, drawing perhaps on Marxist-Leninist theory, but let us consider a less well known term – the robber civilisation of the West.
The term 'robber civilisation' was used by Rabindranath Tagore and Malcolm X, seemingly independently of each other; one an aristocratic Indian who won the Nobel prize, the other an African American who came to understand himself and the situation of his people in prison.
It cannot be an accident that this term was used by both, independently of each other. Indeed, it seems that both Malcolm X and Rabindranath Tagore used this term as it was the only term that fits the reality and experience of their people- the West is a robber civilisation from the point of view of its victims. Nothing can disguise this fact.
What is the Anglosphere? The UK and its colonial settler colonies of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States; White Europeans are not native to those parts of the world, but migrated to those territories and ethnically cleansed the native populations. The Caribbean was also ethnically cleansed of its natives by Europeans, who then brought slaves from Africa and indentured labourers from China and India to work on plantations. The wealth of the United States is built on the labour of slaves, as is that of the United Kingdom. Does anyone deny this? Or do they rather prefer to not talk about it and hide the facts?
Although the European powers were driven out of Africa and Asia in the 20th century, nonetheless, they did not give up their colonial robbery; rather it continued under the leadership of the United States of America. It continues today, with the IMF, the World Bank, NGOs, the UN and the whole package known as 'neo-colonialism', backed up in the end by NATO.
The migrant crisis is caused by the Western powers looking to dominate parts of the world they have no right to dominate. This is what is causing the millions of immigrants to come to the West, and the more the Western powers continue, the more and more immigrants will come to the West until, indeed, Europe will turn black– the First world will be swallowed up by the Third world.
Colonel Gaddafi warned the Western leaders of this, but they did not listen to him; they instigated his murder and the robbery and destruction of Libya - Western civilisation is bringing on itself its own destruction.
For instance, the UK uses Nepali Gurkha mercenaries in its army - using one impoverished people to kill and subdue another – however, to do this in the 21th century, the Gurkha mercenaries must have the right to immigrate to the UK and to British citizenship. This also is a process of Europe turning black.
Neither I nor Sukant Chandan are responsible for this, neither are 'the Jews' nor Freemasons nor 'cultural Marxists' nor anyone else apart from the leaders of the imperialist countries themselves. The process is inevitable.
Further, if one has eyes to see, then let them see: the ruling class of the Western countries, like others before in history, has become decadent; their cycle has reached its end point:
Thus, he ruins the foundations his ancestors had laid and tears down what they had built up. In this stage, the dynasty is seized by senility and the chronic disease from which it can hardly ever rid itself, for which it can find no cure, and, eventually, it is destroyed. (Ibn Khaldun – Muqaddimah )
Fascists and white nationalists deny colonialism, deny imperialism, deny history and blame it all on 'the Jews'. But they cannot really stop this process, as if there was any attempt to deport all the immigrant descended populations of Western Europe by force, then there would be civil war. Whatever the outcome, the West would collapse as an advanced civilisation, its economy would collapse, the financial centres would move to somewhere else; the West would be in the same situation that it has left Asia and Africa: “Your civilisation will commit suicide with its own dagger.”
1. (Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406), Muqaddimah ), trans. Frank Rosenthal, 15. The stages of dynasties. How the desert attitude differs among the people in the different stage.