Has Covid-19 Initiated the Final, Fatal Crisis of Capitalism?
The Covid-19-sparkd global economic depression is “a singular event in the history of world capitalism,” said Duboisian scholar Anthony Monteiro. “It might be the crisis that so disabled the world capitalist system that it will never be the same.” What’s different from previous crises is, this time, “there is no capitalist nation that can save capitalism the way the US did after World War Two,” said Monteiro. “This is like a crisis unto death.”
Political Prisoners are the Best of Humanity: Free Them All
The Black Is Back Coalition’s upcoming national conference, August 15 and 16, will highlight the demand for freedom for all political prisoners, said Coalition chairman Omali Yeshitela. “People have been rotting in US prisons, tortured for 50 years and more,” said Yeshitela. “When we look at these human beings who went up against the greatest power on Earth to fight for our freedom, you can’t find better human beings than that, and we have to get them out of there.”
Nurturing a “Pan African Diasporic Consciousness”
The interchange of ideas and experiences among African-descended people around the world has fostered a “Pan African Diasporic Consciousness” that advances all Black struggles, said Jayne O. Ifekwunigwe, professor of African American and Diaspora Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Historically, “the encounters and exchanges that Africans had in the diaspora facilitated their political activism when they went back home,” said Ifekwunigwe. For example, famed Nigeria musician Fela Kuti’s songs “became politicized” after a Black American girlfriend gave him a copy of “The Autobiography of Malcolm X.”
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