Two Black Martyrs' Mothers Confront Black Lives Matter
Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice, the 12 year-old killed by Cleveland cops in 2014, has teamed up with Lisa Simpson, mother of Richard Risher, the 18 year-old gunned down by Los Angeles police in 2016, to demand accountability from the cash-rich Black Lives Matter organization. “Those people got $90 million, and all they did was uplift” police victims’ names, but “took care of no communities and no families.” The mothers are demanding a meeting with Patrisse Cullors and Tamika D. Mallory to address a whole range of proposals on the future of the Black liberation movement. Ms. Rice is advised by activist and academic Dr. Joy James.
Black Is Back Coalition: When Colonialism Turned on Whites, They Called it Fascism
When capitalism turns vicious in its treatment of white people’s rights, Europeans and Euro-Americans call it fascism, according to Omali Yeshitela, chairman of the Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations. But “African people live under colonial domination al the time, and this thing” whites “refer to as fascism is simply an example of how colonial capitalism is seeping into the lives and experiences of the colonizers, themselves.” The Coalition is gearing up for its yearly Electoral Campaign School, set for April 10 and 11.
Black Alliance for Peace: Fascism Born in the Colonies, Not Europe
Ajamu Baraka, the former Green Party vice presidential candidate and current national organizer for the Black Alliance for Peace – a member of the Black is Back Coalition -- says Europe must be “de-centered” from discussions of fascism. African people need to “reject the assumption that fascism was something new and unique to Europe in the early 20th century,” said Baraka. In fact, “the fascism that emerged in Europe did not break from the totalitarian logic and practice of European colonialism. Practices that were applied in the colonies” were now “applied in Europe.”
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