|—||James Baldwin, 1979 (via disciplesofmalcolm)|
once upon a time, in Japan…. *white characters*
this takes place in Africa… *white characters*
our story starts in the Middle East… *white characters*
Long ago in Europe… *white characters* “for historical accuracy”
Omarosa Manigault on Bethenny Frankel show.
Reblog, every single time.
That shit blew my mind and made understanding cultural appropriation way clearer for me.
The principal contradiction in a colonial context is the contradiction between colonizer and colonized. Focusing on the universal contradiction between proletariat and bourgeoisie, and failing to understand how it is mediated between the principal and colonial contradiction, is one of Fanon’s key insights regarding colonialism. In the settler-colonialisms that Fanon was observing, the colonizer working class was often dependent on colonialism and were thus more likely to collaborate with colonial-capitalism than to become a revolutionary force:
"It cannot be too strongly stressed that in the colonial territories the proletariat is the nucleus of the colonized population which has been pampered by the colonial regime. The embryonic proletariat of the towns is in a comparatively privileged position. In capitalist countries, the working class has nothing to lose; it is they who in the long run have everything to gain. In the colonial countries the working class has everything to lose; in reality it represents that fraction of the colonized nation which is necessary and irreplaceable if the colonial machine is to run smoothly… It is these elements which constitute the most faithful followers of the nationalist arties, and who because of their privileged place which they hold in the colonial system constitute also the “bourgeois” fraction of the colonized people."
I am reminded here of those dogmatic Marxists who often appear at talks on the issue of Palestine to criticize the presenters for not focusing on “the class struggle.” Usually these people claim that the only solution to the colonial contradiction is for the proletariat of the colonizer and the proletariat of the colonized to “unite” against the colonizer and colonized capitalists. The fact that the capitalism in the colonial context is dependent on the maintenance of colonialism, however, means that the contradiction between colonizer and colonized is primary.
In 1923, Rosewood was a primarily Black town in Florida. One day a White woman living in a nearby town had been beaten and robbed. Afraid they would find the real attacker who was her husband, she told police and her town residents that it was a Black man. Immediately a mob of White men and women took to the streets to find the so called attacker. The first Black Man they ran into was Sam Carter. He was tortured relentlessly until he admitted to participating in the White woman’s attack. After being forced to admit something he did not do, they shot him in the head in front of his wife. This was not enough and they continued their reign of terror. The mob traveled across town killing and burning down any and everything they saw in their sight. They burned houses, stores, and almost all the BLACK CHURCHES. Eventually the Black town residents had enough and they began to fight back but this did not amount to much because the Mob had grown too big. The most disturbing event of the entire standoff was the murder of a 4 year old Black girl. As the little girl lay over her mother’s dead body crying, two members of the white mob grabbed her by her ankles and threw her into a nearby burning building. Days later after the town was deserted and things calmed down, the mob returned to check for survivors and burn anything else they had missed. The Rosewood Massacre is something that is rarely spoken of these days. Over 150 Black Residents were killed; many of their bodies found hanging from trees. Very few of the Black Residents managed to escape and others would never return to the land they had spent their whole lives developing. White people have committed the most atrocious acts the world could ever imagine against Black people. Don’t ever let them convince you to forget.
Written by @KingKwajo
This is what they call fun and games. Go look up the origins of the term “picnic” and then look up “gator bait.”