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revolutionary-afrolatino:

J Edgar Hoover, Marcus Garvey, and the 1st Black FBI Agent/Informant

Marcus Garvey soon rose to the top of Hoover’s list. Federal agents, in collaboration with the New York City police, had begun to report on Garvey’s speeches as early as 1917. But as Universal Negro Improvement Association membership and the circulation of The Negro World newspaper ballooned in 1919, Hoover himself targeted Garvey.
Referring to Garvey as a “notorious negro agitator,” Hoover zealously set about to gather damaging evidence on Garvey and his growing movement. According to Kornweibel, “Hoover and the Justice Department were clearly hooked on a fixation on Garvey which would before long become a vendetta.”

hmph, the early days of COINTELPRO…
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revolutionary-afrolatino:

J Edgar Hoover, Marcus Garvey, and the 1st Black FBI Agent/Informant

Marcus Garvey soon rose to the top of Hoover’s list. Federal agents, in collaboration with the New York City police, had begun to report on Garvey’s speeches as early as 1917. But as Universal Negro Improvement Association membership and the circulation of The Negro World newspaper ballooned in 1919, Hoover himself targeted Garvey.

Referring to Garvey as a “notorious negro agitator,” Hoover zealously set about to gather damaging evidence on Garvey and his growing movement. According to Kornweibel, “Hoover and the Justice Department were clearly hooked on a fixation on Garvey which would before long become a vendetta.”

hmph, the early days of COINTELPRO…

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god damn all roosevelts

jp morgan

ken burns is not shying away from pointing out that fdr was considered a class traitor by the upper class for the new deal

like jp morgan got into it with teddy roosevelt over monopolies - there was another titan quoted the other night saying that business will be run by those barons to whom god had granted fiscal sovereignty, and not the rabble rousing union reps - and here’s fdr trying to bail out the starving masses, and the romneys of the 30s are openly calling him a monster

nothing has changed

Dyer was also concerned about the continued high rate of lynchings in the South and the failure of local and state authorities to prosecute them. The lynchings were Southern whites’ extrajudicial efforts to maintain social control and white supremacy, after gaining disfranchisement of most blacks through discriminatory voter registration and electoral rules, and imposing segregation, and Jim Crow laws on the black population in the late 19th and early 20th century.[1] Maintaining white supremacy in economic affairs played a part as well.[2]

Republican President Warren G. Harding announced his support for Dyer’s bill during a speaking engagement in Birmingham, Alabama. Although the bill was quickly passed by a large majority in the House of Representatives, it was prevented from coming to a vote in 1922, in 1923 and once more in 1924 in the Senate, due to filibusters by the white Southern Democratic block. The Democrats exerted one-party rule into the 1960s throughout most of the South.

The bill classified lynching as a federal felony, which would have allowed the United States to prosecute cases.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyer_Anti-Lynching_Bill

ken burns was just talking about how there were attempts to pass an anti-lynching bill under fdr which were opposed bc it was a violation of state’s rights

//making lynching a federal crime was a violation of state’s rights//

white supremacy is a hell of a drug

stormingtheivory:

change.org just sent me a petition to demand that the US name a warship after Harvey Milk and if that isn’t the most succinct example of the way queer advocacy has been coopted by neoliberalism and the military-industrial complex, bless me I don’t know what is.

If white American entitlement meant anything, it meant that no matter how patronizing, unashamed, deliberate, unintentional, poor, rich, rural, urban, ignorant, and destructive white Americans were, black Americans were still encouraged to work for them, write to them, listen to them, talk to them, run from them, emulate them, teach them, dodge them, and ultimately thank them for not being as fucked up as they could be.

From “Our Kind of Ridiculous” in How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America by Kiese Laymon (via wheretruthechoes)

Gawker link

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ecklecticsoul:

{Strolling Series by Cecile Emeke}

Sexism,Patriarchy,Racism and Colonialsm.Full Discourse

Collectively [Bengali immigrants to the US in the 1900s-1940s] used Americans’ confusion over their “race” to their advantage, developing a fluid and contextual approach to their identity. They were “white” when they attempted to claim citizenship, “Hindoo” when selling exotic goods, “black” or “Porto Rican” when disappearing into U.S. cities or actively attempting to evade the immigration authorities. They were “Indios” on the streets of Spanish Harlem, and their Puerto Rican and African American wives were “East Indian” when they ran their Oriental gift shops or greeted customers in their restaurants.

Vivek Bald, Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America

The book documents the first wave of migration for South Asians into the US, from the late 1800s up till around the 1940s. They were predominantly Bengali and tended to be based in two main hubs: New Orleans (clothesmakers and purveyors of related goods) and New York (sailors and shipworkers). They built families and communities with the local African-American and Latin@ communities, with a lot of intermarriages. During that time there was a huge fad for all things “Oriental”, which they capitalised on.

One thing that really fascinated me about the book was how the existence of these immigrants really confounded US race relations, especially during the heights of the Jim Crow era. They weren’t black, but they weren’t really white either - what the fuck were they? Their race was recorded as all sorts of things: White, Black, Coloured, Hindoo, Turkish, Malay (that last one makes me laugh out of personal irony).

As the quote demonstrates, they - and not just them either, but the communities around them - used that racial ambiguity for various means. At one point some South Asian activists tried to use the fact that they were Caucasian (the Caucus regions also covered a lot of South Asia) to prove that they were White and therefore should have citizenship/residency reinstated (this was during a time where the US gov was taking away citizenship from particular groups of people). Some others worked in solidarity with Black activists to assert their own rights. Some Black people called themselves “Hindoo” and appropriated South Asian culture, reinventing their identities as being from some “exotic Oriental land” peddling carpets and garments as a way to protect themselves from anti-Black laws.

The children of these immigrants, almost all of whom are part Black or part Latin@, talked about how their racial identities are similarly ambiguous depending on context. One of the interviewees, whose dad is Bengali and whose mum is Puerto Rican, talked about how he’d be Puerto Rican through and through when hanging out with his maternal cousins, but then he’d go to meet his dad’s friends and be totally Bengali.

There’s a lot in there about managing multiple cultures, involvements in activism, how the immigrants built support networks for future waves of immigration, how they coped with Partition and the Liberation War (making a lot of them effectively “stateless” since their origin city had changed hands multiple times), how they were integrated, assimilated, and eventually forgotten - until now.

I really really recommend reading the book if you want to know more about race relations in the US from a perspective that doesn’t get heard about much, and how diasporas create their own supports.

Being Bengali myself I sometimes wonder if migration, liminality, and transience are things that exist in our blood - generations of people moving around, having our own borders constantly rebuilt and destroyed and redefined, confounding others wherever we go. My entire family tree are all migrants and travellers, probably for generations, even before any of them reached the Subcontinent. I’m probably related to some of these US immigrants. It’s interesting and ironic how it’s taken me 29 years and moving across the world to find anyone who has a connection to that amorphous concept of home.

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xtremecaffeine:

the-goddamazon:

thinksquad:

Details of the administration’s $500 million plan to train and equip Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State began to surface Friday when Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby outlined the goals that U.S. military planners expected to achieve.

Congress has to approve the Obama administration’s request for the funding before military personnel could proceed with their training plan.

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/sep/13/us-train-5000-syrian-rebels-fight-militants/#ixzz3DE4jSExi

I smell an ulterior motive.

What’s in it for the U.S.?

Well 20 years from now, y’all will be able to invade Syria because it’s in danger from these incredibly well-trained, well-supplied militias

couple years ago mccain thought we should arm the rebels aka isis

shopcoletteclayton:

Cudjoe Kazoola Lewis was the last known surviving African slave to have been forcibly transported across the Atlantic to America. He was bought in 1860 for just $50 in what was then the West African kingdom of Dahomey - now the Republic of Benin - and brought to the port of Mobile aboard the slave-ship Clotilde. He was freed at the end of the Civil War and elected to remain in Alabama. He died in 1935 in what is now the suburban Mobile neighborhood of Prichard, aged about 94.
Zora Neale Hurston, interviewed him several times before his death. She also recorded short movie footage of him - which is the only existing moving footage that exist of a slave brought directly from African soil during the transatlantic slave trade. 
oh…. Kazoola was his African name (native name from takon, Benin republic…not to be confused with Benin Kingdom in Nigeria), before they renamed him Cudjoe Lewis….(you know tobey/kuntakinte ish). 

shopcoletteclayton:

Cudjoe Kazoola Lewis was the last known surviving African slave to have been forcibly transported across the Atlantic to America. He was bought in 1860 for just $50 in what was then the West African kingdom of Dahomey - now the Republic of Benin - and brought to the port of Mobile aboard the slave-ship Clotilde. He was freed at the end of the Civil War and elected to remain in Alabama. He died in 1935 in what is now the suburban Mobile neighborhood of Prichard, aged about 94.

Zora Neale Hurston, interviewed him several times before his death. She also recorded short movie footage of him - which is the only existing moving footage that exist of a slave brought directly from African soil during the transatlantic slave trade. 

oh…. Kazoola was his African name (native name from takon, Benin republic…not to be confused with Benin Kingdom in Nigeria), before they renamed him Cudjoe Lewis….(you know tobey/kuntakinte ish). 

murderwhitepeople:

During my time on tumblr I’ve received a not insubstantial amount of hate.

My detractors have been varied; I’ve had trans white people, white women, white people in their teens, white people in their late 20s/early 30s and so so many others.

But regardless of their education, religion, age, profession, or anything else, there has been one single overarching theme.

There is a perpetual hatred for blackness.

I’m not even black, I’m an ethnic Kashmiri, Pakistani dude but as soon as white people see my url, they immediately think ‘murderblackpeople’ and they storm into my inbox threatening it.

White hatred for blackness is an amazing uniting force for white people. It transcends all social, economic, cultural, and national barriers. White people from California to New York to London to Sydney who see my url, come into my inbox and chime in to just confirm to me that they hate black people and that black people are still the primary targets of their bigotry.

White hatred for blackness is surpassed in remarkability only by how disgusting and pervasive it is.

realness

morivan:

My dream for the 2016 presidential election is not having to choose which human rights I’m feeling like compromising on.