Malcolm X and Maya Angelou
currently rereading the autiobio—exactly exactly what i need right now
In July 1955, the Daily Worker — the newspaper of the U.S. Communist Party — put out a call for people to send birthday greetings of solidarity to Communist leader, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn.
Gurley Flynn, who would turn 65 on August 7, was then serving a three-year sentence in a federal prison after she was convicted of violating the Smith Act. The Smith Act, a vital piece of Cold War-era anticommunist witch-hunt legislation, made it illegal to be a member of the Communist Party or advocate the overthrow of the U.S. government.
Helen Keller, 75 years old and world-famous at the time, responded to the call and sent a public message of solidarity to her long-time friend and comrade, Gurley Flynn. The Daily Worker ran the story on the front page of its August 8th, 1955, issue.
Keller was involved and identified with socialist politics her entire life, and even in her old age and in times when it was downright dangerous to express even a modicum of sympathy for members of the Communist Party, Keller was not afraid to stand up publicly against political repression, bigotry, and for the cause of workers’ struggle against oppression and exploitation.
I hope you don’t mind if I answer this question in the form of a link to a relevant article:
The U.S. government lobotomized roughly 2,000 mentally ill veterans—and likely hundreds more—during and after World War II, according to a cache of forgotten memos, letters and government reports unearthed by The Wall Street Journal. Besieged by psychologically damaged troops returning from the battlefields of North Africa, Europe and the Pacific, the Veterans Administration performed the brain-altering operation on former servicemen it diagnosed as depressives, psychotics and schizophrenics, and occasionally on people identified as homosexuals.
The VA doctors considered themselves conservative in using lobotomy. Nevertheless, desperate for effective psychiatric treatments, they carried out the surgery at VA hospitals spanning the country, from Oregon to Massachusetts, Alabama to South Dakota.
The VA’s practice, described in depth here for the first time, sometimes brought veterans relief from their inner demons. Often, however, the surgery left them little more than overgrown children, unable to care for themselves. Many suffered seizures, amnesia and loss of motor skills. Some died from the operation itself.
Amazing photo features George W. Bush showing off his paintings to Hillary Clinton and others on Air Force One | SALON
While on Air Force One, heading to South Africa for Nelson Mandela’s memorial, George W. Bush apparently saw fit to share with Hillary Clinton and others some of his recent paintings — and official White House photographer Pete Souza was there to capture the moment in all its bizarre glory.
Bush, Clinton, Valerie Jarrett, Susan Rice and Eric Holder all look to be having fun …
It’s so great that all these assholes are able to muck around together on a private airplane ride paid for by the American people.
American capitalism is ruining the lives of European workers.
As European countries have tried to restore competitiveness, the decline of unions and the easing of worker protections such as restrictions on dismissals have helped “Americanize” workplaces there. One consequence has been an increase in wage disparity. In Germany, for example, the richest 10% of people earned 26% of the nation’s income in 1991; by 2010 they took in 31%. Over the same period, the proportion of the nation’s income earned by the bottom half of the population fell from 22% to 17%.
Large-scale online courses, hailed as a way to democratize higher education, have so far been plagued by very high attrition rates.
People call me a socialist sometimes. But no, you’ve got to meet real socialists. (Laughter.) You’ll have a sense of what a socialist is. (Laughter.) I’m talking about lowering the corporate tax rate. My health care reform is based on the private marketplace. The stock market is looking pretty good last time I checked.
Barack Obama, 19 November 2013, speaking at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council
There should be a White History Month in America. That way we can teach all about the things White Americans have done in history, like:
- Cherokee Trail of Tears
- Japanese American internment
- Philippine-American War
- Jim Crow
- The genocide of Native Americans
- Transatlantic slave trade
- The Middle Passage
- The history of White American racism
- Black Codes
- Slave patrols
- Ku Klux Klan
- The War on Drugs
- Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
- How white racism grew out of slavery and genocide
- How whites still benefit from slavery and genocide
- White anti-racism
- The Southern strategy
- The rape of black slave women
- Madison Grant
- The Indian Wars
- Human zoos
- How the Jews became white
- White flight
- Proposition 14
- Homestead Act
- Tulsa Riots
- Rosewood massacre
- Tuskegee Experiment
- Hollywood stereotypes
- Indian Appropriations Acts
- Immigration Act of 1924
- Sundown towns
- Chinese Exclusion Act
- Emmett Till
- Vincent Chin
- Indian boarding schools
- King Philip’s War
- Bacon’s Rebellion
- American slavery compared to Arab, Roman and Latin American slavery
- History of the gun
- History of the police
- History of prisons
- History of white suburbia
- Lincoln’s racism and anti-racism
- George Wallace
- Fox News
- Real estate steering
- School tracking
- Mass incarceration of black men
- Boston school busing riots
And so on. No fear of running out of topics: there is more than one a day! I am sure my commenters can come up with tons more, probably some big ones that are not coming to mind at the moment (I did not list slavery, the abolitionist movement, the civil war, Reconstruction or Lincoln since they are, in fact, covered in history class, however poorly).
Fuck I hate Americans
Newest issue of the revamped International Socialist Review (Winter 2013-14) now live on the website!
Upcoming articles from this issue:
Explaining gender violence in the neoliberal era
by Tithi Bhattacharya
Is there anything to defend in Political Marxism?
by Neil Davidson
Race and class in the US foster care system
by Don Lash
Interview with Victor Toro
Building the revolutionary Left in Chile : The MIR, Popular Unity, and Chile’s prerevolutionary moment
Statement of the Internationalist Workers Left (DEA)
The deepening crisis and prospects for the Left in Greece
A new perspective on antiquity’s greatest slave rebel by Paul D’Amato
The backward-looking prophet? by Brooke Horvath
We are all Troy Davis by Lily Hughes
Exploring the high moments and small mountain roads of Marxism by Paul Le Blanc
Fighting Jim Crow by Marlene Martin
Socialists and the civil rights movement by Bill Roberts
War in the Shadows by Lee Wengraf
A “post-class” vision of resistance by Jason Netek
PARIS (AP) Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai lashed out at the United States, accusing it of making threats in the dispute over an agreement to keep U.S. troops in the country beyond 2014.
In an interview published Tuesday by the French daily Le Monde, Karzai says the U.S. is ‘‘absolutely’’ acting like a colonial power in its attempts to force him to sign the bilateral security agreement by the end of this year. The paper quoted him as saying: ‘‘The threats they are making, ‘We won’t pay salaries, we’ll drive you into a civil war.’ These are threats.’’
"The proposed accord would allow the U.S. to keep up to nine military bases in Afghanistan—and mandate that it fund the Afghan government’s security forces through at least 2024.
"It also allows for the presence of an indefinite number of foreign troops, though Karzai claims the number will be some 15,000 soldiers, the majority of them from the U.S. U.S. troops and contractors working with the Defense Department would be allowed to enter the country without having to obtain passports or visas.
"U.S. troops will be able to engage in combat operations in "mutually agreed" circumstances, including giving support to Afghan forces. Under the agreement, U.S. soldiers are exempt from civil or criminal complaints under Afghan law—jurisdiction will lie solely with the U.S., which has never allowed its own soldiers to face charges in Afghanistan for the killing of Afghan civilians."
ExxonMobil, Walmart, and McDonald’s are just a few of the companies that the mega-charity supports.
With an endowment larger than all but four of the world’s largest hedge funds, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is easily one of the most powerful charities in the world. According to its website, the organization “works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives.” So how do the investments of the foundation’s $36 billion investing arm, the Gates Foundation Trust, match up to its mission? We dug into the group’s recently released 2012 tax returns to find out.