I am in Berlin germany for 2 weeks right now for the 6th annual Zine Fest Berlin, which I co-founded in 2011 and am so glad to see it continue after the 4 years I spent in building it to be an international institution of DIY zine culture. I am excited to table for the Uhuru Solidarity Movement and speak to white europeans in the belly of the beast about our history as colonizers and what our role can be to overturn our parasitic contradictions by joining the African revolution, working under the leadership of working-class African people for reparations.
I acknowledge that this distro is not a high priority in my life anymore and is basically over, except for large events like ZFB when I pull out everything I got. In the last months I have poured my whole heart into organizing with USM. On Oct 24th our group in Boston put on a Day in Solidarity with African People event, you can watch it here (video posted on Oct 26th, 2016.)
In the last month, my white anarchist housemate has proposed my eviction and been extremely hostile to me because I am a member of Uhuru Solidarity Movement, an anti-colonial black-power organization of white people which was created by, is accountable to and works under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP) for reparations in the white community. In a collective house meeting, he pulled the Block card to ban all members and supporters of the APSP from ever 1) being a guest in the guest room, 2) living as a housemate, and 3) holding organizing meetings. My other white anarchist housemates have failed to acknowledge the dialectical material analysis of this as political repression and a blast against free speech and autonomy, and refused to so much as revisit the ban at a later meeting– believe he has the “right” to his subjective feelings, versus the actual objective fact that he is a white man opposed to reparations and black-power leadership. Thus by default, my white anarchist housemates have sided with his stance on the ban. They are all as guilty as he is in their stance against reparations to the black community, having put a white person’s feelings above the objective fact that all white people owe reparations to African people for the centuries of trauma we have inflicted. That is euro-centric white nationalist thinking, whereas USM is African-centric and African Internationalist.
Another white anarchist housemate told me that she would not pay reparations to Black Star Industries (the black working-class economic development projects of the Uhuru Movement) because “They aren’t anarchist and I don’t believe in supporting hierarchical organizing.” This, coming from a white girl, who spends quite a lot of money on spas and weekend airplane trips around the world– which I doubt are anarchist institutions. Who the hell are white people, white anarchists no less who supposedly believe in autonomy, to tell African people that they are going about getting their liberation “wrong”? That is the definition of ideological imperialism: trying to dominate and control how a nation of colonized people thinks. She said this to me after hearing an African mother pour out her trauma of having her teenage daughter drowned and murdered by the police, and is fundraising for the campaign Black Community Control of the Police and that she can press charges against the entire police department to demand justice for her child. The contradiction in this white anarchist’s political line is laughable and a very clear example that anarchism is most often loved by white, middle- to upper-class people because it does not hold them accountable to the colonized people of the world, whose resources are hoarded in our communities. The stolen coltan from the Congo that’s trapped in the computers we use in techie jobs that give white people like her a retirement plan and African people a stump where their hand used to be which was macheted off by Belgian colonizers when they refused to work in the mines in Congo.
Since this original post I have had a mob of black-bloc white anarchists chant at me at a demo “Uhuru is a cult” and have been evicted yet again from the boston anarchist bookfair with the free literature I had on reparations and copies of the Burning Spear Newspaper, an anti-colonial paper written by poor and working-class black people around the world. When I resisted and stood my ground, I asked what they would do if I stayed. They said they would throw it in the trash. A newspaper by colonized African people, children of the enslaved– thrown into the trash by a white person whose ancestors were slavemasters! That’s what white nationaism looks like: doing things that uphold the white nation and blocking the voice of the African nation.
All of these attacks were by white people, and were never about me personally despite how aggressive and hostile– they are attacks on the black working-class to lead their own struggle. These paper tigers from the “scene” which I once used to be part of do not scare me. It only fuels my fire to destroy white power capitalism and fight for black power. As a white person in solidarity with black self-determination, I will defend the right of working-class, poor African peasants to decide for themselves how they will liberate themselves of white power colonial domination. I am a proud member of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement and no amount of slander, death threats, evictions, or cult articles from white people is going to sway my desire to completely crush white power parasitic capitalism and organize for a liberated African socialist economy and black power word, working under the brilliant African People’s Socialist Party.
The demand for Reparations by African people is not about making white people feel good and comfortable, as everything else in this society is designed for us (and created by enslaved African labor)– it is about being accountable to the hundreds of years of violence, oppression, colonialism and stolen wealth, and paying it back. The APSP organizes through the revolutionary structure of Democratic Centralism, which is what the Vietnamese people’s army used to defeat both French and US imperialism in the 1960s and liberated their people. This is something most white anarchists who are against the Uhuru Movement love to get caught up on to dismiss the entire 50 year old revolutionary black power movement in one swoop: “Not anarchist? Pass.”
The African People’s Socialist Party, as an organization of African people– people from Africa, a nation which has been colonized by white europeans for centuries— they have the self-determined right to organize their nation of people however they want to. White colonizers do not have the right to impose our ideas anymore on African people who are living under colonial domination and fighting like hell to overturn their conditions of oppression. White anarchists, shut up with your white nationalist slander against the Uhuru Movement and pay reparations. To be in solidarity with black liberation we must work under the leadership of the working-class African-led revolutionary organization, the APSP.
To all of these responses and more from the white Left, it is clear that anarchism is for white people and does not support Black Liberation and Black self-determination. When white people say they don’t support Uhuru, what they’re literally saying is, “I don’t support freedom”, because Uhuru means freedom in Swahili.
Anarchism was a response to the white experience in europe. African people and slavery were never factored into the equation of how to get liberation for “all” people. Slavery was not mentioned once in the entirety of Marx’s Communist Manifesto, and that was written during the peak of slavery. I am hereby erasing all circles around any A that I ever wrote. I am an African Internationalist, and I work under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party. You can read about my political journey to this conclusion and what the Uhuru movement is all about in this article that I made and printed into a zine, My Journey From Anarchism to African Internationalism: White Solidarity With Black Power (pdf)