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Tyre Nichols and America’s Systemic Failure

Peniel E. Joseph Boston Globe
Proposed reforms at the federal level would not have saved the life of Tyre Nichols. Only the fundamental transformation of systems of punishment that have been normalized in American society and culture can do that.

Why I Keep Coming Back to Reconstruction

Jamelle Bouie New York Times
Du Bois’s mode of analysis in "Black Reconstruction" can help us look past so much of the ephemera of our politics to focus on the roles of power, privilege and, most important, capital in shaping our political order and structuring our conflicts.

W. E. B. Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction Is Essential Reading

Jeff Goodwin Jacobin
W. E. B. Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction in America is one of the greatest modern studies of revolution and counterrevolution. It’s also an extraordinary example of a materialist and class analysis of race under capitalism.

W.E.B. DuBois’ Abolition Democracy

Gerald Horne The Nation
What distinguished DuBois' close study of slavery and Reconstruction (and does so even today) was its Marxism. Black Reconstruction was his first extended effort to shine Marxism’s sweeping floodlight on the tortured history of his homeland.

A New Civil Rights Movement, a New Journal

Geoffrey Jacques jstor
Freedomways, the African American journal of politics and culture chronicled the civil rights and Black freedom movements starting in the early 1960s.

Black America: Beyond 1968 This Time

Max Elbaum Organizing Upgrade
NYPD at recent demonstrations Loot the labor and very being of people of African descent. When they rise in response, resist, and give as little as possible. Then wait for things to “calm down” and take back as much as possible.

Du Bois and the Jefferson School of Social Science

Denise Lynn Marxist Sociology Blog
At the Jefferson School students were expected to study Marxism and to take that education into the street in mass actions including protests, and political organizing. This mission resonated with Du Bois’ goal to create inter-racial solidarity.

Prologue to Greatness: W.E.B. Du Bois and Great Barrington

David Levering Lewis Portside
Du Bois biographer David Levering Lewis delivered a speech during the Du Bois 150th Birthday Celebration. Du Bois at age 95 was more radically unorthodox than virtually any other engaged intellectual of the 20th century. The real problem was really the manipulation of race in the service of wealth.
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