Movin the Masses: Ramblings on political action in the Black Community
Mississippi Finally Ratifies the 13th Amendment. Here Are Some Other Things that Mississippi Decided to Ratify First.Thursday, 28 February 2013 21:17 Published in Movin the Masses: Ramblings on political action in the Black Community
After 148 years, Mississippi has "officially" abolished slavery by ratifying the 13th amendment. We can assume that what took policymakers so long was the historical and present-day desire to make sure white privilege was so ingrained that formal slavery was no longer needed. Mississippi policy makers, the moneyed elite and - at the time - the vast majority of its minority white population were all in agreement on how to proceed on this important task. The historic sequence of outright terror and new systems of servitude launched against the Black population included mass killings, lynchings, rape, sharecropping, prison labor and forced flight that decreased the majority Black population of Mississippi to a minority. This all sufficed to raitfy a political economy of white dominance that was well in place through the 1950 and 60s. Even after the civil rights and black power movements killed off the last of de jure segregation in Mississippi, a new consensual de facto supremacist system still rules. This system is embraced by far too many people in Mississippi's now majority white population and by its policy makers, moneyed white leaders. It is even quietly endorsed by the Magnolia's State new Black elite.
Monday, 26 November 2012 16:07 Published in Movin the Masses: Ramblings on political action in the Black Community
As Lupe Fiasco said in Words I Never Said “Gaza Strip Was Gettin Bombed, Obama Didn’t Say Shit…” Well, actually he has. The White House has fully endorsed Israel’s bombing campaign against the Gaza strip. Press Secretary Jay Carney, speaking for the Obama Administration, stated “there is no justification for rockets from Gaza.” I guess stealing land, destroying homes, drone bombing campaigns and creating an updated American style reservation that amounts to the largest prison in the world would not be justifiable for those not living in it.
Thursday, 23 August 2012 15:05 Published in Movin the Masses: Ramblings on political action in the Black Community
A 1970's news article on Aretha Franklin's heroic gesture to pay bail for then recently arrested Angela Davis has been circulating on face-book. Aretha offered to pay bail stemming from the capture of Angela Davis in New York after a massive FBI woman hunt in 1970. Ms. Davis was charged with murder, kidnapping and conspiracy for allegedly supplying weapons for an attempted courtroom escape led by Jonathan Jackson to free his brother and revolutionary leader George Jackson. Angela Davis already well known for her battles with then California Governor Ronald Reagan over her right to teach in California Universities after being identified as a communist sealed her image as a revolutionary icon in the Black movement. The article has caught the attention of many because of Aretha's striking and unapologetic stance in offering bail towards Mr. Davis release.
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Kamau has worked as a community activist and attorney for over fifteen years in New York City and now in the south. He has been a leading member of several grassroots organizations dedicated to human rights advocacy and building grassroots institutions in the black community. Currently he is building a new organization named Amandla Training and Organizing Project.
Recent Kamau Franklin Posts
- Mississippi Finally Ratifies the 13th Amendment. Here Are Some Other Things that Mississippi Decided to Ratify First. Written on Thursday, 28 February 2013 21:17
- Gaza Strip Was Gettin Bombed, Obama Didn’t Say Shit | Kamau Franklin Written on Monday, 26 November 2012 16:07
- When The Movement Was Strong And Culture Was A Weapon: From 1970's Aretha to 2012 Beyonce | Kamau Written on Thursday, 23 August 2012 15:05
- The Attack on New York Congressional Candidate Charles Barron by Liberals and the Corporate Right Wing Shows Why We Need Independent Black Leadership Written on Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:18
- How Can Black Organizations and Activists Move the Black Masses? Written on Wednesday, 25 April 2012 19:35