Lessons from the Past: Black Activism in the Revolutionary Era

Joy James
May 10, 2019 - 5:00
Lessons from the Past: Black Activism in the Revolutionary Era

Democracies of catastrophes emerge from exploitation, expropriation, and extraction of Black and indigenous lands, lives, and labor. The United States accumulates wealth through racial capitalism, militarism, law, and policing. Supreme Court decrees transformed the 14th Amendment from granting personhood for emancipated enslaved people into protections and political personhood for corporations. Aspirational democracies’ symbiotic redemptions — the political imagination to desire egalitarian freedom and the revolutionary will to fight for it —...

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