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W.E.B. Du Bois Archives - Institute of the Black World 21st Century

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The Peoples’ Organization for Progress (POP) Statement on African-American Freedom Fighters and the Palestinian Struggle

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By The People’s Organization for Progress (POP) — This is a brief summary and overview that presents many of the voices in the lengthy history of African-American support and solidarity for the Palestinian People’s legitimate claim for justice and selfdetermination. This support has grown and developed from a perspective advocated by some of the most radical and progressive activists such as Malcolm X and the Black Panther Party to a…

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Counting money

What are Reparations, How Could They Happen, and Why Do They Matter?

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Here’s what you need to know. By Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue — For over 250 years, people of African descent were enslaved in the United States. Tricked and stolen from their homes, subjected to the brutal Middle Passage, and held in bondage for generations, emancipation was a welcome relief from slavery but didn’t fully undo the damage it causes, nor have the various hard-fought advances in civil rights that have…

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The Second Pan-African Congress, Palais Mondial, Brussels, September 1921.

Is a United States of Africa Possible?

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Is a united Africa, freed from the legacy of colonialism, possible? The Pan-African movement has been advocated by many different voices, underpinned by a belief in the common destiny of the peoples of Africa. By Hakim Adi, History Today — It is more than 60 years since the All-African Peoples Conference convened in Accra, Ghana in 1958. It was a notable event in the history of Pan-Africanism. Organised by two…

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Another Look at W.E.B. Du Bois

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By Heather Gray, Justice Initiative —  Preface I first wrote this article below about W.E.B. DuBois (1868-1963) in 2007 for Counterpunch. It has been slightly edited. I think given the on-going and important discussion in America of economic systems, and more interest in socialism generally, that I would send this out yet again. There is perhaps no one who can explain the dilemma of struggle and economic challenges based on…

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Faith leaders from communities throughout New York City lead a demonstration and prayer vigil on the steps of City Hall in protest to the Staten Island, New York grand jury's recent decision not to indict a police officer involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner in July on December 12, 2014 in New York City.

The Capitalism/Racism Partnership- The Basics

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Revulsion is building towards the smokescreens of hypocrisy, racism, and nationalism barely masking capitalism’s ongoing failure to provide the jobs and incomes people need. By Richard Wolff, Common Dreams — In the wake of W.E.B. DuBois ’s 150th birthday, his works offer a lens through which to assess US capitalism’s relationship to racism today. He famously wrote: “Capitalism cannot reform itself; it is doomed to self-destruction,” while adding…

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U.S. president Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia and Sasha stand at the “Door of No Return” during their visit to the Cape Coast Castle, Ghana, July 11, 2009

How Ghana made itself the African home for a return of the black diaspora

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By Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu, Quartz Africa — In a recently released music video, Fuse ODG and Damian Marley (Bob Marley’s youngest son) explore the themes of slavery, colonialism, black pride and modern day police brutality. ‘Bra Fie’(which translates from the Ghanaian language Akan as “Come Home”) is an Afrobeats tune that harks back to the pan-Africanist themes of some of the older Marley’s anthemic hits. But it could also be a soundtrack for…

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Beyond the Wages of Whiteness: Du Bois on the Irrationality of Antiblack Racism

Beyond the Wages of Whiteness: Du Bois on the Irrationality of Antiblack Racism

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Ella Myers provides an account of W. E. B. Du Bois’s nuanced analysis of the sense of entitlement among whites in the United States. Drawing from Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction and other writings, Myers draws attention to both the concept of a compensatory “wage” that elevates the social status of lower class whites in ways that bind them to white capital, but also to the irrational aspects of antiblack racism….

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The first of the century, the extensive history provides an in-depth look at the voices and bodies that shaped the century.

Author Releases Century’s ‘Most Extensive Pan-African History’

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“African history is considered rather unimportant, but the history of the African diaspora isn’t considered at all,” Hakim Adi said. By teleSur — “Pan-Africanism: A History” a recently released book written by Professor Hakim Adi is seeking to explore and create discussion about Pan-Africanism around the world, a topic the author says often goes undiscussed. From the early 1900’s til now, in his new book “Pan-Africanism: A History” Professor Hakim Adi explores…

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The Second Sight of W.E.B. Du Bois

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By Chris Hedges, Truthdig.com — Chris Hedges gave this talk Friday at the Left Forum in New York City. W.E.B. Du Bois, more than any intellectual this nation produced in the first half of the 20th century, explained America to itself. He did this not only through what he called the “color line” but by exposing the intertwining of empire, capitalism and white supremacy. He deftly fused academic disciplines. He possessed unwavering…

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Painter John Gast, “American Progress,” 1872

The Globalization of American Racial Exclusion

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By Westenley Alcenat, AAIHS — In hindsight, historians of American immigration will be pressed to name the first two decades of the twenty-first century as one dominated by the systematic “racial exclusionism” of non-Europeans. It was in the United States that the modernization of racial difference perfected the models for global settler colonialism. America’s career and success in expropriating Native American land was globalized for latecomers like Germany in the scramble for…

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