Above: the White Night riots, San Francisco, 1979 We have been lined up in front of a firing squad and it is called AIDS. We must riot! – Larry Kramer, “Call to Riot”, 1990 Just a few weeks after the election of Donald Trump, Fabian Braithwaite of Out magazine made a call for a “Queer […]Read more "From Stonewall to Antifa: A Half Century of Bashing Back"
Over the years, Francis Fox Piven, one of the more celebrated social movement historians in America, has made a remarkable assertion: Most US social scientists have a severe blind spot to the use of force by social justice movements. Due to sympathy towards these movements – and an aspiration to the undisputed moral high ground […]Read more "In the Wake of Baltimore, Are Scholars Facing Reality?"
Last month many of us celebrated the 90th birthday of the one of America’s greatest revolutionaries, El-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, also known as Malcolm X. That his birthday follows his assassination date (February 21) on the calendar seems appropriate this year, as Malcolm could be said to be resurrected: From condemnations of US racism at the United […]Read more "The Strategy of Malcolm X"
It’s gotten to be a pattern on the Left. When Black protest erupts into insurrection, as it did in Ferguson and Baltimore, most liberals and white radicals express empathy for the cathartic release of anger, but urge the oppressed that this is not the way. This is “not strategic,” says the leftist concern-troll. This is “what […]Read more "Misunderstanding the Civil Rights Movement and Diversity of Tactics"