Learn from Malcolm X
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/05/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21554
It's time to re-learn lessons from Malcolm in the Black community - nationalism and pride, solidarity and militancy, and a worldview that African Americans are part of a global community in struggle against the injustices of capitalism.
Today, class divisions among African Americans are sharper than ever. The Black upper class lives outside of poor communities. At the same time, racism has made it easier for white supremacists and their allies to weaken the rights of Blacks to vote and exercise civil rights.
While African Americans of all classes are uniting against Trump, many whites, particularly working people, are under the illusion that the billionaire Trump serves their cultural and economic interests. Many don't care how it hurts other workers who are not white. The hostility to undocumented immigrants lets the bosses and rulers off the hook for class exploitation and oppression.
The racist climate extends to U.S.-born, nonwhite residents. The challenge is to recognize this racial dynamic - otherwise, the solidarity needed to win and make progress will not happen.