This country has been scarred by racism since its founding as English colonies in the 1600’s. Two of the fundamental bases of this nation were monumental processes of racial oppression: the dispossession of and genocide against the native people and the enslavement of Africans. Without these, no United States as we know it would exist.
Anyone who wants to seriously challenge U.S. imperialism and capitalism today must understand this history of racism. Black Lives Matter has raised this issue with renewed urgency, but it has always been central to U.S. politics. The Black struggle has been central to every progressive social movement in U.S. history.
To contribute to the understanding of this issue, the ISO will be hosting a study group on “Black Liberation and Socialism” by Ahmed Shawki. Books are available from Haymarket Books or directly from the ISO at our meetings. This book assesses the history of the struggle for Black Liberation in the U.S. from slavery to the present. It looks critically at the various strategies used by the movement and their strengths and weakness from a Marxist perspective.
The first session of this weekly study group will be on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 6 PM at the Common Good Cafe, 1415 NE 43rd St., Seattle, WA 98105.
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