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The REAL definition of White Supremacy (w/ SELF TEST) | Elijah Hamilton 

In this video Elijah attempts to define the difference between systemic white supremacy, also commonly referred to as whiteness, and being a white supremacist. He goes on to elaborate that most people classified as white have been brainwashed into the myth of black inferiority.

To build off this point, it is important to remember that white supremacy, as an encompassing apparatus of institutions making up contemporary society, is the dominant mechanism which shapes white people’s conceptions about race, how they build racial identities, histories, mythologies and stereotypes, how they operate in the world, and perhaps most of all, it is by this process of normalization that they come to feel, if not know, their dominant place in it.

Helping to illuminate just how far-reaching into the subconscious this sort of thinking goes, Elijah asks a series of questions to test to see the ways that people may hold unconscious biases that they are not even aware of.

Check out his first video here. Also, if you like what you see, subscribe to his YouTube channel and look out for more videos. Personally I think it’s very important for white folks to see other white folks stepping up and speaking out against white supremacy. 

Dat’s my comrade :-) 

5 Things White People Can Do to Confront Racism in the Wake of #Ferguson

If you’re a White Person Who Cares, you’re probably feeling pretty shitty about what’s happening in Ferguson right now. Here’s what you can do help. 

  1. Read a fucking book. Learn the history of white supremacy in this country. Learn the history of the police and the evolution of the modern day prison industrial complex. Study histories of resistance to white supremacy. 
  2. Join an organization that fights capitalism or white supremacy in some way. I’m talking about a fighting organization - not a direct service nonprofit. I’m talking about challenging power structures. Think Critical Resistance (criticalresistance.org), Causa Justa/Just Cause (cjjc.org), or the War Resisters League (http://facingteargas.org). 
  3. If you have inherited money, YOU NEED TO GIVE IT AWAY. You need to give it to a fighting organization that challenges the power structures that enforce white supremacy. 
  4. If you make more money than you need, YOU NEED TO GIVE IT AWAY. You need to give it to a fighting organization that challenges the power structures that enforce white supremacy. 
  5. Deactivate Facebook and DO SOME FUCKING WORK. Literally do anything - phone bank for a progressive candidate, give people without transportation rides to protests, go underground and bomb police stations - I don’t care what you do, just do something that isn’t on social media. If you’re talking on social media and you aren’t doing concrete, targeted work yesterday, today, and tomorrow, you ain’t shit. 

They call us murderers, but we did not murder over two hundred fifty unarmed Black men, women, and children, or wound thousands of others in the riots they provoked during the sixties. The rulers of this country have always considered their property more important than our lives. They call us murderers, but we were not responsible for the twenty-eight brother inmates and nine hostages murdered at attica. They call us murderers, but we did not murder and wound over thirty unarmed Black students at Jackson State—or Southern State, either.

They call us murderers, but we did not murder Martin Luther King, Jr., Emmett Till, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, George Jackson, Nat Turner, James Chaney, and countless others. We did not murder, by shooting in the back, sixteen-year-old Rita Lloyd, eleven-year-old Rickie Bodden, or ten-year-old Clifford Glover. They call us murderers, but we do not control or enforce a system of racism and oppression that systematically murders Black and Third World people. Although Black people supposedly comprise about fifteen percent of the total amerikkkan population, at least sixty percent of murder victims are Black. For every pig that is killed in the so-called line of duty, there are at least fifty Black people murdered by the police.

Black life expectancy is much lower than white and they do their best to kill us before we are even born. We are burned alive in fire-trap tenements. Our brothers and sisters OD daily from heroin and methadone. Our babies die from lead poisoning. Millions of Black people have died as a result of indecent medical care. This is murder. But they have got the gall to call us murderers.

They call us kidnappers, yet Brother Clark Squires (who is accused, along with me, of murdering a new jersey state trooper) was kidnapped on April z, 1969, from our Black community and held on one million dollars’ ransom in the New York Panther 21 conspiracy case. He was acquitted on May 13, 1971, along with all the others, of 156 counts of conspiracy by a jury that took less than two hours to deliberate. Brother Squires was innocent. Yet he was kidnapped from his community and family. Over two years of his life was stolen, but they call us kidnappers. We did not kidnap the thousands of Brothers and Sisters held captive in amerika’s concentration camps. Ninety percent of the prison population in this country are Black and Third World people who can afford neither bail nor lawyers.

They call us thieves and bandits. They say we steal. But it was not we who stole millions of Black people from the continent of Africa. We were robbed of our language, of our Gods, of our culture, of our human dignity, of our labor, and of our lives. They call us thieves, yet it is not we who rip off billions of dollars every year through tax evasions, illegal price fixing, embezzlement, consumer fraud, bribes, kickbacks, and swindles. They call us bandits, yet every time most Black people pick up our paychecks we are being robbed. Every time we walk into a store in our neighborhood we are being held up. And every time we pay our rent the landlord sticks a gun into our ribs.

They call us thieves, but we did not rob and murder millions of Indians by ripping off their homeland, then call ourselves pioneers. They call us bandits, but it is not we who are robbing Africa, Asia, and Latin America of their natural resources and freedom while the people who live there are sick and starving. The rulers of this country and their flunkies have committed some of the most brutal, vicious crimes in history. They are the bandits. They are the murderers. And they should be treated as such. These maniacs are not fit to judge me…

This morning, I had the opportunity to speak to my church about the fight to abolish solitary confinement. Then we all prayed together for people fighting inside and out. I want to share what we prayed about with you. If you are a praying person, I am asking you to pray. If you are part of a faith community, I encourage you to bring this to your community for communal prayer. Whether you are religious or spiritual or neither, I am asking you to join the fight to abolish solitary confinement. "Good morning, Church!I’m so happy that we’re going to be praying for prisoners in solitary confinement this morning. This is a struggle I became involved about one year ago today, when 30,000 prisoners went on hunger strike to protest the practice of solitary confinement in California prisons. Prisoners in and out of the SHU starved themselves for 60 days. One prisoner died from starvation, all of them now have lasting health issues as a result of their nonviolent protest, and many of them were retaliated against by the California Department of Corrections for participating. After all, the whole point of putting prisoners in solitary confinement is to keep them from organizing! This was the largest prisoner hunger strike in American history, and it brought international attention to the abuses of the California prison system. See, America is an outlier internationally in it’s use of solitary confinement, and California is an outlier in the United States in it’s extreme use of the practice. The UN defines any more than 14 days in solitary as torture. The average stay in solitary in California is six years. There are prisoners in California who have been in solitary confinement for 40 years. Can you imagine? That’s 40 years without sunlight. 40 years without being touched by another human being. 40 years alone in 7 by 11 foot cell. We know that this is torture. But why is it so important that the church not only speak out against these human rights abuses, but actively pray and care for SHU prisoners and their families? Because as the Church, we are called to proclaim God’s truth in the face of the devil’s lies. Now, when I say the devil, I’m of course speaking about white supremacist capitalist imperialist patriarchy. The logic of the State is that some people in our community are disposable, that they don’t matter, that they should be killed or disappeared for the good of society. That is a lie. We can fight against this lie spiritually by praying for prisoners in solitary confinement, and for their families and loved ones. By praying together today, we are saying to the prisoners, “You still matter. We have not forgotten you, God has not forgotten you, and you are not alone.” To their families, who are made to feel ashamed that their loved one is “the worst of the worst,” who are told, “you deserve what you get,” we are saying, “We are here with you, God is here with you, and we demand better on your behalf, in the name of Jesus.” By praying together today, we are saying to the state, and to the prison industrial complex, “We know you are lying to us, and as people of God, we are going to expose your lies and we are going to tell the truth. We are going to love each other when you tell us to hate and fear each other. We are going to remember and care for each other when you tell us to forget each other. We are going to remember our humanity when you tell us we are not human. We are going to keep fighting against your white supremacist capitalist imperialist patriarchy, and even when you tell us that we have no hope in the face of your power, we know that with God on our side, we are going to win. We will be free!” Thank you so much for praying with me today, and please keep the prisoners, their families, and those fighting against the prison industrial complex in your prayers every day.” This morning, I had the opportunity to speak to my church about the fight to abolish solitary confinement. Then we all prayed together for people fighting inside and out. I want to share what we prayed about with you. If you are a praying person, I am asking you to pray. If you are part of a faith community, I encourage you to bring this to your community for communal prayer. Whether you are religious or spiritual or neither, I am asking you to join the fight to abolish solitary confinement. "Good morning, Church!I’m so happy that we’re going to be praying for prisoners in solitary confinement this morning. This is a struggle I became involved about one year ago today, when 30,000 prisoners went on hunger strike to protest the practice of solitary confinement in California prisons. Prisoners in and out of the SHU starved themselves for 60 days. One prisoner died from starvation, all of them now have lasting health issues as a result of their nonviolent protest, and many of them were retaliated against by the California Department of Corrections for participating. After all, the whole point of putting prisoners in solitary confinement is to keep them from organizing! This was the largest prisoner hunger strike in American history, and it brought international attention to the abuses of the California prison system. See, America is an outlier internationally in it’s use of solitary confinement, and California is an outlier in the United States in it’s extreme use of the practice. The UN defines any more than 14 days in solitary as torture. The average stay in solitary in California is six years. There are prisoners in California who have been in solitary confinement for 40 years. Can you imagine? That’s 40 years without sunlight. 40 years without being touched by another human being. 40 years alone in 7 by 11 foot cell. We know that this is torture. But why is it so important that the church not only speak out against these human rights abuses, but actively pray and care for SHU prisoners and their families? Because as the Church, we are called to proclaim God’s truth in the face of the devil’s lies. Now, when I say the devil, I’m of course speaking about white supremacist capitalist imperialist patriarchy. The logic of the State is that some people in our community are disposable, that they don’t matter, that they should be killed or disappeared for the good of society. That is a lie. We can fight against this lie spiritually by praying for prisoners in solitary confinement, and for their families and loved ones. By praying together today, we are saying to the prisoners, “You still matter. We have not forgotten you, God has not forgotten you, and you are not alone.” To their families, who are made to feel ashamed that their loved one is “the worst of the worst,” who are told, “you deserve what you get,” we are saying, “We are here with you, God is here with you, and we demand better on your behalf, in the name of Jesus.” By praying together today, we are saying to the state, and to the prison industrial complex, “We know you are lying to us, and as people of God, we are going to expose your lies and we are going to tell the truth. We are going to love each other when you tell us to hate and fear each other. We are going to remember and care for each other when you tell us to forget each other. We are going to remember our humanity when you tell us we are not human. We are going to keep fighting against your white supremacist capitalist imperialist patriarchy, and even when you tell us that we have no hope in the face of your power, we know that with God on our side, we are going to win. We will be free!” Thank you so much for praying with me today, and please keep the prisoners, their families, and those fighting against the prison industrial complex in your prayers every day.”

This morning, I had the opportunity to speak to my church about the fight to abolish solitary confinement. Then we all prayed together for people fighting inside and out. I want to share what we prayed about with you. If you are a praying person, I am asking you to pray. If you are part of a faith community, I encourage you to bring this to your community for communal prayer. Whether you are religious or spiritual or neither, I am asking you to join the fight to abolish solitary confinement. 

"Good morning, Church!

I’m so happy that we’re going to be praying for prisoners in solitary confinement this morning. This is a struggle I became involved about one year ago today, when 30,000 prisoners went on hunger strike to protest the practice of solitary confinement in California prisons. Prisoners in and out of the SHU starved themselves for 60 days. One prisoner died from starvation, all of them now have lasting health issues as a result of their nonviolent protest, and many of them were retaliated against by the California Department of Corrections for participating. After all, the whole point of putting prisoners in solitary confinement is to keep them from organizing! 

This was the largest prisoner hunger strike in American history, and it brought international attention to the abuses of the California prison system. See, America is an outlier internationally in it’s use of solitary confinement, and California is an outlier in the United States in it’s extreme use of the practice. The UN defines any more than 14 days in solitary as torture. The average stay in solitary in California is six years. There are prisoners in California who have been in solitary confinement for 40 years. Can you imagine? That’s 40 years without sunlight. 40 years without being touched by another human being. 40 years alone in 7 by 11 foot cell. We know that this is torture. But why is it so important that the church not only speak out against these human rights abuses, but actively pray and care for SHU prisoners and their families? 

Because as the Church, we are called to proclaim God’s truth in the face of the devil’s lies. Now, when I say the devil, I’m of course speaking about white supremacist capitalist imperialist patriarchy. The logic of the State is that some people in our community are disposable, that they don’t matter, that they should be killed or disappeared for the good of society. That is a lie. We can fight against this lie spiritually by praying for prisoners in solitary confinement, and for their families and loved ones. By praying together today, we are saying to the prisoners, “You still matter. We have not forgotten you, God has not forgotten you, and you are not alone.” To their families, who are made to feel ashamed that their loved one is “the worst of the worst,” who are told, “you deserve what you get,” we are saying, “We are here with you, God is here with you, and we demand better on your behalf, in the name of Jesus.” By praying together today, we are saying to the state, and to the prison industrial complex, “We know you are lying to us, and as people of God, we are going to expose your lies and we are going to tell the truth. We are going to love each other when you tell us to hate and fear each other. We are going to remember and care for each other when you tell us to forget each other. We are going to remember our humanity when you tell us we are not human. We are going to keep fighting against your white supremacist capitalist imperialist patriarchy, and even when you tell us that we have no hope in the face of your power, we know that with God on our side, we are going to win. We will be free!” 

Thank you so much for praying with me today, and please keep the prisoners, their families, and those fighting against the prison industrial complex in your prayers every day.”

Just wanted to let everybody know that a homeless teenager who makes $400 a month doesn’t qualify for emergency food stamps in Oakland, California.

“If I see three or four young black men walking down the street, I have to stop them and check their names. I want them to be afraid every time they see the police that they might get arrested.”

Chief Russell Mills to the LA Times after shooting and killing black 89-year-old great grandfather Shawn Monroe at a barbecue unprovoked. Today, he walks free with no charges, despite numerous witnesses and his own admission that he enjoys terrorizing black people.

Tell me again why Black people should be okay with police when they have, since the history of our being kidnapped to this fucking country, have not EVER been about protecting us, but about terrorizing us?

Police are NOT for Black people’s safety. They are about torturing us, terrorizing us and killing us. Period. There is no safety with police. There is no peace keeping with police. They have ALWAYS been a terror to the Black community and I am tired of this fact being pushed to the wayside.

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And Ray Kelly, when he was Commissioner in NYC said the same thing.
Arpaio has said the same thing.
This is a ROUTINE assertion that the point of the police is to be an agent of state terror. And that such terror should be all but exclusively focused on Black and Brown bodies.

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(via feministdarling)

from I’ve Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle 

by Charles Payne 

Analysis on why the Civil Rights Movement is so woefully misunderstood historically.