Last year, I wrote about Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Minister’s Black Veil” and slavery. This semester, I taught the story again, and this time, I became more intrigued by the correlations between the Hawthorne’s tale and issues of race and abolitionism that circled around the nation during the period. 1,349 more words
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Robert Wedderburn (1762-1835) was a sailor, tailor, preacher, author, publisher, labor activist, and radical abolitionist. Born in Jamaica to an enslaved mother and her Scottish owner, he joined the British Navy and spent most of his adult life in London, where he helped to lead a series of subversive religious and political movements. 41 more words
The Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement (RAM) is a contemporary leftist movement, driven primarily by U.S. activists, with 5 key named political foundations—self-defense; the neighborhood council; conflict resolution and revolutionary justice; abolition of gender; and expropriation for a cooperative economy. 304 more words
In our discussion of Locking Up Our Own by James Forman Jr., concerns were brought up regarding notions of accountability and punishment. Questions like, “What will we do with the rapists and the murderers?” were brought up, followed by voiced anxieties of what accountability without punishment looks (or could look) like. 307 more words
In her 1971 essay, “Political Prisoners, Prisons, and Black Liberation,” Angela Davis provides a frightening, somewhat prophetic analysis of her observations of incarceration:
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Revolutionary blacks must spearhead and provide leadership for a broad anti-fascist movement.