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I found this months ago and just went through my bookmarks to find it again. It only has three total plays so I figured at least someone would be interested in hearing this.

From the link:

“This interview with J. Sakai was conducted June 17, 2003 on KPFT Pacifica Radio. Sakai is author of “Settlers: Mythology of the White Proletariat” as well as many articles on race, class and radical politics. The transcript of this audio became the pamphlet, “Stolen At Gunpoint: Interview with J. Sakai On the Chicano-Mexicano National Question,” but the audio is being offered for those interested to hear Sakai in his own words.”

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Oh, where to begin….

The Party for Socialism and Liberation, a communist party with Trotskyist origins in the United States, published an article on the killing of Trayvon Martin two days ago. Per usual, there is no mention of the historical colonization of African people in the U.S. Rather, they instead chalk it up to a “racist killing”. There is no militant call for African communities right to resist all manifestations of the state which keep them, as a nation, oppressed and occupied. Their solution, instead, as “revolutionary socialists”, is to build the ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) Coalition to try to challenge police brutality and incarceration.

This is problematic in a few ways. One, building up an “anti-racist” organization aimed at eliminating oppression against Africans will degenerate into petty reformism (of which both organizations are completely guilty of anyways). Secondly, the question of social revolution, of seizing political and state power by a revolutionary organization – what is to be gained and how the colonization of Africans can truly and finally be condemned to the dustbin of history – is thrown out of the window.

Compare this to the analysis put fourth by the Chairman of the African Socialist International, Omali Yeshitela, at a recent event in St Petersburg, Florida in which some of Travyon Martin’s family members were actually present.

The PSL, one of the better White Left organizations due to their unequivocal and consistent anti-imperialist stance (in my opinion), still continues to miss the point on the question of Africans in the U.S. and I have to seriously wonder why. In the 21st century, why do “revolutionary socialists” still ignore the historical colonization of African, Mexican, and Indigenous peoples in the U.S and the role that it plays today? Why do they overlook the absolute necessity of the promotion of social revolutionary as the solution for problems in bourgeois society?

Serious revolutionaries must continue to ask these questions (among many others) and criticize these organizations which continuously put fourth a wrong and flawed analysis, that do not actively self-criticize themselves or fix their errors. Otherwise, revolutionary theory is relegated to further irrelevance and suffers an even worse fate than it presently endures.