The MSF is proud to present our launch for Black History Month. We will be publishing a series of articles in the coming weeks on the origins of slavery, the roots of racism, the black power struggle, from Windrush to the refugee crisis, and how we must fight against racism.
In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, the US has been set ablaze, with police precincts being burnt down in de facto acts of insurrection. The long and sordid history of repression and brutality has been brought into the limelight. And Malcolm X’s famous saying – you can’t have capitalism without racism – has been brandished at protests all over the world.
It is clear that the struggle for black liberation is a struggle for a socialist future. Enough of tokenistic gestures, and empty promises. In order to gain real material change for the BAME community, we must first understand where this oppression and exploitation comes from, and how it must be overcome.
Watch the videoed introduction of our meeting on Marxism and Black Liberation!
As the weeks go on we’ll post previous weeks on their own pages. Follow the link to see week One. Week Two is currently on this main page.
(12th-18th) Lessons of the Black Power Movement
“We don’t fight racism with racism, we fight it solidarity. We don’t fight capitalism with black capitalism, we fight it with socialism” – Fred Hampton
DAY SIX (October 12th)
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This week, we’ll be looking at the political ideas of the civil rights and anti racist movements from the past. The Black Panther Party are an important part of this history. Their struggle must be studied so we learn from their mistakes and successes. Read more about this on socialistrevolution.org #blm #bhm #blacklivesmatter #blackpanthers #fredhampton #bobbyseale #hueypnewton #marxism #socialism #communism #revolution
(19th-25th) Britain: from Windrush to the Refugee Crisis
Throughout the BLM protests the slogan ‘The UK is not innocent’ was being cried from the streets of Britain. Britain’s history is wrapped up in racism. Join the MSF on the the week commencing October 19th to find out more about British race history and current events and our analysis on this.
(26th-31st) How to fight racism
The final week of Black History Month brings us onto the most important question: how do we fight racism? Marxists don’t learn about history and theories out of interest, but out of a desire to change the world. Everything we’ve been discussing over the past 3 weeks is ultimately all in the aim of an answer to this question – how do we fight racism? Join us in the final week of October to look at how to liberate black workers and youth.