During the week of 2/19 – 2/23, the online forum Black Perspectives is publishing a roundtable of essays from academics and thought leaders addressing the 150th anniversary of W.E.B. Du Bois. My essay addresses a Communist Du Bois and sympathetic King to socialism. It is titled “Race, Religion, & Radicalism: Martin Luther King Jr. and W.E.B. Du Bois.” I explore their juxtaposition of a radical Christian message to their radical walk, as they and Christ despised capitalism and its greed. This is a public forum opened to those who may know little about our academic work and topics. Read more about the forum and the authors here.
I am thrilled to be speaking to an audience as we celebrate what February means — and the challenges that continue to face this country. My talk is brutally honest, reflective, and inspirational. But it is also a call to action. Black, Brown, and white must gather as a collective to dismantle white supremacy.
Saturday’s event sponsored by the Center for Marxist Education and the Boston Socialist school went well. There were 25 – 30 people who attended the session on the Russian Revolution and Black Liberation. My paper was titled “W.E.B. Du Bois, Black Reconstruction, and his Evolution into the Communist Party USA.” I think all of us went a bit long — but it was a successful celebration of the 100 anniversary of the Russian Revolution.
During the Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park here in Boston last night. This is true — even if you are color blind. Party for Socialism and Liberation page stated, “Today, the United States is an example of this kind of “prison house of nations. Since its origins, racism has been a characteristic of U.S. society. This racism has often disguised the fact that the Black population within the United States has emerged with all the main features of a nation within the borders of the United States. Racism against African Americans is a manifestation of national oppression.”
New Orleans started the process of removing Confederate monuments. Over the years I have discovered that folks know little about historical actors like Jefferson Davis, who was not a great leader. I wrote an essay below for The Christian Century Magazine with a colleague as we noted, “[W.E.B.] Du Bois observed how little had changed in America from his mid-20th-century perspective. Perhaps the conjunction of the #blacklivesmatter movement with challenges against Confederate monuments can help bring about some change in our own day.
See essay here: Confederate Monuments and American Citizenship