Black Nationalism, Black Solidarity

Miah, Malik
Date Written:  2018-01-01
Publisher:  Against the Current
Year Published:  2018
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23309

Malik explains examines Black Nationalism and its relationship to a Marxist analysis of nationalism of oppressed peoples.



The theory behind the "national question," as Marxists call it, explains national oppression and its progressive dynamics. It is rooted in the basic understanding not only of how capitalism causes class struggle, but also how racism (and previously colonialism) are integral to the ruling class and the economic workings of the system.

Black nationalism, as a nationalism of the oppressed, is powerful. The racial/national oppression of both free Blacks and slaves led Blacks to stand as a people wherever their lives were threatened. The tactics and methods of self-defense and protection were calibrated to the situation. Racial solidarity has been and is inspiring to the Black communities and others.

African Americans have few illusions about racism and national oppression even if they may not use these words to describe Black solidarity. Blacks who have tried to pretend that racism doesn't impact them because of individual merit quickly learn otherwise. No African American can hide from racist assumptions of whites. Whites don't know anything about who you are. They just see you're Black, with all that means to them.


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