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The Hosts of Black Labor: W.E.B. Du Bois

Group of Florida migrants on their way to Cranberry, New Jersey, to pick

The possibility of higher wages and less racially motivated violence attracted many thousands of Black Americans to Northern states in the 1920's. W.E.B. Du Bois looks at the economic causes and effects of this migration.

Socialism and the Negro Problem: W.E.B. Du bois

W.E.B. Du Bois published this article as a public criticism of attitude and strategy of the Socialist Party of America, accusing it of compromising on racism to appeal to white workers.

1996-8: Sierra Blanca Community Opposes Nuclear Waste Site

History of the campaign against building a nuclear waste disposal site in a Texan town. The campaign was notably in that it mobilised people across the US and Mexico and that the $55 million deal was supported by State Governor George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

1919-21: Trinidadian General Strike

Returning soldiers from WWI

Frustrations over racism and low wages lead to a series of strikes from 1919-21, involving every sector and most ethnic groups on the islands.

1945: Black Rhodesian Rail Workers Strike

Black workers on the Rhodesian Rail way (Zimbabwe and Zambia) struck against unfair working conditions and company racism.

1948: Zanzibar City General Strike

In 1948 dock workers in Zanzibar struck for higher pay, the use of force by the British Colonial authorities lead to other workers coming out in sympathy making the strike a general one.

Homeplace (A Site of Resistance)

bell hooks

This essay, by bell hooks, was first published in 1990 in Yearning: Race, gender, and cultural politics. Boston, MA: South End Press. Chicago

The Re-Enchantment of Humanism: An Interview with Sylvia Wynter

Sylvia Wynter

Sylvia Wynter interviewed by David Scott. First published in Small Axe in 2000.

The Texas-Vermont-Maine nuclear dump: bringing environmental racism home

Article from 1998 on the dumping of nuclear waste from Vermont and Maine in Texas. The article details the involvement of Bernie Sanders in sponsoring the bill that led to the dump being authorized.

“No Humans Involved”: An Open Letter to my Colleagues

Sylvia Wynter

A letter by Sylvia Wynter written in response to the Los Angeles riots in 1992.