Race Traitor: the journal of new abolitionism

Complete online archive of Race Traitor, a journal dedicated to abolishing the concept of whiteness in the United States, published in the 1990s and 2000s.

Submitted by Steven. on July 12, 2014



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Submitted by Steven. on July 12, 2014

If anyone has more issues of this they could upload that would be great! Just click "add child page" here


5 years 6 months ago

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Submitted by Fozzie on December 20, 2018

Now complete. Thanks to dendrite303 for the better scans.

Mike Harman

5 years 6 months ago

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Submitted by Mike Harman on December 20, 2018

Thanks for uploading all these.

Juan Conatz

5 years 6 months ago

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Submitted by Juan Conatz on January 13, 2019

Good to see these online.

For those who don't know, some of the people involved in Racetraitor now publish Hard Crackers.

Juan Conatz

4 years 2 months ago

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Submitted by Juan Conatz on April 29, 2020

For those that don't know, Noel Ignatiev passed away back in November. There were a number of obituaties published.




Personally, I thought Michael Staudenmaier wrote a very good summary of his life:


R Totale

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Submitted by R Totale on April 30, 2020

This by John Garvey was good as well: https://brooklynrail.org/2019/12/field-notes/Noel-Ignatiev-1940-2019
He also did a long interview with IGD shortly before his death: https://itsgoingdown.org/noel-ignatiev-on-race-traitor-white-supremacy-and-abolition/-

Race Traitor #1


The debut issue of Race Traitor from Winter 1993.

Submitted by Fozzie on December 18, 2018

Table of Contents

Abolish The White Race - By Any Means Necessary

Two Who Said "No" To Whiteness: Boston Public Schools, 1962-1975, by James W. Fraser

Lydia Maria Child and the Example of John Brown, by Carolyn L. Karacher

The American Intifada, by Noel Ignatiev

Bridges and Boundaries: Black-Jewish Relations, Documents Regarding the Jewish Museum Exhibition

Reading, 'Riting, and Race, by John Garvey

Civil War Reenactments and Other Myths, by Phil Rubio

The White Question, by David Roediger

Malcolm X Beyond Labels, by David Kurnick

Letter from Europe by Louis Kushnick



Race Traitor #2

The 2nd issue of Race Traitor, summer 1993.

Submitted by Fozzie on December 18, 2018

Table of Contents

Three Days that Shook the New World Order: The Los Angeles Rebellion of 1992, by The Chicago Surrealist Group

My Problem with Multi-Cultural Education, by John Garvey

Running the Ball in Crown Point by Kingsley Clarke

Gangsta' Rap: Live on the Stage of History, by Christopher Day

Huckleberry Finn: Race Traitor, Symposium

Immigrants and Whites by Noel Ignatiev

Crossover Dreams: The "exceptional white" in popular culture, by Phil Rubio

Editors' Report



Race Traitor #3

3rd issue of Race Traitor, Spring 1994.

Submitted by Fozzie on December 18, 2018

Table of Contents

Who Lost an American, by Joel Gilbert, as told to Noel Ignatiev

Back From Hell: Black Power and Treason to Whiteness Inside Prison Walls, by Komboa Ervin

Letters from Lucasville Prison, by Chryztof Knecht

When We Don't Get Race, It Kills Us, by Mab Segrest

Free To Be Me

Richmond Journal: Thirty Years in Black & White, by Edward H. Peeples

Panic, Rage, and Reason, by John Garvey

Out of Whiteness, by Christopher Day

Review: Ruth Frankenburg, White Women, Race Matters, by Marion Gray

"I just called myself a little foot-soldier..." An Interview with activists at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Can I Get a Witness, by Phil Rubio

Reflections on the Comparative History and Sociology of Racism, by George M. Frederickson

The White Worker and the Labor Movement in Nineteenth-Century America, by Noel Ignatiev

Editorials: When Does the Unreasonable Act Make Sense?

Anti-Fascism, "Anti-racism," and Abolition



Race Traitor #4

4th issue of Race Traitor, Winter 1995.

Submitted by Fozzie on December 18, 2018

Table of Contents

Manifesto of a Dead Daughter by Patricia Eakins

Police Assisted Homicide, by Joel Olson

White Silence, White Solidarity by Christine E. Sleeter

Family Matters by John Garvey

Abolish the Jewish Caste by Adam Sabra

Lucasville Update by Chryztof Knecht

White Blues by Paul Garon

Unlettered by Irving Ignatin

Poems by John Strucker

Vron Ware, Beyond the Pale: White Women, Racism and History
by Susan Pennybacker

Theodore W. Allen, The Invention of the White Race, Volume One. Racial Oppression and Social Control
by David Roediger

Mab Segrest, Memoir of a Race Traitor
by Maryon Gray



Race Traitor #5

The 5th issue of Race Traitor, Winter 1996.

Submitted by Fozzie on December 19, 2018

Table of Contents


Aux armes! Formez vos bataillons!

Until It Hurts


Beyond History by Kate Shepard Power

Exchange with a National Socialist Noel Ignatiev and Arthur Pendragon

Black Siouxie Tells of Daily Life by Susan Lasley

Running in Vicious Circles: Racism and the African Drum by Lilian Friedberg

Headgear by Mansfield B. Frazier

Black-Jewish Conflict in the Labor Context: Race, Jobs, and Institutional Power by Herbert Hill


William Upski Wimsatt, Bomb the Suburbs
by Kingsley Clarke

Eric Lott, Love and Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class
by Matt Wray

Ann Douglas, Terrible Honesty: Mongrel Manhattan in the 1920's
by Beth Henson



Race Traitor #6

The 6th issue of Race Traitor, Summer 1996.

Submitted by Fozzie on December 19, 2018

Table of Contents

White History Month by Patricia Eakins

Copwatch by Selena and Katrina

Memories of the Children's Crusade by Beth Henson

Other Races


Latinos: The Indian Escape Hatch by William Javier Nelson

Illegal Alien: A Homecoming Address and Telling Times (poem) by Lilian Friedberg

Ray Sprigle, Pioneer by Richard Rees

The First Woman in the Republic
Sacred Hunger
Books Briefly Noted



Race Traitor #7

7th issue of Race Traitor, Spring 1997.

Submitted by Fozzie on December 19, 2018

Table of Contents

Abolitionism on the Campus
Students for the Abolition of Whiteness: Chicago
New Abolitionist Students: Austin, Texas

Whiteness in Early Virginia by Terrence W. Epperson

Statement to Anti-Racist Network
by Autonomous Zone

American Dreaming

Race and the Enlightenment: From Anti-Semitism to White Supremacy Part I, 1492-1676 by Loren Goldner

Blackface, Jackstraws, and Tin Paneling: Memoir as Confession by David John Zaido

Changing Race: Rev. Kenneth Patton
Two 1947 columns by Joseph D. Bibbs & George Schuyler

Suburbs: Poem by Chris Dietz

Who's been burning... Poem by Jack Hirschman

C.L.R. James on the 'Negro Question'

"The Hunchback of Notre Dame"

Parish Boundaries; Black Weath/White Weath; Still Promised City

From Fairbanks, Bisbee, Phoenix, San Francisco, Wilmington,
Jacksonville, Monee, New orleans, Jamaica Plain, Somerville,
Kalamazoo, Brooklyn, Raleigh, Akron, Tulsa, Seattle, and Lund


Race Traitor #8

Submitted by Fozzie on October 21, 2018


Staughton Lynd - Black and White and Dead All Over: The Lucasville Insurrection
Rich Gibson - Privilege on Holiday
Eula Bliss - Team Players
James Murray - Chiapas & Montana: Tierra Y Libertad
Jane Manners - Repackaging Segregation? A History of the Magnet School System in Montclair, New Jersey
Thomas Landefeld - Constructively Demoted

Joanna Brooks - The Redneck Manifesto



Race Traitor #9

9th issue of Race Traitor: Surrealism special, Summer 1998.

Submitted by Fozzie on December 19, 2018

Table of Contents

The Chicago Surrealist Group: Introduction

Surrealists on Whiteness, from 1925 to the Present

Franklin Rosemont: Surrealism - Revolution Against Whiteness

J. Allen Fees: Burning the Days

Dave Roediger: Plotting Against Eurocentrism

Pierre Mabille: The Marvelous Basis of a Free Society

Philip Lamantia: The Days Fall Asleep with Riddles

The Surrealist Group of Madrid: Beyond Anti-Racism

Penelope Rosemont: Nancy Cunard - "Thinking Sympathetically Black"

Nancy Cunard: "Does Anyone Know Any Negroes?" (1931)

Myrna Bell Rochester: René Crevel: Critic of White Patriarchy

René Crevel: The Black Woman in the Brothel (1931)

Surrealist Group of France: Murderous Humanitarianism (1932)

Ronnie Burk: Racist Clichés in the U.S.A.

Irene Plazewska: Dream Constellations

Paul Garon: Psychiatry's White Problem - Racism as Therapy

Eric Bragg: Miserabilism and the New Eugenics

Larry Romano: Oh Sisters of Haiti

Artur do Cruzeiro Seixas: My Escape to Africa

Franklin Rosemont: Jacques Vaché, One-Man War Against Whiteness

Joseph Jablonski: Lord Buckley

Ron Sakolsky: Harry Smith's American Dreamscape

Charles Radcliffe: Whitewashing the Blues

Daniel C. Boyer: Are You Crazy? Mental Illness & Whiteness

The Surrealist Movement in the U.S.: For Tyree Guyton

Hilary Booth: We're Sorry He's Not Sorry

Ronnie Burk: The Forecast Is Hot! Tracts of the Surrealist Movement in the U.S., 1966-1976, by Franklin Rosemont, Penelope Rosemont and Paul Garon

Dennis Brutus: Black on White: Black Writers on What it Means to Be White, edited by Dave Roediger

Tom Moon: Blues and the Poetic Spirit by Paul Garon

F. R.: Somewhere in Advance of Nowhere by Jayne Cortez

Dave Roediger: Yo' Mama's Disfunktional by Robin D. G. Kelley

Rachel Blackwell: The Story of Mary MacLane & Other Writings, edited by Penelope Rosemont

Warren Leming: From Bughouse Square to the Beat Generation: Selected Ravings of Slim Brundage, edited/introduced by Franklin Rosemont

Peter Lamborn Wilson: Paschal Beverly Randolph: A 19th2DCentury Black American Spiritualist, Rosicrucian and Sex Magician by John P. Deveney

F. R.: Bed of Sphinxes by Philip Lamantia

Victor Brauner, Ronnie Burk, Laura Corsigilia, Artur do Cruzeiro Seixas, Robert Green, Ted Joans, Ribitch, Marko Ristic, Franklin Rosemont, Penelope Rosemont, Joel Williams, Haifa Zangana


Race Traitor #10

Winter 1999 issue of Racetraitor, a journal dedicated to abolishing the concept of whiteness in the United States.

Submitted by Juan Conatz on June 28, 2014

Renew the Legacy of John Brown
NOEL IGNATIEV: Abolitionism and the White Studies Racket
ANN FILEMYR: Resisting Arrest
REBECCA CLARK: Hunting Whiteness
MARTIN ESPADA: Postcard from the Empire of Queen Ixolib
LOREN GOLDNER: Race and the Enlightenment (Part II)
JAMES TRACY: Jaime the Chameleon
Brown Family Letters
BETH HENSON: Plowshares into Swords: John Brown & the Poet of Rage
LAUREN ONKEY: Constructing Whiteness at the Gates of 85 Hell: Black 47's "Five Points"






Race Traitor #11

11th issue of Race Traitor, Spring 2000.

Submitted by Fozzie on December 20, 2018

Table of Contents

ROBERT LOWE: Teachers as Saviors, Teachers Who Care
DAVID ROEDIGER: John Brown and Black Revolt
RON SAKOLSKY: Vachel Lindsay
JAMES MURRAY: White Trash Identity and the Loss of Slack
LILIAN FRIEDBERG: An American Nightmare
DAVID HILL: The Wiggers You Love to Hate
ANTONIO LOPEZ: Slot Right 24 Take
STEPHEN MANTIN: Social Climbing

RONNIE BURK: Letter to Myself
KEVIN A. EATON: High Voltage




Race Traitor #12

Submitted by Fozzie on October 21, 2018


Editorial: Abolitionism and the Free Society - Reality and the Future
David Barber: "A Fucking White Revolutionary Mass Movement" and Other Fables of Whiteness
Editors: Afterward

Sara Littlecrow-Russell: I Become a Political Traitor


Race Traitor #13-14

13/14th issue of Race Traitor, Summer 2001.

SPECIAL DOUBLE ISSUE: Surrealism in the USA: The Complete Contents of the Suppressed Surrealist Issue of "Socialist Review"

Submitted by Fozzie on December 20, 2018

Table of Contents

Editorial: A Note to the Readers of RACE TRAITOR

Ron Sakolsky: Return of the Suppressed

Introduction - Surrealist Subversion in Chicago

Franklin Rosemont: Surrealism, Poetry, & Politics

Danny Postel: An Interview With Penelope Rosemont

David Roediger: Radical HIstory Without Surrealism

Anne Olson: The marvelous Against the Sacred

Paul Garon: Houston Baker's Blues Position

Joseph Jablonski: Their Millenium and Ours

Mari Jo Marchnight: Surrealism and Women's Liberation

Penelope Rosemont: Ody Saban - Surrealist and Outsider

Don LaCoss: Conflicting Views of Surrealism - Vaneigem vs. Kelley

Robin D.G. Kelley: A New Look at the Communist Manifesto

FROM THE SIXTIES TO THE NEW MILLENIUM: Nancy Joyce Peters: Long Live the Living! Les Blank's Always for Pleasure

Paul Buhle: Herbert Marcuse, Surrealism, & Us

Herert Marcuse: Interview With the Surrealist Journal L'Archibras

Joseph jablonski: Surrealist Implications of Chance

Philip Lamantia & Nancy Joyce Peters: Surrealism Today & Tomorrow

Robert Green: Against the Art Racket

The Chicago Surrealist Group: Maxwell Street Forever! The Surrealist Movement in the United States: Who Needs the WTO?

Franklin Rosemont: The Only Game in Town: Surrealism and Play

SURREALIST GAMES: If He/She Were a Flower

Latent News

The Exquisite Corpse

Time-Travelers' Potlatch

INQUIRY: SURREALIST SUBVERSION IN EVERYDAY LIFE: Franklin Rosemont & Paul Garon: The Role of Inquiriy in Surrealist Research

The Questions

Responses by Gale Ahrens, Diana Almario-Kopp, Jennifer Bean, Dan Boyer, Marilyn Buck, Paul Buhle, Ronnie Burk, Jayne Cortez, Rikki Ducornet, J. Alen Fees, Bradon J. Freels, Paul & Elizabeth Garon, Jan Hathaway, Bertha Husband & Mari Jo Marchnight, Joseph Jablonski, Robin D.G. Kelley, Don LaCoss, Casandra Stark Mee, Frank Morales, Anne Olson, Myrna Bell Rochester, David Roediger, Larry Romano, Franklin Rosemont, Penelope Rosemont, Michael Stone-Richards & Julien Lenoir, Darryl Lorenzo Wellington

POETRY & STORIES: Penelope Rosemont, Mary Low, Jayne Cortez, Casandra Stark Mee, Franklin Rosemont, Ted Joans, Darryl Lorenzo Wellington, Ronnie Burk

Further Reading on Surrealism

"Socialist Review" Editors Afterword

The Surrealists' Response to the "Socialist Review" Afterword

REPRODUCTIONS: Works by Diana Almario-Kopp, Eric Bragg, Laura Corsiglia, Carlos Cortez, Jayne Cortez, Guy Ducornet, Rikki Ducornet, Schlechter Duval, Eugenio F. Granell, Robert Green, Diedra Harris-Keley, Jan Hathaway, Bertha Husband, Cynthia Jablonski, Mary Low, Casandra Stark Mele, Jacinto Minot, Anne Olson, Nancy J. Peters, Irene Plazewska, Franklin Rosemont, Penelope Rosemont, Ody Saban, Debra Taub, Joel Williams


Race Traitor #15

15th issue of Race Traitor, Fall 2001.

Submitted by Fozzie on December 20, 2018

Table of Contents

John Garvey: The Life and Death of Timothy McVeigh

James Murray: April 19 (fiction)

Lara Braveheart: Tim McVeigh and Me

John Brown and the Militia

Staughton Lynd: Race Behind Bars - An Exchange

Rich Gibson: Lonely Privilege

Amiri K. Barksdale: Review of Fight Club

Timothy Messer-Kruse: Crusaders and Bystanders

Loren Goldner: Review of Kevin Coogan, Dreamer of the Day: Francis Parker Yocky and the Postwar Fascist International

Adam Sabra: Review of Peter Gran, Beyond Eurocentrism: A New View of Modern World History


Race Traitor #16

16th of Race Traitor, Winter 2005.

Special Palestine issue.

Submitted by Fozzie on December 20, 2018

Table of Contents

Noel Ignatiev: Introduction

Ronit Lentin: Guest Introduction

Omar Barghouti: Relative Humanity: The Fundamental Obstacle to a Secular Democratic State Solution

Ilan Pappe: The One-State Solution in Historical Perspective

Naseer H. Aruri: US Policy and the Single State in Palestine/Israel

Eli Aminov: Why Secular Democracy?

As'ad Ghanem: The Binational Solution for the Israeli Palestinian Crisis: A Realistic Solution

Adam Sabra: Binationalism or a National State? A Response to As'ad Ghanem

Ghada Karmi: The Right of Return and the Unitary State in Israel/Palestine

Israel Shamir: Russians in the Holy Land