[Marxism] Black and Brown nationalism in the US today
acpollack2 at yahoo.com
Wed Mar 1 20:49:37 MST 2006
Due to work I haven't had time yet to do more than skim the last few contributions
still going on under the Cannon liquid subject line, but which now have moved on to
something more like the subject line above. But two points:
1) Regardless of our positions on what Cannon thought before 1959, I couldn't agree
more with Joaquin on the impact of the Cuban Revolution (and I would add all
post-WWII anticolonial struggles) on the heightened receptivity to, and understanding
of, revolutionary nationalism by the SWP. (Maoists never thought we really got
it right, and it pays to listen to their reasons, both good and bad.)
2) If the contributions on Stalin's pamphlet seems arcane to some list members,
not to worry. It's useful background for what I hope we'll be discussing soon: the
concrete terrain facing oppressed nationalities in the US today. No-one can deny
that the demographics, class structure, regional dispersal, etc. of Blacks, Latina/os,
Asians, Native Americans, etc., have changed dramatically, in some ways
qualitatively, even since the 1960's.
In an article I just finished for SA on Katrina nonreconstruction, I mentioned the
abuse of Latino workers brought in by subsubcontractors, and the fact that
organizers working with them were benfitting from groundwork laid by groups
like BWFJ that have been organizing admirably around Black/Latino worker
relations in the South (and have done so admirably). Today a janitors' strike started at
the U of Miami of mostly Cuban and Haitian immigrants (against President Donna
Shalala) which further bears witness to the importance of getting this all right.
Yes, in the 1960's, there was Black/Latin unity in the first organizing among
hospital workers in NY (including visits by Malcolm to the picket line!).
But one of our tasks is to assess how far that spread and
how much further it needs to spread based on the changes I described.
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