[Marxism] Call for essays for July 2009 issue of Socialism

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Dec 24 11:55:23 MST 2008


johnaimani wrote:
> <<Message: 20
> Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2008 20:57:36 -0500
> From: Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com>
> Subject: [Marxism] Call for essays for July 2009 issue of Socialism
> and Democracy>>
> 
> In its current issue "Radical Perspectives on Immigration", S & D saw fit 
> to publish my small essay "Regarding Blacks and Mexicans".  It did
> so under the heading of "A Manifesto" which, no doubt, pleased me.
> 
> http://www.sdonline.org/
> 
> JAI
> 

Regarding Blacks and Mexicans
Author: John A. Imani

Published in: journal Socialism and Democracy, Volume 22, Issue 3 
November 2008 , pages 182 - 183

* 1. This position paper was written on June 23, 2007 in response to an 
attempted incursion by SOS Minutemen, riding on the backs of “House 
Negroes,” into Leimert Park, heart of the black cultural community in 
Los Angeles. The incursion was turned away by a spontaneously formed 
coalition of activists and denizens of the area.


     The earth was created by the assistance of the sun, and it should 
be left as it was. … The country was made without lines of demarcation, 
and it is no man's business to divide it… .

     - Chief Joseph, NEZ PERCE

There ought not be any problems between blacks and recently arrived 
migrant workers in Los Angeles. In fact, the two are so similar as to be 
almost mirror images of each other. One crossed the “border”; many of 
the others other fled the southern extension of the “Mason Dixon Line.” 
Both groups came to California fleeing economic, racial, and social 
hardships and seeking a better life, only to find racial, social, and 
economic oppression at the hands of the majority population. Our 
cultures, languages, foods, and festivals differed from and were cast as 
inferior to those of the majority culture. In spite of our many triumphs 
in the arts, sciences, athletics, and all the fields of human endeavor, 
we have been cast as inferiors and as “second-class” citizens relegated 
figuratively to the back of the bus.

It is both ironic and tragic that we who have struggled together now 
find ourselves being egged on by right-wing propagandists into the 
possibility of struggling against each other. After gaining its 
independence from Spain, Mexico abolished slavery in 1829. Thousands of 
runaway slaves gained their freedom through an underground railroad that 
ran into Mexico. In 1846 one of the principal reasons for the US war 
upon Mexico was the unwillingness of the Mexican people to tolerate 
slavery in Texas, which was at that time, like the entire Southwest, a 
part of Mexico. And in the modern times, our greatest leaders Cesar 
Chavez and Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Reies Tijerina, Huey 
Newton, and Corky Gonzalez were mirrors of each other and supporters of 
each other. Brown Berets and Black Panthers struggled arm in arm side by 
side. This is our history. And knowing that history, there are hardly 
any amongst blacks who could object to workers migrating seeking to feed 
their families, for that is exactly what we did.

     * The lie is that migrant workers take our jobs. The truth is that 
there ought to be jobs for all.
     * The lie is that such migration lowers wages. The truth is that 
the boss sets the wage.
     * The lie is that there are borders, nations, divisions. The truth 
is that we are all one.
     * The lie is that there is too little. The truth is that there 
could be so much.
     * And all it takes is work.

There is a secret about work - a secret that is uncovered every time 
someone is hired. The secret is that that the worker brings more to the 
table than he takes from it. Every person who labors adds more than she 
is paid. Think of all the talent and time wasted standing in front of 
Home Depot when there are homes, schools, hospitals, new cities, new 
vistas to be built and all it takes is work. We should be welcoming with 
open arms any and all who come.


No Borders for Labor
Jobs for All at a Living Wage
Notes

1. This position paper was written on June 23, 2007 in response to an 
attempted incursion by SOS Minutemen, riding on the backs of “House 
Negroes,” into Leimert Park, heart of the black cultural community in 
Los Angeles. The incursion was turned away by a spontaneously formed 
coalition of activists and denizens of the area.




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