[Marxism] Prison Reform Giant Michelle Alexander: Time to Break Silence on Palestine

A.R. G amithrgupta at gmail.com
Sun Jan 20 14:39:19 MST 2019


https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/19/opinion/sunday/martin-luther-king-palestine-israel.html

This is a pretty big development. Michelle Alexander is calling out
everyone on the Left that has been quiet about Palestine. There are some
hiccups in the article (including downplaying the comparison between South
Africa and Palestine, and validating the notion that anti-Semitism is a
potential problem among those involved in Palestine advocacy) but overall
it is a strong piece and does not, for example, skimp on the relevance of
the Palestinian refugees.

MA chose MLK Jr. Day to come out with the piece. I personally interpret
this as a rebuke to recent attempts by Zionist groups to suppress prominent
black rights advocates who have openly supported Palestine, including the
smearing of Marc Lamont Hill, the attempt to dishonor Angela Davis at a
Birmingham civil rights museum, the "anti-Semitism" canards being slung at
Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour, and the digging-up-dirt around Alice
Walker. No doubt this may result in MA being placed in the cross-hairs.

Some additional commentary from MondoWeiss:
https://mondoweiss.net/2019/01/alexander-progressives-palestine/

Amith R. Gupta



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