This Monday, January 30, an event was held at the Urban League of Madison discussing the connected persecution of Palestinians in the Middle East and Blacks in America. The presentation began with an information session about the United States' imperialistic actions on the borders of the world. On the US-Mexico border, for instance, the boundary divides indigenous desert tribes, and it is common for American guards to rape immigrants and place children as young as five in detention centers for months to separate them from their mothers.
The presenters outlined an equally desperate situation in Palestine. A 16 year old activist in Palestine named Ahed Tamimi was supposed to speak at the event but was denied her visa due to "administrative review" during the Obama Administration. Tamimi's town is under threat of being changed from Zone B (under half Israeli control and half Palestinian Authority control) to Zone C (under 100% Israeli control). The Israeli government can declare any area Zone C in a heartbeat, instantaneously making people like Tamimi "squatters" set to be evicted by illegal Israeli settlements (funded with billions of American dollars). Palestinians have no right to a translator or due process, an unfair and unjust system that perpetuates apartheid.
But Tamimi is fighting back, using an advocacy movement to protect her homeland.
Further along in the presentation, the occupation of Palestinians in the West Bank in Gaza and the occupation of Black communities in America were tied together and connected to the military-industrial complex. Every year, for example, the Urban Shield convention meets near Oakland, California, where local police departments (such as the LAPD and the NYPD) meet with international militaries (such as those of Israel, the Philippines, and Bahrain) to train, militarize, and exchange military tactics. One of these tactics was a form of tear gas that was tested by the Israeli military on Palestinians before being brought to police departments in the United States. The military-industrial complex also ties in with economics, as Hewlett Packard holds info for ICE, inmates in California, and Palestinian civilians.
Today, to stop the persecution and colonialism of both Blacks and Palestinians, we must unite together against mass incarceration, American funding to Israel, the military-industrial complex, and xenophobic actions like Trumps Muslim ban. We stand for the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) Movement and Community Control over the Police, among other community-based solutions, to solve these devastating problems.
Hidden Color Documentaries
Falsification of Afrikan Consciousness by Amos N Wilson
Blueprint for Black Power by Amos N Wilson
We Real Cool by Bell Hooks
Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin
Another Country by James Baldwin
They Came Before Columbus by Ivan Van Sertima
Black Labor, White Wealth by Dr. Claud Anderson
Powernomics by Dr. Claud Anderson
Hillbilly Elegy(JD Vance)
A People’s History of the United States(Howard Zinn)
Racism Without Racists(Eduardo Bonilla-Silva)
Dog Whistle Politics(Ian Haney-Lopez)
At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance(Danielle McGuire)
Punished (Victor Rios)
When Affirmative Action Was White (Ira Katznelson)
What’s the Matter with Kansas: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America (Thomas Frank)
The Souls of Black Folk(W. E. B. Du Bois)
The Fire Next Time(James Baldwin)
The Fire this Time(Jesmyn Ward)
Invisible Man Got the Whole World Watching (Mychal Denzel Smith)
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
The Bluest Eye(Toni Morrison)
How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America(Kiese Laymon)
Octavia’s Brood(Walidah Imarisha)
13th (available on Netflix)
Requiem for the American Dream (available on Netflix)
“Debunking the Progress Narrative” (The Atlantic)
“America will never be ‘Post Racial’” (The Atlantic)
“The Case for Reparations” (The Atlantic)
“History white people need to learn” (Salon)
“How the Government Betrayed a Landmark Civil Rights Law” (Pro Publica)
“The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism” (Audre Lorde)
How exactly do white supremacy and systemic racism operate? How have we been complicit in reproducing racist ideology?
“White Privilege” (Peggy MacIntosh)
“Intentions Don’t Really Matter” (Everyday Feminism)
“The Privilege of Politeness” (Naamen Gobert Tilahun)
“Objectivity Can Be Oppressive” (Everyday Feminism)
“Enough with the White Male Rage Narrative” (The Guardian)
“Here Are 4 Ways to Navigate Whiteness and Feminism – Without Being a White Feminist “ (Everyday Feminism)
A history of #BlackLivesMatter
A Herstory of the Black Lives Matter movement(Feminist Wire)
How did white liberal culture, as well as systemic racism and
white supremacy, directly contribute to Donald Trump’s election?
“5 reasons Trump will win”(Michael Moore)
YGB needs your voice in order to get an investigation by the United Nations as we elevate the conversation of of racial disparities in Madison and fight for justice for Tony Robinson, the unarmed black teen murdered at the hands of officer Matt Kenny of the Madison Police Department