“The liberal co-optation is the genesis of repression not only in the state as we see it now with the police brutalizing protesters, killing black people, targeting journalists, all of the egregious human rights violations that we see occurring right now in the United States. That is one form of repression but then there’s the other ideological repression and war that is part of this struggle and we are seeing it pretty outwardly right now with the corporations and the local governments and the Democratic Party with the Kente cloth-kneeling all that as part of this ideological war, a war of placation, the attempts to really steer the movement into acceptable means of protests.” — Danny Haiphong
The Left Lens with Danny Haiphong on Jun 12, 2020
In this episode, I read brief remarks from the book Malcolm X Talks to Young People and my co-authored book American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: A People’s History of Fake News From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror to frame a discussion on where do we go from here in the mass rebellion taking place in the U.S. against racist policing and white supremacy.
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Exceptionally Innocent by David Swanson (Book Review)