By Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin / Memphis Black Autonomy Federation To grasp what happened at the March 30, 2013 Klan demonstration, you need to understand what led up to everything. The Klan said it came to Memphis to protest the renaming of the racist Memphis Confederate Parks system. Of course, all police preparations and media reporting … Continue reading 3/30 Memphis Anti-Klan Demonstration: Protesting in a Police State
By J. G. / Deep Green Resistance Great Plains On March 30th, sixty-five Ku Klux Klan members gathered at the steps of the Shelby County Court House and marched in response to the recent name changes of three previously confederate parks in Memphis. One of these parks, formerly known as Bedford Forest Park, was renamed … Continue reading Over a Thousand Protestors Face Militarized Police Forces at Anti-Klan Rally in Memphis
By J. G. / Deep Green Resistance Great Plains On March 15th the International Day Against Police Brutality was observed for the first time in Memphis, Tennessee by the Black Autonomy Federation. People came to the event from as far away as Iowa, Ohio, and Denver. People gathered first outside city hall and spoke. Cardboard … Continue reading Black Autonomy Federation Spotlights Police Terrorism in Memphis
By Kourtney Mitchell / Deep Green Resistance As a radical black male living in the most hegemonic culture to ever exist, I consistently find myself keenly aware of instances in daily life to recognize and critique white supremacy. I have experienced firsthand this culture’s systemic racism. From the racist and sexist police department which harassed … Continue reading Kourtney Mitchell: Our Experiences Matter: On White Privilege and Backlash
By J. G. / Deep Green Resistance Great Plains Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin is a veteran community and anti-racist, anti-colonialist, and anti-prison organizer. He was a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, The Black Panther Party, and is a founding member of the Black Autonomy Federation. Lorenzo is the author of the underground classic, Anarchism … Continue reading “Racism has to be challenged”: An Interview with Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin
Having been raised in a culture predicated on racism and vilification of the “other”, we have all internalized a racist perspective. Relationships across lines of difference often fall prey to power dynamics reinforced by this perspective. The proliferation of “good white people” has not made the situation any better. In fact, as argued in this … Continue reading Are You a 'Good White Person?'