Topic: Black America

  • Monuments aren't just a "Southern problem"

    The legacy of slavery and the ongoing fact of racism aren’t confined to former slave states with Civil War monuments.

  • James Baldwin's journey

    "Nothing can be changed until it is faced," wrote James Baldwin, and a new generation is learning from him about the challenges we face today.

  • The fury of the oppressed at Attica

    In 1971, prisoners at Attica came together in a revolt against atrocious conditions and oppression felt inside and outside prison.

  • Tear down the Confederates' symbols

    The flag of the Confederacy and monuments to its leaders lionize slavery. Taking them down is part of opposing a racist system.

  • Don't glorify either war "hero"

    By equating George Washington and Robert E. Lee, Trump wants to whitewash racism, but that doesn't mean we revere Washington.

  • Detroit's Great Rebellion of 1967

    On the 50th anniversary of an urban revolt in the heart of American capitalism at the time, SW interviewed the co-author of Detroit: I Do Mind Dying.

  • Dear Mr. Civil War Scholar-in-Chief

    Who knew Black history would become a theme of your presidency? For the second time, I am pole-axed by your comments about the subject.

  • When King broke the silence on Vietnam

    Fifty years ago, the most prominent Black person in U.S. history defied all warnings and challenged capitalism, nationalism and the Vietnam War.

  • Nothing can be changed until it is faced

    I Am Not Your Negro is a personalized history of the civil rights and Black Power era, through the words of James Baldwin.

  • Two amazing Americans!

    President Trump was right about Frederick Douglass--he has done an amazing job and is recognized for it everywhere he goes!

  • The revolutionary legacy of the Black Panthers

    Founded 50 years ago, the Panthers won a mass audience for revolutionary politics on a scale unrivaled in the U.S. since the 1930s.

  • Across the color line

    The author of a newly published book about political thinker W.E.B. Du Bois explains why his legacy remains relevant today.

  • When King came up against Chicago racism

    Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King turned the attention of the civil rights struggle to the North--and endured hostility and hatred.

  • How a third party helped to abolish slavery

    Though they are reviled by liberals today, third parties have played an important part in advancing progressive causes in the U.S.

  • Lessons for the new Black freedom struggle

    Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor's book takes Black Lives Matter movement as a jumping-off point to examine the history of racism and anti-racism.

  • What would a "radical reconstruction" mean?

    SW features this excerpt from a new book by our contributor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor titled From #BlackLives Matter to Black Liberation.

  • The Black Bolsheviks

    A century ago, Cyril Briggs founded the African Blood Brotherhood, the foundation for a generation of Black socialists in the U.S.

  • Changing the world from below

    Grace Lee Boggs' life was a monument to some of the most powerful social movements in the history of the struggle for justice.

  • Rebellion in Watts

    Fifty years ago, the upsurge of protest, rioting and clashes with police in Los Angeles signaled a new phase in the Black freedom struggle.

  • Removing the flag isn't enough

    The elimination of racism will not require "finishing the Civil War," but a very different revolution--one to abolish capitalism.

  • How race is conjured

    The authors of the book Racecraft explain how the fiction of race obscures the real source of racism and inequality today.

  • Reflecting on the Juneteenth anniversary

    Three Socialist Worker contributors comment on the Black freedom struggle 150 years after the date that historically marks the end of slavery.

  • Thenceforward and forever free

    Despite its avoidance of questions about justice, the Emancipation Proclamation was a challenge to the American political order.

  • We always had solidarity

    The Black Panther Party's former minister of culture describes how the Black Power struggle inspired others to organize.

  • Reconstruction after the war

    The formal emancipation of slaves after the Civil War constituted a significant but incomplete advance for the working class.