articles about racism and the police state

Check out these two new articles by Philadelphia writer Lenore Jean Daniels. I really like them because they cover a lot of ground — pulling several stories together under a common theme.

Also, I must admit that I am excited that she cites a few of my recent articles, as it is good to know that someone is reading them 🙂 Check them out, and I’ll be interested to hear what folks think.

Yes, permission IS granted to reprint these as long as is cited as the original source, so please help spread the word.

Malcolm, the MOVE Family, and the Movement You Can Believe In:

Years later, when Malcolm stood looking out at predominantly Black working-class audiences, he knew the social, political, economical pit established for most of them to reside beneath the shadow of tyranny. He could face the shadow, too, without cowering or trembling in fear and speak: “Look up,” he told the audience. “You sustain this shadow of tyranny. All of you, all at once, blow it away!”

2009 in a 1984 World: You Can Be an Informant!:

COINTELPRO and the Black Probe never died. The informant industry is a lucrative business in the U.S., generating employment for law enforcement personnel and the judicial and legal apparatus. The industry generates construction and security contracts for corporations, and, of course, a steady flow of cheap labor.

And in case you missed it last week, this is another article that Daniels wrote, that is very related to the above topics:

I see 2337 West Monroe, in the city where I was born and raised, Chicago. 1969. Dozens of Chicago Police working with the FBI forcefully entered the home there, firing and executing a sleeping Fred Hampton. Mark Clark was able to respond with one shot after police entered the home. In Philadelphia, years later, Police Commissioner Gregor Sambor used the same line of defense: MOVE fired first with automatic weaponry! However, “the only weapons found in MOVE’s house were two pistols, a shotgun, and a .22 caliber rifle: no automatic weapons.” Editorial Board member, Lenore Jean Daniels, PhD, has been a writer, for over thirty years of commentary, resistance criticism and cultural theory, and short stories with a Marxist sensibility to the impact of cultural narrative violence and its antithesis, resistance narratives. With entrenched dedication to justice and equality, she has served as a coordinator of student and community resistance projects that encourage the Black Feminist idea of an equalitarian community and facilitator of student-teacher communities behind the walls of academia for the last twenty years. Dr. Daniels holds a PhD in Modern American Literatures, with a specialty in Cultural Theory (race, gender, class narratives) from Loyola University, Chicago.