For too long, the Left has organized based on caricatures of black political life. If it wants to win, it needs to start recognizing the role of class in black America.
Cedric Johnson is associate professor of African American studies and political science at the University of Illinois at Chicago and editor of The Neoliberal Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, Late Capitalism and the Remaking of New Orleans (University of Minnesota Press, 2011).
To meaningfully confront mass incarceration and police violence, the Left must move past race reductionism by recognizing the complexities of black political life.
After Hurricane Harvey, Trump and one of the most right-wing state governments in history get to “rebuild” an area of more than 7 million people.
Genuine public safety and social justice will come from projects that build popular consensus and organize for real power.
The reparations demand resides largely in the realm of the political imaginary. There are more effective means of fighting oppression.
Why did Bernie Sanders lose in South Carolina, and what does it mean going forward?
The reparations demand survives as a parlor debate — it cannot address the real needs and interests of black workers.