As anger over incoming tax hikes boils over in Kenya, African Stream takes a deep dive into the role the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has played in ramming austerity down Africans’ throats. It boils down to neocolonial debt slavery, a system designed to oppress Africans, while oiling the wheels of otherwise faltering Western economies. African Stream’s Kenneth Kaigua breaks down this complex issue.
A 2-year-old argument about "anti-Blackness" in Cuba, which Black solidarity activists in the United States say has no basis in reality, has reared its head. TF editor Julie Varughese reports.
The story of a bet a wealthy businessman made, as well as a slave ship he financed, and the descendants of the Africans brought to Mobile, Alabama, are the focus of a recently released Netflix documentary, “Descendant.” TF board member Jacqueline Luqman explains why the film is worth viewing in her review.
"From Here to Equality" is unlike any other book written about U.S. slavery, its impact on the global economy, and what’s owed to the descendants of slaves, writes Timothy Harun in a review.
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is a writer, historian and activist, possibly best known for her 2014 classic book, “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States.” She argues that the context behind the Second Amendment is that the newly-independent United States needed “well-regulated militias” of white men to “kill Indians and take their land,” or to form slave patrols that would hunt down Black people fleeing their captivity. It was out of these slave patrols that the first police departments were formed. Hip hop artist Lowkey conducts this interview.
Within U.S. social movements, American Exceptionalism increasingly has been used to explain the ideology that guides U.S. interventions around the world and against domestic colonized populations, such as African and Indigenous peoples. This essay seeks to examine the roots of this ideological framework.