Operation Cast Lead caused many Gazan children to be the victims of post-traumatic stress disorder. A staggering 91.4% of children in Gaza showed moderate to very severe signs of PTSD. A minimal 1.3% showed no signs of PTSD one year after Cast Lead. Over 60% of Gaza’s population is under the age of 18, and those from the ages of 0-14 make up 43.5% of the population alone. An entire generation is growing up with PTSD, think about that.
We got to face some facts. That the masses are poor, that the masses belong to what you call the lower class, and when I talk about the masses, I’m talking about the white masses, I’m talking about the black masses, and the brown masses, and the yellow masses, too. We’ve got to face the fact that some people say you fight fire best with fire, but we say you put fire out best with water. We say you don’t fight racism with racism. We’re gonna fight racism with solidarity. We say you don’t fight capitalism with no black capitalism; you fight capitalism with socialism.
We ain’t gonna fight no reactionary pigs who run up and down the street being reactionary; we’re gonna organize and dedicate ourselves to revolutionary political power and teach ourselves the specific needs of resisting the power structure, arm ourselves, and we’re gonna fight reactionary pigs with INTERNATIONAL PROLETARIAN REVOLUTION. That’s what it has to be. The people have to have the power: it belongs to the people.
We have to understand very clearly that there’s a man in our community called a capitalist. Sometimes he’s black and sometimes he’s white. But that man has to be driven out of our community, because anybody who comes into the community to make profit off the people by exploiting them can be defined as a capitalist. And we don’t care how many programs they have, how long a dashiki they have. Because political power does not flow from the sleeve of a dashiki; political power flows from the barrel of a gun. It flows from the barrel of a gun!
On Dec. 2, 1859, abolitionist John Brown was executed by the state of Virginia for leading the Harper’s Ferry Raid.
Portrait of John Brown by Robert Shetterly. The quote reads: “I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with Blood. I had, as I now think vainly, flattered myself that without very much bloodshed it might be done.”
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Today in history: December 2, 1859 - John Brown is hanged.
John Brown was an abolitionist who came to believe that slavery would never be ended in the U.S. through purely peaceful means. He formed an army of Black and white people dedicated to ending slavery by any means necessary. After successful incursions in Kansas, he led a failed raid at Harper’s Ferry, where he was captured, tried and executed shortly after. His raid at Harper’s Ferry can be seen as the opening salvo in the U.S. Civil War which led to the abolition of slavery. The song “John Brown’s Body” was a popular Union Army marching song during the Civil War. To this day John Brown’s uncompromising stand against oppression resonates deeply.
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Shout out to my Native Americans for still prospering on land that was yours regardless of white people trying to kill you off, relegate you to small pieces of land, and encouraging drastic physical and sexual violence in your communities while still having the nerve to run with a holiday about how they’re thankful you didn’t just leave their asses to die when they got here.