Educator Romeo Jackson explains Afro-Pessimism, the importance of Critical Race Theory, and the need for transformative justice in reclaiming Black identity in America.
Candice Lola is a contributing writer at Honeysuckle Magazine.
I’m going to attempt to clear up some whitewashed misconceptions here, not to detract from the Civil Rights Movement but to remind the newcomers that revolution is fucking messy.
Since the era of its inception with Louis Armstrong’s “vipers” and the mix of cannabis with jazz, to the political fight that is still going on today, history makes little to no mention of what black women were doing during these times.
Small businesses, classified as U.S. business owners employing fewer than 500 people, can thankfully apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. While a wide array of business owners can expect relief, the loan uses language that pointedly leaves out the cannabis industry.
This dangerous focus seems to evolve into a tendency to idealize the president as some sort of savior, instead of a tool to be wielded by the people.
Like the rest of us, he is scared; scared that he will die, scared that his daughter will become sick, scared that he will never see his family again.
If revolutionaries are only committed to relieving their discomfort “we not only remain attached to the status quo but act in complicity with it, nurturing and maintaining those very systems of domination.”