It Will Be Waged in the Streets

russellFrom Russell Rickford is an associate professor of history at Cornell University, an excerpt from his article The Fallacies of Neoliberal Protest on the African American Intellectual History Society website: 

Truth is, we don’t need “diversity” training. We don’t need focus groups. We don’t need consultants and experts. We don’t need the apparatus of our oppression—racial capitalism itself—to rationalize and regulate our dissent. The logic and techniques of the corporate world won’t end the slaughter of black people, or the dispossession and degradation of indigenous people, or the transformation of the entire Global South into a charred landscape of corpses and refugees.

We need an uncompromising, multiracial, grassroots movement against white supremacy, endless war, and vicious corporate capitalism. We need to build solidarity with the resistance in CharlotteStanding Rock, and Puerto Rico. We need to join the rebellions of workers and the colonized all over the world.

This is a human rights struggle. And it will be waged in the streets, not in boardrooms, the halls of Congress, or other strongholds of global capital.

One thought on “It Will Be Waged in the Streets

  1. “And it will be waged in the streets, not in boardrooms, the halls of Congress, or other strongholds of global capital.”
    This seems rather a romantic misunderstanding. E.g., if we study the French Revolution, we can see that nearly everything was decided in the halls of the Parliament. The Leftists for a while could win a struggle, if they incited the workers’ quarters to riot – but not on the streets (which had hardly any effect), but within the Parliament (where they could intimidate the opposing representatives). But after a while, the Center and the Right got savvy how to cope with the workers’ quarters – which explains why Robespierre could outlaw the Leftists and the Moderate Right could outlaw Robespierre.
    The streets are much overestimated.

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