Smash white opportunism! Build principled solidarity with African national liberation! APSC responds to FRSO article on “African American Nation”

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The Uhuru Solidarity Movement shares the response and stance put forward in this piece written by the African People’s Solidarity Committee, the organization of cadres  working under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party.

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Uhuru Solidarity member holds sign that reads “We are NOT all Trayvon Martin, but white people can join the struggle for justice as allies in solidarity!”

In a recent article entitled, “Public Health in the African American Nation” published on the Freedom Road Socialist Organization’s (FRSO)’s online news website, FRSO member Masao Suzuki makes a feeble, contradictory attempt to disagree with what he calls “mistaken views in the left about national oppression,” without any science or theory. Because we suppose that part of this attempted polemic is perhaps directed at some of the conclusions of African Internationalism, the political theory of the African People’s Socialist Party led by Chairman Omali Yeshitela, we of the African People’s Solidarity Committee, white people organized under the Party’s leadership, will address this.

White left attempts to define national liberation struggles of African people

The Freedom Road Socialist Organization is a self-defined Marxist Leninist organization that was formed in 1985 from a merger between the Revolutionary Workers Headquarters and the Proletarian Unity League. FRSO prides itself on its “down-to-earth, practical work in the workplaces, neighborhoods and campuses” which over the past 20 years has involved campaigning for neo-colonial puppets Jesse Jackson, Chicago Mayor Harold Washington and organizing amongst the Teamsters union. The two primary political documents stating their line include their “Unity Statement” and their “Statement on National Oppression, National Liberation and Socialist Revolution.” In the National Oppression statement, they write that in the United States, “national oppression takes a specific form: more than simply the domination of several nations and nationalities by an oppressor nation, in the U.S. it entails the subjugation of all oppressed nations by the oppressor nation headed by the white imperialist bourgeoisie.” Their proposed solution is to forge “a strategic alliance of the national movements and the working class to overthrow imperialism and establish socialism.” As we will further examine, the use of the term “working class” in FRSO language actually means “white working class.”

We of APSC believe that white people must become allies of African liberation, but the basis for such a strategic alliance is for white people to work under the leadership of the African Revolution. FRSO does not come to that conclusion. They write: “The strategic alliance of the multi-national working class and the national movements is at the core of our work to build a united front against monopoly capitalism – it is not a strategy for building a communist party. In the great upsurge of the national movements of the 1960’s and 70’s, many communist organizations were created, largely based in a single nationality.

As those organizations developed their understanding of Marxism-Leninism, they worked for the construction of multi-national communist party. Their collective experience demonstrated that limiting their membership to a single nationality restricted their ability to provide leadership to the movement as a whole and limited their ability to struggle against white chauvinism and opportunism.” In spite of its rhetorical bluster about supporting working class-led national liberation struggles, FRSO’s practical program has involved building support for neo-colonial Democratic Party stooges such as Jesse Jackson, who they supported openly, and Obama, who they supported tacitly. The FRSO statement on the 2012 elections did not explicitly endorse Obama, but it did say, “The defeat of Republican Mitt Romney provides a better political terrain for progressive forces to fight on. With Romney defeated, the terms of debate are less likely to be framed by the outrageously racist, anti-women, anti-worker and anti-communist Tea Party types.” APSC attended the FRSO-coordinated RNC march in Tampa which was rife with liberal, Democratic Party chants against the “Republican agenda.”

Concept of an “African-American Nation” legitimizes existence of US government and capitalism

Before we address Suzuki’s befuddled and unscientific assertions, we begin by challenging the term “African American Nation,” a concept that completely legitimizes the existence of the U.S. government and capitalism itself which are built on the stolen land of the Indigenous people and the stolen labor of enslaved African people. As the African People’s Socialist Party states, there is no such thing as an African American nation. The U.S. is a prison of nations, a colonial oppressor entity, populated by oppressed peoples including African people and the Indigenous people – those from the south of the stolen border and those forced onto concentration camps known as “reservations” who live in profound poverty.

In the book “Black Power Since the 1960s”, Chairman Omali Yeshitela writes:

“It was actually the American Communist Party, under fierce pressure from the then-Communist International in 1928, because of its overtly colonialist approach to Africans in the U.S. that put forth a neo-imperialist, neo-colonialist theory of the forging of a new nation of black people from the enslaved African population of the Black Belt South… “In its origin the theory is opportunistic in that it was part of an effort to destroy the Black Liberation Movement by the American Community party, an organization of mostly unreconstructed white nationalist white people…who fought tooth and nail against the great anti-imperialist, anti-colonialist organization of the period—the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) of Marcus Garvey…”

Africans in the US are part of a colonized African nation dispersed throughout the world by the system of slavery and colonialism. As the African revolutionary leader Malcolm X said, “That’s what we are — Africans who are in America. We are African, and we happened to be in America. We’re not American. We are people who formerly were Africans who were kidnapped and brought to America.” It is the basic premise of the theory of African Internationalism developed and espoused by the African People’s Socialist Party that capitalism and the United States itself were built on the foundation of the genocide and stolen land of Indigenous people, the kidnapping, commodification and stolen labor of African people and colonialism.

Euro-Americans (white people) constitute an oppressor nation living at the expense of the African nation and other oppressed nations of the world. The oppressor nation is made up of all classes of white people, seated on the pedestal of the oppression of African and colonized peoples. This pedestal is the basis for the fact that historically we white people have always struggled for our rights at the expense of African and Indigenous people. Even the white workers and impoverished among us have acted in full complicity with US colonial policy by participating in and initiating unspeakable terror against African and Indigenous peoples. The white left and white workers have sold out African and Indigenous peoples’ own demands and movements over and over again throughout our history… CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE

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