Listen to this powerful statement from DC area Uhuru Solidarity Movement comrade James White speaking at the African National Women’s Organization‘s Nia Wilson Vigil. Nia Wilson was murdered by a white supremacist on the BART in Oakland, CA in July.
I want to salute the African National Women’s Organization, and the African People’s Socialist Party. It is an honor to be here as a representative of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement in Washington DC. I salute the President of ANWO, Yejide Orunmila as well as the leadership of the Uhuru Movement, Chairman Omali Yeshitela.
I am here to join the organizers of this demonstration, and all who spoke before me in calling for justice for Nia Wilson, and for reparations to be paid to her family and to the entire African community, for 600 years of ongoing colonial terror, and violence, at the hands of white people and our government.
The Uhuru Solidarity Movement is an organization of white people formed by, and working under, the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party. Chairman Omali Yeshitela, and the African People’s Socialist Party, formed the solidarity movement based on the undeniable fact that there are Two Americas inside this country. The America that we experience in the white community is one with tree-lined sidewalks, security, and prosperity, while the other is a nightmare imposed on African and colonized people inside the U.S., where the threat of a horrible and violent death is always present.
It is the job of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, to go back into the white community to organize other white people, like ourselves, to take a stand in solidarity with the black community inside the U.S., and around the world who are fighting for political and economic power over their lives. We recognize that white people, all white people, owe reparations to African people — for stolen resources, labor, and lives of African people on whose backs this system was built on for our
When the white nationalist killer used a knife to stab an 18 year-old African woman to death, Nia Wilson in Oakland California, he continued a 600 year-old legacy of brutal, sadistic violence, enacted by ordinary white civilians against African people. Every 18 hours another black man, woman, or child is murdered by police – or by white civilians. For over a hundred years, at the turn of the century, it was ordinary white people who acted as an extension of the colonial state, and lynched thousands of black human beings from trees in public festivals of cruelty, and violence for which no white person was ever arrested let alone stood trial.
Nia Wilson joins the list of names, of Africans who have fallen prey to the wrath of the white culture of anti-African violence. Names that stretch back to Mary Turner, who was lynched and mutilated, cut open with a hogsplitting knife by white men in Georgia. And Emmett Till, whose eyes were gouged out and was stabbed to death by white men in the 1950s, because he had supposedly “whistled at a white woman.”