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White, Roger. Post Colonial Anarchism: Essays on race, repression and culture in communities of color 1999-2004
Article published on 11 May 2005
last modification on 27 April 2015

by r-c.
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It’s not immediately clear that anarchists of color (APOC), as a group, have any basic philosophical or strategic differences with our white allies and fellow travelers in the ’movement.’ We don’t exist as a formal, national organization (probably a good thing). Many of our experiences in anarchist scenes have been characterized by a mixture of racial isolation and patronizing tokenism. Some of us are just now beginning to break out of this social and political box.

Introduction
But just because our ties are not immediately clear doesn’t mean that they don’t exist. What connects anarchists of color, I think, is our common history of victimization and struggle against white supremacy, capitalism and other forms of social domination, our common experiences of marginalization in various anarchist circles, and our respective spiritual/ cultural traditions that gave our ancestors inspiration to fight in the face of odds even more daunting than the ones we face today. Our comparable histories of victimization and struggle, our social experiences from within the movement and our cultural traditions provide APOC’s with a common ground to build trust and unity.

These short essays, written between Fall 1999 to Fall 2004 are an attempt to articulate some of those points of contact between colored organizers, activists, cultural and support workers in the movement against authority and capitalism. I don’t pretend to speak for anyone but myself and those who agree with me but don’t have time to sit around writing essays. The topics range from re-thinking the traditional anarchist stance on electoral involvement to punk to the fight against the prison industrial complex. There are themes that run throughout. The need for anarchists of color to develop our own analysis, priorities and ideals. The need to re-construct the history of non- white anti- authoritarian societies and struggles so we can develop and pass down our own traditions of resistance to youth of color. The need for us to create our own institutions and organizations in order to produce a legacy of struggle of our own.

All over the U.S. anarchists of color are communicating, building and struggling together. This may prove to be one of the most important developments in the North American movement against social domination in the years to come.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Towards a Different Path

RACE & ANARCHY

Post Colonial Anarchism

On Separatism

Identity Politics and Essentialism

Group X Lessons in Multiracial Anarchist Organizing

The Political Ghetto of Whiteness: Race and anarchist organization

How Can We Dance? A Brief Look at Post Left Anarchism

Roots and White Supremacy

The Struggle Against Immigrant Prisons

The Voting Anarchist

Our Own Traditions: Anti-authoritarianism in Our Histories of Struggle

Goodbye, You Ain’t All That

No Second Chance: How Crime-Free Multi-Housing Programs are Unfair to Ex-Prisoners

A Note on the Guardians of Anarchy

DRUGS

Where are the Grassroots in the Movement?

Sloppy Justice in Oakland Car Seizure Programs

One Strike Public Housing Policy Unfair

Oakland’s Lip Service to Needle Exchange

Gramm Amendment to Welfare Reform Targets Women

Feds Call off the Party

Oakland Parolees Targeted by OPD

DEA Pot Raids Reveal Real Face of Drug War

Ethnic Cleansing in Tulia

Oakland Anti-loitering Bill a Step in the Wrong Direction

Drug Warriors Target Native American Kids for Dog Searches

The Royal Thai Massacres Bush Complicity in Drug War Atrocities in Thailand

SEX

Bodily Autonomy and Liberation

Sexual Liberation and Anarchism: Unfinished Business

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: Willful Ignorance in U.S. Sexual Politics

A Dissent From Decency

Anorexia Nervosa and White Supremacy

Sexual Danger and the Sex Positive Movement

CULTURE

The Punk Scapegoat: Why Punk Rock is not an Anarchist Albatross

The Feminist Roots of Punk

This Time the Revolution Will be Televised

ODDS & ENDS

Impeaching Clinton

The 2000 Election Debacle

Spook in the Spotlight

Recall Fiasco?

The Authority State and Personal Freedom in Market Society

Sometimes Solidarity is Hard to Do

The Politics of Brutality

Senator’s Racist Death Penalty Standard

Nothing New About NEO

Oakland Peace and Justice Summit a Huge Success

9/11 and Submission to the Will of America

Weak Kneed Progressives Buckle Under Democrat Pressure


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