Remembering Leith Mullings (1945-2020)

By Aaron Jamal and Sian OFaolain

Leith Mullings (1945-2020) described socialism as a society where to each according to their need, from each according to their ability. Mullings believed that Marxism is a method of study that analyzes class as a relationship to the means of production and that Marxist analysis changes as the world changes. Indeed, we live in a changing world.

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Book Review: Keepin’ It Real: Essays on Race in Contemporary America

James Baldwin aptly noted that “To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.” That proclamation is universal and time-tested, reflecting the protracted nature of antiblack racism in America, and a failure of this country to confront one of its original sins – the enslavement of the African and its aftermath, from Jim Crow segregation to the institutional racism of the 21st- century, most recently the white supremacist and revanchist backlash from the first Black presidency.    

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Ventilators for the Diaspora

By Dr. Michelle D. Holmes

I rolled my eyes over a July press release from the United States’ South African consulate hailing the donation of 1,000 ventilators and $3.5 million for oxygen manufacture to assist that nation’s fight against COVID-19. Ambassador Lana Marks said, “When a global health crisis arises, America doesn’t wait to be called; we respond with timely, appropriate and expert assistance.”

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A Quiet Violence

By Nothando Maphalala

The youngest country in the world was the 51st African country to confirm a COVID-19 case on April 5, 202l. As the world adjusted to the “new normal,” South Sudanese hoped that this pandemic would pass them by. Having experienced floods, a locust invasion and a fragile peace, the expression thiele riek mi mat ro jo riek mi dong [another problem should not be added on top of another problem] held much resonance for South Sudanese.

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