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Black Power

Article paru dans La Daille, n° 4, octobre 1967, p. 7-9

July 1967, Stokely Carmichael (1941-1998) Trinidadian-American black activist, active in the 1960’s American Civil Rights Movement, pictured speaking in London (Photo by Bentley Archive/Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)

Avec les émeutes de 1965 à Watts et celles, toutes récentes, de cet été, il apparaît clairement qu’une période de luttes vient de mourir et qu’une autre, offensive commence. On dira : “c’était avant Watts”. Avec les trois jours de guerre civile de Détroit, c’est une mutation violente qui vient de s’opérer.

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Correspondance d’un camarade américain de New-York

Correspondance parue dans Pouvoir ouvrier, n° 46, décembre 1962, p. 9

A Nation of Islam activist distributing copies of the African-American organisation’s newspaper ‘Muhammad Speaks’ with the headline ‘Muhammad thanks Harlem’, on a busy street in New York City, New York, circa 1962. (Photo by Peter Keegan/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Chers camarades,

En tant qu’ancien militant de votre groupe et participant depuis longtemps à la lutte pour la liberté des noirs aux U.S. je me trouve quelque peu embarrassé par l’initiative que vous avez prise, dans le dernier numéro du P.O. de publier, presque sans critique, l’éloge des “Musulmans Noirs” du journal “Correspondance”. (1)

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Adolph L. Reed Jr. : W.E.B. Du Bois and American Politics

Extrait du livre d’Adolph L. Reed Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois and American Politics: Fabianism and the Color Line, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1997, p. 71-89


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Three Confusions about Du Bois
Interracialism, Pan-Africanism, Socialism

DU BOIS’S PROMINENCE in this century’s Afro-American political life is widely recognized. Yet attempts to categorize him with respect to the various strategic and ideological programs constitutive of black political debate have yielded an uncommonly confusing picture. The confusion about locating Du Bois programmatically has two sources. The first is quite simple: Du Bois lived and acted through several discrete social and political situations that seemed to him to require different strategic responses for the race. Sometimes, especially when sundered from the situations to which they were responses, the strategies that he proposed appear to contradict one another. Analysts, then, have chosen and defended one or another set of strategies or one or another period as authentically Du Boisian. This is a problem of temporal or contextual focus.

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Adolph L. Reed, Jr. : The Jesse Jackson Phenomenon

Extrait du livre d’Adolph L. Reed, Jr., The Jesse Jackson Phenomenon: The Crisis of Purpose in Afro-American Politics, New Haven, Yale University Press, 1986, p. 41-60

Reverend Jesse Jackson (left) at the Palais de l’Elysee, at the invitation French President Francois Mitterrand. A translator sits between them. (Photo by THIERRY ORBAN/Sygma via Getty Images)

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Mythology of the Church in Contemporary Afro-American Politics

Exceptionalist approaches to black politics typically are fed by the mystique of black churchliness and religiosity, which postulates a peculiarly racial basis of participation and representation. According to this view, which assumes the organic leadership model, the church is the elemental unit of political mobilization in the black community. Because its structures are decentralized and operate at the “grass roots,” the black church can be construed as an authentically popular institution. Moreover, because this view also assumes a pandemic black religiosity, the church can be understood to be prior and superior to electoral or otherwise procedural institutions as a source of popular legitimations.