We hope to spark critical thinking among SFF fans who support anti-oppression politics about the connections between the [mainstream] publishing industry & those who ruthlessly exploit the world. We would also be happy to inspire similar work identifying patterns like these in other imperialist countries, or deeper research exploring support beyond votes & open campaign activity.
(We are not tracking supporters of the republican party here because we are assuming the intended audience of this post takes for granted the assumption that ties to republicans are problematic.)
the information below is sourced from a twitter thread on the subject from a Black collective. (it’s not known precisely where the information in the thread came from.) the collective’s account whose was suspended less than a month after the thread went up, in late 2020. it has been edited for context, readability, to add image descriptions, and to reflect the fact that over a year has passed since the killings at CHOP/CHAZ (many months have also passed since the details below were collected, so the screenshots of account names etc. may be dated). …
Bonaire is a Caribbean island in the Leeward Antilles. Along with Aruba and Curaçao, it forms the “ABC islands”, territories colonized by the dutch. along with the rest of europe, holland/the netherlands carried out genocide against the peoples living there before the white invasion, capturing and transporting uncountable numbers of slaves from Africa in their place and forcing them to work to enrich the colonizers. While slavery is commonly described as having legally ended in the 19th century, the ABC islands remain colonies, and the region’s Black population is systematically dehumanized so that white supremacy and imperialism may thrive.
When some members call out oppressive behavior in the space, the backlash from reactionary members is supported by the complicity of group administrators and moderators. The pattern repeats itself as admins and mods fail to enforce their own anti-oppression guidelines, reproducing the elitist status quo.
The Facebook group Ask for PDFs from People with Institutional Access was founded some years ago in the 2010s to accomplish the mission in its name: help people who are seeking texts (often shated in PDF format) get them, with the assistance of those who have access to them through affiliation with an institution like…
no? what about the time they said it was wrong to describe a self-appointed “security” force at CHOP/CHAZ as white supremacists after they shot and threatened to pistol-whip two Black teenagers, killing one of them and putting the other in the hospital?
in august of 1791, a black insurrection against the system of legalized chattel slavery broke out in the french colony of saint-domingue.
the white reaction was immediate and brutal. black people — revolutionaries alongside bystanders — were tortured, massacred, and killed in droves. many were targeted on sight and viciously attacked under the presumption that they must have been aiming to kill whites. innocence could not save them.
this socialization of suffering — the proliferation of systemic violence amongst those who bore no responsibility for the crisis that was the outbreak of the Haitian Revolution — sharpened the battle lines…
let’s talk about “sanctions”
anti-Blackness & neocolonialism are “sanctions”
rich oil companies & an impoverished Niger Delta are “sanctions”
a white-imposed war on “the terrorists” is “sanctions”
“democratically elected” military dictators drinking Black blood is “sanctions”
anti-LGBTQIA+ violence is “targeted sanctions”
let’s talk about “foreign intervention”
1400 years of anti-Black enslavement is “foreign intervention”
an African city named “Lagos” is “foreign intervention”
a police force created by the colonizer is “foreign intervention”
the cult of “peaceful protest” is “foreign intervention”
the “foreigners” are “intervening” in every breath we take
their “intervention” was underway before we were even born
when you beg for sanctions you say “whip them not me”
when you beg for sanctions you say “landlords shouldn’t be absentee”
when you beg for sanctions you say “master pick me”
we got a long fucking way to go.
but it is what it is & enough is enough.
in recent years, whenever that citadel of wealthy pedophiles known as hollywood has decided to sell a piece of mutilated Black history back to the very people it stole it from, there’s been backlash from potential Black filmgoers on social media. while hollywood deserves to be put to the torch like any other plantation, this backlash hasn’t been directed at the u.s. army & CIA-propagandizing capitalist film industry as a whole, but rather narrowly at Black actors who aren’t from the united states playing the roles of Black u.s.ian historical figures on screen, a frustratingly incomplete reaction that doesn’t seek…