for neoliberals, the democratic party being asked to shift even an inch to the left is too much. their fight against the left has always been about stopping legislation and policies that would ensure things like single-payer healthcare, raising the minimum wage, and ending corporate donations. neoliberals would rather embrace fascism than anything that’s even associated with socialism.
40+ Jewish groups worldwide oppose equating antisemitism with criticism of Israel
“We write this letter with growing alarm regarding the targeting of
organizations that support Palestinian rights in general and the
nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)
movement, in particular. These attacks too often take the form of
cynical and false accusations of antisemitism that dangerously conflate
anti-Jewish racism with opposition to Israel’s policies and system of
occupation and apartheid.
We live in a frightening era, with growing numbers of authoritarian
and xenophobic regimes worldwide, foremost among them the Trump
administration, allying themselves with Israel’s far right government
while making common cause with deeply antisemitic and racist white
supremacist groups and parties.
From our own histories we are all too aware of the dangers of
increasingly fascistic and openly racist governments and political
parties. The rise in antisemitic discourse and attacks worldwide is part
of that broader trend. At times like this, it is more important than ever to distinguish
between the hostility to or prejudice against Jews on the one hand and
legitimate critiques of Israeli policies and system of injustice on the
Israel does not
represent us and cannot speak for us when committing crimes against
Palestinians and denying their UN-stipulated rights.” [x]
As the director and writer Boots Riley explained in a series of recent interviews, he’s not interested
in performative art or performative politics that aren’t rooted in
broader movements. “Progressives and radicals have turned more to
spectacle and gone away from actually organizing at the actual point of
contradiction in capitalism, which is the exploitation of labor, which
is also where the working class has its power,” he recently told Amy Goodman
on Democracy Now!. “We’ve gone in favor of demonstrations that don’t
necessarily have teeth … and I feel like we have to give these
demonstrations more teeth by being able to affect the bottom line.”
The diverse cast challenges the myth that class struggle must come at
the expense of nonwhite interests — an increasingly popular
characterization among liberals who’ve argued against breaking up the banks because it won’t cure racism, who’ve undermined a “new” New Deal on the basis that racial disparities marred the original, or who’ve implied,
even if unwittingly, that the recent teacher strikes in West Virginia,
Arizona, Kentucky, and Colorado were somehow at odds with the interests
of people of color. But its equally relevant for working-class white
audiences for whom a genuinely worry-free “white voice” is inaccessible,
Of course, the class struggle is most urgent for those at the bottom
of the economic hierarchy, which, due to a legacy of racism, is
disproportionately nonwhite. As Terry Crews explained when asked why he took the role:
It reminded me of so many people I grew up with in Flint,
Michigan. They’d given up all of their dreams, everything they wanted
in life for the security of the factory, and it turned on them. They
told you you’re gonna have health care for life, you’re gonna have this
for life — everyone was told the same thing: This is for life, y’all.
And it went 15 years. And it was over. And everybody was like, “What do I
Earlier in the interview, Crews summed it up precisely: “This is the movie we didn’t know we needed.”
1) Told the UK’s first female Black MP Diane Abbott to “fuck off” and still proudly recalls saying to her “who the fuck do you think you are?”
2) Said “I will knife you in the front” regarding Jeremy Corbyn.
3) Thinks the Labour Left gaining power is a threat.
4) Describes Conservative Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg (someone who
opposes same-sex marriage and abortion even in cases of rape, and most
recently met with Steve Bannon) as “charming and funny, kind” and decided to hold a joint event with him in October 2017.