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Discovering a new history of empire, and resistance, in the words of Black radicals.

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Cedric Robinson said this often - we're not going to be taught how to liberate ourselves in our school systems today. Whether it's private school, public school, Ivy Leagues, whatever. These stories of struggle are so unusual and so hidden because the system of racial capitalism won't teach us those tools. No one in power is going to teach us how to challenge their power. That's why we have to do it on our own, and in concert with each other.

Historian Paul Ortiz connects the politics of anti-imperialism to the tradition of Black radicalism - from his own experiences as former soldier discovering the writing of Black internationalists, to new models of understanding, and challenging, a society built on a bedrock of White supremacy.

Paul wrote the essay "Anti-Imperialism as a Way of Life: Emancipatory Internationalism and the Black Radical Tradition in the Americas" in the collection Futures of Black Radicalism from Verso.

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Paul Ortiz

Paul Ortiz is an Associate Professor of History and Director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program and the University of Florida.

 

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