A Revolutionary Resolution of Time and Space: The Challenge to Revive and Revise Black Power
Wilson, Sky Euton Kennen
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In A Revolutionary Resolution of Time and Space: The Challenge to Revive and Revise Black Power I use an interdisciplinary approach to consider the capitalist production of time and space, and how this historical process, through colonization, slavery, and the globalization of capitalism, racializes our world in the service of profit. I argue that black power, as part of the long black liberation struggle, offers an alternative spatiotemporal paradigm that has the potential to create a future that prioritizes the people's needs over profit. Whereas the political economic system of our contemporary historic bloc creates an inverse relationship between people and power, black power is based upon the assumption that people equal power. This project is necessarily broad in scope. To ground this work I use the production of Angola and Angola Louisiana State Penitentiary, from the Portuguese colonization of southern Africa, to Isaac Franklin's slave plantation, Angola, to Angola Louisiana State Penitentiary--as a historical example that creates a specific space and accounting of time.While black power means many things to different people, I contend that the radical politics and praxis of the Black Panther Party, in the tradition of the long black liberation movement, is especially significant to contemporary community organizing as we respond to a seemingly ever expanding private sphere that effaces public space and the people's time. This is especially true concerning the Panther's survival programs, anti-capitalist and anti-U.S. imperialist politics, and the Party's ability to forge revolutionary alliances among communities of color in the United States, and throughout Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. In our time, we face new, or historically specific, challenges including man-made environmental catastrophe, and the exponential monopolization of the world's resources; our capacity to revive and revise black power in this context, holds our potential to meet and overcome these obstacles.