Their Struggle - and Ours

by Michigan Alliance Southern Africa Liberation Committee
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
December 12, 1975
3 pages
Type: Speech
Coverage in Africa: Zimbabwe, Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Remarks at a meeting for ZANU representatives sponsored by Michigan Alliance Southern Africa Liberation Committee. The remarks say in the United States movement today, there is a strong tendency to confuse our struggle here (which requires us to make a revolution against capitalism) with the movement against imperialism which is developing on a near-world-wide basis and especially in the Third World countries; this confusion has arisen - not only be the United States is one of the greatest exporters of imperialism in its many forms, from naked colonialism, to neo-colonialism, multi-national corporations, etc. The remarks says the black movement began to raise all kinds of fundamental questions inside the United States - economic and political and social as well as ethical - involving all the institutions of this society; we have seen the emergence of all kinds of separatists tendencies who have given up all hope any revolution in the United States and talk about going back to Africa or to five or three states in the South. The remarks say today we have to evaluate the many developments which have taken place in U.S. capitalism in order to arrive at a vision of what we are struggling for, as well as what we are struggling against; in all my thinking about an American Revolution, I have been much concerned about what we would put in place of capitalism as I have been about the oppression by capitalism because I realize if you want to make a revolution it is not enough to be against oppression. The remarks say in the United States we live in history's most highly advanced society technologically; but our mass is the most politically underdeveloped because most American have put all their efforts in achieving economic betterment and have evaded the challenge of making political decisions which would benefit society as a whole. The remarks discuss the American capitalist system, racism, blacks as the under-class, the petty-bourgeoisie, workers, the U.S. white population, this racist structure, economic and political revolution, black militants, cynicism, rebellion, jobs, white radicals, the radical movement, solidarity, the civil rights movement, the October Revolution, Russian workers, 1917, dialectical development, an undeveloped country, the most technologically advanced country, development, alienated labor, Asia, Latin America, Africa, U.S. exploitation, a Pan-Africanist, black self-determination in the United States, Humankind, and rebellion. [Note: The person and organization that created this document is unknown.]

Collection: Miloanne Hecathorn papers