The Theory of African Internationalism, Chairman Omali Yeshitela

ChairmAn Uneasy Equilibrium-Chairman Omalian Omali notes that African Internationalism recognizes that the process of slavery and brigandage that consolidated the political economy, national identity and general well-being of what came to be known as Europe is the same process that results in the wretched, divided, impoverished and exploited lot of Africans and much of the world. He further contends that the leading force of struggle is the African and oppressed working class throughout the world against “parasitic capitalism,” built on enslavement, genocide and colonialism.

From: Chairman Omali Yeshitela , Ch. 3. The Theory of African Internationalism. In: An Uneasy Equilibrium – Commemorative Edition: The African Revolution Versus Parasitic Capitalism, Burning Spear Uhuru Publications, 2014.

About the author (2014)

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From the day he tore down the racist mural from the City Hall in St. Petersburg, FL in 1966, Chairman Omali Yeshitela (then known as Joseph Waller) has never stopped fighting for justice for African people everywhere. Politicized in his youth by the revolutionary movements around the world and the struggle for black liberation inside the U.S., Yeshitela dedicated his life to uniting and liberating Africa and African people everywhere. In the heat of revolutionary struggle and years in prison for his political work, Yeshitela was driven to discover the reasons why black people all over the world are impoverished and oppressed. Yeshitela developed the political theory of African Internationalism that understands the world through the eyes of the African working class. Through African Internationalism the Chairman exposes the significance of Marx’s concept of primitive accumulation of capital, which Marx called the starting point of capitalist accumulation, playing in political economy about the same part as original sin in theology. Breathing life into Marx’s analysis, Yeshitela noted that African Internationalism recognizes that the process of slavery and brigandage that consolidated the political economy, national identity and general well-being of what came to be known as Europe is the same process that results in the wretched, divided, impoverished and exploited lot of Africans and much of the world. Yeshitela contends that the leading force of struggle is the African and oppressed working class throughout the world against “parasitic capitalism,” built on enslavement, genocide and colonialism. In 1968 Chairman Yeshitela founded The Burning Spear newspaper which is still published today. Throughout the years Yeshitela has authored numerous articles, pamphlets and books, including Omali Yeshitela Speaks and Quotations From Chairman Omali Yeshitela. In 1972, Yeshitela formed the African People s Socialist Party which he chairs. He built the worldwide Uhuru Movement and the African Socialist International now active in the U.S., Europe, on the Continent of Africa and in the Caribbean. Some of the most critical and legendary campaigns of the African community over the past 40 years have been led by Chairman Omali and the Uhuru Movement.

Decolonizing the African Mind: Further Analysis and Strategy_Dr. Uhuru Hotep

ChinweizuThe central objective in decolonizing the African mind is to overthrow the authority which alien traditions exercise over the African. This demands the dismantling of white supremacist beliefs, and the structures which uphold them, in every area of African life. It must be stressed, however, that decolonization does not mean ignorance of foreign traditions; it simply means denial of their authority and withdrawal of allegiance from them. –Chinweizu

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