Not Showing Up: Blacks, Military Recruitment & Antiwar Movement

This is an essay I just published in The NonViolent Activist, a publication of the War Resisters League.

“The question that often underlies the discussion about getting people “most affected” involved is: “Why are Blacks these days so complacent or unwilling to stick their necks out for a ‘good cause’?” Does their lack of involvement mean Blacks aren’t doing their part to end the war in Iraq? What does their ambivalence about antiwar activism say about the Left?
To read the entire piece, click here.

3 thoughts on “Not Showing Up: Blacks, Military Recruitment & Antiwar Movement

  1. Great article. As one who’s spent a lot of time doing anti-war work over the last 5 years, I can say without hesitatation that the reason that the ‘antiwar’ movement is overwhelmingly white is because it’s overwhelminglyy preoccupied with making white liberals feel good about themselves.

    In general, though, when it comes to Haiti, or Palestine, or New Orleans, they respond with a deafening silence.

    I just found out about your blog from the P.O.C.C. mailing list.

    I look forward to making it part of my daily reading. Keep up the great work!

    Solidarity.

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