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“Hubert Harrison, Theodore W. Allen,
and the Centrality of the Struggle Against White Supremacy"

June 29, 2014

Tags: Hubert Harrison, Theodore W. Allen, Centrality of the Struggle Against White Supremacy, Jeffrey B. Perry, Hubert H. Harrison, The Commons. Verso Books, Columbia University Press, Wesleyan University Press, Harlem Radicalism, white skin privilege, Class Struggle and the Origin of Racial Slavery, The Invention of the White Race, Racial Oppression and Social Control, The Origin of Racial Opression in Anglo-America, Marcus Garvey, New Negro Movement, St. Croix, Vigtins Islands, A. Philip Randolph

“Hubert Harrison, Theodore W. Allen, and the Centrality of the Struggle Against White Supremacy"
5-SESSION CLASS BEGINS Saturday, July 26, 2014, 10:00 am --12 Noon
Classes continue on August 2, 9, 16, 30 at 10 am
The Commons
388 Atlantic Avenue (between Hoyt and Bond)
Brooklyn, New York, NY, 11217

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This course will focus on the relevance today of important insights from Hubert H. Harrison (1883-1927) and Theodore W. Allen (1919-2005), two of the twentieth century's most important writers on race and class.

The St. Croix, Virgin Island-born, Harlem-based Harrison was the leading Black activist and theoretician in the Socialist Party; a brilliant writer, orator, and editor; the founder of the "New Negro Movement," the major radical influence on A. Philip Randolph and Marcus Garvey, and a self-described "radical internationalist." He is known as "The Father of Harlem Radicalism."

The Brooklyn-based Allen originated his "white skin privilege" analysis in 1965, authored Class Struggle and the Origin of Racial Slavery: The Invention of the White Race, in 1975, and authored the two-volume The Invention of the White Race (1994, 1997; Verso Books: New Expanded Edition, 2012).

Jeffrey B. Perry edited A Hubert Harrison Reader (Wesleyan University Press, 2001) and authored Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918 (Columbia University Press, 2008). Perry also contributed new front and back matter to the new edition of Allen's The Invention of the White Race and he authored "The Developing Conjuncture and Some Insights From Hubert Harrison and Theodore W. Allen on the Centrality of the Fight Against White Supremacy" (Cultural Logic, 2010)

Saturday morning at 10:00 AM to 12 noon
5-Session Course at The Commons in Brooklyn
Session 1 -- July 26, 2014, 10 am
Class continues on August 2, 9, 16, 30 at 10 am
The Commons
388 Atlantic Avenue (between Hoyt and Bond)
Brooklyn, New York, NY, 11217

On this topic people may be interested in the following links --

Jeffrey B. Perry, "The Developing Conjuncture and Some Insights From Hubert Harrison and Theodore W. Allen on the Centrality of the Fight Against White Supremacy"

A video of a Slide Presentation/Talk on Hubert Harrison

A video of a Slide Presentation/Talk on Theodore W. Allen’s The Invention of the White Race

Theodore W. Allen
Challenged the Two Main Ideological Props of White Supremacy
Among European-American Workers

June 28, 2014

Tags: Theodore W. Allen, Ideological Props, White Supremacy, working class interests, white workers, European-American Workers, benefit, privilege


Theodore W. Allen Challenged the Two Main Ideological Props of White Supremacy Among European-American Workers


1. The idea that “racism is innate.”

2. The idea that ‘white’ workers “benefit” from “white race” privileges. (Allen argues that the “white race” privileges are a “poison bait,” like a shot of heroin -- ruinous to the interests of workers)

On this topic people may be interested in the following links --

Jeffrey B. Perry, The Developing Conjuncture and Some Insights From Hubert Harrison and Theodore W. Allen on the Centrality of the Fight Against White Supremacy

The video of a Slide Presentation-Talk on Theodore W. Allen’s The Invention of the White Race

Comment on “All In with Chris Hayes”
Discussion with Melissa Harris-Perry and Tim Wise

June 27, 2014

Tags: Melissa Harris-Perry, Tim Wise, Moral Majority, North Carolina, All In with Chris Hayes, Hubert H. Harrison, Moral Majority, North Carolina, interests of "white" workers, Jeffrey B. Perry, The Developing Conjuncture and Some Insights From Hubert Harrison and Theodore W. Allen on the Centrality of the Fight Against White Supremacy

In the discussion period (with Melissa Harris-Perry and Tim Wise) following the video clip on the struggles of the Moral Majority in North Carolina on “All In with Chris Hayes” on June 26, 2014, there were comments made on whether, or not, white supremacy is in the interest of poor and working class “white” people. This question is extremely important in terms of how we struggle against white supremacy and it is discussed at great length in the work of Theodore W. Allen.

On this topic people may be interested in the following links --

Jeffrey B. Perry, The Developing Conjuncture and Some Insights From Hubert Harrison and Theodore W. Allen on the Centrality of the Fight Against White Supremacy

The video of a Slide Presentation-Talk on Theodore W. Allen’s The Invention of the White Race

The two volumes of Theodore W. Allen’s “The Invention of the White Race”

Vol. I Racial Oppression and Social Control

Vol. II The Origin of Racial Oppression in Anglo-America

Gerald Horne
on
The Invention of the White Race
by
Theodore W. Allen

June 27, 2014

Tags: Gerald Horne, Theodore W. Allen, The Invention of the White Race


"Few books are capable of carrying the profound weight of being deemed to be a classic--this is surely one. Indeed, if one has to read one book to provide a foundation for understanding the contemporary U.S.--read this one." – Gerald Horne, activist, historian and author, most recently, of The Counter-Revolution of 1776 and Negro Comrades of the Crown: African-Americans and the British Empire Fight the U.S. Before Emancipation

“ ... the ‘white race’ must be understood, not simply as a social construct,
but as a ruling class social control formation.”
Theodore W. Allen
“Summary of the Argument of The Invention of the White Race"

June 26, 2014

Tags: the ‘white race’ must be understood, not simply as a social construct, but as a ruling class social control formation. Theodore W. Allen, Summary of the Argument of The Invention of the White Race, Jeffrey B. Perry, The Developing Conjuncture and Some Insights From Hubert Harrison and Theodore W. Allen on the Centrality of the Fight Against White Supremacy



“ . . . the ‘white race’ must be understood, not simply as a social construct,
but as a ruling class social control formation.”
-- Theodore W. Allen
“Summary of the Argument of The Invention of the White Race”
1998 (nos. 7 & 8)


7. . . . the thesis of "race as a social construct," as it now stands, . . . is an insufficient basis for refutation of white-supremacist apologetics. For, what is to be the reply to the socio-biologist and historian Carl N. Degler who simply says that, "...blacks will be discriminated against whenever nonblacks have the power and incentive to do so...[because] it is human to have prejudice against those who are different." Or, what if the socio-biologists say, "Fine, we can agree that racial ideology is a social construct, but what is your 'social construct' but an expression of genetic determinants--another version of Winthrop Jordan's 'unthinking decision'"
8. The logic of "race as a social construct" must be tightened and the focus sharpened. . . . the "white race" must be understood, not simply as a social construct, but as a ruling class social control formation.


For additional discussion of this subject see Jeffrey B. Perry, “The Developing Conjuncture and Some Insights From Hubert Harrison and Theodore W. Allen on the Centrality of the Fight Against White Supremacy” pp. 77-86 at the top left HERE

Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism
Hugh Hamilton Interviews Jeffrey B. Perry
on
The Meeting on the African Village Square
WVIP 93.5 FM, New Rochelle
June 22, 2014
12:30 AM (in morning)

June 15, 2014

Tags: Hugh Hamilton, The Meeting on the African Village Square, WVIP 93.5 FM, St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Harlem, Hubert Harrison, Hubert H. Harrison, The Father of Harlem Radicalism, Jeffrey B. Perry

June 22, 2014
Sunday early morning at 12:30 AM (show actually starts at midnight on Saturday, July 21)
Host Hugh Hamilton of "The Meeting on the African Village Square," WVIP 93.5 FM in New Rochelle discusses St. Croix, Virgin Islands-born, Harlem-based, Hubert Harrison, "The Father of Harlem Radicalism," with Jeffrey B. Perry. Listen live by CLICKING HERE or HERE
For more information on Hubert Harrison CLICK HERE
For a video on Hubert Harrison CLICK HERE
For more on Hugh Hamilton CLICK HERE

The Hubert H. Harrison Papers
and the
Hubert H. Harrison Papers Finding Aid (Online)
at Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library

June 10, 2014

Tags: Hubert H. Harrison Papers Finding Aid, Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library

For information on
The Hubert H. Harrison Papers
and the
Hubert H. Harrison Papers Finding Aid (Online)
at Columbia University Rare Books and Manuscript Library
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The Developing Conjuncture and Some Insights
from Hubert Harrison
and Theodore W. Allen
on the Centrality of the Fight
Against White Supremacy

June 9, 2014

Tags: Developing Conjuncture, Hubert H. Harrison, Hubert Harrison, Against White Supremacy, Jeffrey B. Perry, Cultural Logic, racism, nationalism, Marcus Garvey, A. Philip Randolph, socialism, New Negro, communism, Socialist Party, Communist Party, Garvey Movement, national question, white privilege, white skin privilege, capitalism, Theodore W. Allen

In recent years the gap between rich and poor in the United States has grown to record proportions while stark racial disparities have persisted and in many instances increased. Millions of poor and working people are suffering and conditions are getting worse, particularly for Black and Latino people. This is happening at a time when the U.S. Census Bureau is predicting that “minorities” will comprise more than half of all children by 2023 and the majority of the population by 2042 and at a time when poor and working people domestically and internationally are showing an increased willingness to protest against exploitation and oppression.

While there are many factors affecting the current situation it is instructive to review some class and racial aspects of the developing conjuncture in the United States and to do so in the context of insights drawn from the lives and work of Hubert H. Harrison (1883-1927) and Theodore W. Allen (1919-2005). Harrison and Allen were working-class intellectual/activists who focused on the centrality of the fight against white supremacy and they are two of the twentieth-century’s most important writers on race and class. In the belief that their work has much to offer scholars, activists, and readers today, this essay presents an introduction to Harrison and Allen followed by a brief look at the developing conjuncture and a lengthier discussion of some insights from their lives and work.

For more see -- "The Developing Conjuncture and Some Insights from Hubert Harrison and Theodore W. Allen on the Centrality of the Fight Against White Supremacy" by Jeffrey B. Perry in Cultural Logic, Special Issue: Culture and Crisis, available HERE and HERE

Two Harlem Giants
Yuri Kochiyama
May 19, 1921 -- June 1, 2014
Hubert Harrison
April 27, 1883 - December 17, 1927

June 6, 2014

Tags: Yuri Kochiyama, Hubert Harrison, Hubert H. Harrison

Two Harlem Giants
Yuri Kochiyama
May 19, 1921 -- June 1, 2014
Hubert Harrison
April 27, 1883 - December 17, 1927
Two Harlem Giants

Cornel West Discusses Hubert Harrison,
Thomas Paine, and Jeffrey B. Perry
at the Left Forum
June 3, 2014
New York City

June 6, 2014

Tags: Cornel West, Hubert Harrison, Thomas Paine, Jeffrey B. Perry, Hubert Harrison, Hubert H. Harison, The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918, Left Forum, Laura Flanders, Chris Hedges, Richard D. Wolff. Columbia University Press



Cornel West discusses Hubert Harrison, Thomas Paine, and Jeffrey B. Perry (author of "Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918") at the Left Forum, June 3, 2014, in New York City. The panel was chaired by Laura Flanders and also included Chris Hedges and Richard D. Wolff. The book was published by Columbia University Press.

For more on “Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918” CLICK HERE

Hubert Harrison:
The Voice of
Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918

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