America

The New Black Jacobins

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Something important has happened during the “weekend of resistance” in St. Louis, Missouri. The event, organized by the campaign group Hands Up United plus a myriad groups from across the US, was billed as four days of civil disobedience, mass protest and debates to respond to the killing of an unarmed 18 year-old by a white police officer on August 9 in Ferguson.

Something going beyond the routine delivery of police violence and grotesque militarization of urban space and entering a deeper confrontation: the one taking place between the younger and the older generation of black activists. A generational divide that may probably mark and set the tone for the future fights to come.

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