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Hood Communist - April 2, 2021

The hot new trend in the US empire is pushing African women to the front in order to make us the faces of the same old capitalist-imperialist violence. We are positioned as woke ladies with agency— kicking ass and taking names, bringing big auntie energy and those good good outfits to the day to day work of managing a genocidal settler-colonial empire. We don’t have to look any further than the examples of current US Ambassador to the UN and former high-ranking State Department official in Africa, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, or current Domestic Policy Czar and co-architect of the invasion and devastation of Libya, Susan Rice. There’s also Stacey Abrams, Condaleeza Rice, and dozens of others who’ve made muling a trend. All too often these days we are witnessing petit-bourgeois African women willingly taking positions of leadership, power, and influence within the political and military infrastructure of the United States. Positions that require, as part of their job descriptions, acts of extreme ongoing violence against the world’s most oppressed populations, including their own people.

Think back to Biden’s inauguration where we saw a trifecta of petit-bourgeois African womanhood centered and celebrated during the florid coronation of an unrepentant segregationist who has been credibly accused, several times, of sexual assault. We watched on our TV screens and social media feeds, gasping and fawning over Michelle Obama in her silk press and burgundy superhero fit, Amanda Gorman in her canary yellow Prada experience, and Kamala Harris in her chucks and pearls, backed by a soundtrack provided by Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez. These women showed up beautiful and brilliant for motherfucking Joe Biden, to celebrate his ascension into the leadership of an empire built from murder, theft, slavery and the ongoing exploitation of African and colonized peoples and our homelands.

A new day was dawning in the US, cable news talking heads told us, as Biden and Harris solemnly swore on a Bible to carry the settler empire’s murderous work forward. Then Gorman recited a poem about her sweet and prideful hope for a version of the USA that has never and will never exist, as Michelle Obama looked on from the crowd beside her proud war criminal husband, pointing and waving. She would later say on the Ellen Show that she was ‘ecstatic,’ ‘joyous,’ and ‘relieved’ to see the architect of racist mass incarceration who helped spawn a hemisphere-wide refugee crisis with his neo-colonial Plan Colombia, officially seated as the new president of the United States. ...  
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