On False Internationalism
Posted by Enaemaehkiw Túpac Keshena
The following is a short excerpt from E. Tani & Kae Sera’s False Nationalism, False Internationalism: Class Contradictions in the Armed Struggle, a sequel of sorts to J. Sakais’ Settlers: The Mythology of the White Proletariat, and which just arrived in my mail yesterday from AK Press. In this quote they are talking about the relationship between white activists and African revolutionaries in the U.S. in the 1960s and 70s, but if you were to change but only a few words you would get a perfect description of the relationship between a certain sector of the Canadian white Left – in particular the south west Ontario manifestation of it – and Native revolutionaries. That is why I am posting it – some food for thought for my Canadian comrades.
In the late 1960s Euro-Amerikan radicals and liberals raised tens of thousands of dollars, walked picket lines in front of courthouses, and helped make a big public issue of the defense trials of Black Panther Party leaders Huey Newton and Bobby Seale. Newton and Seale were projected by the media and the white Left as the most revolutionary leadership for the New Afrikan movement. Was that campaign an example of genuine internationalism? No. Many Euro-Amerikan students may hae been subjectively sincere in a desire for internationalism, but objectively what took place was the reverse. Because at the same time that the Euro-Amerikan Left was promoting Huey and Bobby, they were also ignoring – and thus implicitly condoning – imperialist counter-insurgency against real revolutionary nationalists, such as Fred Ahmed Evans in Cleveland or the Republic of New Afrika 11 in Mississippi. In other words, no solidarity with those explicitly fighting for New Afrikan independence. What passed for “solidarity” was really a settler Left attempt to once again pick Black leaders more suitable to them. Not internationalism, but false internationalism. [emphasis mine]