Racism, Drugs and Crime By Patricia Murphy-Robinson – May 1994
Men make their own history, but they do not
make it just as they please; they do not make
it under circumstances chosen by themselves,
but under circumstances directly encountered,
given and transmitted from the past. The
tradition of all dead generations weighs like
a nightmare on the brain of the living.
Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte
With millions of other exploited peoples, I have searched beneath and through the social “truths” handed to me by the intelligentsia in the United States. It is that well-known escape out of absurd bourgeois ideology into the reality of capitalism. It repetitively plunges one into the abyss of fear and guilt and out again into demystification and clarity. It is stimulated by revolutionary changes in the world. It is an individual and collective historical process where one sees the actual relations of power and recognizes their roots.