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(en) US, Bring The Ruckus Electronic journal - Obituary for James Forman

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Date Mon, 7 Feb 2005 08:53:36 +0100 (CET)

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James Forman died on January 10, 2005, at the age of 76 after a long
fight against colon cancer. Forman was one of the truly great
American revolutionaries of the twentieth century, in the ranks of
Ella Baker and Malcolm X. He was the executive secretary of the
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), which was at
the vanguard of the civil rights struggle, from 1961 to 1966. He also
served as minister of foreign affairs with the Black Panther Party and
was the author of the Black Manifesto, which demanded $500 million
in reparations for the Black community from churches and
synagogues for their complicity in slavery and segregation.

The Phoenix local of Bring the Ruckus studied Forman’s classic
history and analysis of SNCC, The Making of Black Revolutionaries.
We were thrilled by the courage of SNCC workers during their Voter
Registration Project in Mississippi and admired the strategic
brilliance of their plan to infiltrate the white supremacist Democratic
Party with their own Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. We
were deeply influenced by Forman’s argument that the civil
rights movement was fundamentally a revolutionary movement. He
insisted that the campaign to register Black voters in the South was
not an attempt to integrate Black people into American society.
Rather, by attacking segregation at its weakest point—voting
rights—the civil rights movement threatened the entire system,
causing a “tremor in the iceberg.” He convinced us that
fighting white supremacy challenges the very pillars upon which
American “democracy” and capitalism stand.

May revolutionaries of the twenty-first century take Forman’s
analysis—and the example of his life in struggle—to heart.

Joel Olson for the Bring the Ruckus web site editorial committee

* Ed.: The "Bring the Ruckus" (http://www.agitatorindex.org) is:
a revolutionary organization that rejects the loose
network model of the anarchists and the vanguard model
of the Leninists. We seek to build a revolutionary
organization of organizers, committed to an anti-statist,
revolutionary feminist, and anti-capitalist vision of a
new society. We place a strategic focus on combating racial
oppression. We believe that separate deal the white
working-class has struck with capital has prevented the
full participation of white workers in the struggle for
liberation. Only combating racial oppression and attacking
institutionalized white privilege and white supremacy can
break that separate deal. Only a directly democratic,
revolutionary movement led by the working class will can
truly remake society.

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