Walter Rodney

Walter Rodney

    Today we in a momery to Walter Rodney, the revolutionary anti-imperialist, socialist and Pan-Africanist intellectual and activist who was assassinated on this day forty years ago.

    Widely known today for his influential book "How Europe Underdeveloped Africa", Rodney was one of the most renowned intellectuals of Pan-Africanism, looking to build unity among African and Afro-descendant peoples, while connecting their struggles to the working class struggle to overthrow capitalism. 

    Rodney improved a Marxism in which Black Power was central, developing historical analyses of slavery and colonialism and convinced that only "under the banner of socialism and through the leadership of the working classes" Africans could break and get out from imperialism and colonialism. 

    His dedication to the suffering took him all around Africa, especially Tanzania where he was a leading voice of the anti-imperialist Dar Es Salaam School  of Radical Historiography.

    • After comming back to Jamaica where he did his undergraduate studies. 

    Rodney got involved in organizing there, making and doing the government take notice. His ability to connect radical students with working people was so scaring to the elite and fansy people that he wasn't let back into the country when Rodney went abroad for a conference. His banning led to angry student protests that would escalate into the infamous Rodney Riots.

    • Back in Tanzania.
     Rodney finished "How Europe Underdeveloped Africa" in which he fought that imperialism and colonialism made impenetrable structural blockades to progress in Africa. He explained African underdevelopment as the other side of European development, as a product of capitalist, colonialist and imperialist exploitation.

    When Rodney returned to his home country
     Guyana in 1974 he co-founded a multi-racial socialist party. The fast rise changed Rodney into an enemy of the government, which would orchestrate Rodney's assassination in 1980.

    His work still insightful, inspirational and important for those seeking to argue oppression and exploitation around the world today.

    "By what standard of morality can the violence used by a slave to break his chains be considered the same as the violence of a slave master?"
    Ahmed adel
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    writer and blogger, founder of Echo Life .

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