National Security vs Black Liberation: Watts, Zimbabwe, and the Counterrevolution of Empire
This event is in the past.
This presentation explores the Watts rebellion of 1965 and Zimbabwe’s war for liberation (1965-1980) by using the analytic of counterrevolution. While scholars have documented the transnational nature of liberation movements, including by analyzing internationalism and Pan-Africanism, these two events also embody global white solidarity in suppressing Black and Third World liberation. As such, this presentation illuminates how U.S. officials responded to developments in Watts and Zimbabwe. The tactics, strategies, and policies used by state authorities in these disparate locales indicates that counterrevolutionary warfare of a transnational nature undergirded both racial domination at home and U.S. imperialism.