Blood in My Eye

Blood in My Eye

by George L. Jackson

At eighteen, George Jackson was convicted of stealing seventy dollars from a gas station and was sentenced from one year to life.

He was to spent the rest of his life -- eleven years-- in the California prison system, seven in solitary confinement.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Nonfiction
  • Rating: 4.29
  • Pages: 195
  • Publish Date: December 19th 1996 by Black Classic Press

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rarely does he mention Black women or their struggle against sexism.

AIM leaders and members, Black Panthers, Puerto Ricans and other U.S.-born and bred liberation fighters and thinkers lost their lives, ended up in prison or marginalized by the rush of capitalism' restructuring and reconcentration of wealth that continues whose ebbs and flows impacted our movements, George Jackson was one of them.

In this, his last book, he presents his analysis of armed struggle, class war, fascism, communism, and other topics related to politics and revolution. Blood In My Eye is a collection of letters and essays speaking primarily on prison life and revolutionary politics from a Marxian point of view. The major theme of the book is the failures of capitalism, particularly regarding to blacks in America, and the need to replace it with a socialist society through revolution. At the basis of all of Jacksons writings is the recognition that white capitalist society must be destroyed; that reforms will only work to keep the oppressive system intact. Speaking on this, Jackson states: The resentment and the seedbed of fear is patterned into every modern capitalist society. Racism has served always in the U.S. as a pressure release for the psychopathic destructiveness evinced by a people made fearful and insecure by a way of life they never understood and resented from the day of birth. Blood In My Eye has valuable discussion on politics, revolution, class warfare, and race relations.

The author was the Black Panthers' Party's (BPP) field-marshal for the prisons. During his imprisonment, his younger brother Jonathan, also a member of the BPP, was killed in action while he was trying to free some black prisoners.

Well I hate to be the one to bust her bubble but apparently her warning is over 40 years late. So-called "black radicals" had this figured out long before Donald Trump got in office and made what we all feared, all the more real.

While I think that Jackson made some very valid points; I was not a fan of his desire for violence and almost misogynistic views.

Jackson, member of the Black Panther Party, founder of the Black Guerilla Family , writer, theoretician, revolutionary and political prisoner. We cannot separate Jackson's political writings from his early life, since like most revolutionary thinkers , he was bred by the conditions he survived under. Newton, he became the Field Marshall of the Black Panther Party and founded the Black Guerilla Family, which was originally conceived to be a prison cell of the BPP that would survive state repression.

What would Malcolm X, Eldridge Cleaver, Assata Shakur and George Jackson say to us if we could ask them if books can be revolutionary? However, as things continue to fall apart with the planet now at stake, only people who have already done the serious self-education and cultural deprogramming time like George, Malcolm, Assata, and Eldridge did, will know where to go and what to do to find or create a lasting community.

If you've figured out that capitalism is evil, and that nothing short of a revolution by the people can sort things out, then this book will inspire you to do what needs to be done.