Synopses & Reviews
"Side by Side is more than a book; it's a politic aimed at the heart of every radical struggling against a racist state." —Luis A. Fernandez, author of Policing Dissent
Side by Side is a critical response to divisive debates within current movements against police violence and white supremacy, especially since Michael Brown's murder. These sharp interventions ask activists to avoid easy—and safe—answers and take on the hard work of building real grassroots solidarity across racial lines.
Cindy Milstein is author of Anarchism and Its Aspirations. Her essays have appeared Realizing the Impossible, Confronting Capitalism, and Globalize Liberation.
In the struggle against racist violence, there are no outside agitators.”
Side by Side is a critical response to divisive debates within the left about the anti-racist movement building that became particularly acute during and after Ferguson. The essays are sharp interventions designed to force activists to rethink their positions and move from the distant charity of being allies” to the practical solidarity of becoming accomplices.”
Table of Contents
Prologue | by Cindy Milstein
Brave Motherfuckers: Reflections on Past Struggles to Abolish White Supremacy | by Michael Staudenmaier
The Poor Persons Defense of Riots: Practical Looting, Rational Riots, and the Shortcomings of Black Liberalism | by Delio Vasquez
Decolonize Together: Moving beyond a Politics of Solidarity toward a Politics of Decolonization | by Harsha Walia
Dangerous Allies | by Tipus Tiger
A Critique of Ally Politics | by M.
Accomplices Not Allies: Abolishing the Ally Industrial Complex | by Klee Benally
Co-conspirators | by Neal Shirley and Saralee Stafford
Outside Agitators | by J. B.
We Are All Oscar Grant(?): Attacking White Supremacy in the Rebellions and Beyond | by Finn Feinberg
Not Murdered and Not Missing: Rebelling against Colonial Gender Violence | by Leanne Simpson
Spread the Miracle: Abolish the Police | by Anarchist Jews
In Support of Baltimore; or, Smashing Police Cars Is Logical Political Strategy | by Benji Hart
Solidarity, as Weapon and Practice, versus Killer Cops and White Supremacy | by Cindy Milstein