Black Anarchism

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"Let us sink such differences as nationality, religion, politics, and set our eyes eternally and forever toward the rising star of the industrial republic of labor."

Black Anarchism, Anarkata or Afro-anarchism is an anarchist and culturally centrist ideology, which claims that the state has never treated Black Americans as full citizens, so, by default, African Americans are in a state of anarchy and in opposition with the state.


Black Anarchism, as a political ideology, came to prominence during the early 20th century, during the rise of the anarchist movement in the United States. Black activists started to become members of the anarchist movement, which was mostly dominated by white men. Black anarchists attempted to connect the struggle against authoritarianism and capitalism to the struggle against racism.

Black anarchism was developed by Lucy Parsons, an American anarchist activist. She advocated for black self-determination and armed self-defense against racism. Parsons commonly criticized the anarchist movement for its failure to address civil rights issues.

After World War 2, anarcho-pacifism gained popularity in black anarchist circles. This was boosted by the nonviolent methods of the aforementioned civil rights movement. Anti-authortarianism gained popularity within the movement, and thus many civil rights organizations adopted black anarchism as a ideology.

Black anarchism gained popularity in many black nationalist movements in the 1960s, such as the Black Panther Party. Members of the BPP became angered with the supposed oligarchization of the party leadership. This led to some party members becoming radicalized, and shifting towards black anarchism. Black liberation movements such as the MOVE organization began to embrace black anarchism as part of their ideologies.

After the 20th century, Black anarchism decreased in popularity among both anarchists and black nationalists. However, scattered black anarchist movements still exist to this day.


Black anarchism is a variant of Anarchism that puts an emphasis on opposition to racism, and black-self determination.


The black anarchist movement is founded opon the principles of revolutionary nationalism. Black anarchists believe that the only way to dismantle authoritarian power structures is through a revolution. Revolutionary methods, according to black anarchist theorist Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin, include labor strikes, boycotts, and tax resistance. Black anarchist groups such as MOVE adopted and embraced Insurrectionary Anarchism as an ideology. Despite this, factions of the black anarchist movement embraced pacifism.


Black anarchism was influenced by anarcho-communism. Black anarchists see capitalism as not only an oppressive force towards the working class, but also towards black people.


Black anarchism advocates for social equality. Black anarchists commonly criticize the mainstream anarchist movement for its supposed failure to address racial and social issues. Black anarchists believe in anti-sexism, Anti-Racism, anti-imperialism, and anti-homophobia.



Anarkata is a form of indigenous anarchism that is based around African tradition and culture. Anarkata advocates for a society where Black people are able to express their autonomy and freedoms.

Lucy Parsons Thought

Lucy Parsons Thought are the political beliefs and theories of American anarchist activist Lucy Parsons. Parsons believed in anarcho-syndicalism, as she commonly participated in the labor rights movement. Parsons is commonly seen as the founder of black anarchism, as she connected the anti-authortarian and anti-capitalist causes to the anti-racist cause. Parsons believed in armed self defense against oppression and black self-determination.


MOVE is an anarcho-primitivist communal movement that was established in 1972, in Pennsylvania. The organization is founded opon a mix of black nationalism, deep ecology, green anarchism, and animal rights advocacy. The MOVE became infamous for its conflicts with the Pennsylvania police department. These conflicts culminated in a firefight between MOVE members and the PPD in 1985, which resulted in the latter using a police helicopter to drop a bomb onto a MOVE compound. The bombing killed 11 MOVE members, including 5 children.

How to Draw

Flag of Black Anarchism

Tri Color Design

  1. Draw a ball
  2. Draw three horizontal section
  3. Color to green, middle red, and bottom black
  4. Draw an anarchy logo in the center
  5. Draw eyes

Anarkata Design

  1. Draw a ball
  2. Color the ball black
  3. Draw the Anarkata symbol
  4. Draw eyes and you're done!
Color Name HEX RGB
Red #E31B22 227, 27, 34
Black #141414 20, 20, 20
Green #00853E 0, 133, 62
White #FFFFFF 255, 255, 255

Personality And Behaviour

  • Black Anarchism is usually a pretty nice person, as they advocate for equality in the anarchist movement.
  • Despite the above fact, they are pretty aggressive towards racists.
  • Black Anarchism is friends with Queer Anarchism and Anarcha-Feminism, due to the fact the 3 are all variants of Anarchism that put a focus on a minority.
  • Can be seen participating in BLM protests.



  • Black Nationalism - Laid the ground work.
  • Guevarism - Real revolutionary ally.
  • Anarcho-Communism - Hates capital and the state.
  • Anarcho-Syndicalism - Long live the IWW!
  • Platformism - Another anarchist comrade.
  • Progressive Conservatism - Protecting African traditions of anarchy is ideal!
  • Indigenism - Fellow fighter against colonialism.
  • Neozapatismo - Knows how to do a small revolution.
  • Anti-Racism - Racism and oppression are incompatible with anarchism.
  • Abolitionism -"John Brown’s body lies moldering in the grave. But will his spirit lie there moldering, too? Brutes, inhuman monsters—you heartless brutes—you whom nature forms by molding you in it, deceive not yourselves by thinking that another John Brown will not arise."
  • Gun Rights Advocacy - "Let every dirty, lousy tramp arm himself with a revolver or a knife, and lay in wait on the steps of the palaces of the rich and stab or shoot the owners as they come out. Let us kill them without mercy, and let it be a war of extermination."
  • Revolutionary Nationalism - A revolution is needed in order to secure self-determination for black peoples.
  • Queer Anarchism - Another progressive anarchist who understands that the state and capitalism are oppressive forces.
  • Synthesis Anarchism - "Let us sink such differences as nationality, religion, politics, and set our eyes eternally and forever toward the rising star of the industrial republic of labor."
  • Anarcha-Feminism - Sexism and racism are both discriminatory things that are promoted by the state.
  • Post-Colonial Anarchism - Down with colonialism!
  • Democratic Confederalism - Another comrade in the fight against sexism, authoritarianism, and other oppressive systems.
  • Palestinian Nationalism - Another ally in the fight against oppression and imperialism.


  • Black Panthers - I used to be one of you, until I became disenfranchised with this statist stuff.
  • Anarchism - Can't understand racism without a critical analysis of the state.
  • Marxism–Leninism - Same as the Black Panthers.
  • Arab Socialism - United in struggle.
  • Ba'athism - You used to be another ally in the fight against capitalism and imperialism, but now you have developed into to an oppressive capitalist force that oppresses minorites.
  • Black Islamism - He is a brother. But cut the racism, statism, and religion out.
  • African Socialism - Another African brother that fights against racism and capitalism. However, stop the statism.
  • Insurrectionary Anarchism - I agree that there has to be a revolution, and Parsons followed your politics. However, there are examples in which rights have been achieved using nonviolence.
  • Anarcho-Pacifism - Similar to the above. Non-violence has achieved much for oppressed people's across the world. However, there are some fights where non-violence doesn't work.
  • Garveyism - Another brother- wait.. WHAT THE FUCK!


  • Imperialism - The oppressor and murderer of millions of peoples, including my own.
  • Neoconservatism - No different from the above. You oppress and invade people around the world in order to preserve the state and capital.
  • Hoppeanism - Him with an anarchist mask.
  • Liberalism - Racism with a happy face.
  • Capitalism - Where oppression and racism began.
  • Corporatocracy - "Who, pray, are benefiting by all this waste and confusion? The dew, a mere small percentage of the population of the world. All the remainder submit, because they think "it always has been so and it must always be so." The work of those who have a conception of a true society of the future, must devote all their efforts towards disabusing the people's minds of the ancient false hoods. It can be done. Many other hoary lies have passed away, so will this one, too."
  • Anarcho-Fascism and National Anarchism - Racism and sexism are incompatible with anarchism.
  • Police Statism - Oppressors of not only black people, but all peoples. ACAB! 1312!
  • Patriarchy - No different from other oppressive forces.
  • Authoritarianism and Totalitarianism -More oppressors of minorites.
  • White Nationalism - Good night, white pride.
  • Racial Nationalism -Racism is no different from other forces of oppression.
  • Anti-Communism - "They call us Reds. I don't know that that is very bad. I do not believe that is a very bad name. We are pretty red. I tell you I am a real Red."

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