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Black, Brown, Yellow, and Left: Radical Activism in Los Angeles (American Crossroads #19)

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Laura Pulido traces the roots of third world radicalism in Southern California during the 1960s and 1970s in this accessible, wonderfully illustrated comparative study. Focusing on the Black Panther Party, El Centro de Acción Social y Autonomo (CASA), and East Wind, a Japanese American collective, she explores how these African American, Chicana/o, and Japanese American gr ...more
Paperback, 361 pages
Published January 16th 2006 by University of California Press (first published December 17th 2005)
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A brilliant book on a subject that far too people have written about, and it goes a long way towards grasping how people themselves felt about and saw their movements, while also maintaining a larger critical framework of how race (and it steps completely outside of the black/white binary! So vital to critical race thinking today!), class and gender intersect. It started with a question about how 'different racialization leads to distinct forms of radical politics" (19), but has come to be so mu ...more
Professor Pulido shows how local organizers respond the perpetual violences of racial capitalism. By studying three organizations (the Black Panther Party, East Wind and CASA) of the Third World Left within LA in the 60s and 70s, Pulido analyzes how essential space is to social movements. This comparative study highlights the importance of understanding histories of racialization and racism in building anticapiatlist movements. She also describes the challenges posed by patriarchy within organiz ...more
Mar 12, 2008 Tinea rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Tinea by: "Race, Gender, and American Social Movements" class
Shelves: race-and-racism
Pulido explores a fascinating subject in this book: the activism of the Third World Left in Los Angeles during the 60s and 70s. She specifically examines three organizations in depth, the Black Panther Party, CASA (El Centro de Acción Social y Autonomo), and East Wind, who respresent (for her at least), the radical struggles of African American, Chicana/o, and Asian American people in LA. She looked at how the members of these organizations became politicized; how their political theories develo ...more
I really, really enjoyed this book. Focusing on the 1960s and 1970s, it traces the relationship between racial hierarchies in Los Angeles and third world radicalism. By placing these two things in relationship to one another, she reveals a far more complicated (and interesting) story about race and resistance than one normally finds.

She is a younger scholar and it is exciting to think that this is her first book. I'm looking forward to her next project.
simultaneously history, geography, and sociology, pulido's book is incredibly successful at mapping a history of resistance in los angeles within communities of color. BBY&L also helps us think about the historic challenges to liberation movements-- particularly relevant NOW in navigating the bumpy terrain of political organizing, nonprofit work, especially with the aim of social justice.
Good book on the revolutionary Third World Left movement in LA. Looks at the Black Panther Party (Black), Center for Autonomous Social Action (Brown) and East Wind (Yellow). A lot of lessons to be learned! Intentionally leaves out and criticizes groups like the Brown Berets for their lack of revolutionary nature and anti communist rhetoric.
This book delves into the history of and theory behind leftist racial activist groups which emerged in the 1960s and 1970s. It takes on the complicated issues of race, geography, unions, discrimination, the nation-state, and the U.S. government. Very informative and translates to how modern activist groups work today.
I appreciate Pulido's careful analysis of 3 revolutionary organizations, getting inside them through reliance of primary sources and interviews. Yet I hoped for a deeper and broader analysis of these organizations in their historical moment, which would have elucidated more in terms of lessons learned.
pretty useful! I learned quite a lot about the panthers and other leftist groups of color barely-recognized-by-academia. only 2 critiques: not accessible! analysis of “yellow” leftist politics not deep enough
Not raw enough for me. However, probably good for undergrads. Section on patriarchy and gender was v. incomplete and confusing.
Interesting! Very cool spatial analysis in first chapters.
Great history or radical activism in Los Angeles.
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