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Blood in My Eye

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Blood In My Eye was completed only days before its author was killed. George Jackson died on August 21, 1971, at the hands of San Quentin prison guards during an alleged escape attempt. 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 t ...more
Paperback, 195 pages
Published December 19th 1996 by Black Classic Press (first published 1972)
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Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Amazing intelligence. Jackson portrays a sharp analysis on the sociopolitical history of racism and white supremacy against Black people. His fearlessness inspires me to fight with all that I have for my people. He balances his militant and merciless stance against oppression with a profound love for the people. My only issue is that he expresses a male-dominant perspective on the anti-racist struggle, mentioning men as the only players in the struggle for liberation. rarely does he mention Blac ...more
Arnoldo Garcia
Aug 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is the voice and story of a different type of prisoner. George Jackson would have been a Pulitzer prize winner, a noted writer and political leader, a teacher, made thinkers of the ilk of Noam Chomsky pale literally in comparison, had he not been Black and poor in the U.S The 1960s were fertile times -- even behind prison walls -- for thinking outside the box, for acting and doing things to change the word and the world. Although this is another discussion, 1960s not only saw the rise of ci ...more
May 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All
How about i give u a quote:"Stupidity is not unknown to our long-range political policy makers. Participation in electoral politics organized by the enemy state- after recognizing that the whole process must be discredited as a conditional step into revolution, and particularly participation that tends to authenticate this process-is the opposite of revolution. It's a tactic for the ultra-rightists." "They'll never count me among the broken men." - George Jackson
Feb 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Blood In My Eye was completed barely a week before the murder of George L. Jackson in San Quentin Prison on August 21, 1971. After being convicted at age eighteen for stealing seventy dollars from a gas station, Jackson was sentenced to one year to life. He spent the rest of his life, eleven years, in prison, with seven of those years in solitary confinement. While in prison he dedicated himself to revolutionary ideals and became a member of the Black Panther Party. In this, his last book, he p ...more
Win Powell
Apr 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read

Extremely interesting read from Jackson's viewpoint both passionate and bitter in equal measure but also thought provoking would a better read in a modern day format as is printed in old magazine style. Short book easy quick informative read
Randall Wallace
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The ultimate aim of fascists is the total destruction of all revolutionary consciousness. And in America, “the ultimate expression of law is not order - it’s prison.” George spends four years in prison just studying economics and military ideas in an attempt to “transform the black criminal mentality into a black revolutionary mentality.” “The only friend I had was a book”. “You depend of books”. Reading Marx in depth had led him to a sense of membership in the human community by joining a revol ...more
Jul 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
"Blood in My Eye" is George L. Jackson's second book after "Soledad Brother's", published in 1972. The author was the Black Panthers' Party's (BPP) field-marshal for the prisons.
He was imprisoned for stealing 70 dollars when he was 18 years old. In 1971, he was assassinated by a guard. 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. He was just 17 years old.

It contains letters and texts about
William West
An extraordinary tactical thinker who was also a beautiful writer of english prose:

"Born to a premature death, a menial, subsistence-wage worker, odd-job man, the cleaner, the caught, the man under hatches, without bail- that's me, the colonial victim. Anyone who can pass the civil service examination today can kill me tomorrow. Anyone who passed the civil service examination yesterday can kill me today with complete immunity. I've lived with repression every moment of my life, a repression so
Queen Green
Jul 22, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Black Panther Historians
Saddening and true, the plight of George Jackson and his thwarted and bloody attempt to freedom.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
George L. Jackson, member of the Black Panther Party, founder of the Black Guerilla Family , writer, theoretician, revolutionary and political prisoner. Though before becoming a revolutionary , he had been a political prisoner , held in a state prison on unjust grounds. 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. Having a long rap sheet due to a history of petty crimes ranging from ...more
Amanda P
Nov 02, 2017 rated it liked it
This was an interesting read for me and not one that I normally would have picked up. I recently read a book on the Patty Hearst kidnapping by the Symbionese Liberation Army and this was the book that they kept referring to throughout. From my understanding DeFreeze based his principals on this book and on Jackson’s ideals.
While I think that Jackson made some very valid points; I was not a fan of his desire for violence and almost misogynistic views.
I found myself having to reread paragraphs m
Chad Montabon
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is a must read if you are researching the Pathers, 60's radicalism or any of a host of other subjects, but it is filled with pseudointellectual jargon and generally preaches to the choir (if that choir is populated by angry, black people).

Also, there are a few laughable lines that wouldn't even stand up on a CNN panel.
Alice Farmer
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the first Marxist texts I read and it spoke to me. Jackson's insight into the prison system through a Marxist-Leninist(-Maoist) lens is crucial for anyone interested in the BPP, Black Power, Civil Rights etc.
Malaika H Kambon
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book, and one that has stood the test of time in terms of factual relevancy to the liberation struggles of Afrikan people today. It is clear, precise, analytical and should be re-read repeatedly.
Lisa Witkowski
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
George Jackson's last work is a near-perfect call to arms; it is a quick and easily digestible read that revisits the history of communism and lays out a plan for action now -- even after all these years, it has not lost its urgency, but possibly even gained some. It is also a devastating read when considering the US government's active, clandestine role in decimating both the left and the black community at large. This book is necessity for anyone interested in prison abolition (or even in just ...more
Not Without Bias
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
I found this book hard to rate. It contains a profound articulation of the many manifestations of racial oppression, and calls out the futility of passive resistance against powerful aggression. It is also at times so eloquently written. Given George received the full force of the state's ongoing violence against specific racialised groups, his resistance was courageous; his mind impressive, and his will tenacious.

I have struggled with George's expressed capacity for violence that at times seem
Spicy T AKA Mr. Tea
I'm not sure how I feel about this. I do wonder how Jackson's thought would have progressed had he not been assassinated. Maybe it was because his thought was so revolutionary (as well as being a good organizer) that lead to his murder. When I started reading it, I was first struck by how much of his thinking was influenced by Fanon. Then there were other concepts that we see today making a come back like "the 1%." Much like the Red Army Faction which operated in a time and place in history, a l ...more
Jul 01, 2008 rated it it was ok
Jackson may not have cried over his brother Jonathan's death, but he can't let go of it; it permeates this book, from cover to cover.

A jailhouse theorist, Jackson never got a chance to put his ideas into practice. Although he had street experience, he was still quite young--that age at which every boy and his political reader thinks he's got the solution to the world's trouble. Had he not died at such a young age, he could have developed further.

A very influential work for the New Left.
Aug 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
George Jackson has left an impressive document that will be read for many decades to come. Importantly, "Blood in My Eye" is a testament to a pivotal time in the US when the political left knew what it wanted-a position which is partially the direct by-product of the reality today.

Jackson is an embodiment of the period successes and failures. He will forever be counted amongst "undefeated." In addition, he is one of the true freer ones for doing what he believe in. Thanks, comrade George!
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Most people realize that crime is simply the result of a grossly disproportionate distribution of wealth and privilege, a reflection of the present state of property relations. There are no wealthy men on death row and so few in the general population that we can discount them all together. Imprisonment is an aspect of class struggle from the outset."
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Excellent revolutionary text. Although written more than 45 years ago, it contains pearls of relevance for today.
R.K. Byers
Jun 15, 2009 rated it liked it
George lost me with this one.
EuGene Byrd
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I'm not sure of what to think about this one yet...I'll keep you posted.
Jeff Wallace
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great Book!!!
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
George Jackson is phenomenal, and was way ahead of his time. Must read in juxtaposition with Soledad Brother.
Some interesting stuff in here about urban guerilla strategy and Amerikan fascism. I'm not sure if I agree with all of Jackson's conclusions but it's a good read anyhow.
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George Lester Jackson was an African-American left-wing activist, Marxist, author, a member of the Black Panther Party, and co-founder of the Black Guerrilla Family. Jackson achieved fame as one of the Soledad Brothers and was later shot to death by guards in San Quentin Prison.
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