The Immortal Child and the Inevitability of Revolutionary Love

W.E.B Du Bois wrote, “In the treatment of the child the world foreshadows its own future and faith. All words and all thinking lead to the child,–to the vast immortality and wide sweep of infinite possibility which the child represents.” The immortal child and immortal children are the highest value and therefore the foundation of revolutionary love. The love of the child forces us to question the value of bourgeois, or romantic love, and its selfish individualism. It is such , because all values and beliefs in capitalist morality lead back to the individual. Romance, love and desire, must be placed within the context of a larger and all embracing love of freedom from oppression and injustice. Du Bois insists upon a larger love, which might not take the name love after all; something more embracing that ultimately centers upon the immortal child. As to whether Black folk should have children and should we commit our children to live in this frightful world, he says, “Have we any right to make human souls face what we face? The answer is clear: If the great battle of human rights against poverty, against disease , against color prejudice is to be won, it must be won, not in our day, but in the day of our children’s children. Our is the blood and dust of battle; theirs the rewards of victory…It is our duty, then, to accomplish the immortality of black blood, in order that the day may come in this dark world when poverty shall be abolished, privilege be based on individual desert, and the color of a man’s skin be no bar to the outlook of his soul.” If revolution is an act of love of the immortal child, those who claim to love , and especially those who claim to love children, must commit to revolutionary struggle. In these times the highest manifestation of love is struggle and the highest form of struggle is revolutionary struggle to creat a new social and economic system and hence a new world worthy of children.

About Anthony Monteiro

I am a activist and scholar who is a professor in the Department of African American Studies at Temple University.
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