Chris Hedges in a recent interview with Cornel West, a third party canddate in the 2024 US Presidential election and supporter of Bernie Sanders in the 2020 race, described Patrice Lumumba as 'a real freedom fighter.'
In the Congo politicians like Lumumba were elected to power on promises of wage increases which the workers didn’t get. So they went on strike. The American activist Fred Hampton was, like Hedge's hero, also assassinated, but was better at marshalling cogent facts:
'We got to face some facts. That the masses are poor, that the masses belong to what you call the lower class, and when I talk about the masses, I’m talking about the white masses, I’m talking about the black masses, and the brown masses, and the yellow masses, too. We’ve got to face the fact that some people say you fight fire best with fire, but we say you put fire out best with water. We say you don’t fight racism with racism. We’re gonna fight racism with solidarity. We say you don’t fight capitalism with no black capitalism; you fight capitalism with socialism' (Syria in Seattle: Defies the U.S. Regime, ICH, June 13, 2020).