Monday, May 4, 2015

Savant on Baltimore





Already there are some young Black people who say "We need to bring back the BLack Panthers." These youngsters in their late teens or early 20 weren't even BORN then. But it is the legend of the Panthers, and their symbolism of militant resistance, that they seem to have in mind." This shit ain't going away. If the cops walk there will hell to pay. You may recall what I said to you when you were in Baltimore back in 2010. I spoke of the pent up anger within the Black community--especia lly among the dispossessed masses of our black poor and working class. You may remember in that published interview of me that you read, that an interviewer asked whether I thought the riots such as happened in Baltimore after King was killed, and in many other cities that same year (1968) and earlier, could happen again. I recall now that it was a Zimbabwean woman from Balt Univ, who asked that question. I told her that I wasn't looking forward to this, but it was certainly possible because the same conditions exist (or have gotten worse) for the MASS of my people as existed then. I said that Baltimore and most other cities powder kegs. That the elites, black and white (and others), are sitting on social dynamite and don't even seem to notice. Well the dynamite exploded. Duh....how long have we been warning of this? Well there are a lot of activity this weekend. They include at least one meeting of people seeking to organize this discontent in ways which will make the resistance more effective than the futile outbreaks of rock and bottle throwing and the smashing of windows. For as I told one colleague and comrade: Rebellion doesn't need justification, but rather EDUCATION and organization. We must become more organized, more politically sophisticated, MORE (not less) militant, and (as Dr. King even argued) to contest "the whole order of society.

-Savant
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A black cop can (and sometimes do) racially profile other black people. There are white racist Negroes with pretty much the same white racist frame of mind as we find in among the most reactionary bigots. Some are so eager to be accepted as part of the club that they are even WORSE than the white cops. And those Black and Latin cops who try to move against the grain, who speak out, are severely punished. It's the entire police system. As some the protesting groups here in Baltimore are now saying, we had to rid ourselves of the entire system. Black, Latin and poor communities (including whites) are continually subject to police abuse, police terror. We have come to the point, as some protestors are saying, when we will simply have to DISMANTLE the police, and replace them with a force subject the democratic control of the communities in which they work. When the protests against police terror began nearly a year ago, I was saying that while an admirable nonviolent discipline has been maintained, it is not guaranteed to persist indefinitely. The riots in Baltimore are just a warning sign. For those of us who regard those youngsters as our younger brothers and sisters (not thugs and criminals), our effort must be to organize and educate. I do not say to the disinherited youth of our ghettoes "Don't be angry, and don't rebel." Indeed, I say that " It is natural to be angry at injustice; and that there is something mentally and morally wrong with those who are not angry. It is RIGHT to rebel, and that it is those woo are not in rebellion, or are even in collaboration, who ought to explain themselves. But sporadic outbreaks such as this is not the way to effectively wage a struggle of liberation. You must become politically educated and organized." What both the peaceful demonstrations ---and they have been 99% despite the media sensationalistic focusing on incidents--and the violent out break indicate is that we're entering an era in which oppositional movements on the scale of the 1930s and 1960s are becoming possible again. The mood of the masses is changing

-Savant

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I am prouder than ever of my community here in Baltimore. To see my people rally for justice in numbers not seen since the 1960s (when I was a child), to also large numbers of others rallying to our cause---whites, Latinos, Asians, Jews, Arabs, and innumerable others--indicates to me that we CAN build a must just society than we have, that we can be better than we are. What's important is that while Baltimore now in the national limelight, it is part of a larger movement addressing a larger problem. Very importantly, many people are pointing out the police terrorism is only part of the picture. It is part of a larger shameful portrait of structural racist oppression and economic exploitation. It is all of piece in the same system that can give us a forest or prisons while shutting down schools; a system that can vastly expand mass incarceration but not education. A system of gentrification in which the police, as the armed enforcers of the status quo, essentially defend a system no only of racism, but of class privilege, a system of rapidly ballooning divisions between haves and have not. Given the deeply rooted racism of American society, and given that a disproportionate part of the have-nots are black and brown, the police, whose job is to defend the privileged against the rest of us, must necessarily inflict---at least for now--the bulk of the brutality on our community. It has been noted by a number of people who've spoken at rallies here in Baltimore how quickly the National Guard and even police from other states and cities were deployed to defend PROPERTY in our cities compared to the slowness or inability of such responses when it is a question of the needs of ordinary human beings. Too bad the people of New Orleans during the Katrina disaster couldn't received such swift aid as is available when property is threatened. At any rate, I think we can prevail. We must keep up our energies. And as our people are now in motion, we must organize this popular insurgent energy.

-Savant

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Direct your complaints to the white corporate elite who created this mess, and the corrupt Negro bourgeoisie of the AA political class who collaborated with them to gentrify our city, destroy manufacturing jobs, and offer mass incarceration to our youth instead of jobs and education. How about tourism? I tell you what: COME to Baltimore (and carefully conceal your white arrogance), and talk to some of the people in the West Baltimore ghetto where Freddy grew up, or the East Baltimore ghettoes where I grew up and talk to THEM about tourism. Property value? That's about the ONLY thing that is valued in capitalist America. I've said numerous times in this an other threads---and more importantly in REAL TIME to some of my angry young brothers in the streets of Baltimore--that this sporadic violence, this looting and battling with rocks armed pigs with military weapons, is NOT the way to advance the struggle for liberation. Only I make it clear to them--unlike the white racists and Negro reactionaries who see 15 and 16 years old kids as thugs an criminals--that their lives DO matter, and matter far more than the property which arouses so much concern. I emphasize ORGANIZED resistance, and political education. My attitude, like the attitudes of Dr. King and the Panthers--who also were against rioting, but not organized struggle---is that one human life is worth more than all the gold of Fort Knox. But it s property which the police and national guard are primarily designed to defend. Rioting is the outcry of the powerless, or as Dr. King said somewhere the language or "voice of the unheard." You ask who will compensate those who have suffered losses, and I take it you mean the property holders. The smaller enterprises certainly have my sympathy. The larger ones have insurance and government aid. But who will compensate for the HUMAN LOSSES of the masses of the people in this city? Who will compensate for the lives destroyed by this system, indeed this fascistic police system with its pervasive racist barbarism? Who will compensate the losses of the disinherited and dispossessed---the very people whom Dr. King lovingly described as the "disinherited children of God"---but white racist and Negro elite opportunists and reactionaries alike call "thugs and criminals."? Who will compensate them for generations of losses? And what are a few looted stores compared to their LOOTED LIVES? The very manner in which reactionaries (and now I include many liberals as well as conservatives) is itself part of the problem. As for me, I will stand with the disinherited and the dispossessed

-Savant

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Aujourd'hui, La Lutte continue Aujourd'hui, je va au manifestation des "historically black colleges and universities" (HBCU) a 10 heures, ce matin. Nous marchon au Memorial Plaza. This is exhausting, but who care? Justice calls us forth!

-Savant

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Savant on Baltimore





I was there in person. So, I saw the events as they were occurring. As for the angry youth, their erratic conduct is a reaction to the problem. It is not their anger that is the problem, but the causes of their anger--the systemic violence and injustice. Frankly, I am as angry as they are, but I think differently because I'm fortunate enough to be politically better educated and inform. I don't speak to or of them as "thugs" and "animals " as do the white racist and the opportunistic Negro bourgeoisie. But I seek to inform them that there are more effective forms of action than sporadic rioting. I am HAPPY that the Black poor are willing to revolt, to rise up. But I want them to do so more effectively and with a vision of a revolutionary new order which affirms human dignity. My assessment of their action, like that which the Black Panthers once had to the rioting that occurred in the 1960s, is that "the masses are handling the resistance incorrectly." Hence I am involved in creating new sociopolitical forms and institutions to enable the righteous rebellion of the masses to act more effectively to end the evils of police terrorism, structural racism and capitalist exploitation.

-Savant

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Yes, you can see signs of that in Topix all the time. Mostly among whites, but also among some Blacks. I live in Baltimore. And while I don't think sporadic outbreaks of rioting is an effective way of fighting oppression, and indeed is counterproductive, I don't denounced the young Black people who are doing it. I will work with them, seek to politically educate them, and learn effective ways of engaging in politically conscious ORGANIZED resistance and struggle.

-Savant

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Oppression breeds dysfunction (including fratricidal violence among Blacks, or poor whites for that matter). Police are arms of the power structure, enforcing muscle of the system of oppression itself.

-Savant

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Conscious words in April of 2015





IMHO the main issue w Attny Pettit's otherwise very important narrative re: 'Killer Cops USA', is he didn't state explicitly [though perhaps implicitly] just how systemically racist this issue is. IMO his term 'the general US public' is a euphemism for most white folks. Thus what Attny Petttit is saying is- Most white people in the US support the cops, even when they gun-down UnArmed Black [& Brown] folks under very 'curious' circumstances- & thus reject eye-witness accounts that refute killer cops 'tall-tales'. This remains so even when it should be blatantly obvious that those cops [or even cop wannabes] are LYING or at-least have glaring 'discrepancies' in their claims [IE: Killer Cop Wilson & Killer ZMan].
Thus when a cop blatantly LIES as in the case of the SC Cop that gunned-down Mr Walter Scott in the back as Mr Scott tried to flee for his life, the 'general public' is 'shocked' that a white cop [Mike Slager] would execute a 50 yr old Black man by cold-bloodedly shooting him in the back multiple Xs [during a routine traffic stop] & then plant a 'throw-down' on him! The US' 'lame-stream' 'general-public' would have bought Slager's LIES had not that video surfaced that proved him a cold-blooded KILLER & LIAR!!!
Also note the 'general US public' generally prefers to avoid the 'R' word [racism] in cases where whites gun-down unarmed Blacks [& Browns], even when there's undeniable proof the KILLER is indeed a RACIST [IE: Mike Dunn who gunned-down unarmed Black teen Jordan Davis]

The DOJ report said the Ferguson Police Dept has a long legacy of racially biased policing- IE: the force is 95% white in a town that's 2/3s Black, issuing excessive traffic tickets & fines vs Blacks & then issuing arrest warrants for those fined when many Blacks are unable to pay those excessive penalties & fines, etc...
But in fact Ferguson's Police Dept's legacy of RACISM goes well beyond that. The DOJ found a series of RACIST Emails [including against Pres Obama himself] going back to at-least Nov 2008, involving the deputy chief [= the 2nd in command, Capt Rank], Killer Cop Wilson's supervisory Sgt [who came to Mike Brown's murder scene & allowed Wilson to remove his squad-car from the scene & keep his gun = evidence tampering], & Ferguson's TOP Court Clerk [a woman]. IMO This is why [ex] Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson really resigned- because Obama's & AG Holder's DOJ found that Thomas' deputy chief & Killer Cop Wilson's supervisory Sgt, were exchanging blatantly RACIST emails vs Obama himself & FLOTUS Michelle O- as well as Blacks in general!!! Never-the-less Obama's & Holder's DOJ refuses to indict Killer Cop Wilson- & in fact regurgitated every 'tall-tale' Wilson told re his gunning-down Mike Brown in cold-blood!!! [Note: CNN did at-least 2 reports on these RACIST emails, noting that 2 Ferguson cops were FIRED & Chief Jackson 'persuaded' to reign- Yet CNN FAILED to say that these were NOT just 2 any ole 'Joe-Blow' cops- but Jackson's Deputy Chief {Capt rank} & Killer Cop Wilson's Supervisory Sgt]
And AG Holder gave Wilson this 'free-pass' despite glaringly obvious 'discrepancies' in Wilson's 'tall-tales' IE: } Claiming 'Big Mike' suckered punch Wilson thru the drivers side window, Yet the pix of Wilson shows what 'MIGHT' be a 'bruise' on his RIGHT [NOT Left] cheek!
- Wilson claims he chased Big Mike about 30 - 40 ft before shooting him, yet Big Mike's body lay some 150 FT AWAY from Wilson's squad-car!
- At-least 15 eye-witnesses [including 2 white guys working nearby] say Big Mike had his hands-up & was giving-up when Wilson gunned him down -vs- just 1 [so-called] 'Witness' who backed Wilson's 'tall-tale' of 'Big Mike' as a rampaging 'Raging Bull'{s___}- Yet that woman's a RACIST cheer-leader for Wilson, who committed PERJURY before the grand-jury & almost certainly was NOT Even IN Ferguson on THAT Day!!! [FYI: they dredged this woman up as a so-called 'eye-witness' {NOT!} in favor of Wilson's 'tall-tales'- about a month AFTER the Fact]

These 'discrepancies' alone [let alone the legacy of racism of Ferguson Cops IE: the Deputy chief & Wilson's own supervisor] should have been enough for Obama's & Holder's DOJ to impeach Wilson for executing Big Mike!!! But in a poly-trickal atmosphere where the 'general US public' generally backs KILLER Cops like Wilson- OH Well!!.. IMO Obama's & AG Holder's [or his Black woman successor] DOJ most likely won't charge Eric Garner's killer cop either- Even Though that Cop Was Caught on Video Choking Mr Garner to Death w an ILLEGAL Choke-Hold!! [PS: There's NO video of Mr Garner shop-lifting cigars, NOR attacking / slugging / charging cops, NOR holding anything in his hands that cops could 'mistake' as a weapon!]!!



-Brother Nixak*77*

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Also see this Interview by Doug Henwood w Jane McAlevey @ BAR:[Obama pick] Dim Chicago Mayor Rahmbo & Repug IL Gov Bruce Rauner On Jihad to Eliminate Unions in Chicago & IL [@ http://blackagendareport.com/d... ]: } US living standards for ordinary working people have deteriorated the last 40 years because Democrats and Republicans have systematically de-unionized the country, says ex-union organizer Jane McAlevey. Illinois governor Bruce Rauner and Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel are on a jihad to kill the last unions in Chicago, to impose more privatizations, cuts in child care, wages, education and more austerity. {
Ms McAlevey also says progressives need to reject the neo-liberal talking-point / 'spin' that there's a real difference between so-called private sector & public sector workers, & she also says that too often traditional hierarchical [trade] unions [whose leadership & rank & file are dominated by white men] have failed to support so-called public sector unions whose constituency is largely Black, Latina & other women of color [IE: teachers' & health care workers' unions, etc].

-Brother Nixak*77*


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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Conscious Commentaries






According to Jamal Joseph in his memoir PANTHER BABY, this is a point often emphasized by Afeni Shakur (mother of Tupac), and kinswoman of Assata. Anger and indignation are not enough

-Savant

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Love is revolutionary, or at least can be.

-Savant

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The Falsification of Afrikan Consciousness, Eurocentric History, Psychiatry and the Politics of White Supremacy
by Amos N. Wilson great book, great author.

http://www.amazon.com/Falsification-Afrikan-Consciousness-Eurocentric-Psychiatry/dp/1879164027/ref=la_B001K881AM_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1424099202&sr=1-2


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Of course, this simpleton freddy the fool knows nothing about me, and apparently nothing about the topic of this thread. In fact, in virtually every thread in which he appears he almost NEVER contributes anything to the THEME of the thread, but prefers to engage in personal quarrels. (Naturally, since he lacks the intelligence to discuss or debate anything). At least I and various others have contributed something RELEVANT to the discussion---even when many of us disagree. And some of us can stay on point for at least five minutes (for heavens sake!). Whether referring to studies, or my personal experiences (and that of friends and kin), professional relations, or my anti-apartheid activism in the 1980s as a student, the discussion is always related to the question of why allegedly Africans and Black Americans don't date or marry. My argument has been that they do, and maybe more often than we think, but that HOW MUCH so is still an unresolved question. Unfortunately, some Africans and Black Americans alike cannot discuss this topic without indulging in mutual recriminations and insults which would often be seen as racist if done by whites. This probably leads to all kinds of misunderstandings. And it's not just interpersonal relations, but also political, economic and cultural relations and exchange that are made difficult by this mutual ignorance, misunderstanding and (sometimes) outright hostility.

-Savant

Friday, March 27, 2015

More Conscious Words






Regarding the Panthers, I've heard of another book called BLACK AGAINST EMPIRE, apparently about the anti-imperialist political thought of that Party.There's a book on the Black Panthers published by Black Classics Press. I can't think title right now. It may be RECONSIDERING THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY. Black Classics Press is run by Paul Coates, former head of the Baltimore Black Panther Party. His son Ta Nehisi Coates wrote an interesting article on issue of Reparations which appeared several months ago in the ATLANTIC magazine.

-Savant

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One thing that was different was the attitude toward that dysfunction. Black men and women seemed to realize that the dysfunction in our relationships were socially conditioned by oppression, but also thought that it was something we had to work to correct. You didn't see the loony animosities between Black men and women that are displayed all over the internet. Healing our interpersonal dysfunction was considered by that generation to be part and parcel of the entire struggle for social liberation. So, yes, they argued, debated, agreed and disagreed. And sometimes there was anger---but rarely to the point that they denounced or despised each other. You didn't see or hear Black men and women claiming how much better white (or other non-black) men and women were superior to the men and women of their own people. If you DID talk like that you got straightened but good! If a brother disrespected a sister around any conscious sisters and brothers (of which there were far more), they set him straight. Not only sisters set him straight. Brothers would call you on it too. I recall in Jamal Joseph's memoir PANTHER BABY that when he (then about 15) came out his mouth the wrong way with a Panther sister, she set him straight. And an older male Panther pulled him up: "Young brother, did you REALLY think you could talk that jive to a Panther sister and not get called on it? Did you really think you could talk to her the way you talk to women on a street corner?" I was a kid when the Panthers were happening. But I recall that they'd tell the bada____ dudes in the hood: "Do you want to be a pimp or a revolutionary? You can't be both. And if you a pimp then you're an enemy of the people. And you know what we think and how we deal with enemies of the people." Frankly, I think that George Jackson (with all his flaws) proved to be a more thoughtful about the problems of black men and women over time than did Eldridge Cleaver. I must say I found rather touching the doomed love between George Jackson and Angela Davis. A self-educated brother from the hood and a middle class university educated sister finding each other as comrades, and then as lovers. I still recall from one of Angela's letters to George: "I love YOU and I love MY PEOPLE." Much of their correspondence was both about the movement, about relations between Black men and women (how the struggle for liberation necessarily involved as well a transformation of our relationships as well as creating new revolutionary institutions,etc), and about their love for each other. The whole level of discourse is so much more advanced than what we commonly see now that I guess it's almost impossible to believe that such times and people actually existed. But they did. And I think they can exist again

-Savant

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That's one of the reasons King refuse to identify with either party. That's one of the reasons that by the late 60s his mind was on forming a new movement---a multiracial movement--of the dispossessed for economic justice, economic democracy. With the winning of certain legal rights through the civil rights struggle, he believed that now issues of class and economic justice and fairness needed to be front and center. Perhaps that is why he was killed.

-Savant

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Fundamental to the solving of any problem is indeed understanding its origins and causes. And that truism is probably where our agreement ends. For most Black people understand that the problems themselves, and their origins are SOCIAL, and not wrong decisions or bad choices by errant individuals. Personal choices, good are bad, usually responses to a problem though they can sometimes become a part of the problem. But unless you rectify the social roots of a problem then the problem continues. Individualistic analyses and solutions to problems which are social are really delusional. As we have different answers to what CAUSED the problem, it is naturally to have different answers to the question of what the possible remedies are. And to be frank, I don't think most whites understand the causes of their problems, or the nature of the problem. And that's one of the reasons you find poor and middle class whites spewing more animosity towards Blacks, Jews, Latinos, immigrants or whoever than against the 1% who own them, body and soul.

-Savant

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At the time of Napoleon's invasion of Russia, that country numbered at least in the tens of millions; probably more. When Napoleon attempted to reconquer Haiti and restore slavery, Haiti had not more than 500,000 people. (France, though less numerous than Russia, had 20 million people when the 1789 Revolution broke out). Hence, the army of Napoleon (25,000) was quite large in Haiti considering the country he was invading.

-Savant



Friday, March 20, 2015

Savant's Commentaries



It's an historical fact that whites have murdered other whites in the millions and tens of millions...maybe more. Even before the carnage of WWI and WWII this went on in Europe. The Thirty Years War (1618--1648) alone reduced the population of Germany from about 22 millions to about 10 millions. Obviously the two world wars and the murderous tyranny of the dictators caused far greater carnage than that. So, yeah....Barros is right on that one.

-Savant

http://nyx.uky.edu/oh/render.php?cachefile=02OH108RPWCR03_King.xml

http://www.topix.com/forum/afam/TH2AUD38H6T9N3QEE#c7

http://isreview.org/issue/96/race-surveillance-and-empire

http://www.counterfire.org/articles/a-marxist-history-of-the-world/16105-a-marxist-history-of-the-world-part-98-the-vietnam-war


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I've just started reading once more THE FIRE NEXT TIME by James Baldwin. I am also reading FRANTZ FANON: A PORTRAIT and THE WRETCHED OF THE EARTH by Frantz Fanon. Just finished reading GOING DOWN JERICHO ROAD: THE MEMPHIS STRIKE, MARTIN LUTHER KING'S LAST CAMPAIGN. Also, COLONIALISM AND NEOCOLONIALISM by Jean-Paul Sartre (my favorite white philosopher). Over spring break I will be revisiting Aime Cesaire's DISCOURSE ON COLONIALISM since I'm discussing this with my students in class. Don't get me started. I'm bibliophile. I even carried one of James Baldwin's books in my coat pocket on the way to one of our "Black Lives Matter" demonstrations in Baltimore

-Savant

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In short, you were posing a rhetorical question. Now the facts: Some African Americans, duped by racist propaganda against Africa (also intended as a weapon against us), do try to distance themselves from African and believe themselves superior. Other African-Americans actually take pride in the African past, and the African beginnings of our own cultural self-formation. At higher levels of political consciousness, some African Americans actually feel and affirm solidarity with Africa and with Blacks in other parts of the world. In port cities like Baltimore, Black American dockworkers went on strike and refuse to lift chrome from Rhodesia during the 1070s or materials from Fascistic apartheid South AFrica. Some sought to fight as volunteers in support of Ethiopia during the Italian fascist invasion. And for some American Blacks Italy's rape of Ethiopia is what first incensed to the point of wanting to fight Fascism in Europe. Some Black members of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade volunteering to fight Franco stated they were initially motivated by the attack on Ethiopia. Black American churches, community organizations, trade unions and some businesses withdrew funds from institutions known to be investing in the apartheid regime. Black intellectuals used the power of the word, in both writing and speaking, to educate the public about struggles in southern Africa. (In the 1970s there was even an African Liberation Support Committee organized to raise funds for the liberation movements and public awareness in the USA). I was personally involved in some of this while still in high school during the 1970s, and continued into the 1980s and beyond. Black American churches raised funds for the education of South African youth who had to flee their country after the Soweto massacres. My mother's church was one of them. There were endless rallies, protests and sometimes arrests. The Black media, including the BALTIMORE AFRO-AMERICAN helped keep the issue alive. And our predecessors, folk like W.E.B. Du Bois, Paul Robeson, Lorraine Hansberry, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and the original Black Panther Party kept the issue of African American/African solidarity on the front burner. (I even recall a mass rally at Fisk University in which some brothers who were Vietnam vets wanted to know if THEY couldn't go to South Africa to help fight the racist regime. I recall one vet who stood up and said: "We spent years, and some lost our lives fighting the yellow man for the white man. We need to fight our REAL enemies. And I'd like to know how well those f**king crackers shooting kids in Soweto can do against BLACK MEN with GUNS!" Which got a round of applause. But ANC spokesman said that building a movement in America was the best way to assist the struggle in South Africa). To make a long story short, brother, I think if you want to tell it like it is, you need to make sure you know FULLY how it is.

-Savant

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It has been said that in America, it is the Blacks who have most developed something like what one thinker calls the "tragic sense of life." Cornel West speaks of the "tragicomic sense of hope" that has been so eloquently expressed in the "blues sensibility" of AA culture. And then there is the prophetic tradition which is of ancient Hebrew origins, but most powerfully expressed in America in AA spirituals, gospels--in what Du Bois calls the "Sorrow Songs" of Black America. Each reveals a profound perception of the meaning of life. A sense of life's inexorable limitations, but also a sense of its inspiring possibilities. When I've time I may post more reflections on this...after midterm madness is over. Sgh.

-Savant

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Freddy the fool is worst than apolitical. He's politically REACTIONARY. An apolitical person would probably do nothing and say nothing of any significance. Freddy actively OPPOSES progressive Black thought and politics. In fact, he opposes progressive anything. He has ridiculed people involved in the protests against police terror, claiming that only "hoodr__" and ghetto thugs have problems with the police. (The obvious class biases aside for a moment, yell that to Skip Gates, Cornel West, and a couple AA--and one Latino- writer friend of mine who got jacked up by the police). The Black Panthers used to say the idiots like freddy were either pigs or fools. Who knows? He may be BOTH, but I know he's a fool)

-Savant