Saturday, November 24, 2012

At the River I Stand





The following words of mine are controversial and you know some folks hate the following words:
I think that a Black agenda ought to be promoted in society. The President talked about the interests of other groups of people and ethnicities (by name), so we as blacks have the right to make our grievances known. The issues of education, the prison industrial complex, the war on terror, health care, etc. are important to us. Yet, some people in this forum have things backwards. Some people say that they are so independent and so freedom loving, but they advance the same reactionary ideals of libertarianism or laissez faire capitalism (this is the same economic philosophy that harmed our people via the Maafa. This stuff murdered our people literally. Imperialism, colonialism, gender inequality, and economic inequality are always related to unregulated capitalism, feudalism, or its geo-political cousins. People shouldn't talk about Mao or Stalin since they were funded by capitalist industries and both men followed dictatorial anti-liberty policies). You can criticize Republicans and Democrats all you want to, but if you want to scapegoat the indigenous peoples of America or someone of another background (in a vicious fashion), you are no different than a reactionary who hates black people. Dr. King said that social democratic solutions are great. Kwame Ture said that there are weakness to capitalism and Malcolm X (who so-called “independent” blacks claim was so conservative) said that capitalism sucks the blood out of people. In 1965, Malcolm X said that Africans have the right to advance a version of socialism if they want to. Yes, Kwame and Malcolm criticized the establishment liberals (as they should be criticized for their token agendas), but they did accept some progressive principles from gender equality to universal housing. Also, black leaders from Kwame Ture to others respected people of color fighting against oppression. As blacks, our people's interests should have a paramount importance in improving ourselves of course, but I will not scapegoat people of color (who aren't black) as a means to execute the policies of real Black Power. Real Black Power is executed out of a genuine heart. We are near 2013 and some people still want to call the original inhabitants of the Americas "aliens" (many of the same people who use that word are the same people denying the humanity of black people) when they didn't come from outer space. They are human beings period. Just because a person isn't a citizen of America doesn't mean that person is to be denied human rights. Also, I do believe with one independent black person in this forum that ultimately we should be political Independents. We shouldn't bow before the altar of liberalism or conservatism. We should be revolutionaries.

Also, some black people want to glamorize Jim Crow segregation. I don't want to revert to that time period nor do I accept the injustices in this time period. To have draconian restrictions of human liberty & human sexuality back then is evil. I will agree that we had better cultural cohesiveness and that's a positive thing (we need more black unity now), but overall Jim Crow apartheid caused a great psychological damage to our people. I am glad those days are over and we are fighting new challenges nearing 2013.

The Dems and the GOP aren't demigods at all. Both parties have exploited our people for centuries. Now, what we need isn't some faux pro-Tea Party version of Black Nationalism. Not even Cornell West or Tavis Smiley agrees with that nonsense. We need a real black nationalism that yes focuses on business development, self-sufficiency, & economic growth, but also fights poverty by a radical redistribution of economic and political power. You can never have Power unless you create it or take it from the oppressors. As people say, the poor doesn't need permanent austerity, but real, long term investments. Fundamentally, all human beings deserve real dignity, real equality (the haters can talk about God all they want, but the Good Book says love your neighbor as yourself), real rights, and real respect. We as blacks have the right to make our views known to the White House and the White House has a responsibility to be part of the solution in helping our community (we have the responsibility to handle our situation as well not just the White House). We need cultural improvement and an international perspective of uniting with our black brothers and our black sisters in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the rest of the world. For our issues for black African liberation are international not just national. Back in the day, I used to believe in a lot of the rhetoric of the so-called "Independents" until I woke up.

By Timothy (Me)


I think Jamie Foxx made a joke. I wouldn't use the joke since The President isn't the Savior, but there are more important issues in the world. Once again, the reactionaries claim to be something that they are not. The truth is that we ought to promote alternatives to the status quo. I am Independent, but I don't make it my duty to call supporters of the President idiots and stupid all of the time. That doesn't solve anything. I promote solutions like universal health care, help for the environment, progressive economic solutions, and yes respect for your neigbhor (since these reactionaries always try to use religion as an excuse to promote bigotry). You can talk about the Creator all you want, but the Creator wants us to feed the hungry, promote mercy, and have a radical redistribution of economic and political power.

-By Timothy (Me)


TheDriftingsmoke is just another empty schill for pro white imperialism over non white people.As long as rich white folks run everything it could care less about CIA/Al Qaeda death squads & camps,millions in US prisons doing grunt work for rich capitalist corporations or the millions more homeless children that roam the streets in most all capitalist countries and their dependencies.


Only if u buy that 'the best defense is a good offense'. The facts are Korea was an occupied territory inside the Japanese empire.Japan was an imperialist rival to Euro imperialism.The USA intervened n Korea to thwart the indigenous anti Japanese imperialist independence movement in Korea from being unified with the rest of anti Japanese imperialist movement across eastern Asia being led by Asian communist.The USA was & is n Korea to extend it's power as a post ww2 global imperialist hegemon.


Black Pearl |
Well, Well, Well. Hollywood is just like any other community in America. It is filled with racist bigots.
We really don’t know anything about these actors and actresses, other than what they portray in public and on the movie screen.
I bet those black actors and actresses could tell us some horrific racist horror stories that they have encountered in LaLaland. But, they won’t tell for fear of being blacklisted.


When It Comes to Gaza, Don’t Let Obama Speak for Black Americans
‘Like an olive tree planted by the water, we shall not be moved’
by Jesse Hagopian

At the end of our trip I attended what must have been an illegal book reading in East Jerusalem by Palestinian author and activist, Omar Barghouti, who read from his just released, Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights (Haymarket Books, 2011). East Jerusalem, Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since its 1967 war, is illegally annexed by Israel and thus falls under the jurisdiction of the 2011 "Law for Prevention of Damage to the State of Israel through Boycott.” As the law reads, “Knowingly publishing a public call for a boycott against the State of Israel will be considered a civil wrong to which the civil tort law applies.” Under this legislation, an individual or organization proposing a boycott may be sued by any individual or institution claiming it could be damaged by such a call, and evidence of actual damage will not be required for a court to order compensatory damages. As Barghouti began speaking I grew uneasy and wondered if we would be raided by the IDF. Then another anxiety crept into my thoughts: What if this law had existed in the United States during the 1950s? I convinced myself that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would have still led African Americans in Birmingham, Alabama in the 1955 bus boycott.
At the conclusion of the reading, I told Omar Barghouti about our African Heritage Delegation and the connections members of our group were making between Israeli apartheid and the segregation they had lived through in the American South. Barghouti responded by telling us how important it was for us to tell this truth because the Israeli state was attempting to “blackwash” its crimes by cloaking the Zionist project in the language of the American civil rights movement—offering as proof the Israeli project of planting trees over the ruins of six destroyed Palestinian villages located in the Safad region, naming it the “Coretta Scott King Forest,” after Dr. King’s wife.
African Americans must not allow the history of our brave freedom struggle to be used in the service of—in this case quite literally—covering over war crimes and oppression. Everyone should organize their communities to oppose the Israeli occupation of Palestine, but we African Americans have specific role to play in challenging the first Black president’s unyielding commitment to Israel and connecting our ongoing fight for equality at home with the struggles of the Palestinian people.


Gaza_Why Obama [& the CBC] Stand & Salute Bibi's Likudnik AIPAC

Cabal- Recall That: Last yr a couple off the street crashed a major White-House affair as Obama was hosting another head of state. This represented a significant security breach- presumably this mystery couple got within striking distance of Obama.... - Then Earlier this yr the editor of a major Jewish publication w the largest circulation in the South, explicitly called for the Mossad to put a hit out on Obama if he refuses to go along w Bibi's desire to launch an unprovoked attack on Iran. So what messages were being sent in these 2 well documented cases? Seems like Obama [& the CBC] got that message.
As Obama stood & saluted Bibi's IDF move on Gaza, he said: 'No nation would tolerate their citizens having 1000s of rockets rain down on them from the outside...' I say O-Bomber needs to take heed to his own words. As Bro Glen Ford has pointed out repeatedly, O-Bomber has authorized drone hell-fire missile attacks from Libya, to Somalia & Yemen, to Af-Pak- which have literally killed hundreds if not thousands of non-combatants as 'Collateral-Damage' [aka 'Bug-Splat...' - By comparison KHamas' barrage of inaccurate, fairly low-explosive power, rockets have thus far killed 5 Israeli's]. The Bible says: 'Those that live by the sword will die by the sword' -&- 'You will reap what you sow' The Old Folks used to say 'What goes around comes around'. My point: O-Bomber by his own words & 'Deeds' has just justified what Bro Ford calls 'The Mother of All Blow-Backs'.


Speaking Truth to Power

Obama shouldn't have signed up to be President if he isn't ready to die. It it what it is. A President can be taken out by some redneck racist who thinks he's a commie Muslim, let alone for standing on principles.
If Israel wants to accuse people of being anti-semitic than challenge them to reveal the (diabolical) nature of their system of apartheid. Let's show it up close and personal and see who withstands scrutiny.
There is no reason for Obama and the CBC to be cowards when regular folks are being targeted with bombs. Abby Martin has a more real possibility of being "taken out" than Obama or the CBC.
RT’s Abby Martin Accuses Israel of War Crimes for Targeting Journalists
by Juan Cole
Abby Martin of Russia Today’s Brainwash Update pointed out that Israel’s targeting of Gaza media centers, which killed journalists and endangered employees of many news organizations, was a war crime. (She was hardly alone in this). She was the victim of a smear attempt by the Israel lobby, which accused her of support for terrorism (because she dared call illegal Israeli actions illegal). If more journalists stood up to such smear campaigns with her feistiness, the world would be a better place. Watch her let her detractors have it:
Crimjust10 months ago
First of all white women have always been able to be seen as the virtuous ones although we all know the truth. A great number of black men see her as the ultimate goal while putting the black woman down and making it seem like she is the worse being on earth. Secondly, the white woman is stupid enough to believe it and goes around spouting her disdain for the black woman and sending a message loud and clear that the black woman is a sad and pathetic creature of doom Chelsea and Madonna are indicative of this type of ignorance. Has anyone ever wondered why they try to be us, butt implants, lip implants, breast implants and tanning is all in an attempt to look like us but they are grateful they are not us so the next best thing to do is to insult us. The black woman regardless of how educated she is and how far she has come and will go will always have various women of other racial backgrounds insult us because that is all they can do. Those of us who try to look like them only gives credence to their claims. Our strength is in our faith and we know who we are and those of us who don't need to search themselves and get it together and stop allowing yourself to be morally bankrupt. Believe it or not some black men use us more than any other will this of course is because of their own insecurities and ignorance case in point Bow Wow and 50 cent along with many others.


Meangrl Me9 months ago
That is the part that bothered me the most. WW Privilege has been around since forever, but the fact that 'Fiddy' did something so disrespectful to another black woman to impress a white woman is the BIG problem! Many black men do the same exact thing, while at the same time empowering a white woman weak and silly enough to buy into that nonsense. I don't care who dates who, but selling out your own race to justify your "preferences" is the badge of a self-hating, insecure, house-N! How many black men have gotten bold enough to just throw it out there that they have no love for black women? Has any other race of men ever done that? This slave mentality has gotten out of hand and while we cannot change someone else, we can boycott them. My black skin isn't good enough? Neither are my black dollars. Deuces.


A.J.10 months ago
I (heart) this article. Black people, especially Black women, have been saying this for years. It always bothers me when white women try to form some sort of solidarity with Black women's issues, trying to put it all under the banner of women's rights and female liberation. What they don't realize is that their color as well as their gender gives them a certain amount of protection in this society, one that women of color constantly miss out on. Madonna has no call saying that someone else's behavior is scandalous.


lmao. you have it totally backwards. "by today's standards", reagan would be a moderate communist. jfk even worse. he was the guy who called the united nations "our last best hope". remember in the 60s democrats were actually liberals, pushing for progressive programs like medicare, medicaid, public broadcasting, civil rights, etc. today they're corporatists. this is the week obama will announce he's cutting 'entitlements' - when he officially becomes a republican.

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