Friday, December 26, 2014

Assata Shakur at World Youth Festival 1997 (Bless Sister Assata Shakur)



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 First of all, you don't know what my social philosophy is; and if you're mentally challenged enough to actually believe that Obama is a Maoist, and the Democratic Party a "Che/Mao Liberation Front," then you're clearly incapable of understanding anything above the mental level of a two year old. And as long as you're not denouncing police terror against the Black community and Latin community, then I could care less about alleged colleagues (mainly figments of your fevered imagination anyway) attacking NYC cops. -Savant

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 This is also a guy who started threads on Black Nationalism, Revolutionary Black films, "Bring Back the Black Panthers?". Revolutionaries in AA Forum, etc. But once hardly expects you to be surprised. People who don't think are seldom surprised. They lack intellectual curiosity. 

-Savant

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 I won't be leaving this country, but working to drive out people like you. Now as for the point of my comment, it's simple. Whether you change your name or not it will make little diffrenc if you don't change your consciousness. Martin Delaney, Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks Marcus Garvey, Bobby Seale, Ella Baker, Paul Robeson, Fannie Lou Hamer, Angela Davis, and innumerable other brothers and sisters have contributed to our people's fight for liberation without changing their names. If you want to change your name (as numerous other freedom fighters have done), that's fine as a cultural or political statement. The name is less important than commitment to the struggle. A dude with an English name infiltrated the Chicago chapter of the Black Panther Party, enabling the cops to murder Fred Hampton in his sleep. Another dude with an African name infiltrated the New York branch of the Black Panther Party. A dude with an English name infiltrated Dr. King's organization And the rivals of Dr. King in Memphis, a group called THE INVADERS were infiltrated by agents with both African and English names. I care less about name than about commitment. But...if you are going to change your name choose a REAL African name! Not a made up one. Know what the name means, and consider that meaning in deciding what name to choose for yourself and your children. One other suggestion....As the rulers of America are still primarily WHITE, it may be wise to have a European name you or your children can use when needed. If the name on a job application happens to be Kwame, you will probably be deleted immediately. You may at least get an interview if your name is Joseph, Robert, John, Mary or LInda. And definitely no "Shaniqua ". They already hav you pegged as a "welfare queen" with that name even if you've a degree from Columbia. But I still say--focus on raising consciousness. And if you change our name let it be a name which reflects that RAISED consciousness..... and be a REAL African name.

 -Savant

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 No community is a terrorist organization, and indeed no community is an organization. The Black community is thought that way only by racists. As for rampant police violence against our community that has been verified numerous times not only by anecdotal by Blacks themselves, but by the UN, Amnesty International and the ACLU, and various cultural studies. The case is closed on that issue. The only question is what to do about the racist terror. As for Hot Spittle, his description of Black community as terrorist or criminal reveals the same kind of thinking as that of those Nazis who saw the Jewish people as a community of shysters, warmongers and seditionists. He belongs to the same sewer as they.

 -Savant

Saturday, December 13, 2014

More Commentaries

And do they see POLICE VIOLENCE as disgusting? Do they find disgusting the corporate media's focus on a few violent incidents in the context of a situation in which most protest has been NONVIOLENT even when attacked by police with tanks and rubber bullets? Perhaps some Europeans, like some white Americans, have a tendency to see what they want to see. Your own comments seem more concerned with the few incidents of violent protest--which were provoked by police violence---than with the violence of the police. One's perceptions and concerns are not necessarily apolitical or neutral. As for some of your other comments, I may address them when I have more time.

 -Savant

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There's no widespread "left wing violence" in America. In fact, that kind of violence is nearly non-existent. But racist and right wing violence is rampant in America. Indeed, that is the only kind of violence that has predominated in the USA. I suspect that may have even been true for most of Europe's history, but I know that right wing violence has predominated in ALL of American history.

 -Savant

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 Am I expected to believe that the world doesn't see the MASSIVE NONVIOLENT PROTESTS happening from coast to coast in the USA? They've been in the news for MONTHS!!! As recently as YESTERDAY tens of thousand of people--Black, white, Asian, Latino, Jews, Arabs and heaven knows who else--were marching in Washington, D.C., New York, LA and scores of other cities throughout the nation. And those nonviolent protests---actuall y beginning this past summer--have been going on far longer than those scattered few outbreaks of rioting. Even on the day of the decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the day the rioting broke out, the great MAJORITY of the Black community and its allies were engaged in nonviolent demonstrations. If these things weren't seen one can only wonder why some people have such SELECTIVE perception. I hear there were even sympathy demonstratins in solidarity in some countries OUTSIDE the USA---also nonviolent. How do people manage to miss that? -Savant

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 Civil and political liberty did replace fascistic autocracy in South Africa. Democracy (albeit not fully social) and racial equality is replacing the apartheid police state. I don't like police states. So, I criticize the ANC for its limitations, and I call upon them to fulfill as well as possible the social democratic aims enunciated in the Freedom Charter and eloquently propounded by Nelson Mandela at the Rivonia trial. But I comment them for ending the regime of fascistic terror. As you are a pro-Nazi fascist it hardly surprises me that you cannot appreciate the values of that achievement in South Africa. No doubt the previous regime was more to your liking---more "civilized " in your colonialist language. -Savant

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 The demonstrations were 99% NONVIOLENT. And the greatest danger to the citizenry came from the police. Demonstrators weren't attacking crowds with rubber bullets. But while most of the actions of protestors were NONVIOLENT, the police were violent. By the way, were you asleep when demonstrators BLOCKED the way of a group trying to loot stores? It was on TV. I'm not so sure that I cannot hold people accountable for their selective attention. What they NOTICE tells one more than may be obvious. But as I said before, while the opposition has been MAINLY nonviolent--and in mass demonstrations all over the country--there's no guarantee that they will remain that way if the police abuse is not corrected, and is even sanctioned by the judiciary under the pretense of law.

 -Savant
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 blackfirst3 weeks ago:

So you must think i`m some fool that`s gonna be swayed by your white supremacist propaganda,trying to deflect the issue,of racism white supremacy?Blacks and whites are not in the same boat, whites are not being killed in mass by racist policeman who are allowed to get away with it,whites are not being brainwashed in schools to feel inferior like they do to blacks,whites are not being demonized in the media to encourage more racism towards whites like whites are doing to blacks,the media is't spreading bullshit statistics like,:theirs more whites in jail then in college", or 1 in 4 whites are in prison or on probation",like the they do to blacks in order to encourage racism towards blacks,Whites are not being racially profiled like blacks are,whites are not being discriminated on the level of blacks. Most of the crimes in the U.S is committed by whites.The reason their are more blacks in prison is because of the racist judges who give blacks higher sentence and they also often give whites a smack on the wrist when they commit a crime.Plus the law enforcement racially profile blacks and don`t target whites. And black folks are justified in rioting because many of you whites allowed Darren Wilson and others to get away with the murder of blacks.You whites riot all the time,everytime whites favorite team wins or loses whites riot,and turn over cars and burn them.What justification is their for that?
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 If police killed a 12 year old white child, and then claimed he looked 20 and his toy gun looked like a real one, I suspect the Court's decision would have been different; especially if he were a white child of the privileged classes. Of course, the police would have known better than to make that "mistake. " Like the time when the police fatally mistook a 10 year old black child for a 40 year old bank robber. Or the time when at 17 I was almost fatally mistaken for a 35 year old who supposedly stuck up a bar. In short, the Black community (and more morally conscious parts of all communities) in America are getting tired of these fatal errors on the part of the police, and the jive a___ excuse of courts who exonerate them. Angry black students of one of my colleagues asked their professor: "So, how long are we supposed to put up with this? How long do they THINK we will put up with this?" And one Black coed stated "We need to bring back the Black Panthers!" She wasn't even born when the BPP was around. But I hear more and more this same kind of thing being said by YOUNG Black people, not the 1960s generation. And you'd be surprised at how many of their white and Asian (not the mention Hispanic) "millennial " contemporaries find this completely understandable

 -Savant

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 It was Hitler who gave FDR the pretext by declaring war on the USA. But it was Europe that created Hitler, or allowed conditions that enabled him to rise. I think my uncle wanted a respite from "ni****r " hating America which lynched one of his siblings, and had no objection to fighting to crush racists abroad (as he would have like to do at home). What is little known outside of Black America (or inside by the younger generation) is that many Black Americans were INCENSED at the Italian Fascist invasion of Ethiopia. (Later we would be incensed by the atrocities in Mozambique or South Africa) . This helped turn the attention of many Black Americans of that era toward (and against) the rising tide of Fascism. Most leaders in our churches, schools an civic organizations were indignant and publicly spoke out against it. Some Blacks fought with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade against Franco in Spain. And Dr. W.E.B Du Bois warned that the fate of the Jews in racist Europe could become the fate of the Blacks in racist America; that in a racist society that is always a possibility, sometimes near and sometimes distant, but always there. Thanks heavens that the political Right is marginal in Black America, having less traction in even the middle and upper classes of AA society than among (sadly) the working and poor classes of white America---and Europe.


-Savant

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

More Words

The cage was CREATED by racists, by segregation, institutional racism and capitalist superexploitaton. In the REAL WORLD, ghettoes were directly and intentionally created by segregation, both northern and southern. That's historical reality, not a matter of opinion. But at least at one time the super-exploited, colonized Black community had a relative stable place in the economic as exploited laborers---albeit at the BOTTOM of the economic system,. That is what my parents endured. Degrading, but largely STABLE. And so my mom worked in the same miserable factory in Bmore for about thirty or forty years. My dad had a poor paying gig most of his life as a mechanic. And there was Bethlehem Steel in Bmore. In other cities you may have had GM or Chrystler. When Blacks were not excluded they were relegated to the BOTTOM. But at one time that bottom tended to hold steady. But then came the ELECTRONIC REVOLUTION within domestic and global capitalism. Then the whole picture changed. Industrial capital gave way to electronic and piratical finance capitalism. Capitalism has long been known as a system giving rise to technological revolutions. These revolutions mainly created labor saving devices which allowed the creation of more and more wealth (mainly for the capitalist) with less and less labor. But the new electronic revolution tends to created not labor saving but LABOR REPLACING devices. This new electronic revolution first obliterated that section of the economy with jobs that Blacks---thanks to centuries of racial caste--were disproportionately confined. Hence the current crisis in the Black community and the Black family. The fathers often CANNOT provide. I won't go now into a critique of the patriarchal family, which was no paradise. But now even that kind of family is increasingly impossible to sustain. Moreover, it is not just a coincidence that broken families are more common EVERYWHERE, not just in the Black community. Singlehood, not marriage, is now the statistical American NORM. Since capitalism can increasingly create wealth, profit without labor, the old New Deal social contract is now torn to shreds. Capitalism destroys families, jobs, communities, culture and civilization itself. The plight of the Black community is only a more severe example of the plight of America. Similarly, the fascistic police terror against Blacks is a foreshadowing of the fascistic future of America if this militarized police abuse isn't ended. Let's be clear. If the Black struggle is lost it will mean the end of democracy and freedom in America--what little democracy and freedom we still have left. And all you white people who demonize Black people rather than fighting the 1% are putting a noose around your own necks. An elder (who was a university student in the 1960s) tells me that when Dr. King visited Baltimore in 1967 he said at a meeting in our community "The REAL difference between us and our bemused white brethren is not what they think, and maybe no what we think. It's not that they're free and we're not. It's that we KNOW we're not free, and they think they are." Wake up, white America! It's later than you think.

 -Savant

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 Would you believe I had memorized those words when I was 13, and that the Black Panther Party ended their presentation of their 10 Point program with those words from the Declaration of Independence?

 -Savant

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 Savant's words in refuting a skeptic:

 There is widespread, rampant police terror in America against the Black community. And there has been since the beginning of this decadent, racist society. The United Nations, Amnesty International, the ACLU have all spoken out against racist police terror against Black and Latin people in America. The UN has specifically named Ferguson as just one example of a PATTERN of racist abuse and police brutality. (Perhaps the whole world is "acting like a 15 year old). And your denial is an implicit apology for that terror. Your racist demonizing of Black youth (while dishonestly b_____ about "race baiters") makes you an accomplice. Furthermore, this fascistic terror cannot and will not be confined to Black and Latin communities. It will spread. Indeed, we've already seen an indication of that danger with the violent repression of Occupy activists on the West Coast a few years ago (with one veteran of our loony wars in the Middle East getting his skull cracked by a cop's rubber bullet). You'd better pull your head out of the sand. As for the Black community we're pretty fed up. Today our protest mainly takes the form of massive nonviolent resistance and demonstrations. I commend our young Black people for their preference for that kind of activism. Some of my students--black, white, Latin and other--are planning further demos as well as a series of actions (including Berkeley style teach-ins, etc) for the following semester. I am proud of them. But let no one be deceived. Our protests NOW are mainly NONVIOLENT in character. I guarantee no one that they will remain so if the terror is not curbed and ended. Would you like to see the emergence of an African American equivalent of the Irish Republican Army?

 -Savant

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 Interestingly enough, I know a Black social worker whose job includes some work with poor whites in South Baltimore, a part of town who economic conditions resemble those of black East Baltimore. Most of the same issues are there, but perhaps more hidden because those poor are of European descent. Low income employment, unemployment, broken families, drugs, etc. They're not stigmatized by race. But they are victimized by class. And yes, there is police brutality in those areas though not exactly on the scale of police violence in Black communities. It might intensify if these communities become conscientized. Kind of like what happened with the IWW. If there's one thing that you, I and Attai do seem to agree on, it's the need for at least the equivalent (in contemporary terms) or the ORIGINAL Black Panthers, SNCC. I would add we need the equivalent (in contemporary terms) also of the IWW.

 -Savant

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 Sorry. but your claim is simply and FACTUALLY false. The Democratic Party is a rotten corporate capitalist party, but not so far to the right as the Republicans. That's a FACT, and the rest is right wing paranoid nonsense. But I WISH Barack Obama was a socialist; a democratic socialist, not a Maoist. We might then have universal health care rather than the watered down ACA program. We might have had a SERIOUS effort at national reconstruction (somewhat like with FDR) rather than the tepid stimulus package. We might even have the Economic Bill of Rights that Dr. King intended to put forth had he lived to lead the Poor Peoples Campaign in spring of 1968. And the political and cultural climate of America might be more humane, democratic and radically anti-racist. No militarized police such as we've seen in Ferguson and numerous other American cities and town. I wish Obama was even HALF as left-of-center as rightists imagine, and that he had won the election on precisely that kind of platform.

 -Savant

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 Drilling's "Che/Mao Liberation Front" sounds as unreal as those conspiracies of Jewish Communists and Bankers that old European racists (of which Nazis were only the most notorious) use to rant and rave about. It sounds like the American (especially in the South) talk about commie, pinko, liberal Jewish conspiracies which were alleged to be behind and controlling the Black freedom Movement of the 1960s. Hey, it ain't REAL! I'm not just saying that the Democratic Party, subservient to corporate interests and money, is not the "Che/Mao liberation front." I'm saying that I do not actually believe in the existence of such a Front.....not in the real world. -Savant

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 Savant Refuting a Reactionary:

 Moron! Timothy is referring to positions of Malcolm X AFTER he left NOI (though thee's some indication his thinking tacitly moved in a revolutionary direction even BEFORE breaking with that bankrupt outfit), Malcolm X, who had to deal with sexist attitudes in his new organization, had to remind brothers that at least in the MOST PROGRESSIVE African nations, there was emphasis on the emancipation of women. At least the most progressive elements he met in Algeria's FLN (who unfortunately lost out to more conservative elements) emphasized not only the end to white supremacy, but also opposition to CLASS OPPRESSION and the oppression of women. Malcolm's thinking ran along similar lines. And in that respect he was a REVOLUTIONARY Black nationalist, not a reactionary one (as were NOI and Karenga's United Slaves or US). The Cuban revolutionaries also reject racism, patriarchy and class oppression and exploitation. Unfortunately, they follow the Leninist model, which defeats the ultimate aims of the Revolution. But neither Che nor Castro were reactionary nationalists. To the extent that they are nationalists it is in opposition to US imperialism which had plundered Cuba for nearly a century. Maybe if you READ some Black thinkers (or read ANYTHING) you might at least distinguish between progressive and revolutionary nationalism and the conservative or reactionary varieties, Even in Europe there;'s a difference. French, Polish and Czech Resistance were at least progressive form of nationalist resistance to Nazi occupation. But Nazism, Italian Fascism and the Fascism of Franco were REACTIONARY European nationalisms. By at least the standards of the time the Italian nationalism Mazinni and Garibaldi were democratic and progressive. The Italian nationalism of Mussolini was fascistic and reactionary. Get a clue.

-Savant

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 Bravo, young brother!!! Folk ought to READ Malcolm X or hush. Also, there's a interesting documentary called "MALCOLM X: MAKE IT PLAIN". Made by Orlando Bagwell, who also made CITIZEN KING. And who is a Bmore homeboy from a progressive black middle class family. (Probably my contemporary since his folk were involved in Baltimore's civil rights movement). We must cherish the legacy. -Savant

Monday, December 8, 2014

Savant's Words

PTWB is always mouthing off--shamelessly-- on matters concerning which he is totally ignorant. Once he said (or at least implied) that there was no substantive difference between Swedish social democracy and Nazism since they were both "big governments." Duh....a difference of over fifty millions deaths caused by the latter, and one of the freest (though not perfect) countries in this unfree world in the case of the former. That he has no greater understanding of Malcolm X is hardly surprising. PTWB is too ignorant to know that he's ignorant, and too stupid to know that he's stupid. 

-Savant

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 If you're not a white racist yourself, if you are an African, then you're an enemy of the people. Someone starts this thread to promote UNITY, and you immediately enter in order to provoke a quarrel between Africans and African Americans. I'd suspect of being a CIA agent except you're too obtuse to belong to that enemy organization.

 -Savant

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 Young brothers like you are inspiring. And you mentioned in one thread that your YOUNGER brother is reading CLR James!!! This is encouraging. Keep up the good work--both of you! We can win this struggle. A Luta continua! Power to the People!

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 I won't say that the CIA was literally built by the Nazis, but we do know that there was great collaboration with the Nazis by the CIA and the FBI at the end of WWII. I hold them responsible for the deaths of brothers Patrice Lumumba in Mother Africa, and Fred Hampton in Chicago. And those are just two of the most obvious victims of this criminal agency.

 -Savant

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 In fact, democratic government have become more common in Africa as of late. But the progress of social justice require more, much more, than parliamentary regimes. There's still neocolonialism and economic exploitation. This is the problem that South Africa faces. Having ended the fascistic white supremacist regime of the apartheid era, the after effects of white settler colonialism and global capitalism continues to plague the people of South Africa. Economic justice and self-determination are goals yet to be won.

 -Savant

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 Swedish social democracy have given one of the highest standards of living on earth, along with the highest levels of personal and civil freedoms. Nazi German, whom that jack ass Jericho admires, created one of the bloodiest tyrannies in history, and he complains about the lack of freedom in Sweden.

 -Savant

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 CAPITALISM creates unemployment, and institutionalized racism compounds the problem.. The other explanation refer to secondary issues, or are simply false. Also, there seems to be reports that unemployment has shrunk in the Black community as well, but not to the same extent as in the white community. It may be that different studies are arriving at different conclusions on this. 

-Savant
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 T-BOS is like SadbutTrue with her "Maceo" rantings. An irrelevant space cadet from another world than reality. I don't know if I can even convey the sense of anger and indignation in Black communities now. The young, who are the primary targets of police terror and whose futures are at stake; the elderly for whom the rising tide of terror reminds them of the bad old days of the sheriffs, the burning torches and the hanging trees; the poor who are primary victims of racist police terror; and the affluent and educated who are reminded that even their incomes and education do not necessarily insulate them from the terror---EVERYONE seems to be angry. BlackAgendaReport. com is lambasting not only the police but those whom they call the "Black misleadership class--most definitely including Obama, Eric Holder, Al Sharpton and others--are virtually calling for INSURRECTION as a response. And I'm not exactly sure they mean NONVIOLENT insurgency--which is what I'd prefer if it is possible. Meanwhile, I do support the wave of nonviolent protest and resistance. But let no one be deceived. There is a limit to what we will put up with. And if the terror persists the resistance will not remain nonviolent. "We are a righteous people who anger slowly, but rage undammed!" George L. Jackson, SOLEDAD BROTHER

 -Savant

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 87% of whites are killed by whites, but the white community is not--NOT YET--subject to growing fascist police terror. And if you, like the typical white racist, think you can either justify or deflect from the issue of police terror and the looming danger of fascism, then you too are a part of problem Maybe you should read Frantz Fanon's THE WRETCHED OF THE EARTH so that you may at least get some insight into the forces making for fratricide in oppressed communities. Maybe you should study your history and ask "why did the crime rate in black Montgomery drop by 60% during the 1955 bus boycott?" Why did solidarity replace internecine violence wherever social struggles happen? And maybe you should read the May 13, 2014 AlterNet.com article "White People Commit the Most Heinous Crimes, So Why Is America Terrified of Black Men?" When you've done some homework then maybe we can have a fruitful discussion.

 -Savant

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 Progressive white folk in Baltimore, Chicago, NYC, and Ferguson itself are standing in solidarity with us while you reactionaries spit, scream and mock. They risk being gassed or shot by militarized police. I know. I've been in some of those demonstrations. Those white people I commend and embrace and friends and comrades. The others, at least those defending the repression and demonizing my people--they're not worth my time.

 -Savant

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Real Conscious Words

Nixak*77* a month ago

Dr Alexander confirms yet again that whites {men} have higher substance-abuse rates [for both illegal & 'legal' drugs] than Blacks do- they just don't go to jail for it anywhere near as often as Blacks do [FYI: the disparity in drug convictions between Blacks vs whites in MD is 17.4 to 1]. Thus just because 45% of young Black men who are HS dropouts are 'officially' 'branded' [for life] as criminals vs just 5% of their white 'peers' [a 9 to 1 ratio], don't mean that Blacks commit 9Xs more crime than their white 'peers', they're just forced to go-to jail 9Xs more often!!! And Because 45% of Black men from low-income back-grounds are 'branded' [for life] as 'criminals' / ex-cons vs just 5% of their white peers, they have a much harder time finding a decent paying job which can support a family. This means that Black women from working-poor back-grounds are 4Xs more likely to be single [moms?] than their white-women 'peers'- forced to live alone & in poverty along w their kids [if they have any]. Thus this race-biased so-called 'War on Drugs & Crime' has effectively been a WAR on the Black Family & Community.

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 Nixak77

What WM fails to acknowledge but is definitely true some people so-call succeed in spite of themselves- IE: they fail to apply themselves but because of insider connections / family ties etc... they're never allowed to fail. IE: the Wall St Banksters after they crashed the economy in 2007-08 were 'bailed-out' to the tune of TRILLION$$$, & even though they committed all types of felony frauds including laundering BILLION$$$ in drug money- NOT one Wall St Bankster has gone to jail [save Bernie Maddolf for swindling others in the 1%]. Then there's Bush Jr who FAILED his way to the top as a failed business man, & before that went AWOL from the Air National Guard [which he was allowed to join as a 'dodge' from the being drafted for Vietnam] & then was kicked out of for refusing to take a routine drug test [likely due to coke use], plus he's an admitted {ex?}Alcoholic. The reverse of those above cases is many so-called 'fail to succeed' [depending on how one defines 'success'] NOT for lack of effort, but because the odds [IE: system] were / are stacked against them. Again pointing out the very few exceptions that so-called 'made-it' against long-odds [IE: Mr Cosby-Kids, Oprah, MJ, LeBraun, Denzel, etc...] as is WM's shtick, does NOT negate that rule. In fact what WM & his ilk fail to acknowledge is that the US' corp capitalist system MUST have its share of 'Hi-Profile' Cosbys, Oprahs, Obamas, etc to hype to the masses, lest it be too obvious that most folks [aka 'the 99%'] especially Black & Brown folks- have the deck [aka the system] stacked against them. Even the mafias who run Las Vegas know that they have to allow a small handful of 'hi-profile' big winners here & there, plus a few small / modest winners more regularly, to keep the 'suckers' 'hooked' & coming back for more. PS: IMO WM badly misrepresents the God of the Bible, especially the message of Yeshua [aka Jesus]. Thus IMO WM & his ilk effectively 'Takes the Lord's name in Vain'- Such that his / their narrow minded mis-representations not only turn off atheists & agnostics, but also Judaics, Muslims, etc... & even more progressive minded Christians. __________


 Nixak*77*

 Facts RE KILLER Cop Darren Wilson gunning down Mike Brown Jr:

1} Mike Brown was unarmed at the time KILLER Cop Darren Wilson gunned him down.

2} KILLER Cop Darren Wilson shot Mike Brown at-least 6Xs including once in the eye & once to the top of his head!

3} KILLER Cop Darren Wilson began the confrontation w Mike Brown at his squad car. Apparently Wilson fired the 1st shot that hit Brown at or near the car. Wilson's supporters claim there was a struggle for Wilson's gun at / inside the squad-car- well if Wilson snatched Brown toward him [thru the car WINDOW] w one hand while drawing his gun w the other, of course Brown likely tried to struggle for the gun to try [unsuccessfully] to stop KILLER Cop Wilson from shooting him [Duhh!], which Wilson apparently first shot Brown at or near his squad-car.

 4} Wilson stopping, confronting & ultimately killing Brown had absolutely NOTHING [ZERO] to do w the alleged ?shop lifting? incident 15 min - 30 min prior. 5} Mike Brown & his friend ran from Darren Wilson in fear of their lives. Killer Cop Wilson chased after Brown for about 200 ft away from the squad car.

 6} All eye-witnesses [including 2 white construction workers] confirm Mike Brown's hands were up & was giving up when KILLER Cop Wilson gunned Mike Brown down w at-least 6 shots in total- including 2 to the head!!! Wilson apparently caught up to & then gunned Mike Brown down some 150ft - 200 ft away from his squad car after chasing after a fleeing Mike Brown.

7} The cops then left Mike Brown's body lying in the hot sun for over 4 hrs- WTF was that all about??? PS: You can't chase-down someone & then shoot them 6Xs including 2 to the head, by 'accident'! __________________

 Nixak*77* 14 days ago

I got a better understanding of what the G20 is really all about from Prof Panitch, than I have since I began hearing of a G20. So Bush & Paulson cut the BRICS in on the deal in 2008 to save the US' & EU's capitalist system from falling into the abyss. This proves what I've already concluded re: the BRICS though some may give lip-service to socialism, they've all bought into some form of capitalism & have even agreed to the rules set by the 'traditional' capitalists. Thus any dispute they, especially Russia & China, have w the US & EU is over sovereignty & national pride, spheres of influence & access to resources- NOT over which economic system should be the main global system.

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 Nixak*77*

 At-least 1/3 to almost 1/2 of the people of India & Bangladesh are vegetarians / vegans & have the lowest per capita meat consumption of all major countries. Before India became so-called 'modernize' [= westernized] INDEED most Indians were vegetarians / vegans. The fact is Westernized countries of the US, Australia, Canada, the EU, etc have by far the highest per capita rates of meat & dairy consumption- Yet American's are among the World's FATTEST Folks. Getting 3rd World Peoples hooked on the US' SAD meat-based diet along w GMO crops is exactly the WRONG approach to any food shortages they may face. If all that corn & soy that's fed to fatten cows [that should be eating grass], were instead used to feed hungry people hi-quality vegetable protein, it would be a much better solution. The best solution is for these countries to become self-sufficient in basic [Non-GMO] food crops- but this goes against neo-liberal capitalist dogma. Cuba is a good example & model for other 3rd World nations, of how a nation w a traditionally fairly hi meat consumption, switched to a more plant based diet out of necessity, due to the US +50yr embargo, to meet Cubans' basic dietary needs.

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 Nixak*77* '

What happened to the bison is in the past and should stay there. That bridge has already been crossed.' Spoken like a true die-hard carnivorous, white-supremacist, predatory capitalist! Concurrent w the killing off of nearly all the bison was the near extermination of the Indigenous peoples & mass enslavement of Africans. But why bring up the past of just 150 yrs ago? Even though students are taught to study history going back 1000s & even millions of yrs. US [& Canadian] cattle-ranchers virtually exterminated the bison, but just before the bison went totally extinct, the very ones responsible for their near extermination decided to save just a handful, as tourist attractions, 'live' scientific 'specimens' & curiosity pieces [aka live trophies]. WOW!!! Ain't that a real humane gesture- NOT!!! But Hey What-ever.... PS: That you'd try to compare the Beef & meat industry's long time 'market' manipulations & damage done to both the environment & human health, as well as animal welfare- to that of PeTA's- Is Truly Astonishingly WTF ASTOUNDING!!!

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 Nixak*77*

RE: The So-called Rioting & Looting Note This: Did a KKK / Covert Cop Nexus burn down the Church of Mike Brown Sr in Ferguson- as the Lame-stream media blamed Black ‘rioters’??? From AlterNet: ” ‘Anonymous’ Dumps KKK Leader’s Personal Info Online in Ongoing Ferguson Dispute’ [@ www.alternet.org/anonymous-dum... ]: } Members of the Anonymous offshoot NOWsec claimed last week that a source within the St. Louis County Police Department had told them Ferguson-area law enforcement officers were affiliated with the “Ghoul Squad,” which the activists described as supportive of the local KKK chapter…. The pastor of a church where Michael Brown’s father was baptized over the weekend said he believes White Supremacists [ala the KKK], not protesters, burned down Flood Christian Church overnight Monday. “I’m very vocal in regards to the Michael Brown case,” said Rev. Carlton Lee, who has taken part in in rallies and press conferences with Michael Brown Sr… { FYI: KKK type white-supremacist groups [often in combo w racist cops] have a long sordid history of burning down / fire-bombing Black Activist Churches ala the infamous fire-bombing of the 16th St Baptist Church in Birmingham AL in Sept 1963- Killing 4 young Black Girls. _____________

The reason Killer Cop Wislon's Grand jury failed to indict him for gunning unarmed Mike Brown down, was because his Attny masquerading as the St Louis, DA Robert McCulloch, rigged the whole thing in Wilson's favor- IE: Effectively LYING to [Killer Cop Wilson’s] Grand Jury, by instructing [Killer Cop Wilson’s] them that it was ‘lawful’ for Killer Cop Wilson to gun-down Mike Brown for fleeing, even though that MO so-called ‘Law’ was ruled Un-Constitutional by the SCOTUS Court in 1985 [before Wilson was even born]!!! [I'm starting to even doubt if there really were Blacks on the Grand Jury- held in secrecy- so who really knows]. IMO what Wilson's now said was his Tesi-Lying is actually enough to indict him, if the DA had actually been acting as a prosecutor instead of as in effect, KILLER Cop Wilson's attny! This is enough for Obamaa's & Holder's DA to indict Robert McCulloch for PERJURY & Obstruction of Justice, but I don't expect Obama & Holder to do a Damn thing except speech-ify & try to pacify.

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 Nixak*77* IMO Whether Obama's & AG Holder's DOJ can 'legally' prosecute Killer Cop Wilson on FEDERAL CHARGES is unclear [though IMO Wilson committed multiple counts of perjury which in & of itself is a serious offense especially in a felony homicide case] -BUT- IMO Obama &'s Holder's DOJ could if they would [but I seriously doubt it] potentially bring federal charges against the St Louis DA [& possibly even the Ferguson & St Louis Police Depts] in this case- Because: According to this report @ BrassCheck TV [@ www.brasschecktv.com/videos/la... ]: Killer Cop Wilson's Attny masquerading as a prosecutor- St Louis DA Robert McCulloch & His assistant DA Kathy Alizadeh, effectively LIED to [Killer Cop Wilson’s] Grand Jury, by instructing them that it was ‘lawful’ for Killer Cop Wilson to gun-down Mike Brown for fleeing from him, even though that MO state so-called ‘Law’ was ruled Un-Constitutional & over-turned by the SCOTUS Court in 1985 [before Wilson was even born]!!! Thus St Louis DA Rob McCulloch & His assistant DA Ms Alizadeh effectively committed PERJURY to Obstruct Justice, jury tampering & prosecutorial misconduct to effectively violating Mike Brown’s family’s civil rights!!! If this is confirmed IMO that's more than enough for Obama's & Holder's DoJ to bring a federal case against McCulloch & Ms Alizadeh, but I wouldn't hold{er} my breath!!!

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 Nixak*77* Since 2002 cops have killed between 400 to 500 people per yr [one yr they killed over 600]- Yet not only has the violent crime & murder rates been in a genral decline; but only about 50 [give or take] cops, state troopers, FBI-DEA-AFT-ICE agents & federal marshals, etc all combined been murdered on duty ea yr for the entire US- Which = about 1 cop murdered per state per yr. In fact about as many [or even more] US cops are killed on duty from a combo of traffic accidents, hi-speed [often ill-advised] car & motorcycle chases, & training & other accidents ea yr as are actually murdered on the job. Thus the disparity of cops being killed vs cops killing civilians is about 8 - 10 to 1.

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 Nixak*77*

Maybe you had trouble reading what I wrote, though it's NOT even a long post! So again here's 2 quotes from above: 'Why are the Repugs ranting against [& the DIMS TOO, just a bit less odiously- thus likely more disingenuously] so-called 'illegal' immigrants, but are all for [just much more quietly] H1B visa immigrants?.... Yet because the Chamber of Commerce & Big Biz wants them, most Repugs [& DIMS TOO] are just fine & dandy w H1B visa [mostly white & Asian plus well educated] immigrants...

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 Nixak*77* Can't even get an indictment [let alone a conviction] of a cop who's actually FILMED CHOKING a Black guy to death w an ILLEGAL Choke-Hold, for the {non}'Crime' of [NOT] selling loose cigarettes! Welcome to 'post-racial' USA in the age of Obama!

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MALCOLM X: THE FEAR IS GONE

A Courageous French Black Justice Minister Slamming Ferguson corruption and Police Brutality

Afro-Brazilian History.

http://blackwomenofbrazil.co/2014/11/28/november-is-the-month-of-black-consciousness-but-where-are-the-black-heroes-in-the-history-of-brazil/

Friday, November 28, 2014

Sister Trojan Pam's Excellent advice.

From https://abagond.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/elite-upbringing-does-not-protect-black-kids-from-racism/#comment-267592

Trojan Pam
@ all

you know what the irony of it all is — SPEAKING of the dialogue between Linda Keres Carter and some of is

she is the only one on this thread who is talking about her suffering to black males and females who have been mistreated in ways she could never deal with or imagine. Most of us suffer in silence, we seldom share the horrible experiences we’ve had under the system of white supremacy, all the slights, and insults and snubs and treatment at the hands of white employers (or people who wouldn’t HIRE us), and the mistreatment by police, or authority figures, etc.

Many of us have had friends and family beaten or killed by police (I have), many of us have buried our children before their time, been the victims of crime by people who have been trampled under the system as children, have loved ones incarcerated, been cheated out of JOBS and opportunities, been denied service, been humiliated in public and in private just for being black, been “racially PROFILED” as we shop in a store or drive down the street (I definitely have experienced that many, many times), and have watched our children and ourselves and countless numbers of black children go through the wicked process of educational genocide as we languished in black schools custom designed to destroy our educational potential

and as black females, dealing with the twin assaults of SEXISM AND RACISM, who are regularly maligned in the racist mainstream media, been called nappy headed and ugly and worthless nearly all our lives, and are the WOMEN MOST LIKELY to be raped or assaulted in the U.S, and the MOST LIKELY to keep that secret because we know no one cares, including other black people

and I have watched countless numbers of black females have walking nervous breakdowns as they struggle to live under these conditions and raise their children often by themselves for a variety of REASONS (while Miss Linda is married to a black male), and so many in my city are burying their children before their time, children who were murdered at the hands of police, even children as young as NINE YEARS OLD.

yet I can’t remember a SINGLE black female (or black male for that matter) spending three entire days or more talking about how much they’ve suffered, like Linda Keres Carter has who I doubt has buried a single child or been racially profiled (unless traveling with her husband and he is the real target), or been refused service, or been saddled with inferior schools, or been denied unemployment (if she works), or denied ANYTHING ELSE.

I could understand if the police in her community here in the U.S. had been murdering the children in her community like they do in ours but I doubt that’s the case. YET black people as a whole seldom come on ANYONE’S blog (including mine) to talk about our immense suffering under the system of white supremacy

and then it OCCURRED to me, maybe we should. Maybe, instead of listening to that other stuff, we should be SHARING our stories and releasing some of the PAIN that is making us so physically AND mentally ill so other victims won’t feel so isolated and alone and will know it’s alright to feel however we feel, to let go of those egos and the shame of being mistreated because it is NOT OUR FAULT that we are being mistreated because we are black.

let’s not waste our precious SPIRITUALLY healing POWERS and sympathetic hearts on the WRONG PEOPLE.

-Sister Trojan Pam.


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Trojan Pam
@ Herneith

Do not be irked by what I believe, given the overwhelming evidence, is true.

think about what Linda Keres Carter has posted and how SIMILAR it is to what I’ve (and maybe, you’ve) seen on Abagond’s blog posts and countless other black blogs, including mine.

The REFINED racism/white supremacy ‘game’ of deception, denial, then guilt. I have watched this play out so many times, you would think there’s a rulebook guiding racist behavior

and guess what? There IS. Mr. Neely Fuller, Jr. calls it “codfication” where white people often ACT and SPEAK in code. There’s even a LANGUAGE designed around it that many blacks do not recognize

for example, “urban” = “blacks”
“suburban” = “whites”

I would STRONGLY suggest all check out Mr. Fuller’s books and this website

blackcodefiles_com (where you can listen to free sound clips of Mr Fuller breaking down the system of white supremacy and you can find him on youtube as well.

Also, I cover many topics in my books which you can check out free excerpts on racismws_com

Without going into a long, detailed diatribe about it, this is the evidence that white people — collectively — are far from “dumb”. (now, as individuals, their intelligence ranges from the low end to the high end like every other group on the planet, and that is where I think black people get confused. They see the “ignorant” white person in person and think, this mother is too dumb to be smarter than me

That is NOT what I’m talking about. I’m talking about the COLLECTIVE BEHAVIOR/INTELLIGENCE of white people that has allowed a small minority (less than NINE percent of the planet’s population) to control the other NINETY-ONE percent.

How? Through VIOLENCE, CONFUSION, and DECEPTION -but also from following a CODE OF CONDUCT — CODIFICATION — in how they deal with people they have classified as “not white”

It’s like saying a CON MAN or WOMAN is dumber than you when they’re conning you out of your money, your property, your bodies, and your self-respect.

How can white people — collectively — behave the same way for the last 500 years toward people of color, no matter where they go on the planet? How is that possible without a “code?” How can they be ignorant when this behavior happens everywhere they go, even before the telephone or television was invented?

How could whites landing foot on Australia wind up doing the SAME THINGS to the original people (the Aborigines aka “originals) that they did to the non-white people in New Zealand without a CONDUCT CODE?

And if my CONDUCT CODE has been largely successful, and I have most of the non-white people on the planet under my thumb, watching my white supremacist movies and TV, applauding the anti-black MUSIC and black entertainers who degrade black people,

and bleaching their skin and thinning their noses, and having sex with me (despite my mistreatment of them), and fighting and hating and killing each other while being loyal to me and my whiteness

how in the WORLD am I acting out of ignorance?

It is black and non-white people who are IGNORANT — because we do not understand and/or REFUSE to understand and accept that we are being DOMINATED by a system of white supremacy and that ALL white people are benefiting from that system

and that is why the Linda Keres Carters of the world will NOT TELL YOU THEY ARE WHITE or are LIVING AS A WHITE PERSON with ALL the privileges of being white

so the black people she comes into contact with will remain CONFUSED and that is NOT ignorance, that is a CODE, that is CODIFICATION, and you were reading it right here on this post.

We MUST be our egos aside and tell ourselves the truth because only the TRUTH will set you free because if you are under the thumb of someone else there is no way in H you are smarter than they are, especially when you are COOPERATING with the same system that is oppressing you.

I hope you will check out Mr. Fuller’s sounds clips, believe me, you will begin to see things more clearly than you have ever seen them before.




Sunday, November 16, 2014

More Great Information

TrojanPam says: February 1, 2014 at 5:01 pm @ larissa No I haven’t I do find the scenario playing out on the global stage fascinating (and frightening) Here’s a SITE that I read occasionally. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/


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 brother, I grew up on the WEST SIDE of Chicago -- the BEST SIDE -- lol, and you're right, it was a way of life, HOWEVER, with the intro of rap, crack-infested gangster-ism, MTV, BET, rap videos, and rap h___, the black female became the easy target for disenfranchised black male youth, a trend which was BY DESIGN. Because the powers that be knew that once the BM disrespected the place WE CAME FROM -- the BW -- it was all DOWNHILL we should caught a clue when we became the only men on the planet to regularly degrade our women for profit that something FOUL was up MTV had a show about two years ago (maybe it's still on) called "Yo Momma" and all these ignorant young dudes would come on just to bust on each other and their mommas... Black folks -- especially black MEN -- have got to start thinking for ourselves and stop letting the white media define our women OR ourselves for us. We need another Million-Man-March, only this time the theme should be RESPECT FOR SELF...

 -Paul H.


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 Has anyone noticed that the only black people who get a mike to talk on mainstream white media are those who provoke disunity, stereotype other blacks, and pit black male against black female? Any time we see a message in mainstream media directed at us or talking about us we need to remember where we are and stop falling for the bait of fighting and fussing with each other. The powers that be want black women to hate us and they want us to hate them.

They put these black male/white female and black female/white male couples out here and there's nothing but bi-racial children in every TV commercial Don't we think it's time to ask why they don't want black men and black women to love each other? They don't tell white men not to love white women. They don't tell Hispanic men not to love Hispanic women. They don't tellAsian men not to love ASIAN WOMEN? Why are black people the only ones getting these messages? What are they afraid of? And how can we be so easily fooled by the white media to fall for these tricks?

A smart people would do the opposite of what they tell us because there must be power in us loving each other. It's time for us to act like we know it.

-Paul H.
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 TrojanPam says: February 5, 2014 at 8:57 pm @ LBM Unfortunately, one of the main reasons (some) blacks seek white and Asian lovers/spouses is they don’t WANT their children to look like them (too black) because they OPENLY or secretly believe black is inferior — which means they must be inferior as well. That’s the poison that we walk around with due to 500+ years of white supremacy/black inferiority programming. And thanks to our collective addiction to entertainment (movies, TV, music), we are taking in double and triple doses every time we turn on the TV set or sit in a MOVIE THEATER. It’s a uphill battle trying to convince most of us that our powerful DNA is one of the MAIN reasons we are being attacked by the white supremacists. I agree with you on the REST.

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Tim John wrote:
After what we seen in Ferguson; the militarized response.... now we are learning that the government to use even greater forms of unprecedented sophisticated resources and other military types of equipment on a scale as if Marshall Law has been declared can't be seen as anything other than what it is.... the declaration of war ....against American citizens who dare want to seek equal forms of justice for all people of all backgrounds and colors, creeds and so forth.
The only protest against such a mighty government...so willing to use systems and platforms of military warfare is the mass exodus of Americans as refugees fleeing this country for a safer country... no such actions would exist in a advanced state anywhere else around the world!
...this Chicago Defender story...this story alone shed an awful light on the most radical of responses to civil disobedience ever in a so-called civilized state that claims to be a free democracy!
http://chicagodefender.com/2014/11/10/breakin...
The platforms and military resources being declared to use for the Ferguson protests is a despicable display of freedom in America!..and says that America has declared war against American citizens...period.
What will you do? Better get your passports in order!
http://chicagodefender.com/2014/11/10/breakin...



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It's time to prepared for MASS RESISTANCE against mass repression. -Savant

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 Gri0tttt wrote: The FBI has succeed in keeping some of what was known as COINTELPRO alive to this very day. Take a look at this Chicago Defender story that should open your eyes about the current Ferguson, Missouri context: Breaking: Ferguson Decision to Indict Officer Darren Wilson Coming This Week http://chicagodefender.com/2014/11/10/breakin... The most disturbing highlights: Check out what the Ferguson Police Department, the St. Louis County Sheriffs Department and the Missouri State Police have planned in case demonstrators willingly express their First Amendment Rights of peaceful protests and demonstrations. 1) Military assets such as heavily armored vehicles are being stored at Scott Air Force Base and McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas. 2) The Missouri National Guard is on high alert and last week reserved 100 hotel rooms in downtown St. Louis. 3) A Northrop Grumman Global Hawk RQ-4 arial drone has been assigned to monitor and possibly block communications. 4) There are 300 homeland security vehicles parked in a three-story underground garage in St. Louis 5) Ferguson is reportedly being monitored by Fusion Center. The center acts as an early warning station for terrorism in Ferguson. 6) There are 24 agencies getting orders from federal agencies. ...My point, is if calls for peaceful protests, heck even if the calls were for rioting, why is such an armada of sophisticated law enforcement resources; even military resources being brought to bear? The FBI COINTELPRO federal movement against 'certain' people in America even having a movement is still alive. There is absolutely no reason, there can be no reason at all that these resources are being used in this type of concentration against American citizen amasses to protest a grand jury decision.

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 Unfortunately, the FBI did have some success. True, the agency failed miserably in their effort to destroy King's reputation, and did more to discredit itself and Hoover. But it's COINTELPRO program did succeed in undermining the Black Liberation Movement and many other dissident movements in this country. Had those movement CONTINUED and prevailed, America might today be one of the more advanced and progressive nations on earth rather than among the most backward. Today, King is admired by nearly everyone the world over, with racists and reactionaries of various sorts being the exception. Even some American reactionaries now try to claim King as a fellow right winger or "conservative Republican." But the FBI which failed to discredit King did work to undermined the movement of which he was the most renown leader and spokesman. -Savant ________________________________

 In fact, even the "republic " as commonly conceived by the so-called founding fathers is often a disguised plutocracy. Hence John Jay's famous quip that those who OWN America should rule her. For that reason it is not surprising to see in the FEDERALIST PAPERS (have you heard of them?) a profound distrust of democracy, and the advocacy by Madison and Hamilton of "republic " as the alternative. They were AFRAID of the common people. Your beloved proto-Fascist "Republicans " also fear the common people (especially the poor and people of color). That's the reasons for the numerous measures to restrict the right even to vote. Their "American dream" is MONEY, MONEY, MONEY for ME, ME, ME. And the political expression of their right wing version of the American dream is "Government of the rich, by the rich and for the rich."

 -Savant

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 Unfortunately, your reply evades rather than answers the question of WHAT the American dream is, what it actually does MEAN. Moreover, the phenomenon (immigration) which you speak of is GLOBAL, not particularly American, and hence doesn't necessarily tell us what (if anything) the American dream means to people "dying trying to come to the USA." Millions of people from the poorer lands of the global south are trying to get to many countries of the richer global north. Millions are coming to Europe from Africa and Asia People are going to Canada as well. Are millions of other immigrants motivated by some European or Canadian dream? No, this doesn't answer the question. And even assuming that people are coming to America to obtain the American Dream, what does it mean to them? Are they motivated by Dr. King's vision of the American dream as a Beloved Community of universal brotherhood, freedom and equality? Or by the ethos of Gordon Gekko which holds that "greed is good"? Perhaps, they are seeking to escape poverty and hunger. They have my sympathy. Coming from East Baltimore I wouldn't wish poverty on a dog; and the economic deprivation of people coming from Latin America (probably the largest source of current immigrants to the USA) is far worse than the poverty of our ghettoes, barrios, of our urban and rural slums. But one needn't have a notion of an American dream to want to escape deprivation. And even if they have such a notion, they're coming here doesn't yet tell me what that American dream means to them. So, I would prefer people offered well thought out responses rather than curt, dismissive replies. There 300 millions of Americans, many in such a state of cynical malaise, that one wonders whether the American Dream isn't an empty phrase for THEM. -Savant

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 There's no end of talk in the USA about the American Dream. But what the hell is the American dream? Is it a vision of community of universal freedom, dignity, equality and brotherhood? Is it really just about MONEY, MONEY, MONEY and ME, ME, ME and to hell with everyone else? Is it the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Universal brotherhood and equality? Or is it the avaricious self-aggrandizement and acquisitiveness so common in America, and embodied by the notorious Koch brothers? Is it real democracy? Or the endless madness of the rat race and inebriation with the intoxicating "success"? Is it compassion and respect for the "dignity of man" and human right? Or is it the deification and property and the idolatrous fetish of wealth? Is it the human person regarded as the highest value, our greatest real treasure? Or is it the deification of profit? Is it mere coincidence that the words "In God we trust" is inscribed on American MONEY? Is that America's true god?

 -Savant

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 And then again, I recall a letter of a young Philosophy professor (and daughter of the Black middle class), Angela Davis in her letter to George Jackson: "I love you and I love my people Revolution till victory!"

 -Savant

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 How many middle or upper class Black people TODAY can say--honestly--wit h Dr. King, "I choose to identify with the poor, with the disinherited" ? And while this may not be a very good examples (since Fred Hampton was a Panther brother from the hood).: I'm not gonna die slipping on no ice. I'm not going to die in no airplane crash. I'm not gonna die from no heart attack. I am gonna die for the people. I'm gonna die for the people because I LIVE for the people. I live for the people the people because I LOVE the people! I am HIGH on the people!"

 -Savant

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

First Christmas without him. Inside MLK's home in 1968

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zm4mnvhtg9s

Savant on Important Issues

Not completely off topic at this point The system of injustice which King tried to fight by mean of the Poor Peoples Campaign has grown worse. The divide between the haves and have nots has worsened. More and more members of the middle Class--educated professionals and moderate size propertyholders--are being pushed into the poverty. The middle class itself is divided into those barely hanging on to middle class standards of living, barely staying out of poverty, and those who are more securely middle class. I think that the former group of insecure middle class folk outnumber the more secure ones. This is especially (though not only)true among Black middle class folk. For thanks to slavery and racial caste, they have mainly been unable to accumulate INTERGENERATIONAL wealth and capital. That's one of the reasons that the recession affected them more severely than it did the white middle class (who were also severely damaged). If the middle classes had good sense they'd make common cause with the poor, especially the working class poor, in the struggle for economic and social justice. They would emphasize solidarity and abandon backward and reactionary ideals of "rugged" or possessive individualism. They would do what Dr. King was urging us to do while he was trying to organize the Poor Peoples Campaign--what he himself was doing as a middle class intellectual man in supporting the impoverished sanitation workers in Memphis in 1968. The choice is still their: to be CONSCIOUS and COMMITTED or to be irrelevant and possibly reactionary.

 -Savant

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 Well I've noted from experience as well as study certain realities regarding the psychology of first generation middle class Blacks. Other newly arrived people from other groups also experience this insecurity, but with us it is compounded by the stigma of race. As you know, I am myself a first generation college graduate--son of parents from the Jim Crow South who didn't even finished high school. I grew up in the ghettoes of East Bmore. I still recall when I finished school and got my first full academic position. I was actually STUNNED when I paid all my bills and found that there was MONEY LEFT OVER!!! I could even buy a car, rent a decent apartment (not a project or slum), and have money to travel. I'm now a homeowner, but then I was afraid to try to buy a house for fear that my new found affluence wouldn't last, and the bank would come a calling. Fortunately, the difference in my upbringing---and probably the influence of certain of my high school and university teachers who were Movement veterans--help prevent me from becoming socially indifferent, politically reactionary or simply given to narcissistic self-indulgence. I continued being involved in community struggles, and struggles related to fights for freedom elsewhere--for example, the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. But of the few brother and sisters in the hood who "rose" up with me,, that social conscience usually wasn't there.

 I believe there was a book written decades ago by Harry Edwards called BLACK STUDENTS. In it he seemed to indicate that the Black students radicals of the time were more often than not middle class youth who--unlike their parents--were born in the lap of affluence. I know that to be true of many white students radicals of that time as well. However, Howard Zinn in NEW ABOLITIONISTS (originally came out in 1964) stated that most SNCC activists in the South were children of poor, working class Black families who happened to be able to get more education than their parents had. But he seem to argue also that Northern Black and white students who came South to support SNCC and other movements were usually educated middle class people. So, the picture may be a little more complicated.

-Savant
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Je ne suis pas religieuse maintenant. Main je n'ai pas un desire a fais un guerre contra religion. L'ete derniere j'avais un entrevue avec M. Marc Steiner de WEAA, FM 88.9. Monsieur Steiner (un juive tres progressive, former SDS, for Poor Peoples Campaign worker) is at least as old as Barros, probably older. He interviewed me regarding the meaning of King's legacy in our time. He thought it interesting that I, an agnostic, find King to be one of the most admirable men in history. J'a dit a M. Steiner: "Although I am no longer religious, I can find more common ground with a devout Jew, Christian, Muslim or Hindu who is progressive and committed to the freedom of all men, than with an agnostic or atheist who is reactionary and a defender of race and class privilege. After all, Ayn Rand was an atheist and also very pro-capitalist. Her animosity toward Christianity, was largely due to her perception that the teachings of the Christ were implicitly anti-capitalist, anti-elitist and revolutionary.. She would never supported Dr. King's poor peoples campaign. There are progressive religious people just as there are progressive secular people. And there are reactionaries in all religions just as there are reactionary secularists. But I will work with progressive Jews, Christians, Muslims, Hindus, pagans, atheists and anyone else who is willing to fight the liberation of ALL the oppressed, and for a community of freedom as the birthright of every man, woman and child on earth. My very religious ancestors used to sing from the dark dungeons of slavery: "Didn't my Lord free Daniel, Daniel? Did my lord free Daniel? Why not EVERY man?"

-Savant

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By the way, mon oncle Oscar (un soldat a Normandie) arrive a Baltimore l'ete derniere about two weeks after you left this past summer. A couple of his sons were with him. He's very old now, but still remembers the war and his days in your country. It would have been interesting for you to have met him. Il aiment le francais beaucoups. "Pas de segregation" dit mon oncle, "pas de KKK, et zero police raciste"--unl ike North Carolina. I was tempted to tell him he had too idealized a picture of France....But I thought "What's the point?" And I understand the point of view of old black men of that generation. It might have been interesting to see what his reaction would have been if I had been able to introduce the two of you. Mon oncle aiment la France et les Francais. He thinks the French are the coolest white folk around....LOL!

-Savant

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There is lot more paranoia about Black criminality. Notice that no one even speaks of white criminality. Take a look at the May 14, 2014 edition of AlterNet.org. Take a look at an article entitled "White People Commit the Most Heinous Crimes, So Why is America Terrified of Black Men." The author is Lisa Bloom, and the article is excerpted from her book, SUSPICION NATION: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE TRAYVON MARTIN INJUSTICE AND WHY WE CONTINUE TO REPEAT IT.

-Savant

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Well mass deportation is pretty much out of the question, at least without a fascist state. And as long as they're lingering in the shadows avaricious businessman and other scumbags can exploit the labor of immigrants at wages lower than everyone else. That could create a problem for the Black community as well as the exploited immigrant community. Better to legalize and demand DECENT WAGES for absolutely EVERYONE, be that American born or from other countries. Otherwise, the powers-that-be will pit one oppressed community against another.

-Savant

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We must also consider some important economic changes within American and global capitalism which deeply affect the lives of our communities. Kathleen Cleaver, former Black Panther leader and former spouse of Eldridge Cleaver, posed a question while in Baltimore a few years ago: How are things so different? Why is it that you find such militant confidence arising in the poor, especially the Black poor among whom we used to organized? Our people were at the bottom of the economy, as disproportionately we still are. But there was an industrial economy that was relatively stable. Hence even poor people could maintain fairly stable families, schools, and other institutions that were a part of any real community. But things have changed. We were at the last phase of industrialism. What has happened since, and probably was already in its early phases in the late 1960s, was a technological revolution based not on industrialism, but a new information economy, and electronic economy. And the first jobs to be lost were those at the bottom of the industrial economy--in the part of the capitalist economy where Black people were disproportionately to be found thanks to decades of racist discrimination in industry. Where are those old factory jobs? Those jobs in steel? What happened to your Bethlehem Steel company in Baltimore, or the auto industry in Detroit. Even jobs at the bottom of those industries were relatively stable in those days; and they allowed for a stable social existence even within poverty. That is what has changed, and it affects our current efforts to organize." I'm recalling from memory the essence of Kathleen Cleaver's remarks. We might add also observations made by Cornel West in RACE MATTERS, namely the increasing influence of the corrosive materialist and narcissistic values of consumerism, of consumerist capitalism in our communities. Have these maleficent influences weakened former bonds of solidarity, community, communal love, and care for others?

What kind of community and value system had we then that would enable poor people to risk jobs that they were in no position to lose in order to win freedom and self-determination for their people? What values and community had we then that would enable SOME members of the middle and upper classes of Black America---W.E.B.Du Bois, Paul Robeson, Ella Baker, Martin Luther King, Jr., Angela Davis---to risk their careers and what could have been comfortable bourgeois lives for something as "abstract " as freedom, justice, equality, self-determination , and the dignity of the human personality? What values allowed an Angela Davis to risk a promising academic career (after studying at Sorbonne, Frankfurt School, Brandeis) for the sake of a revolutionary movement, or to sully her middle class image by getting involved in efforts to liberate imprisoned brothers from the "hood" like George Jackson, Fleeta Drumgo and the other "Soledad brothers"? And again, the class divide was not so great as now. Whether the divide of classes can be overcome in some larger solidarity today, I don't know. But I think that we can reconstruct the Black community from the bottom, up. Except for the most degenerated among them, we can re-educate, conscientize and organized the poor and the disinherited. Probably we can win a fraction of the Black petty bourgeoisie, though not on the level of the 1960s.

-Savant

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http://consortiumnews.com/2014/11/05/the-silence-of-the-israelis-on-isis/

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11986

http://isreview.org/issue/94/crisis-iraq

http://socialistworker.org/2009/11/12/revolutions-of-1989



Saturday, November 8, 2014

Facts

It's truly amazing....HOW so few people know anything that is TRUTHFUL about African Americans.
In 2009, of 41 million Blacks:
1.2% were upper class or 200K and up
8.1% were upper middle or 100K-200K
38.4% were middle class or 35K-100K
28.8% were working class or 15K-35K
23.5% were living in poverty.
Thanks
to the OVER-FOCUS of the mainstream, White-owned media and college 
classes on that 23.5%, most people, including many Blacks....strongly 
believe that the majority of us are poor.
That's VERY IGNORANT....AND NOWHERE near the truth.
47.7%
of us are middle class or higher....yet the image in most minds 
--racist or not-- is that 90% of us are poor, under-educated, 
dysfunctional, crime prone, won't work....and thus relies on welfare.
Two,
while Whites often preach education to us....only 29% of them have at 
least a 4-year degree while 17% of African Americans do.
With all 
their talk about education, you would think that 90% of Whites have a 
college degree, but less than a 1/3 of that number do....just a measly 
12% more than Blacks despite the fact Whites have had access to a higher
education much, much longer than any Group of Color in the United 
States.
Three, besides the " 'usual' " form of welfare, Whites have benefited from a large number of federal government giveaways.
In 1862, the Homestead Act was passed and signed 
into law. The new law established a three-fold homestead acquisition process: 
filing an application, improving the land, and filing for deed of title.
Any 
U.S. citizen, or intended citizen, who had never borne arms against the U.S. 
Government could file an application and lay claim to 160 acres of surveyed Government 
land. For the next 5 years, the homesteader had to live on the land and improve 
it by building a 12-by-14 dwelling and growing crops. After 5 years, the homesteader 
could file for his patent (or deed of title) by submitting proof of residency 
and the required improvements to a local land office.
Two hundred seventy million acres were given to Whites for free....while refusing to give 40 acres and a mule to freed Blacks.
$120
billion in housing loans went to Whites in the late 1950s, with only 2%
going to African-, Asian & Latino/a-Americans and Indigenous 
Peoples.
There's quite a number of other government programs that have been implemented to assist Whites.
Hence, they did not pull themselves up by their bootstraps.
The bootstraps are the federal government giveaways in land, loans, jobs, etc., etc., etc.
Where....would Blacks and other groups be today.....if they'd had the SAME opportunities as Whites?!
The
fact that 47.7% of us are middle class or higher....and we did it 
without any land grants ro other government giveaways, etc....is pretty 
amazing, isn't it?!
Can Whites make the same claim?! NOPE.
Whites should never open their mouths to 
criticize any group....with all the federal welfare they've 
received....and continue to receive in subsidies, tax loopholes, etc., 
etc., etc.

WAKE UP people.
WHY in the world would you accept your oppressor's stories about your group and other dominated groups?!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Research

Nixak*77* • a day ago

 Let's be clear what's currently the main driver of slashing of rain-forests in Africa [& SE.Asia too] for the production of Palm Oil. Traditionally palm oil was/is used in food & cosmetics, but now it's main use is for so-called 'Bio'-Diesel for foreign markets, Just as the main driver for slashing the Amazon is currently the combo of cattle grazing & so-called 'bio-fuels [aka Bio-Fools]- again for Foreign markets. This represents the 'darker-side' of green, along w so-called 'green' nuke power [& now even 'green' fracking]. One of the first articles @ AlterNet on this Ebola out-break, tried 'blame' an alleged W.African 'appetite' for 'bat-soup' along w the Chinese allegedly slashing Africa's rain-forest for this Ebola out-break. I know enough about Liberia to know both of these assertions are dubious at best- especially in Liberia. I've never seen nor even heard of anyone in Liberia eating 'bat-soup', & Guinea [where this out-break originated] is at-least 85% Muslim. Muslims do have strict dietary guidelines & IMO bats likely don't 'meet' them [no pun intended]. I also know that at-least in Liberia the main ones who were slashing the forests there were logging companies from the US, Scandinavian countries, Germany & Israel- NOT China [the US alone has the Firestone Rubber plantation, the largest in the World at 1 Million acres- under lease till 2029. PS: Firestone has a real sordid 90+ yr {& Counting} history re: how it was acquired and how it's exploited, underpaid & overworked its Liberian workers.]. FYI: Whether Ebola originated w bats or even if they're the main carriers is still an open question [IE: it's a presumption]. I've read 2 reports on the issue [one from DRC Congo {trying to implicate 'bat-soup'} can NOT really even be called a scientific study, because it failed to even test any of the 'suspect' bats for Ebola - the other's from Bangladesh] trying to link bats to Ebola & neither is a slam-dunk - IE: they failed to make an air-tight case.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12596



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 David Pear:

Colonialism is alive and well in the 21st century. It doesn't look much different than the 19th century. I have written about this many times before and feel the futility of writing about it again. As we focus on the Ebola epidemic we should not forget that millions of people have been slaughtered in the D.R. Congo in the worst genocide since WW2. The US is backing the génocidaires; the same ones it backed in Rwanda in the 1990's. The US backed Paul Kagame's invasion of Rwanda and now it is backing his invasion of the D.R. Cong. It is always the same issue. Any country in resource rich Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Eurasia that has the best interests of its own citizens instead of the interests of Western corporations will be a target for destabilization and regime change. Neocolonialism started even before African decolonization began. It goes back to before the US, British and Belgian instigation of the overthrow and execution of Patrice Lumumba in 1960. Lumumba's 'crime' was that he was a 'socialist'. It didn't matter to the West that Lumumba was democratically elected. This is what AFRICOM is all about too. In the guise of the War on Terror the US is looking out for the profits of Western corporations. It shows how little truth there is in the ability of 'free-market capitalism' when it has to be enforced with military power. Yet we will see many racist comments in the main stream about how Africans are tribal. How blacks can't govern themselves. Eating 'bush-meat' which we call 'wild-game' in the West. There is not much 'free' about capitalism. Nor is there anything 'liberal' about neoliberalism.

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Speaking of the Haitian REvolution, probably the greatest of Black leaders from the elite (slave elite) was Toussaint L'Ouverture. Here, people like Frederick Douglass and Denmark Vesey come to mind. But being outnumbered as well as outgunned our slave ancestors in the USA were not able to raise a massive popular insurrection such as happened in Haiti. By the way, have you read CLR James' BLACK JACOBINS? I actually had the pleasure of meeting CLR once.

-Savant

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 There is a question of character and consciousness. Paul Robeson was well paid, but also a man of principle and integrity. Drs. Du Bois and King could have been much better "paid" if they had betrayed. Angela Davis, with her European education, could have probably done even better than her committed predecessors who lost their standing. For she came along in the LATE 1960s, by which time most of the racist legal caste restrictions were removed. Her radicalism lost her a potentially cushy job, and her involvement in the case of the Soledad brothers--brothers from the hood, not middle class folk like her--eventually led to her imprisonment. Martin, Paul Robeson, Angela, Ella Baker , Jo Ann Robinson were all being paid middle class wages....actually, upper class wages for Paul Robeson. They risked it all for the love and liberation of their people. Of course, they were EXCEPTIONAL members of the Black bourgeois or petty bourgeois classes. They would be even more exceptional now given the PRESENT character of the Negro elite.

 -Savant

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Great Words

As a Black American with a global and Pan-African perspective, I can only say that Blacks here and in the Motherland will all be better off when we learn cooperation and solidarity rather than division and competition. Why don't people start intelligent and progressive threads talking about our common challenges and interests instead of pitting one against the other? Malcolm, Martin, Paul Robeson & W.E.B Du Bois taught us better than that. They taught us solidarity. Similarly, Amilcar Cabral, Nkrumah, Lumumba and others taught solidarity from their base in the Motherland. I know it's pretty late in the day, but it's time we learned those lessons 

-Savant

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 Why would T-BOS think that contemporary Blacks would try to make a Nat Turner type rebellion? As chattel slavery is no more it would hardly make sense to launch a slave revolt. Duh...Nowadays what's happening in Ferguson, MO and the Moral Mondays Movement led by Rev. William Barber is a more relevant topic of discussion if we're thinking about contemporary revolt or resistance to oppression.....wel l, at least in the REAL world. Unfortunately, T-BOS is allergic to reality and reason.

 -Savant

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At least part of the blame belong at the doorstep of the BLACK BOURGEOISIE (to which Cosby belongs) who betrayed the Movement. While Youtube is mainly trash--I'd prefer you studied real scholarly literature--I would recommend folk take a look at a Youtube clip called "The BLACK ELITE and the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.". We were being warned of the dangers of elite betrayal way back in the 30s & 40s by Du Bois and Paul Robeson. Robert Allen tried to warn us in 1969 with his book BLACK AWAKENING IN CAPITALIST AMERICA. And while I have my differences with Manning Marable, some of his works were also a warning: FROM THE GRASSROOTS, BLACKWATER, HOW CAPITALISM UNDERDEVELOPED BLACK AMERICA, and an ESSAY which I believed was titled "Black Nationalism in the 1970s." Bell Hooks tried to clue us in with her short volume called CLASS MATTERS: WHERE WE STAND. And I can go on and on. The disruption of Black communal life which Cosby b____ about (but which his class helped bring about) is due to changing economic forces, the betrayal of the Struggle by the elite, the suppression of the most visionary and committed Black leaders and organizers by the government (especially through COINTELPRO), and the flooding of our disorganized and beleaguered communities by the poisonous consumerist values of a decadent capitalist society and culture.. So, it's not SIMPLY a matter of bad white people pushing us around, nor (as Carson or Cosby believes) reprobate Black folk who just won't act right. It is the entire social order that is obscene, corrupt, racist and tyrannical. It must be RADICALLY TRANSFORMED f rom the bottom up. Transformed or destroyed, pick your choice.

-Savant

http://diallokenyatta.tumblr.com/post/100113847726/advice-to-black-capitalist-from-a-pan-african

http://diallokenyatta.tumblr.com/post/101458770766/media-propaganda-and-the-build-up-to-genocide
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Il est possible que les Repulicans gagne le Senate a Mardi. Perhaps notre Resistance must be against the entire state, the corporate state. -Savant


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Amandla! First of all, let me say that I have the greatest respect and admiration for the courageous struggles of the people of South Africa. And probably no struggle outside the USA has been more inspirational to African Americans than the heroic resistance of the Black people of South Africa. Our poets have written in praise of Mandela, of the courageous children of Soweto who pit their lives against the murderous fascist behemoth of apartheid. The problem is not, nor did I suggest, one of South Africa being a war torn country, or a "barbaric" land. The problem seems to be that the inequalities of the colonialist white dictatorship has continued even after the formal dismantling of apartheid. The dissolution of a fascist regime and its replacement by a parliamentary democracy is an accomplishment of no mean importance. But without fundamental democratic transformation of the socio-economic order, the new civil liberties are severely weakened and rendered largely abstract and ineffective--at least for the masses. That is a lesson that many of us have had to learn the hard way in the USA after the great battles of the 1960s.

Fanon warned that exploitation can wear a Black face as well as a white one. My concern now is whether the new order in South Africa will be one of growing social democracy---which seemed to be implied by the ANC FREEDOM CHARTER--a democracy which empowers the common people, or whether we will have a new order which privileged the few at the expense of the many--an order in which perhaps the police (though now African) will be compelled to behave has they did under apartheid. What measures are being taken to undo the radical economic inequalities and exploitation engendered by the Native Land Act? Is at least partial nationalization part of the current agenda of the ANC government? I seem to have read the support for the ANC among mine workers has diminished. The winning of parliamentary democracy ought not be an endgame but a step toward the full democratization of society. I hope that this is what's under way Only thus can it be said that the thousands who died to win South African freedom did not die in vain.


-Savant