Number 16 - November 14, 2002
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by the numbers
Associate Editor Bruce Dixon's dismantling of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's
contrived "study" of the Denise Majette - Cynthia McKinney
primary election resonated among our readership. "Denise Majette's
claims to substantial African American support in the August election,
as well as the political conclusions offered by the newspaper and the
many media outlets that have cited its reports, are based on phantom
voters, wishful thinking and phony numbers - lies made of whole cloth,"
Dixon wrote. Neither was there "evidence in 'predominantly black
precincts' of sufficient black Majette voters to indicate a new, rightward
trend in DeKalb County, Georgia - much less to extrapolate for the rest
of black America." (See "The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's
Bogus Election 'Study,'" Nov.
Darryl Cox is a
strategic planner and knows something about numbers. Cox applauds our
analysis, but questions the tone of the article. He also believes Cynthia
McKinney shares some of the responsibility for her own defeat.
Bravo!! Your study
is a sorely needed antidote to the superficial and misinformed analyses
we have been presented with to date regarding the electoral contest
between Rep. Cynthia McKinney and Denise Majette. I would like to
offer two criticisms or comments about your report, although neither
of them refutes your thesis about the election. One, Rep. McKinney's
shares a portion of the blame for her vilification at least with regard
to her comments about whether President Bush had prior knowledge of
the attacks on September 11. Surely, she should have had enough political
sense and common, garden-variety mother wit to know that making comments
of this type would energize her political opponents and move many
of them not to vote for the eventual Republican primary winner but,
rather, for her major Democratic primary opponent. If Rep. McKinney
did not foresee the consequences of her statements about the president
then she was guilty either of hubris or gross naiveté or both.
She and her supporters simply cannot claim to be victims as though
they had little or no role, in provoking their attackers.
My final comment
pertains to your suggesting that Denise Majette be shunned and "shamed
at every opportunity." I understand the righteous anger you feel
toward her and all that she represents. Black people have always had
to deal with the proverbial "Trojan Horse" in our midst.
What concerns me, however, is that I believe that you undercut and
diminish the power of your analysis by publicly expressing this degree
of animosity toward Majette. Your study, in my opinion, effectively
undercuts her claims of having attained a certain degree of legitimacy
within the black community. Suggesting or demanding that she be shunned
makes it appear that you only have an axe to grind and that your real
aim is not to bring about clarity and truth but to skewer your political
Bruce Dixon Replies:
Thank you for
your thoughtful comments. The new representative from Georgia's 4th
district was elected despite a four to one black vote against her
in the primary, and like many Democrats, she expected and got virtually
all the black vote cast in November. For the next two years, the only
powers people of color will have over Denise Majette are those of
public shame and opprobrium. To suggest the exercise of these purely
social sanctions somehow "undercuts" the position that she
is an enemy artifact planted in a position of ostensible leadership
among us, a Trojan Horse, is just a little strange.
benefited from a campaign of unmatched nastiness. Her supporters publicly
questioned McKinney's motives, patriotism, character and more. Majette
is nowhere on record cautioning them about their lack of civility.
She even joined in, claiming that McKinney was funded by people "linked
to" terrorism. Majette and her supporters were simply enforcing
the consensus of corporate America, in which anyone questioning the
"war on terrorism" is fair game for slander and vituperation.
recent days the enforcers of the Corporate Consensus have tried to
convince us that use of the labels "house slave", "Uncle
Tom" and "Darth Vader in the body of a black woman"
as applied to its ex-generals, supreme court justices and national
security advisors are vile racist epithets sufficient to require the
denouncing and dismissal of any who utter them as beyond the pale.
Let's not be fooled.
We have the right to access our own collective experience, our own
American history to express shared feelings about the behaviors of
public officials who do what they do with our money and in our name.
There is no reason to pretend that Majette's pose as some new kind
of black leader is legit. Clarence Thomas would not feel comfortable
in a room with a lot of African Americans, and for good reason. Neither
should Denise Majette.
An important part
of our publication's reason for existence is to reveal the lies at the
heart of corporate media-spun myths. We appreciate these words of encouragement
from reader, Al Kamara.
Great piece of
research. If possible let us have the truth of the numbers behind
the Republican wins in the recent elections. We have the intuitive
belief that the Republican Party has become the refuge of most whites
since 1965 in their attempts to maintain racial privileges legally
lost with desegregation legislation. In other words, the big question
is what percentage of white voters voted Republican this time around?
And what percentage of the Democrat vote was white?
will also be revealing. We suspect Bush's wins have nothing to do
with him at all but rather everything to do with the perception that
his party will do everything to "protect" white interests
even to the point of cutting off noses to spite faces. This would
mean that whites will overlook corporate scandals, bad economic policies,
tax cuts for the rich - at their won expense so long as white racial
interests are seen to be protected with racist, rightwing judges,
locking up more blacks, slaughtering Iraqis, etc.
is a tireless organizer and truth-disseminator. We're glad she's on
I am thoroughly
amazed, yet proud that The Black Commentator, Bruce Dixon and others
continue to investigate and put together a solid piece of indisputable
facts that expose the slick entry of the Trojan Horse in our midst.
Cynthia McKinney deserves our continued support and another apology
as the charlatans once more move among us, sliding into the honored
seats in our weakening political arena. While most of our eyes and
ears were opened to observe, we heard the pre-acceptance speech of
the Congressional Black Caucus, accepting another Trojan Horse into
its midst. We demand that they take steps to eject this charlatan
based on her disgraceful entry as an elected representative of Georgia's
4th district. Perhaps, if all the allegations are true, maybe they
are getting their just desserts. But, not all voters were involved
in this disgraceful plot to unseat Congresswoman McKinney.
Now, where do
we go from here? Where and when will the outrage become such an unbearable
burning in our bellies? Will we ever stand for justice and kick these
Clarence Thomas-like gutless wonders in the butt and make all of them
accountable and respectful to our people? We need politicians that
choose not to prostitute themselves or the people they represent.
and staff... Keep up the good work. I thank you on behalf of all.
firmly believe that, ultimately, the Black Trojan Horse strategy will
collapse under the scrutiny of a wise people. However, there will be
many defeats along the way. People like Ms. Renford keep us strong and
Actin' the fool
our Briefs section in the October 17 issue, especially the rundown on
George Bush's mock-insanity.
on this wonderfully written article, describing our present state
of affairs so very succinctly. (Of course the article was written
before election-day depression set in.)
When I reached
the subtitle "Lethally Stupid" I was totally amazed by the
truths that are staring all of American's in the face yet they seem
to be mesmerized by this "regime"! I know that there has
been several references to Hitler and our present "chief of stuff"
but the influence isn't only the persuasiveness of the so-called "down
home" type charisma... no, this is a far more nefarious "regime".
not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face
reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or who says it."
- Malcolm X
Anyone who quotes
Malcolm cannot be too far wrong.
Wild about Harry
Mail continues to
arrive from readers of Harry Belafonte's Larry King Live interview,
reprinted here, in which the singer/activist dramatically explained
the difference between Colin Powell, the Role Model, and the actual
role he plays for the Bush Administration.
Reader Russell offered
I was not surprised,
but encouraged, by Mr. Belafonte's candid remarks. He lets me relish
in the idea that there are still men out there that think for themselves
and do not follow the rest of the cattle. This perspective that we
are all being spoon fed by the mega media does nothing but promote
piracy on a worldwide scale. This country, faults and all, deserves
a better role than that of thieves stealing the resources of weaker
countries around the world. It appears we will ignore the "threats"
of more powerful nations and only flex our muscles when our opponents
are obviously weaker. The problem with the bully picking his battles
to make himself appear strong is that the size of the dog in the fight
is not nearly as important as the size of the fight in the dog. Thank
you to Mr. Belafonte for letting the world know the people of this
country are not behind the policies of our illegal leaders.
We call our readers'
attention to the sad and silly statements by Rev. Al Sharpton and Rep.
Charles Rangel (D-NY) on Harry Belafonte's criticism of Colin Powell,
in the Briefs column of this issue.
has greetings, observations and a prediction.
Sisters and Brothers:
Wish I could send more than praise for the work you have done. The
Belafonte interview is a jewel and most commentary on our corrupt
racist politics is on the money. Stay the course in these stormy seas.
We may get the shit knocked out of us for now, but once the people
really unite, we shall prevail.
That's why we do
what we do.