Number 17 - November 21, 2002
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our best efforts, THE CRISIS, founded by W.E.B. Du Bois in 1910, remains
under the editorship of Victoria Valentine, a person who cannot tell
the difference between friends and foes of the magazine's parent organization,
the NAACP. Valentine gave both praise and space to Cory Booker, the
school vouchers advocate and board member of the Right-funded Black
Alliance for Educational Options, and Denise Majette, the new Congresswoman
from Georgia who rode to victory on a sea of rightwing cash. Both are
"liberals," says editor Valentine, apparently oblivious to
the NAACP's determined opposition to vouchers for private schools, and
unconcerned about the financial backers of those who pose as "new
Black leaders." (See "Debate," November
Our efforts peaked
the attention of Niambi Bah, who wrote:
It was so refreshing
and uplifting to read your article regarding the removal of Valentine.
She absolutely, positively needs to be removed immediately.
P.S. Is there
anything you have started (such as a petition to be submitted to the
NAACP) to further the process of her removal?
It is not this publication's
place to start petitions among NAACP members. However, the board members
of THE CRISIS are listed in our article.
Writer Shannon Scott,
of Savannah, GA appreciated D.H. Muhammad's November
14 Guest Commentary, The Sniper and The Nation of Islam. Mr. Muhammad
stripped intellectually naked those who have attempted to associate
the NOI with the crimes of a former member. However, Mr. Scott has one
problem with Mr. Muhammad's method.
I'd like to begin
by complimenting your email newsletter by saying it's a truly enlightening
and refreshing read. Especially in the world where media defines truth
by its sense of advertising dollar and "readership/viewer"
numbers. Little do they know how they have become pawns for the Bush
administration's every whim.
I enjoyed your
most recent Guest Commentary article overall as it brought some real
levity to the nature of the shooter's personal choices outside of
the rules of their own faith. I too feel that the Bush gang seeks
to use this story as the beginning to further dividing the races in
our country and could become a desired catalyst to further bamboozle
the American people as regards his war on terrorism.
However, on the author's phrasing, "homosexual cannibal,"
I am left feeling stuck. Within the article itself I found its use
very off key to the overall feel of the writing and what appeared
to be the point of the article. I think its excellent that the tone
is seeking "justice for all" if you will, but found the
use of "homosexual" to be derogatory to that point as any
who might be [homosexual] would feel instantly slanted. So what if
Dahmer was homosexual? As for the "cannibal" use - well,
he was born a human being first who fell prey to cannibalism on his
deranged path. Dahmer is still a man even so.
Needless to say the article carried itself objectively well, but I
also doubt that I'm alone in feeling that the author's picking of
"easy targets" sends a portion of those points to the realm
of questioning the author's own emotional agenda.
Keep up the good
We urge readers
who missed D.H. Muhammad's commentary to revisit our last issue. Although
we anticipated that some readers would react as Mr. Scott did, we believe
that Mr. Muhammad's method did not single out homosexuals. He also pointed
to the Boy Scout, U.S. military, Republican, Democrat and Christian
backgrounds of various mass murderers.
Marshall is brilliant. We know this, not only because of her work in
the Department of Anthropology at the Carter G. Woodson Institute, University
of Virginia, but because she thinks well of .
You are doing
a fabulous job! I am pretty much turned off by the mainstream news
keeps me posted. I am a professor and am always forwarding
articles to my classes. I am especially pleased with your coverage
of the labor struggle in the South. So, thanks for doing such a great
We thank Professor
Marshall for giving the publication a greater reach than we could achieve
on our own.
Gripes and Snipes
Two writers have
been very unkind to us, placing words in our mouths and bad motives
in our hearts so that we can hardly recognize ourselves. Nevertheless,
we will do our best to accept the writers' criticisms with equanimity,
and so forth, and so on.
Barry Ringold recommends
that we find God, before it is too late. Ringold takes a long time getting
there, as he itemizes our transgressions.
I believe your
article on Denise Majette was informative but untrue. To believe that
Cynthia McKinney should be elected by blacks because she is black
and should be supported by all black Democrats leaves little to the
imagination for the intelligent black voter.
First of all if
you check McKinney's record over her term in office as compared to
John Lewis' term, you can see that Congressman Lewis has brought in
more federal grants and aid to his District than Mckinney. You need
to question what has McKinney been doing in D.C., socializing and
partying. Dekalb County, GA needs financial and service resources
to accommodate its population growth. It does not need a representative
whose only claim to fame is playing racial politics and hysteria even
when it is not warranted. We saw that during the last election. She
tried her best to paint a qualified, respected black person, Denise
Majette, white in effort to sway black voters and hide from her ineffectiveness
as a Congresswoman. This was a turn-off to many black voters in the
District. Many did not vote during the election.
Also to assume
that black politicians who receive a large amount of white Democratic
votes are not black, or that they are Republican, is so immature and
silly. Last time I looked I believe that Rev. Martin Luther King said
we should be "judged not by the color of our skin but the content
of our character." I believe that Judge Majette's character was
judged by blacks and whites in Dekalb County and that is why she defeated
Cynthia McKinney. We are beginning to enter the American dream of
Martin Luther King. If we professed that we wanted it so much then,
then we as blacks must use wiser judgment in selecting our leaders
without regard to racial politics used by some to win elections, including
black elected officials.
I know this may
prove to be a challenge to someone who has used race to establish
their stature in politics and benefit socially and financially, but
not to the community they were elected to serve. The only thing they
should strive and learn to do is live a Godly Christian life, without
generating hate and division, then they will be rewarded righteously
by God: the one who has gotten us this far. We do not need to imitate
the ways of our oppressors. If we do, we will suffer their consequences.
We thank Mr. Ringold
for his blessing. Ringold assigns great powers to the publishers of
One truly has The Gift when one can be, as he says we are, "informative
but untrue" at the same time. And, since we apparently did so much
work for the McKinney campaign - without even knowing it - we will send
them a bill, immediately.
Ron B got a load
off his mind at our expense. We trust that he can spare it.
Your web site wins the prize for the most politically biased, left
slanderous web site designed to keep us Black people on the political
plantation. (You have replaced BlackPressUSA.com on my list).
Why are "Conservative
Black people" such a threat to you? I thought liberals were for
free speech and supported a diverse set of ideas and philosophies.
Yet you constantly
slander Black people who think differently than you do. What is their
crime? That they dare to believe there is an alternate route to Black
The writers of
your content do not possess a single cell in their body that is more
committed to the cause of Black Independence than I do.
In my view the
true "sellouts" of Black people are not the Black Republicans
(I am a conservative independent Black man.) It is the Black people
like you who have conditioned Black people to believe that the "health
and well being" of Black people is a function of the "health
and well being" of the Democratic Party. The problem is both
parties are dominated by the interests of the White masses. Both
parties have a longer history of straight up racism toward Black people
than they do of racial objectivity. Yet we are told by our so-called
"Black Leaders" to become genetically modified and support
Your web site
is nothing more than a mouthpiece for this same group of people to
keep us on the Democratic Political Plantation.
Instead of looking
at the results of the recent election and coming up using your warped
view that "America is now tilting to the Right and thus becoming
more racist" as evidenced by the election losses of the Democrats,
how about considering the flaws in your strategy of herding Blacks
into a single party in which, when the Democrats lose, the Black race
loses. Right now all you can do is stare in the windows on the outside
looking in at the new political process, throwing rocks all the while.
You all have
too much talent as evidenced by your cartoonist to be so extreme on
the left. Please grow up. Please place the long-term interests of
Black people ahead of your obvious partisanship.
We let Ron B run
on and on because we believe he is sincere in his beliefs, although
why he gets all worked up about people who just "stare in the windows"
is beyond us. We assume BlackPressUSA.com got a similar letter, doubtless
with quotation marks surrounding statements they never made, either.
Black people" are not a danger to anybody, Ron B. As we explain
in our analysis of the recent JCPES poll, in this issue, there are very,
very few Blacks who are "conservative" in white American terms
- including, it is clear to us, Ron B. It's the made-up classes of conservative
Blacks that we try to exorcise, the constituency that really isn't there,
but is used as a political weapon against African Americans who actually
do live and breathe.
are also too few to cause alarm. We appreciate the fact that they are
considerate enough identify themselves. Now, Trojan Horses are a different
matter. Ron B isn't one of them either; he lets everybody know he's
in the house.
We are also not
sure what Ron B means by calling us "liberals." Perhaps Ron
B will vouch for that if John Ashcroft comes knocking at our doors.
("They're OK, Mr. Attorney General. Just a bunch of liberals, staring
out the window.")
Finally, if the
publishers of BlackCommentator.com were truly such great herdsmen as
Ron B gives us credit for, we'd all be going in a very different direction.
Slyly, Ron B lavishes
praise on our cartoonist, Khalil Bendib. This was a cruel thing to do
to Mr. Bendib, who now feels mistrusted by the rest of the staff. Ron
B has wreaked his revenge.