June 5, 2008 - Issue 279
Why Reverend Edward Pinkney is so Important to Black America
Keeping it Real
By Larry Pinkney
BlackCommentator.com Editorial Board
It has been said that nothing worth
having comes easy. The ongoing struggle of Black Americans in this nation
for real vs. fake democracy and justice attests to this
fact. Indeed, the struggle for economic, judicial, political, and social
justice and justice has intensified in the 21st Century. The year of
2008, is a year of hypocrisies and increasing injustices for oppressed
Black, Brown, Red, Yellow, and White peoples in the
Nevertheless, we still have our unabashed
warriors. One such warrior is the Reverend Edward Pinkney (no relation)
On December 14, 2007, Reverend Pinkney
was wrongfully jailed for having dared to exercise his human right to
free speech when he explicitly, boldly, and correctly referred to Judge
Alfred Butzbaugh as a “racist and corrupt Judge.” Reverend Pinkney had
already been falsely prosecuted in retaliation for having dared
to have led a successful effort to unseat one of the City of Benton
Harbor’s influential power brokers who supported the selling out of
the economic and land rights of the majority Black residents of
The nefarious business dealings of
Judge Alfred Butzbaugh have been repeatedly exposed by the BANCO blog
This is absolutely unacceptable.
Why does Reverend Pinkney matter? Why does any of this matter? It matters because it demonstrates the wanton disregard of this nation for human rights and justice. It matters because even as a certain negrodian surrogate seeks to head the U.S. Empire, the vast majority of Black, Brown, Red, Yellow, and White peoples of conscience and consciousness are having to struggle against sustained efforts to utterly eliminate them / us. It matters because we are about the building of a NEW PERSON. It matters because Reverend Pinkney’s struggle is our struggle. [Reference: Reverend Pinkney Arrested For Exercising Free Speech, BlackCommentator.com, Issue #258.]
Every single day that Reverend Edward
Pinkney languishes in jail is a scourge upon each and every one of us.
Where is U.S. Congressman John Conyers of the State of
Time to tell the collaborators to stop pimping the people.
Virtually every form of physical and/or emotional harassment is and continues to be utilized by the state and jail authorities against Reverend Pinkney in an effort to break his spirit. Yet, this is not merely the spirit of Reverend Pinkney that is being sought to be broken. It is the spirit of all justice and freedom loving peoples. We will not allow this to take place. Reverend Pinkney is one of our true freedom fighters.
We must not and cannot turn a blind eye to the struggle of Reverend Edward Pinkney; for, like Assata Shakur, Leonard Peltier, Mumia Abul-Jamal, and so very many others; this brother represents our very essence in opposition to the mental and physical chains of the corporate / military / and prison of this nation.
As we organize for a better and more humane world outside of the decadent and politically bankrupt Democratic and Republican Parties [i.e. the Republicrats], let us remember our brothers and sisters. Let us remember Reverend Edward Pinkney, for he represents a part of our heart and soul in this struggle.
Onward…“Forward Ever. Backwards Never!”
BlackCommentator.com Editorial Board Member, Larry Pinkney, is a veteran of the Black Panther Party, the former Minister of Interior of the Republic of New Africa, a former political prisoner and the only American to have successfully self-authored his civil/political rights case to the United Nations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. In connection with his political organizing activities in opposition to voter suppression, etc., Pinkney was interviewed in 1988 on the nationally televised PBS NewsHour, formerly known as The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. For more about Larry Pinkney see the book, Saying No to Power: Autobiography of a 20th Century Activist and Thinker , by William Mandel [Introduction by Howard Zinn]. (Click here to read excerpts from the book). Click here to contact Mr. Pinkney.