pulsating horror of Shock and Awe is upon us. The Bush men manifest
their monstrous act of will, intending to shatter the will
of the human species to resist domination by Pirates. As
we wrote in our "last pre-Event commentary," America is
well cast for the role of crazed Crusader: "The criminal enterprise
on which the United States is embarked - the ghastly equivalent
of a live-fire, multi-megaton Fourth of July celebration of the
New American Century - is the end product of a society shaped by
genocide and slavery. White America sees the world through the eyes
of the mass murderer and slaveholder." ("Racism
and War: Perfect Together,"
America is, in the majority, psychotic, living in a world of unreality
based on facts imagined by themselves, alone. That's what happens
when a people lie - and profit from lies - for hundreds of years.
Now Bush attempts to bring the entire globe under the sway of the
American delusion, with support from a majority of his white fellows.
African Americans understand the true character of their compatriots.
images that utterly defeat every exculpatory analysis, the scenes
that are more searing to the soul than any medieval rendition
of Hell, are the photos of white American families at lynchings.
They laugh. They bring their children, and picnic baskets. They
greet neighbors and kinfolk among the thousands who have been
brought together for the festivities. Some have driven many miles
to join in the camaraderie of shared experience, a bonding. The
focal point of the gathering cooks on a pyre of hastily gathered
planks and branches, mouth agape, eyes gouged out, extremities
disintegrating like charcoal.
counts on such a (white) national "bonding" to follow
the Mother of All Lynchings that is Shock and Awe, and there is
little doubt that, initially, he will get it. He will also get much
more than he bargained for from the people whom he threatens to
subjugate - an Earthful.
Baccouche traces the genealogy of hate.
does appear that a racist impregnated nation has produced the
likes of our past and present leadership. America got pregnant
back in 1492. From this illicit affair millions and millions of
racist offspring were born. And what has nourished and sustained
these millions of pregnancies over the centuries? Yes, you are
right, superior weapons of mass destruction. For without this
vital sustenance, the survival rate of these bullet-sucking, bomb-eating,
missile-toting babies would have been zero.
believe that notions of supremacy are so firmly embedded in the
American psyche that, according to your polling statistics, those
picnic lunching lynching White folks would have no problem (if
they could without getting hurt) grabbing a blanket, their children,
and some snacks and going to sit on the banks of the Tigris and
Euphrates to watch the "Really Big Shew," while
ignoring the flying frying body parts since they were just part
of the usual choreography. Unfortunately, there will also be some
deluded Black folks attending unaware that they might play a major
role in the next spectacular.
showed that 72 percent of Americans believed that Saddam Hussein
"had something to do with" the events of September 11.
No evidence was necessary, just as no proof of guilt was ever required
to justify the lynching of a Black person.
Jersey high school student David Marcus Rutherford digested our
commentary, and expanded on it.
article, "Racism and War: Perfect Together" touches
on the mental maladies that make this war possible. The whole
war view (or at least the public's war perception) is founded
on racism, or racial superiority. The news media takes both past
and current events along with the administration's lies to produce
their own false interpretations. Their misconceptions are molded
to fit perfectly into the psychological holes that plague the
brains of the racist white population - racism.
seamlessly, the government and the media work hand in hand with
racism to blur reality and form public opinion in order to accomplish
their goals. You hit this right on the nose, and you have taught
us all, reinforcing our knowledge of the disturbing racist ideology
that Black Americans are all too familiar with.
Media-Government marriage not only appears to be one of conscious
mutualism, but also a convenient sharing of racist ideology believed
on both sides.
seems that a majority of White Americans accept the media's interpretations
of world issues without question, and since their brains are quite
often polluted with racist ideology, it happens pretty naturally.
Considering that all the news networks say generally the same
thing, it becomes evident how simple it is to impose these views
on the general white population. While the viewer nods in approval
of this garbage, they don't even know that they are quite
easily as savage as the old mustached man that they want to kill.
It's not media magic, just racist viewers having their appetite
least hawkish of the war party may say, "But, he killed his
own people, and we must liberate Iraq." Ironically, Iraqis
are exactly what they don't care about, and this is just
their justification for feeling the way they do. They don't want
to recognize that 800 smart bombs and a MOAB will kill far more
of his people - and their denial is fine with Bush.
Rutherford's term, "conscious mutualism" is an apt description
of the interaction between corporate media and the white public.
maintains that, rather than force-feeding the audience, news producers
and readers "share a common, white American worldview, shot
through with native racism. They [both] believe what they want
Whalen is familiar with the mindset.
often opined to my fellow white lefties that any society founded
on the twin pilings of slavery and genocide is not worth saving,
and that whitey will pay for centuries of slaughter. That's the
point when I'm shown the door, or the letter goes unpublished.
Even whitey's liberation movements are all about the death of
innocents whose epidermal melanin content indicates non-European
origins. I mean, the big issue to Gays - We won't be liberated
until men wearing dresses are heaving cruise missiles at African
pharmaceutical plants. Women's movement - Hey, Kelli Flynn is
being denied her self-confessed "dream" of flying high
altitude bombers - that's sexism. Or the women and children advocate,
Hilary Clinton presiding over the gutting of AFDC.
are right - White America is a cancer, a kind of socio-historical
equivalent of the AIDS virus. The suburbo-fascist soccer mom knows
precisely where the SUV juice comes from - the blood of Arab children.
In fact, isn't the whole SUV craze a vehicular manifestation of
whitey's wanton disregard for everyone else but himself? The justifications
that it is safer works if you're the SUV driver/occupant, not
the barely making it individual in the 10-year-old Toyota. It's
your bad luck you can't afford to be safe.
times like these, one takes comfort wherever one can find it. Regina
Tillman is glad to know that she's on the sane side of history.
this article was like food to my soul. All of the anguish expressed
in it mirrored the anguish I have experienced personally as I
have watched this country's steady, senseless, and immoral march
toward war. Much of the historical material included in the commentary
was new to my conscious understanding but not to my heart or to
my spirit. I may not have known the specifics but I knew that
evil had been perpetrated and it sickened me, as does this new
evil menace that threatens the whole world. I will be forever
grateful that you took the time to shine the light of truth into
a dark world and for providing me with the comfort that comes
from knowing that others share the burden of feeling helpless
and devastated in a world gone mad.
alternative to facing reality is to become wholly and helplessly
lost - a lesson that progressives will be forced to learn in the
coming twilight struggle.
has occasionally been accused of race-baiting and
"hate whiteyism" - a charge that is, we believe, an insult
to those white people who struggle mightily to overcome a culture
of white supremacy - the kind of white people who read .
Donald Call knows what we're talking about.
excellent article. I only wish that every white male would read
it. I have sent it to all my grandchildren, who like their grandpop
are white and liberal. They have been taught what they could not
learn in our racist society. Unfortunately, the racists are the
people who are in charge of the country.
you given any thought to this fact?: Medgar Evers, Martin Luther
King, Malcolm X, John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, [Missouri Democratic
Senator] Mel Carnahan, John F. Kennedy Jr., [Minnesota Democratic
Senator] Paul Wellstone. All either assassinated, or victims of
"bad weather, pilot error." Odd isn't it? Consider the
fact that #41 [Bush Sr.] was the head of the CIA, has billions
of dollars at his disposal - how hard would it be to put together
his own covert team?
put nothing, repeat, nothing past these right wing zealots.
Anderson is a newcomer to .
He writes to us from Bowie, Maryland.
just visited your site for the first time, liked it, and will
bookmark it for future visits. Although I'm white, I believe it
is valuable to know what's on the minds of all Americans, especially
minorities, and to hear it 'straight from the horse's mouth' instead
of the lies and propaganda constantly spewed forth by the corporate
owned media and several centuries of distorted U.S. history written
by and for an increasingly dumbed-down majority.
of the media, I have all but stopped watching network and cable
TV news, except for the BBC. I refuse to be entertained by the
sanitized video images of war, death, and destruction viewed from
30,000 feet. Yes, we're living in very scary times, and getting
the truth is harder and harder. I fear that whatever shred of
moral pretense we as a nation had will soon be lost, as WW III
will be pretty much a war against the Third World - akin to Manifest
Destiny on a global scale.
Destiny" - an American racial/political ancestor of Nazi Germany's
demand for Lebensraum,
("living space") - reached its continental zenith in the
Mexican War of 1846 - 1848. In Europe, Hitler's justifications for
his march eastward are nearly identical to the rhetoric employed
by American politicians - especially those from the slave states
- a century earlier, as they whipped up war fever against Mexico.
America needed space.
it is not in colonial acquisitions that we must see the solution
of this problem, but exclusively in the acquisition of a territory
for settlement, which will enhance the area of the mother country,
and hence not only keep the new settlers in the most intimate
community with the land of their origin, but secure for the total
area those advantages which lie in its unified magnitude.
- Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf
the Mexican War, the U.S. took possession of California and the
Southwest and finalized its incorporation of Texas. Mexico shrank,
War sparked the nation's first, full-blown anti-war movement.
Abraham Lincoln opposed the war as a young Illinois state legislator,
and Ulysses S. Grant regretted his own involvement as a soldier
in the war.
most abolitionists, Frederick Douglass was a fierce opponent of
the Mexican War, which he saw as a naked attempt to expand the dominion
of slavery. "The purchase of Louisiana, the annexation of Texas,
the war with the Seminoles, and the war with Mexico, were all measures
commenced and carried on for the purpose of giving prosperity and
perpetuity to slavery, and for maintaining the sway of the slave
power over the republic," said Douglass, addressing the Mass
Free Democratic Convention in Ithaca, New York, in October 1852.
months earlier, Douglass had delivered his famous 4th
of July speech to an anti-slavery crowd in Rochester, New York.
Douglass denounced the celebration from the perspective of the slave.
In last week's issue, we asked readers to imagine themselves as
"Arab and Muslim citizens of our world, as they await The Event
that is designed to herald American triumphalism."
him... your boasted liberty [is] an unholy license; your national
greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty
and heartless; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mock;
your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all
your religious parade and solemnity, are to him mere bombast,
fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy - a thin veil to cover
up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not
a nation of the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody
than are the people of these United States at this very hour.
reader Maddi Bee responded as requested, with slashing wit and burning
you, Frederick D. Forgive my additions and edits:
feeling of the nation must be quickened ( Wake up Fools!
); the conscience of the nation must be roused ( Oh where did
we leave it! ) the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed
( Take it Off, Take it All Off! ); and its crimes against
God and man must be denounced ( You are hereby officially Denounced!
). I am sick of your swelling vanity. Your shouts of liberty and
equality are hollow. Your parades are bombast, fraud, deception,
impiety, hypocrisy. America Today, you are revolting and barbarous
and shameless. You are pushers of violence and war. You are killers
of children. You are War Criminals with your Shock and Awe Show.
God said: What goes around comes around! Get a Grip!
Maddi Bee. Yes!
count at the rally
Americans, historically the most anti-war ethnicity in the nation,
show up at peace rallies in smaller numbers than even their proportion
of the population. The fact befuddles lots of people on the left,
particularly whites. Many believe that some deep contradiction underlies
doesn't think so. In our March 13 piece, "Why
Blacks are Under-represented at Peace Rallies," we asked
readers to reexamine their basic assumptions, to find out where
the logic lies.
there is a general perception among whites and Blacks that white
people dominate the anti-war movement. To the extent that this
is true, why should it be assumed that African Americans will
come when white people call, for any cause? Have white
people responded to Black-led movements seeking broad social change
in anything approaching whites' proportion of the population?"
and white solidarity is by far the exception in America - and we
all know where the historical onus lies.
raises the issue of racism on the Left because racism is the reason
the U.S. Left is so puny. It's that simple. Black people don't need
puny allies - we've got huge enemies.
advocate and musician Carlos X Almond thinks
and others make too much of a deal about race-based problems in
the "movement." However, before we engage his complaint,
we call attention to an open letter from Mr. Almond's group, Musicians
United to Win without War. The signatories state: "We believe
that this planned invasion might be playing right into the hands
of Al Qaeda and others, who will use it as an excuse to rally anti-American
and anti-Western sentiment despite no great love for Saddam on their
may click on the link to see if their favorite performer is on record
in opposition to Bush's war.
note the large percentage of black signatures: I am sending it
to show that there are Blacks involved in the anti-war effort.
But also, I believe African Americans are too caught up with the
past to realize that they need to take control of the present.
The war will adversely affect people of color and it's time for
the excuses for not doing their part to stop. I am sick of hearing
"we're too busy making a living," "it doesn't matter
what we do," and other lame reasons. Any person of any color
can use those excuses. Your four reasons:
leadership with, and being willing to follow the lead of, people
and organizations of color;
maintaining an attitude of collectivity and not dominating discussion;
challenging racist language and actions (especially within movement
prioritizing the issues, experiences and struggles of people
hold up as excuses. This isn't about who's leading who or what
is politically correct language. It's not about someone white
dominating the discussion. And it's not about prioritizing issues
and struggles. It's about stopping the war! Now!
Almond is either 1) too busy to take note of who is making the statements
that he objects to, or 2) has a general problem with Black people.
answer is number two. Almond's statement, "African Americans
are too caught up with the past" reveals everything we need
to know. Since all Black complaints have something to do
with the past, Mr. Almond rejects their relevance. Rather, he wants
Blacks to jump, on command - "Now!"
you, Mr. Almond, for unwittingly illustrating the problem. (Mr.
Almond may be Black - we don't know. It doesn't make a difference.)
four points Almond referred to are part of an Open
Letter to Activists Concerning Racism in the Anti-War Movement,
drawn up by a multi-racial group of New York City organizers.
agrees with them.
first and logical place to look for reasons behind the general
downtrend in Black public protest activity is in the horrific effects
of Black youth arrest and incarceration rates. As we wrote, last
is a growing awareness that profound damage has been done to Black
America's ability to mobilize itself for demonstrations or direct
action. Young people drive activist politics. The overlapping,
relentless assaults on urban America over the past three decades
have fallen most heavily on Black youth. The cutting edge cultural
cohort of the international youth market is, in political terms,
a wounded force, far less available and less capable of organized,
public confrontation with Power. And Power knows it
Weiner, an adjunct professor of sociology at Austin Community College,
Austin, Texas, has this assessment:
prison populations are overwhelmingly citizens of color. William
Julius Wilson's observation that poor people of color tend to
be the sad inheritors of structural conditions resulting from
overt racism - structures that more or less impersonally
deny them humanity much less upward mobility - is contradicted
by Derrick Bell and other Critical Race Theorists who find no
rational basis for viewing black and brown suffering as being
anything other than local expressions of the same real-politics
that anti-war activists associate with the imperialism that will
soon most likely obliterate Iraq.
find it peculiar when activists who claim to care about Iraqis
being massacred fail to express - or ever to have expressed -
similar concern about racial genocide in the U.S. Kind of like
people outraged at child abuse at a distance while ignoring it
at home. Could this paradox have something to do with the failure
of the anti-war movement to recruit people of color? Is it possible
that you really can't bake a decent tasting cake if even a couple
of the eggs are rotten?
discusses racism in the anti-war movement, many more white readers
respond than Blacks (although non-Blacks comprise no more than 30
percent of the readership.) That, too, is logical since "white
people are the historical culprits in this matter of American racism.
It is, therefore, appropriate that dedicated white people have done
some of the most serious, nuts and bolts work in tackling the racial
dilemmas that dog progressive organizers." We strongly recommended
the Znet article, "Anti-War
Questions and Answers," by Michael Albert and Stephen R.
Shalom, and Challenging
White Supremacy Workshops.
Dann, from Philadelphia, is a person of great equanimity.
you for clarifying for me, a white 53 year-old. leftist, on the
reality of under-representation of people of color in the so-called
I want to also add for you that A.N.S.W.E.R. is being vilified
throughout the left and though people may say they welcome the
African American left into the swarm, they are being told to distance
themselves from the group because of their "Marxist"
affiliations. Well, not much to say good about my people in this
or other areas - these so-called modern, well-educated protestors
are falling for the Red Scare crap? You are right of course, and
I have nothing to say for my 'niche' except for: we need everyone.
These peaceniks are hard to tolerate for many of us as well, but
we've gotta get out there and people need to stand up to those
Christianity spoutin' shock and awe propagandists who don't even
have to work hard to make sure our people are split by color if
not by point of view.
and Keep it Up
F. Treadway sees through the smoke and confusion to light and leadership.
there probably is under-representation of blacks in the anti-war
movement due to all of the factors you mention. However, let me
say that I am impressed and thrilled by the Congressional Black
Caucus. They speak for me and other progressive Independents and
Democrats far more than our own representatives.
that note: Rep. John Conyers, dean of the Congressional Black Caucus,
has taken the lead in exploring the matter of George Bush's impeachment.
(See The Issues in this issue of .)
Billock writes a letter with a long title: The One Man Who Could
have Stopped the War But Chose Not To Do So:
name is Colin Powell. Just imagine how the Richard Perle-Paul
Wolfowitz cabal that is in the vanguard would have been set back
if he had the courage to resign rather than to follow them into
this war which will be perpetual and unwinnable. I use the word
"unwinnable" believing no nation, be it a superpower
or Banana Republic, can successfully wage a war upon a billion
plus people whether they are Catholics or Muslims. Many people
throughout the world had confidence that Powell was a moderate
able to exert some form of restraint upon the madmen now running
this country. But his collusion with them by reciting their false
statements and lying conclusions prove he is not the dove as many
believed but rather "a dove in khaki clothing."
Commentator Rocky Rockwell would disagree with Mr. Billock on whether
Powell has ever been anything other than a mass killer. See "Colin
Powell: A hawk with smooth talons," in this issue.
pretentious online opinion mishmash Slate recently published a "field
guide" to 22 "Iraq War Pundits" - lily white.
The closest the (clearly racist) editors got to acknowledging the
existence of Black opinion on the war came in the form of an insult
to pundit #22, Rep. Dennis
Kucinich (D-OH): "Currently competing with Al Sharpton for
'fringiest candidate' mantle in the 2004 Democratic primary."
the white candidate most firmly opposed to the Bush war is relegated
to the fringes, while the Black man who may pick up half the primary
votes of the Democrats' core constituency doesn't even make the
Slate cut except as a fringe footnote. Such is the contempt that
elite circles signal to Blacks, "who are the progressive mass
base of the party, and to anti-war voters, a majority sentiment
within the ranks at this time, nationwide. (See "Al
Sharpton's Battle to Transform the Democrats,"
Jordan is one of the millions of Americans who don't show up on
you for providing so much thoughtful analysis and unique information
on Al Sharpton. My dream ticket would be Al with Barbara Lee;
Harry Belafonte as Secretary of State, Jesse Jackson Jr. as the
Attorney General and Jesse Jackson Sr. as Ambassador to the United
Nations. Maxine Waters and Shirley Chisholm and John Conyers would
be great nominations for the Supreme Court.
educational focus at
on class/character interests over pigmentation is very warmly
appreciated because it puts the glare on the substance of the
enemy whether it be Powell, Rice, Lieberman, Thomas, or Gore.
The core issue needs to always remain, "the content of their
character, not the color of their skin."
despicable, crypto-racist Senator Joseph Lieberman (CT), "the
standard bearer for all that
is wrong with the Democratic Party," continues to poll near
the top of the primary pack. As we wrote on February 27, should
Lieberman and his DLC prevail at the convention - or emerge as kingmakers
of the ticket - the national Democrats are doomed.
the party cannot loosen the fatal grip of the Democratic Leadership
Council (DLC) - the Republican wing of the party - it will die.
Black voters and their allies will either purge the DLC from national
influence this primary season, or leave the Democrats to spiral
into deserved oblivion.
from the national Democratic Party does not equal Black Republicanism.
For the national Democrats to die, Blacks need do... nothing.
is what the polling data actually foretell - not an incipient
Black conservatism, but levels of frustration with the national
Democratic Party so high among Blacks that one more betrayal will
likely spark a massive exit, even if the destination is... nowhere,
the negative alternative that has already been chosen by a huge
chuck of younger African Americans.
Morgan takes issue with our analysis.
I guess I am not one of the "huge" numbers that follow
Sharpton. It would be a relief I suppose if the perm was the "only"
problem. I fear there are problems much deeper than the chemical
agents found in the perm kit. I hope not.
J. Sawyer signs his letter, "American Citizen, Vietnam Combat
Veteran." As Sawyer sees it, the corporatists of both parties
are rank incompetents.
not black, but I'm with you every step of the way on what you
say about that chickenshit fraud Lieberman, although I'd pay good
money to see Lieberman debate Bush: if I had enough to drink,
I might be able to enjoy seeing who could out-pious who.
attack on 9/11 where SOP was not followed, and not one head rolled
- except 3,000 in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania, of course.
A total debacle in the mid-term elections to a crew that makes
the Marx brothers look like the professionals that they were,
and not one head rolls at the DLC.
as if the Peter Principle is back with a vengeance.
live in a world of illusions. They are fools who mostly fool themselves.
Reader Temeka Higgins shares with us a sidesplitting example of
Black Tom-foolery and white minstrelsy.
ran across this article and found it totally hilarious. It just
goes to show how far Repugnicans (repugnant +Republican) will
go to make it look like they actually aren't racist. http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A58238-2003Jan29?language=printer
J. Kennerson testifies to the variety of Black political tendencies
to be found in Lafayette, Louisiana.
cannot even begin to express my reaction to finding your website!!!
I first discovered you through your reprints in CounterPunch,
and then I really began browsing through your site about two months
ago. It is a blessing to finally find someone who is finally willing
to name names, find facts, and kick the asses that need to be
Although I would probably describe myself as
one of those "Swedish Social Democratic" Black folk
who is well to the Left of even the common liberal-left Black
consensus (I'm more of a Libertarian Socialist of the Nelson Mandela/Noam
Chomsky school), I usually attempt to keep an open mind about
politics. It is quite refreshing, however, to find a site that
is not a paid affiliate of the Neo-Fascist/Un-Religious Right
or the weak, puny, try-to-please-everyone, base-your-principles-to-the-latest-opinion-poll
"opposition" which passes for liberalism these days.
I will say that although I do have some disagreements
with your opinions on some issues - bringing back the military
draft being one of them - I nevertheless admire your ceaseless
efforts to bring forth a level of understanding and debate that
most other so-called Black opinion sites couldn't touch if they
dared to! I will look forward to your continuous updates on all
things Black and progressive. Keep bringing the truth... with
analysis Mr. Kennerson refers to, "Poll
Shows Black Political Consensus Strong," was published
November 21. We thank Mr. Kennerson for giving us an excuse to return
to the subject of "Black Swedish Social Democrats," as
coined by Dr. Michael C. Dawson, Harvard professor of Government
and Afro-American Studies. According to Dawson, conventional polling
methods tend to group the vast majority of Blacks in the broad,
there are several things that are 'masked' by that. For example,
we [Blacks] could all look like liberal Democrats compared to
the rest of them [whites], but among each other, some Blacks look
like Mondale Democrats, some of them look like Clinton Democrats,
and some of them look like Swedish Social Democrats - more of
them look like that"
is at this point that Dr. Michael Dawson's Swedish Social Democrat-type
Blacks become relevant. Black voters are not simply darker American
"liberals." As Dr. Dawson maintains, African Americans
express themselves in the same way as do white American liberals
at the polls, because that is the only option available. When
that option appears to collapse, as the Democrats did in fear
of George Bush, substantial numbers of African Americans recoil
in despair and disgust - as would any good, Swedish Social Democrat.
In the end, however, they have continued to show up to vote against
Dawson, author of "Black
Visions: The Roots of Contemporary African-American Political Ideologies"
(The Chicago University Press), has measured strong currents of
social conservatism - which does not translate to political
Republicanism - within the Black faith community, including the
Nation of Islam.
Muhammad writes from Denver, Colorado, where opinion manufacturers
routinely malign members of his faith.
of the sisters in the Nation of Islam sent us a link for your
magazine. It was sent to her by her father who is also in the
Nation of Islam. I myself am in the Nation of Islam.
say all of this to say that I am a follower of the Honorable Min.
Louis Farrakhan. I love him, and the Nation of Islam. I sometimes
don't subscribe to black publications, because they sometimes
have the nerve, and audacity to criticize, or even demonize the
Honorable Min. Louis Farrakhan, and claim that they are so much
for black people.
like this publication, it seems to be very strong. I will be a
subscriber, as long as your publication keeps it real, and keeps
it strong. Sign me up for emails. If you are another weak, scared
to death, negro publication, then please lose my information.
However, I did like what I read thus far, it was informative,
and well written. Thank You.
lives up to Mr. Muhammad's standards, which we believe are broadly
consistent with our own.
Spare is anything but sparing in his appraisal of .
Luckily, Mr. Spare likes us. Otherwise, the full weight of the English
language might be turned to our institutional destruction. The man
is a wordsmith.
an English man of 50. Your site is fantastic. The best. This last
year or so I've been trying to oppose this aggression by letters,
marching and so on. I've also trawled the Internet for hours nightly
and found many sites with anti-war views. 'The Black Commentator'
is quite outstanding - head and shoulders above any other. Your
perspective and analysis is easily the most radical and the best
researched. The accounts you have published of the whole edifice
of geo-politics and the full dimensions of that for which 'oil'
is mere shorthand have no real rivals that I have seen - and I
have been looking hard. And your contributors and editorial writers
are the most stylish and sonorous.
I have long regarded black Americans as utterly
special. How they have risen above one of the worst historical
experiences imaginable and to achieve so much has always been
a profound personal inspiration. I continue to learn of more lies
in 'Amerikan' history as I get older as well as the current version
of how blacks can really make it to the top in the US - no mention
of the continuing oppression, the gigantic Gulag of US prisons,
the extermination of black radicals and their replacement by the
depredations of crime and drugs. Racism is masked by 'political
correctness' and, as you expose, by the appointments of the likes
of Condoleezza, Clarence and Colin.
Greetings to you who must live in the belly of
the Beast, from one who must live in the fur of the Beast's attack
dog. Congratulations and deep appreciation for your work - fine
work and finely done, too.
thank Mr. Spare, and choose to believe every one of his kind words.
Turner hails from "the belly," but writes to us from Greece.
these terrible times, I find great solace in reading your paper,
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Issue Number 34
March 20, 2003
Other commentaries in this issue:
They have reached too far
Bushs road leads to ruin - for himself and his Pirates
3 Faces of Shock, Awe and Death
1 - Jimmy Mack, When Are You Comin' Back? - The real price of
war - By Jorge Mariscal
2 - Colin Powell: A hawk with smooth talons - By Paul Rockwell
3 - Nos Morituri Te Salutamus: Salute of Iraqi Citizens to the
Coalition of the Willing - by by Anthony Judge
Cynthia McKinney on patriotism... Conyers studying impeachment...
Marching for action, affirmatively
Commentaries in Issue 33 March 13,
Racism & War - Perfect Together
Why Blacks are under-represented at peace rallies... Supreme Court
ponders another capital case... Pardon sought for executed woman
The Unchristians... Onward Sharpton soldiers... Randall Kennedy
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