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."
and War: Perfect Together,"
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
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.
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.
traces the genealogy of hate.
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.
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.
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.
high school student David Marcus Rutherford digested our commentary,
and expanded on it.
"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
marriage not only appears to be one of conscious mutualism,
but also a convenient sharing of racist ideology believed
on both sides.
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 satisfied.
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
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 to believe."
is familiar with the mindset.
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.
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.
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.
to facing reality is to become wholly and helplessly lost -
a lesson that progressives will be forced to learn in the coming
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.
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?
nothing, repeat, nothing past these right wing zealots.
is a newcomer to .
He writes to us from Bowie, Maryland.
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
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.
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
- Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf
the Mexican War, the U.S. took possession of California and
the Southwest and finalized its incorporation of Texas. Mexico
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.
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
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."
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
you, Frederick D. Forgive my additions and edits:
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.
said: What goes around comes around! Get a Grip!
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 the phenomenon.
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
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.
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,
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 parts."
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;
an attitude of collectivity and not dominating discussion;
racist language and actions (especially within movement
the issues, experiences and struggles of people of color.
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!
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.
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!"
Mr. Almond, for unwittingly illustrating the problem. (Mr. Almond
may be Black - we don't know. It doesn't make a difference.)
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.
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 week:
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
an adjunct professor of sociology at Austin Community College,
Austin, Texas, has this assessment:
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.
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.
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 movement.
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
and Keep it Up
F. Treadway sees through the smoke and confusion to light and
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.
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:
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."
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.
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."
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.
Sharpton's Battle to Transform the Democrats,"
Jordan is one of the millions of Americans who don't show up
on Slate's radar.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 kicked!
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...
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, "liberal" category.
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"
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 the GOP.
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.
writes from Denver, Colorado, where opinion manufacturers routinely
malign members of his faith.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Mr. Spare, and choose to believe every one of his kind words.
hails from "the belly," but writes to us from Greece.
terrible times, I find great solace in reading your paper,
one of the very few that seems to think clearly. You should
be given full marks.
an "informationist" specializing in video production,
sends collegial greetings.
Thank you for being one
of the most complete, reliable and truthful sources of information,
insight, and commentary especially from a black perspective
that we have. Your work is much appreciated.
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