revise history is to distort it, which is precisely what the corporate
media and so-called ‘educational’ institutions consistently practice
in this nation.
of the fundamental reasons why serious progressive political
struggle is so difficult in the United States is the never-ending historical revisionism
carried out on a daily basis by the media and institutions of mislearning,
nation wide. ‘Americans’ are barraged with a litany of distortion,
omission, and misinformation which is meant to manipulate
the masses of people, and serves to do exactly that.
has been correctly noted that “those who do not know their history
are bound to repeat it.” In this nation however, being ignorant
of our collective histories is practically a national past time,
aided and abetted by the corporate media, including Hollywood mythology.
the 21st century for example, the corporate media promotes the insidious
myth that outspoken political activists such as Malcolm X and Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. were loved by the masses of people and supported
by the U.S. Government, when in point of fact they were mocked,
hated, and despised by the corporate media and a very huge segment
of the U.S. citizenry, in addition to being the constant targets
for discreditation and murder by the U.S. Government itself. Nonetheless,
the media today engages in historical revisionism, i.e. outright
lying about reality of what Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr.,
and many other such political and human rights activists
(of all colors) endured due to their activism and political views.
Thus, the U.S. public continues to bathe itself in
a spurious selective memory that continues to perpetuate comfortable
myth, versus reality or truth.
it is today that political and human rights activists
such as Reverend Edward Pinkney (no relation) of Benton Harbor,
Michigan, Cindy Sheehan, Cynthia McKinney, etc. are despised
by many, largely ignored or marginalized by the corporate media,
and are the targets for mockery, derision, discreditation, imprisonment
and/or worse by local, state, and national U.S. Government authorities
and its corporate allies. This is why empire ‘America’ unendingly repeats
the cycle of imperialistic wars abroad and corporate bloodsucking
at home. This cycle can and must be broken, but this will
not be done by the vampiric corporate elite (both White and Black)
who in fact perpetuate it. It will only be done by everyday
people who are fed up with being corporate chattel and political
/ military cannon fodder, and who are uncompromisingly organized
to break this cycle once and for all.
must be with determination and a deep sense of justice that we involve
ourselves in this dialectical and protracted struggle to break this
cycle. We cannot expect to be loved or even respected by those against
whom we struggle or their mindless minions. We can however expect
to fiercely fight for the ideals of a truly free society, unfettered
by corporate domination, disinformation, and control.
the only so-called “change we can believe in” is that which we bring
my sisters and brothers! Onward…..
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.