greedy elite have for centuries plundered the resources
of Mother Earth for the benefit of the few - at the expense
of the many. The 21st century demands a seismic, uncompromising
mental and physical change away from this endless pimping
and bloodsucking of the everyday peoples of this nation
housing, jobs, education, judicial justice, and medical
care are human rights - not privileges. They are
rights due every human being, not merely a privileged,
elite few. The denial of any of these rights is an egregious
and intolerable act of injustice which must not
be tolerated, no matter what guise, pretext, or rationale
is used to justify or enforce it.
conditions rapidly decay for everyday Black, White, Brown,
Red, and Yellow people in this nation and throughout the
world, the integral systemic economic and political contradictions
continue to manifest themselves, as mirrored by enormous
suffering coupled with the simultaneous avariciousness
of the U.S.
corporate / military elite.
are some who arrogantly, ignorantly, and/or smugly argue
that people are poor and disenfranchised due to some innate
flaw within themselves. Such an argument is nothing more
than a cynical rationalized veneer for the continued callous
exploitation by the few of the overwhelming
majority of earth’s human inhabitants. If indeed there
is any such flaw, it is to be found within the wealthy
elite themselves whose appetite for personal power and
wealth is all-consuming, boundless, and absolutely insatiable.
In fact, the vast majority of people who are poor and/or
disenfranchised are deliberately kept in this
condition by a relatively tiny national and global
elite who economically benefit from the misery and suffering
of the masses of everyday people. To deny this is to deny
justice, or the lack thereof, is inseparable from
political and social justice. Without economic justice,
which is a human right, there can be no political or social
justice. It is urgent to grasp this connection.
The wealthy elite have long understood and exploited
this reality to the detriment of everyday people of all
colors. It is incumbent upon everyday people to
quickly make this connection and to act accordingly in
our best collective interests.
the incessant prattling of disinformation and obfuscation
by the corporate-stream, self described “news” media,
the hard truth is that within the last two years, everyday
people in this nation have been, and continue to be, the
targets of an intensified and sustained assault upon our
economic, political, and social human rights. This
assault is being carried out by the U.S.
corporate-government at the behest of its military / corporate
masters under the guise and in the dubious name of “reform.”
The only effective antidote to this assault is our own
intensified and sustained everyday people’s struggle
- for complete systemic change.
people’s struggle in this 21st century must go well
beyond the 20th century boundaries of
what is often loosely referred to as capitalism, communism,
socialism, or any other “ism” - with perhaps the
exception of secular humanism. Nonetheless, like it or
not, it is self evident that capitalism - for a certainty
- is irreconcilable with serving the collective economic,
political, and social good of the majority of humanity.
It cannot be salvaged. The point is that we must
actively develop, refine, and engage in a struggle, based
on the demonstrated respect for this planet and its ecology,
and based firmly upon collective human need - not
manipulated and appalling human greed.
What of Our Set-Backs and Defeats?
to the ongoing systemic assault upon the political, social,
and economic human rights of everyday people in this nation
and elsewhere, there have been many set-backs and defeats.
However, we must understand, remember, and view every
set-back and every defeat as the foundation for eventual
victory in this continuing people’s struggle.
people’s struggle is not an overnight affair. It
is long and protracted. It is not based on some nebulous
or false “hope.” To the contrary, it is hard and sometimes
seemingly thankless work. Yet, there is no viable substitute
for grassroots organizing, which must never be confused
with the fake and disingenuous ‘astro-turf’ organizing
utilized by the corporate-government, the Democratic Party
foxes, and the Republican Party wolves.
everyday people in this nation have plenty of foundations
already laid for eventual people’s victories,
if we persevere.
Lynne Stewart, Mumia Abu-Jamal, & Leonard Peltier
cases of the valiant imprisoned people’s lawyer Lynne
Stewart, the imprisoned outspoken and prolific people’s
champion Mumia Abu-Jamal, and the imprisoned courageous
indigenous freedom fighter Leonard Peltier represent only
the tip of a cold, steely, and corrupt ice berg
of ongoing U.S. corporate-government
repression, subterfuge, and conspiracy against the everyday
peoples of this nation and planet. However, Leonard Peltier,
Mumia Abu-Jamal, and Lynne Stewart also represent the
indomitable spirit of everyday Red, Black, White, Brown,
and Yellow peoples determined to speak and act
truth to power!
bodies have been physically and callously imprisoned,
but their minds are freer than the corporate / military
/ police-state power elite will ever be. Their pain is
our pain! Their love is our love! Their
strength is our strength! Their spirit, like
so many other unknown and unnamed wrongfully imprisoned
political prisoners of all colors in this nation,
is our spirit! The foundation has already been
laid. We must not cry for them. We must struggle for them,
and in so doing, struggle for ourselves! I reiterate:
the foundation has already been laid!
Reverend Edward Pinkney & the Struggle in Benton Harbor, Michigan
well over five years, Reverend Edward Pinkney (no relation)
has been at the forefront in the struggle against cronyism,
political corruption, and the wholesale thievery by Whirlpool
Corporation against the everyday people in the Black
township of Benton Harbor, Michigan. As a result of this,
Reverend Pinkney has been threatened, harassed, framed,
and spent a year in prison after having had the unmitigated
audacity to quote the Bible in a court of law in his quest
for justice. Upon his release from wrongful imprisonment
he has continued, and indeed intensified, in this struggle
against the corporate monster known as Whirlpool Corporation,
headquartered in Benton Harbor.
the fact that the police, the courts, and the politicians
(both Black and White) in Benton Harbor, are
in reality and in large measure owned and controlled by
Whirlpool Corporation, Reverend Pinkney continues to organize.
Even as the natural resources of Benton
Harbor are being pilfered by Whirlpool Corporation, and as the police
engage in a pattern of intimidation and frame-ups
against the populace of Benton
Harbor, Reverend Pinkney remains
content with its racism and thievery, Whirlpool Corporation
has engaged in the despicable action of stealing even
more land from Benton Harbor,
by promoting the building and opening of a golf course
to serve the wealthy and powerful elite, at the
expense of the everyday people of Benton
Harbor. Thus, a massive rally
has been called by Reverend Pinkney, who is now president
of the Benton Harbor N.A.A.C.P. chapter, against this
intolerable outrage. The rally is scheduled for Tuesday,
August 10, 2010; and is to begin between 10-11
am in front of the Benton
Hall (200 Wall Street, Benton Harbor, Michigan).
These necessary and courageous efforts against Whirlpool’s
corporate domination and intimidation must be supported,
for this is not only about the people of Benton Harbor. It is about collectively standing
up to the greedy and insidious Wall Street corporate /
military elite’s domina tion throughout this nation.
The foundation has been laid!
Police Repression - From Bobby Hutton to Sean Bell
to Oscar Grant to…
committed by police officers in the United
States are certainly nothing new.
It is as ‘American as apple pie,’ particularly if the
murder victims are people of color and/or poor. However,
perhaps the most chilling and ominous aspect of this,
other than the murders themselves, is the ease with which
police officers across this nation repeatedly escape conviction
for murder - even in the most blatant, horrible,
and utterly unjustified cases of murders by police as
demonstrated by the relatively recent cases of Sean Bell
in New York City (in 2006), and Oscar Grant (in 2009)
in Oakland, California. While the color factor [i.e. institutional
racism] is almost always paramount in these murders, there
is also, to be sure, an extremely important economic component
which conveniently and consistently escapes scrutiny by
the courts, the state & federal governments, and the
we understand that the police are in fact guardians of
the systemic economic, political, and social
status quo of this nation, it becomes readily obvious
as to why they can and do commit murders with de facto
officers understand implicitly that their actual role
is to maintain, to “serve and protect” and perpetuate
the status quo of U.S. society, not the masses of just plain
everyday people. This is why many police officers brutalize
everyday people and then successfully simply falsely
charge their own victims with having provoked and/or perpetrated
an assault upon them. This is also why judicial officials
and politicians have not, and will not ever seriously
challenge the abuses carried out by their police guardians.
For they too, understand the unstated and very real
pecking order in this society. And both color and
economics determines the pecking order of brutality. The
despicable police murders of Sean Bell and Oscar Grant
are not unique. They are being played out in every
single state of these United States, and they will
is also why crimes against economically poor everyday
people often remain unsolved by the police. But let a
crime be committed against the son or daughter of a judge,
a politician, or a member of the corporate elite, and
no stone will be left unturned in an effort to
apprehend a perpetrator (real or imagined)!
the systemic contradictions become undeniable, and economic
and political implosion in this nation worsen, and everyday
people begin to increasingly rebel, the viciousness of
the police will increase commensurately. If we understand
this paradigm, then it becomes crystal clear why provocation
and naked brutality used by the police, for example, against
political protesters (of all colors) is virtually
always tolerated and condoned by officialdom across this
seventeen-year-old, unarmed Li’l Bobby Hutton was brutally
assassinated (in 1968) by police in Oakland, California,
the sick excuse used then was that he was a member of
the Black Panther Party for Self Defense; today there
is no physical Black Panther Party and yet these police
murders have become more widespread than ever before.
This is not by coincidence. It is by design, and it is
a part of increased government and police intimidation
and repression in varying degrees and forms against everyday
people of all colors. Be clear about this!
foundation for this repression has already been laid,
and we can reverse it only by understanding its
source and purpose, and acting accordingly.
fact is that, more so than ever before, everyday people
in this nation have become proverbial Palestinians
- canon fodder in our own country, just as the inhuman
and indefensible Zionist blockade of Gaza is, in all but
name, akin to the Warsaw Ghetto.
Where To Now?
There is a wind a blowing across this land. It is the wind of people’s struggle. The wind of
uncompromising determination to bring about real systemic
change for, by, and of everyday people! It is a wind
that says loud and clear and strong: no more money
for wars abroad or political repression at home!!! No
more corporate-government media lies!!! It is the
wind of everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow
people. It may be but a murmur now - but it will soon
become a roar!
is time to pursue people’s victories, as they will not
come to be by osmosis. In the immortal words of Ernesto
‘Che’ Guevara, “The revolution is not an apple that falls
when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.”
us raise our heads high and fight the good and necessary
fight - waging the people’s struggle, for ourselves, this
nation, and humanity as a whole! Give no quarter to injustice,
for in your own trembling hands you possess the
keys to sweet, sweet liberation! Onward now 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/LehrerNewsHour. 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.