the most terrible things - war, genocide, and slavery
- have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience."
you tremble indignation at every injustice then you are
a comrade of mine."
Ernesto 'Che' Guevara
recent days the sad news of the passing-on of the politically
conscious musician and poet Gil Scott Heron, struck this
nation and world like a thunder clap. Among other things,
Gil Scott admonished us about the dangerous and prevalent
in America,' and had repeatedly spread the word
that 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised' (Small
Talk at 125th & Lenox
). His physical body is gone from us now but his messageis more relevant than ever. We everyday Black, White,
Brown, Red, and Yellow people know only too well that the
revolution still will not be televised--
"it will be live."
late people's historian, author and activist Howard Zinn
demonstrated a complete understanding of Gil Scott's message
when he said, "I'm worried that students will take
their obedient place in society and look to become
successful cogs in the wheel - let the wheel spin
around them as it wants without taking a look at what they're
doing. I'm concerned that students not become passive
acceptors of the official doctrine that's handed down
to them from the White House, the media, textbooks, teachers
and preachers." In a sense, if we are conscious
and critical thinkers, no matter what our color, gender,
or age might be; then we must all be, as critical
thinkers,"students" and political
& social scientists.
revolution" [i.e. the struggle by everyday people for
economic, political, and social justice, human rights and
systemic change] is ongoing and in constant flux.
Moreover, history is not a set of linear packaged
and so-called major events to be recalled and regurgitated
at the programmed prompting of this system's "media,
textbooks, teachers, and preachers." Genuine and relevant
history is wholistic, and it is the narrative [i.e. the
story] ofjust plain ordinary everyday people
- not that of presidents, other political big wigs,
corporate barons, the corporate-stream media, or kings,
queens, and princes and the like. The everyday people's
history is not merely past but is in the making every second
of every day - which is precisely why systemic gate-keepers
relentlessly seek to distort and/or omit it entirely.
Indeed, "the revolution will not be televised"
- but it is being made in this nation and throughout
the world. It is being made without fanfare or pious
exhortations. It is being made by the 'salt of earth' [i.e.
ordinary everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people].
"The revolution will not be televised" - it will
however, be realized and brought to fruition as a
result of the ongoing and protracted economic, political,
and social struggle on the part of just plain everyday
X [el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz] correctly noted that, "
Of all our studies, history is best qualified to
reward all research." And Howard Zinn further elaborated
on the urgency of this point when he said, "If you
don't know history, it is as if you were born yesterday."
21st century lies and obfuscations by the ilk's of George
W. Bush and Barack Obama are a part of a continuous
and deliberately perpetuated systemic pattern whose
purpose is not only to control and manipulate everyday people,
but also to grotesquely disfigure and distortthe precious and important history [i.e. narrative]
of everyday people in this nation and around the
world. The late author, activist, and political theoretician
Rosa Luxemburg was right on point when she reminded us that,
"Those who do not move, do not notice their chains."
And indeed, it is the constant objective of the U.S. corporate-plutocracy
[in concert with its corporate-stream media] to ensure that
everyday people of all colors are kept in a perpetual
state of ignorance of our own narrative [i.e. our own story
or history], so that we "do not move" or "notice
[our political, economic, and social] chains." Due
to the corporate multi-national nature of the corporate-stream
media, this corruption, distortion, and omission of the
everyday people's narrative is not by any means limited
merely to the United States. It is global. Nevertheless,
the corporate / military elite of the United States is,
like an octopus with global political, military, and
corporate tentacles, that continues to be the primary
purveyor of disinformation, misinformation, and omission
in this nation and globally.
MUST COLLECTIVELY TELL OUR OWN NARRATIVES
manipulated fear, and deliberately perpetuated ignorance are the cornerstones of the systemic political,
economic, and social oppression and control that everyday
people are enduring throughout this land and planet-wide.
an increasing number of critically-thinking, politically
conscious people of all colors, realize that the systemic
corporate-stream media, in all of its various guises, has
utterly and thoroughly discredited itself. Yet, it is the
masses of everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow
people that must be collectively extracted from the jaws
of lethargy and corporate control and manipulation. This
task is as challenging as it is important.
late South African activist and organizer put it this way:
"The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor
is the mind of the oppressed." These words have
as much, if not more, relevance in the 21st century
as they did when they were first spoken decades ago.
politically conscious people have the formidable task of
consistently challenging and unveiling the litany of outright
lies, obfuscation, and distractions utilized to disembowel
and 'neutralize' the very thought processes of we everyday
people. This means , that notwithstanding human frailties
and weaknesses, we must politically organize on every
level and creatively dissent even as we unceasingly educate
must connect the dots for ourselves and others. For
example, links must be clearly explained -- regarding
the trillions of dollars being spent in 'America's' morally
indefensible corporate / military wars abroad (in Iraq,
Afghanistan, Pakistan, north Africa and elsewhere)and
the concomitant alleged lack of funds for decent jobs,
affordable educational opportunities, housing, health care,
child care, senior care, etc. right here in this
nation. It must, for example, be explained that this nation
does not in reality have a "defense" budget
-- but has a bottomless and massive corporate / offense
military fund that serves to grind everyday men
and women to pieces (physically and/or psychologically)
as cannon fodder for the insatiable appetite of the avaricious
corporate / military elite, while simultaneously enhancing
the cycle of human terror and misery at home and abroad.
It must be clearly explained that there is no actual Social
Security "crisis," but rather, there is a very
real crisis of corporate greed and give-awaysto the richest 1% who run and control this nation and
their corporate- elite bloodsucking minions. There
is a crisis of hegemonic corporate plutocracy gone
stone mad in this country. We must also, for example,
clearly explain that there is a de facto
military-draft which is being hideously carried out
under the veiled auspices of corporate economic apartheid
against everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people
in this nation. We mustconnect the dots
re these and other extremely important realities.
Time is of the essence!
is the collective narrative, the collective stories
of everyday people that we must tell unflinchingly and without
CONFLICTS ARE AT OUR DOOR STEPS
can ill afford to play the role of the political ostrich.
We can ill afford to allow our Mother Earth to continue
to be environmentally ravaged through wars and corporate
greed -- which more often than not are one and the same.
The conflicts are truly already at our door steps, and if
we are to reverse and change these insane realities,
we must first quickly recognizethem for what
reiterate: Time is of the essence! Let us regain
our collective sanity and snatch our narratives away from
the prevaricating, blood-dripping mouths of the corporate
/ miltary government and its corporate-stream media. Our
Mother Earth and our posterity demand nothing less
from us! The Revolution STILL Will Not Be Televised!
then my sisters and brothers! Onward...!
BlackCommentator.comEditorial 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 News Hour, formerly known asTheMacNeil/Lehrer News Hour. 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]. (Clickhereto read excerpts from the book.) Clickhereto contact Mr. Pinkney.