Sept 15, 2011 - Issue 441
and Political Prisoners in the United States
of the most insidious historical myths perpetuated by so-called ‘educational’
institutions and the corporate-stream media is that the
There are those who will smugly argue that these above-mentioned realities were all ‘in the past,’ despite the fact that the past continues to be the very foundation for the present; especially since the realities of that past are wrapped in historical mythology, glorification, glossed over and/or outright ignored. Until that “past” is honestly and forthrightly addressed, this nation continues to be the world’s most insipid hypocrite both at home and abroad.
daily experiences of everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people
notion, for example, that there are no political prisoners in the
The American Heritage college dictionary defines the word counterinsurgency as a: “Political and military strategy or action intended to oppose or forcefully suppress insurgency.” The word insurgency is defined by the afore-mentioned dictionary as: “The quality or circumstance of being rebellious.” Thus, COINTELPRO and the Patriot Act have, in effect, criminalized rebelliousness. Our alleged U.S. Constitutional rights be damned.
is not a new phenomenon, as all who know of the government’s COINTELPRO
program are aware. However, it is in this 21st century a most dangerous
and treacherous development with everyday people in this nation as the
unsuspecting targets. To better understand the
The perpetual wars (and military forays) abroad being waged by the U.S. Empire and its ‘allies,’ the increasing economic austerity at home, and the de facto gutting of the U.S. Constitution do not make the people of this nation or of Mother Earth as a whole any safer. To the contrary, accepting these things is an unfolding and sure recipe for disaster.
It is our human duty to rebel against systemic injustices at home and abroad, even as we educate ourselves and one another, about and in, this ongoing everyday people’s struggle. In the words of Frederick Douglass, “There is no progress without struggle.”
To be sure, serious political struggle has its risks, but shirking said struggle guarantees the tightening of our mental and political chains. The words of Joe Hill still ring true, loud and clear: “Don’t mourn. Oraganize!” Moreover, Fred Hampton was correct when he said, “You can jail a revolutionary, but you can’t jail the revolution.”
Onward then 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 News Hour, formerly known as The MacNeil / Lehrer News Hour. For more about Larry Pinkney see the book, by William Mandel [Introduction by Howard Zinn]. (Click here to read excerpts from the book.) Click here to contact Mr. Pinkney.