was a time, not so long ago, when Black America
collectively, was at the forefront
of the struggle by everyday Black, White, Brown,
Red, and Yellow people for social justice, peace,
and economic equality in this nation and throughout
our precious Mother Earth. What happened?
hands are bloody hands - no matter what their pigmentation
is there such a deafening silence from so many in
Black America who seem to have somehow become deaf,
dumb, and blind to the cries of pain from the increasingly
poor and disenfranchised right here in this nation?
What of the horrible screams of the babies, women
and men (young and old alike) who have been (and
are being) mercilessly pounded by U.S. bombs and
deadly predator-drone missiles in Libya, north Africa,
Afghanistan, and Pakistan, etc? What has
happened to the collective consciousness and conscience
of Black America?
we forgotten the timely words of Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. when he said, "There comes a time
when silence is betrayal?" Have we become so
blind with patriotism and color pride that we have
forgotten about principled integrity and
the love of humanity as a whole? If we betray
humanity, then we are in reality, betraying ourselves.
America! Where is our 21st century Harriet
Tubman, our Rosa Parks, Lucy Parsons, Frederick
Douglass, WEB Du Bois, James Baldwin, Richard Wright,
Paul Robeson, Malcolm
X, Martin Luther King, Jr., Huey P. Newton, and
countless others? We need them now as never
has it apparently become okay today for the U.S. military to recruit our
young people in schools and at political and social
gatherings to become cannon fodder for the U.S.
Empire's war machine? Why are so many of us failing
to connect the dots between our own social and
political oppression and economic austerity, and
that of our Brown, Red, Yellow, and White sisters
and brothers in this nation and throughout the world?
oppressors and gate keepers come in all colors
and both genders, and if we fail to pay heed to
this reality, we do so at our own peril. It is time
to collectively regain our political principles
and act accordingly. If we do not do so - then there
is blood on our hands, and bloody hands are
bloody hands - no matter what their pigmentation.
we betray humanity, then we are in reality, betraying
America! Let us not be cast in the ignoble historical
position of Pontius Pilate of old. Let not the blood
of everyday people here and abroad be on our hands.
Let us redeem ourselves for ourselves and for humanity
as a whole. Let us be principled and true once again!
Each one, reach one. Each one, teach one. Onward,
then, my sisters and brothers. Onward!...
Board member and Columnist, 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
Hour, formerly known as The MacNeil
/ Lehrer News Hour. For more about Larry
Pinkney see the book,
Saying No to Power: Autobiography of a 20th Century Activist and
by William Mandel [Introduction by Howard Zinn].
to read excerpts from the book.) Click here to contact Mr. Pinkney.