“History shows that it does
not matter who is in
power...those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to
solely on others never obtain any more rights in the end than they did
“Of all our studies, history
is best qualified to
reward all research.”
-Malcolm X [el-Hajj Malik
Has 21st century Black America
and to a large extent, dumbed-down into a state of political sleep in
of 2012? The answer, in a word, is essentially yes.
If we free our minds our actions will follow.Indeed, this is unfortunately,
an accurate description
of the present comatose and manipulated mental state, of an inordinate
of persons of all colors in the United States today, not
In the classic and extremely
relevant book by Dr.
Carter G. Woodson titled, The Mis-Education of the Negro, the
and media process of brainwashing is clearly delineated. Dr.
poignant observations from 1933, when the book was originally
indeed more relevant today, in the 21st century, than ever before.
The revolutionary political
Black America has been, in large part, deliberately sabotaged and set
the very name of ‘progress,’ by this political system’s de facto
gate-keepers in support of the Obama brand. The (Barack) Obama brand is
an insidious corporate brand, it is a debilitating brand of mental
enslavement. Critical thinking, common sense,
and intellectual honesty
have, to a very large extent, been replaced by absurd rationalizations
pathetic mockery of our common sense. Suddenly, it is now perfectly
engage in indefinite detention in this nation without open and due
law, commit extrajudicial murder based upon a secret ‘Kill List,’ and
wage wars, torture, and bomb people in Africa, Asia, and any other part
world - as long as it is under the auspices of the Obama brand.
Critical thinking, common
sense, and intellectual
honesty have been rendered null and void in large portions of Black
those, who have for the moment, placed all of us, irrespective
back on the plantations of the ethically, morally, and mentally dead.
This “miseducation” process
has borne vile fruit.
It has revised, distorted, and disfigured the heretofore honorable,
and noble liberation struggles of Black America.
While Black and other systemic
cynically and opportunistically complain, for example, about very real
economic injustice, and police brutality etc., they themselves
the misleaders of a political system that engages in (or directly
mass murder, perpetual wars, extraordinary rendition [i.e.
kidnapping & torture] abroad, and increasing economic
a very real unconstituional police-state at home. In the words
late revolutionary, Jonathan Jackson, “The mantle of ignorance doesn’t
cover their behavior.” These misleaders and their systemic gate-keepers
what they are doing, and we must get off their mental
enslavement and relegate them and their plantations to oblivion! In
order to do
this, Black America must first massively reawaken from its deliberately
political slumber, in conjunction with our politically conscious
brothers of all colors, in this nation and throughout Mother Earth.
thinking, common sense, and intellectual honesty have been replaced by
absurd rationalizations and a pathetic mockery of our common sense
None of us, Black or
otherwise, need remain “miseducated”
and manipulated. If we free our minds our actions will follow. This
deliberate, and protracted political struggle on our part. The
words of Harriet Tubman are fully applicable today: “I freed a thousand
- I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were
We must awaken ourselves and each other and act accordingly. This will
easy as we are up against the system’s misleaders, the systemic
and an entrenched corporate-stream media of disinformation - all of
whom - are
engaged in the process of miseducating. On the other hand, in
of Howard Zinn, “On our side are the people of the world and a power
than money or weapons: the truth. Truth has a power of its own.” It is
us to recognize and spread this truth through organizing,
agitating. Truth can be like the spark that starts the cleansing
Remember: 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
and the only American to have successfully self-authored his civil /
rights case to the United Nations under the International Covenant on
Political Rights. In connection with his political organizing
opposition to voter suppression, etc., Pinkney was interviewed in 1988
nationally televised PBS News 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 Thinker,
Mandel [Introduction by Howard Zinn]. (Click here to read excerpts from the book.) Click here to contact Mr. Pinkney.