In the early 1970s, President
Richard Nixon, who many of us at the time routinely
called a fascist, seriously entertained the
idea of establishing a national minimum income.
He never actually moved on the concept, but
he did verbally entertain it. Today, none of
the stars of the Democratic Party – the one
that claims to speak for progressive values
– is willing to even entertain the national
minimum income idea. Which means, they are not
very entertaining, at all, and look quite bad
in comparison to Richard Nixon.
In the early Seventies, Black
news organizations were proliferating throughout
urban radio. Now, local Black news – or anybody’s
news, for that matter – is all but extinct.
And yet, it
is claimed that we are in the midst of a glorious
information age. What kind of information? Not
very useful, certainly not to the empowerment
of communities. But there are plenty of very
rich Black people in broadcasting, so the usefulness
of what they provide is not deemed to be important.
The previous age of energetic local news looks
far better, in retrospect, than the current
era of Black booty-shaking on a massive and
often profane scale.
In the mid-Sixties, a U.S. President,
Lyndon Johnson, proclaimed that the purpose
of affirmative action was to redress the grievances
and disadvantages of the descendants of slaves.
Today, that concept has been erased in the official
conversation, replaced by a vague “diversity”
paradigm that does not address the needs of
the masses of Black people in either letter
In 1964, whites made up two-thirds
of all prison inmates; non-whites, one-third.
Today, that ratio has been more than reversed.
Yet we are told that the society is less harsh,
oppressive and racist regarding non-whites than
it was 42 years ago. The numbers say something
We could go on and on. Unemployment
statistics have become meaningless, not just
because they are manipulated to reflect gross
unreality, but because the national conversation
is now dominated by the ups and downs of stock
manipulators – the same people who own the media.
A small but politically significant slice of
African Americans now speak that same language,
which is profoundly hostile to the most basic
interests of the rest of Black America. It is
their venality, opportunism and just plain selfishness
that has allowed the progressive dialogue to
devolve into meaninglessness. Harvard’s Henry
Louis Gates, for example, spends his time finding
Black upwardly mobile success models, when the
numbers show that much of the quality of Black
life is going down the toilet. We desperately
need a movement, to reverse this retrograde
process. And the first thing that movement must
do, is flush these pimps, hustlers and self-promoters
down into the dirty swirls from which they so
dishonestly emerged. For Radio BC, I’m Glen