It is the year 2008, and Black people have
once again been betrayed.
Indeed, Black, Brown, and Red peoples have
yet again been hideously betrayed. All people
of good will in America and the world have
been betrayed. Nothing could be clearer.
This column today will not be long.
Despite, and perhaps because of, my intense
political experiences over the years in Africa, Europe, the
United States, and other parts of the world, I never cease
to be amazed and sickened at how many so-called “progressives”
and those of the American “Left,” have in this year of 2008,
demonstrated that they never really wanted to systemically
change the racist, capitalist, hypocritical U.S.
political structure. Rather, they only reallywanted
to joinand administer it both nationally
and internationally. They apparently see in the party of the
so-called Democrats (who are systemically and inextricably
tied to the Republicans) an opportunity to at last
be the centurions of the empire. Not even “thirty pieces of
silver” can expunge such a betrayal of the people.
I cry tears of rage as I see the corporate
media, the U.S.
multi-national corporations and their military partners, once
again, make an absolute mockery of a people’s democracy inside
the United States itself. I am sickened beyond words
as I think of the increasing gentrification/economic apartheid
against the poor being sponsored by the Democrat and Republican
parties in this nation and throughout the world.
I am sickened beyond words as I think of more
than four decades of brutal and illegal military and civilian
occupation of Palestinian lands by the racist U.S.-backed
apartheid Zionists, who now do not even fear saying
openly that they will bring about a greater “holocaust/disaster”
upon the Palestinian people if they dare to physically resist
the illegal and unjust U.S.-backed Israeli occupation.
am sickened beyond words as I witness the “liberal” poverty-pimping
rats jumping ship in order to scramble for the illusive crumbs
of the waning empire’s corporate, capitalist blood feast upon
itself and the rest of the world. The people of this nation
and the world have bled and paid, and paid, and paid again
for the fruits of their own labor from which they have not
benefited; but apparently the corporate blood suckers
of America have decided that we have not paid enough.
I am sickened beyond words as I watch in utter
horror as people, virtually stumbling over one another, regurgitate
nonsense as to why they should vote for “the lesser
of the evils” in America; when all along they know full well that
anything short of systemic change is no change at all.
Strange, but I had grown up being taught that overturning
tyrannical systems was both a duty and a sacred responsibility.
I was even taught that such a thing is enshrined in the preamble
to the U.S. Constitution. But no matter, it was apparently
all just a farce anyway.
The tyranny of injustice in the 21st Century
has grown, not waned. The question is: Are we on the side
of justice or tyranny? I choose justice even though superficial
rhetoric and real tyranny will do all in its power
to suppress, divide, and confuse us. It will not, in
the final analysis, succeed. We who believe in economic and
social justice will!
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. For more about Larry Pinkney see
the book, Saying
No to Power: Autobiography of a 20th Century Activist
by William Mandel [Introduction by Howard Zinn].
(Click here to read excerpts from the book)
Click here to contact Mr. Pinkney.