March 6, 2008 - Issue 267
Thirty Pieces of Silver: 2008 - An American Revolutionary Opportunity Betrayed
Keeping It Real
By Larry Pinkney
BlackCommentator.com Editorial Board
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
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 really wanted to join and 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
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.
I 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
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”
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!
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,
No to Power: Autobiography of a 20th Century Activist and Thinker