So you want change, do you?
It is the year 2008, and while the Democratic
and Republican parties in the United
States incessantly prattle on about everything
but the serious, substantive and much
needed systemic change in this nation, the corporate
/ military / prison elite apparatus sucks the economic
and political life blood out of the peoples of “America”
and the world. This is a deadly and outrageous farce, and it
is wholly unacceptable.
The fastest growing class of people in the United
States, is more than ever, the most
exploited in this nation. Many of those who were once in the
middle class have now been relegated, along with many of their
/ our Black, Brown, Red, Yellow, and White brothers and sisters
into - the living from pay check to pay check syndrome or the
no check at all - underclass.
It is time that we people in this nation understand
and acknowledge that there can be no revolution without
the hard work of making revolution real and the
concomitant sacrifice entailed in so doing. To believe otherwise
would be tantamount to a farmer expecting to have crops without
carrying out the physically grueling revolutionary process of
tilling the soil, etc.
To state what should be the obvious: No
candidate/s of the Democratic and Republican parties can nor
will bring about the kind of change in the United States needed by this nation and world.
Choosing the so-called “lesser of the evils” is like making
a choice between strangulation or suffocation. In reality, it
is no choice at all. The real option is to get rid of the hang
man: the Democratic and Republican parties.
increasing homelessness in America
(many of whom are veterans and children), the millions in America who are losing their
homes, and the many millions more enduring sky rocketing
food and gas prices, are facing only the beginning obvious
symptoms of this empire’s failed promises to its citizens. This,
while the bloated wealthy become even wealthier. But just as
importantly, what this really means is that the U.S. Empire
will become increasingly barbaric and vicious, both at
home and throughout the world. Thus, the need presently by the
“American” empire in the year 2008, for the current fake
“hope and change” rhetoric currently being
dished out to the people of the United States by the Democratic
and Republican parties; the Republicrats.
There will be no real systemic
change unless it is a revolutionary one, which has nothing
substantively to do with mere color or gender, but rather,
everything to do with dismantling and replacing this
entire capitalist system, which is fundamentally based
upon enticing and encouraging an insatiable human greed - instead
of building, nurturing, and fulfilling human needs, and our
positive potential for political, economic, and spiritual growth
and development on this planet.
Up until recently when a significant number of
Black Americans, nationally, threw their political lot in with
the pro (apartheid) Zionist, Wall Street-backed Barack Obama
for U.S. president; Black Americans could, with enormous legitimacy,
say to the peoples of the world that they were fundamentally
different - that they generally did not support apartheid,
Zionism, and blood sucking U.S. corporations. However, for the
moment at least, it would appear that this may have all changed.
as I pen these words the government of the United
States of America is feverishly looking
for its next enemy to be vilified and attacked. The thousands
of dead U.S. troops in Iraq
is not enough, and the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi dead simply
do not matter to the greedy corporate/military capitalist elite
of America. Will it be Iran, Venezuela,
or China? Until this capitalist
political system itself is changed, America
will be in perpetual search for enemies and in perpetual warfare,
under one pretext or another.
The U.S. empire’s corporate / military / prison
apparatus correctly saw and see in the U.S. presidential candidacy
of Barack Obama the opportunity to, at least historically momentarily,
ensure that Black Americans are seen by the world as significantly
complicit in our own political, social, and economic
systemic oppression, and that of peoples around the globe
at the behest of the United States. What will a significant
portion of Black America say to the peoples of the world when
they say, “But you supported the candidacy of those from the
very system that you say is oppressing you as its victims. Why
did you not say no to that racist, oppressive
system?” Why, indeed.
Despite the fact that de facto racism in the
United States is rapidly increasing for the vast majority
of Black people, and other peoples of color (and will
continue to do so); Black Americans will now be hard pressed
to say with any degree of congruent legitimacy to the
world that they oppose such exploitation at home and abroad,
for their significant support of the pro (apartheid) Zionist,
Wall Street-backed Barack Obama may seem to say otherwise.
As painful as it might be for some to accept, it is absurd to
expect that Barack Obama or any other candidate of the Democratic
or Republican parties, will be anything other than what
the war mongering capitalist machinery that produced them intended.
To believe otherwise is, quite frankly, delusional.
The atrocities such as what occurred to James
Byrd in Texas, and Megan Williams in West
Virginia, are continuing and increasing throughout the United
States. Moreover, the national economic
and political atrocities by this filthy, cynically racist, capitalist
system against all of the people
in this nation - be we Black, Red, Brown, Yellow, or White are
in fact increasing despite the omissions about this by
the so called main stream media. Make no mistake about it.
We are not helpless.
The adage that says: “If you’re not outraged
you’re not paying attention” is correct. More to the point however:
If we simply change the person heading the system without
first changing the system itself,
then it is we who have acted outrageously, for
in reality nothing of substance will have been changed.
We are not helpless.
It’s time for critical thinking. It is time for
systemic change in our quest to keep it real.
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
connection with his political organizing activities in opposition
to voter suppression, etc., Pinkney was interviewed in 1988
on the nationally televised PBS NewsHour, formerly known as
The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. For
more about Larry Pinkney see the book, Saying No to Power: Autobiography of a 20th Century Activist
and Thinker, by William Mandel [Introduction by Howard Zinn]. (Click
here to read excerpts from the book) Click
here to contact Mr. Pinkney.