readers and supporters of BlackCommentator.com,
probably know me through my role as an actor. I have had many
roles, on stage and in film, over the years, but today I am not
playing a role. I am writing to you as one progressive activist
to another. I need you to financially support BlackCommentator.com.
is one of the most important progressive voices on-line today. What
has struck me is how BC has grown over the years
in its readership and influence. I see articles from BC
regularly quoted, and I hear members of the BC
Editorial Board regularly comment on issues of critical importance
in today’s world. What I especially like about BC
is that there are different points of view represented in the magazine
and they are not each taking shots at one another!
this growth, as you well know, BC is in a serious
financial hole and its future is up in the air. BC
faces the same problem that nearly every on-line magazine faces
where it offers its services for free to anyone who wants a free
subscription, leaving it up to the conscience of the reader to pay
for a subscription or to contribute. On top of that we are
living through the worse economic crisis since the mid 1970s, and
quite possibly, since the Great Depression. Given that, I know
that everyone’s finances are tight.
here is what I want to ask of you. I actually believe that
there are enough progressive readers out there, including but not
limited to African Americans, that through many relatively small
contributions, BC can thrive. If BC
can accumulate even 1000 $50 contributions, the magazine would be
on its way to long-term survival. 2000 such contributions would
be even better. You get the picture.
way to think about this is along the lines of an election campaign. It
is not just the contributions that you can make, but the contributions
that you can get your friends and colleagues to make together.
know that I am asking a lot, but at the same time what I am asking
is fairly modest. Progressives have to take responsibility
for supporting our own institutions. That means that we have
to decide which institutions we value and those that we do not .
YOU value BlackCommentator.com I ask you to make a contribution
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for taking this seriously.