Thomas is number one - the most backward, reactionary,
bloodthirsty, Black people hater on the U.S. Supreme Court.
The pride of Pinpoint, Georgia has added yet another superlative
to dazzle the Black-appointed-faces-in-high-places crowd. In
defiance of storerooms of evidence, bravely disregarding all
standards of human decency, and with clear-eyed contempt for
legal process, Thomas has registered a singular achievement
as a representative of "the race," one he need not
share with any of his colleagues on the High Court.
the nine Persons In Black, Thomas stood firm against a new hearing
and possible new trial for a Black Texas man sentenced to death
by a jury of nine whites, one Asian, one Hispanic and an African
American in 1986. Lawyers for Thomas Miller-El presented damning
evidence that the Dallas prosecutor's office pursued a policy
of excluding minorities from juries. As the New York Times reported
from several black prospective jurors who were struck from
the Miller-El trial are included in the clemency petition,
along with a 1986 article in The Dallas Morning News citing
a 1963 internal memo in the district attorney's office advising
prosecutors who were picking juries: "Do not take Jews,
Negroes, Dagos, Mexicans or a member of any minority race
on a jury, no matter how rich or how well educated."
That language was later dropped, but in the early 1970's the
office used a training manual that included a memo from a
Dallas County prosecutor, Jon Sparling, containing advice
on jury selection: "You are not looking for any member
of a minority group which may subject him to oppression -
they almost always empathize with the accused."
memo was still in circulation when Miller-El went on trial for
the murder of a Holiday Inn employee.
Even a Supreme
Fool could see that Miller-El had been victimized by a system
programmed to kill Black defendants. The sheer weight of the
evidence of racial manipulation of the jury selection process
convinced Antonin Scalia, the Neanderthal who served as Thomas'
early mentor on the court, to relent. There was "a close
rather than a clear" chance that El-Miller might prevail
in an appeal to the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court, said Scalia, according
to the Washington
Post. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority.
Kennedy said Mr. Miller-El had clearly shown that the evidence
of bias was at least debatable. Not only did the prosecution
remove most black prospective jurors, but black members of
the panel were subjected to more searching questioning on
their views of the death penalty in what Justice Kennedy said
could fairly be seen as an effort to build a record justifying
nothing could shake the resolve of the man from Pinpoint, quoted
in the February
26 edition of the New York Times:
dissenter was Justice Clarence Thomas, who said Mr. Miller-El
had not met even the relatively low threshold that the majority
emphasized today. "The simple truth" is that proof
of racial bias is circumstantial at best, lacking "anything
remotely resembling clear and convincing evidence of purposeful
discrimination," Justice Thomas said.
the humanoid affliction brought down upon us by the Republican
Party, which only Divine Providence can remove. Clarence Thomas
is 54 years old. He serves for life.
1991, a sorry pack of Black back door feeders rushed to Clarence
Thomas' side during his confirmation hearings, hurrumphing that
the young political operative with the barest of judicial credentials
should be given a chance to prove himself. Like the Spook Who
Sat By the Door in the novel, Thomas would show his true Black
colors once the U.S. Senate punched his lifetime ticket, they
In our January
30 discussion of "race traitors," we speculated that
"some of us would cheer if a Black were appointed Lord
High Executioner of African Americans." We misspoke; the
position was already filled. Clarence Thomas is Lord
High Executioner of Blacks. It takes eight white people to hold
hosted a brief but interesting EmailBox dialogue, early this
month, on the exploding Hispanic presence in the southern United
States. A number of Black readers took offence at suggestions
that the "Black-white paradigm" of race relations
in the U.S. was outdated, now that Latinos outnumber African
Americans. Simply put, the Black responders told our Chicano
guest commentator that the newcomers should learn some lessons
about white American racism from folks with a few centuries
of experience on the subject, before they declared the Black
worldview an anachronism. (See "Plain
Language on Blacks and Hispanics," February 6.)
some Hispanics are repeating the most backward aspects of the
tortuous Black experience as they attempt to reinvent the race
relations wheel. The question of changing paradigms is misdirected.
It is the racists of the White Man's Party who impose the rules
of the grotesque game, and they are now playing the same tricks
on Hispanics that proved effective in suppressing and confusing
Estrada spectacle is like watching a rerun of the Clarence Thomas
confirmation, poorly dubbed in Spanish. Estrada, too, is a young
(41), Hard Right political operative with few qualifications
for the federal bench. Like pre-confirmation Thomas, Estrada
has refused to say much of anything substantial about his legal
opinions, and lies when he does speak.
of social background, Estrada bears no comparison to Clarence
from Pinpoint. He is the U.S.-educated scion of the Honduran
elite, with no connection to the barrios of the U.S. or the
shantytowns of his native land. But that doesn't matter, because
white people are the ones who always deal and play the race
card. And sure enough, the old racial mojo is working fine.
The Hispanics are split, and the Democrats are in agony.
As 41 Democratic
Senators prepared to filibuster against confirmation of yet
another reactionary colored man with life tenure, Thomas patron
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) denounced the Estrada opposition
The old trickster was encouraged by the League of United Latin
American Citizens (LULAC), which had endorsed Estrada for no
coherent reason other than his surname.
was just very difficult for us not to support the guy, given
his impeccable credentials," said Hector Flores, president
of the Texas-based group. "It's the American dream, rising
up from Honduras the way he has. The battle isn't whether
he's conservative; it's that he represents Latinos, whether
we like him or not."
held down assistant positions in the U.S. Attorney's office
for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. Solicitor
General's office, and is a partner at a high-powered Washington
firm. His qualifications to sit on the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the District of Columbia Circuit are comparatively weak.
LULAC's Flores has an "American dream" dancing in
his own head and, like Black Clarence Thomas supporters of the
previous decade, he will populate it with whomever of his ethnic
group the White Man's Party offers.
mainline Latino organizations - the Puerto Rican Legal Defense
and Educational Fund, the Southwest Voter Registration Project
and the House Hispanic Caucus - are having as little success
with determined Latino dupes as did the national African American
organizations back in 1991. Brown fools walking in the footsteps
of Black fools, all the while declaring that their new day has
No, just a new bunch of suckers. White supremacy may well have
a brown defender to keep the Black one company on the High Court
deep into the century.
Sunday Observer took note of the "quiet
emergence of the 'petroeuro,'" this week, part of the
growing realization that the unfolding U.S. military encirclement
and impending occupation of Middle Eastern oil fields is directly
linked to maintaining the American dollar as the preeminent
oil currency. As Dr. Sonja Ebron explained in last week's
African Americans Should Oppose the War," the U.S.
economy would suffer a devastating crash were the dollar's value
not "backed by oil, which allows our Treasury to
simply print money as needed to finance our debt."
Observer's Faisal Islam agrees. "The US can carry on printing
money - effectively IOUs - to fund tax cuts, increased military
spending, and consumer spending on imports without fear of inflation
or that these loans will be called in," he writes. "It's
probably the nearest thing to a 'free lunch' in global economics."
It is also
ample cause for a war to "shock and awe" the people
of the planet and prevent oil producing nations from considering
a switch to the euro as a petroleum currency, a move that would
be in the best interests of many producers. Middle East oil
nations engage in more reciprocal trade with Europe than with
the United States. The Observer's Faisal also reports that "the
Bank of China and the Russian Central Bank are both rumored
to be waiting for the best moment to increase the holdings of
itself as a would-be global dictator, the United States may
be accelerating the very thing that it seeks to prevent: a mad
dash away from the dollar. As Dr. Ebron put it in her
February 20 analysis, "Far from staving off disaster, our
arrogance may instead compel OPEC to 'go euro' en masse,
taking many oil-consuming nations with them by force of economics.
And a trade war with Europe will lend the coup de grace
to our economy."
contributor Paul Harris writes that the "reason for the
drive against Iraq is Bush's war against Europe." Harris
dates the current crisis to November, 2000, when Saddam Hussein
began accepting only euros for Iraq's oil, threatening a status
quo in which "the U.S. essentially owns the world's oil
for free." Harris concludes:
of Bush's war against Iraq, therefore, is to secure control
of those oil fields and revert their valuation to dollars,
then to increase production exponentially, forcing prices
to drop. Finally, the point of Bush's war is to threaten significant
action against any of the oil producers who would switch to
long run, then, it is not really Saddam who is the target;
it is the euro and, therefore, Europe. There is no way the
United States will sit by idly and let those upstart Europeans
take charge of their own fate, let alone of the world's finances.
context, the shockingly crude behavior of George Bush and his
pirates towards the French and Germans becomes more understandable.
oil availability has never been an acute concern for the people
who rule America - if it were, Bush would not be offering tax
breaks for gas guzzling SUVs, defying the rest of the planet
over global warming, or putting the physical safety of the oil
fields themselves in jeopardy. It is not in the interest of
a single nation on the planet to seriously disrupt the flow
of oil - the producing states least of all. However, U.S. hegemony
in the world is based on keeping oil prices tied directly and
exclusively to the dollar. This is the artificial arrangement
at the heart of the empire - the "national interest"
for which millions will die in Permanent War until the pirates
are removed from power.
in the lead
path that the U.S. is going... will destabilize the world as
it is destabilizing the Middle East," Texas Black Congresswoman
Sheila Jackson-Lee told CNN, this week. Reflecting overwhelming
African American distrust of U.S. war policy - historically
and in the current madness - Black lawmakers have assumed leadership
of the resistance to Bush's machinery of destruction.
Led by Rep.
John Conyers (D-MI), the dean of the Congressional Black Caucus,
six members challenged in federal court Bush's right to invade
Iraq without specific congressional authorization. "The
Iraq Resolution passed by Congress on October 3, 2002, did not
declare war and unlawfully ceded to the President that decision,"
Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL), one of the plaintiffs. "Historical
records show that the framers of the Constitution sought to
ensure that U.S. presidents did not have the power of European
monarchs to single-handedly declare and wage war." Representatives
Sheila Jackson-Lee, Jim McDermott (D-WA), and Jose Serrano (D-NY)
joined in the suit.
Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney lent her considerable prestige
to a Canadian-based effort to expose the U.S. as "home
of the largest arsenal of weapons of mass destruction."
McKinney has signed on as an honorary weapons inspector for
Out Evil project. In a letter of support, she wrote:
the United States under the leadership of George W. Bush qualifies
as a misguided missile, dangerous to global peace and security.
You are right to begin your campaign in the U.S. because it
is here that the world's largest stockpiles of weapons of
mass destruction including nuclear, conventional, biological,
and chemical weapons are situated. At the same time, the American
people are paying a dear price for the U.S. focus on militarization
at home and abroad. This focus impoverishes the American people,
insults our fundamental values, and diminishes our spirit
and moral character.
of war are hurting the American people. And the Bush government
is becoming a global threat. There was a time when America
was loved around the world. Now, it is feared. Now is the
time for all good people of conscience to act.
Out Evil team last week staged a visit to the Edgewood Chemical
and Biological Center, in Maryland, to bring public attention
to the "dangerous chemical and biological agents being
developed and stored at the facility."
doggedly domestic-oriented NAACP
is assuming the role of global citizen. As a new non-governmental
organization (NGO) affiliate of the United Nations, the civil
rights group will host an "America's Summit" at its
annual meeting in Miami, in July. "The world is much smaller
today," said executive director Kweisi Mfume. "Many
more issues are cross-linked between the domestic and international
realms. And the issue of Third World development resonates particularly
with our constituency."
Julian Bond spoke for the organization at the February 15 anti-war
rally in New York City, sounding much as he did four decades
ago as a leader of the staunchly anti-Vietnam War Student Non-violent
Coordinating Committee (SNCC):
must ask ourselves today, are we prepared for the consequences
and after effects of an attack on Iraq - continued destabilization
of the region, the deaths of American fighting women and men,
the deaths of thousands upon thousands of innocent Iraqis,
the collapse of regimes, however undemocratic, which now support
us, near permanent occupation by our soldiers of a defeated
Iraq and the millions upon millions required to bring it stability?
If we really favor regime change, we ought to begin right
here at home.
activist Ron Daniels is coordinating a February 28 action to
"surround the U.S. State Department with a massive Prayer
Circle for Peace before leaving on an urgent Prayer Pilgrimage
for Peace to Iraq." Daniels explains the mission.
capacity as Executive Director of the Center
for Constitutional Rights, since September of 2002, I
have been working to build an African American lead, multi-racial,
ecumenical coalition of faith leaders opposed to the war.
Dr. James Forbes, Senior Pastor of Riverside Church in New
York, Rev. Tyrone Pitts, General Secretary of the Progressive
Baptist Convention, Rev. Herbert Daughtry, pastor of House
of the Lord Church in Brooklyn and founder of the National
Black United Front, former Congressman Walter Fauntroy, pastor
of New Bethel Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. and President
of the National Black Leadership Roundtable, Imam Mahdi Bray,
President of the MAS Freedom Foundation in D.C. and Rev. John
Mendez, former Chairman of the Racial Justice Working Group
of the National Council of Churches from Winston Salem, N.C.
are among the African American faith leaders who have participated
in the coalition....
together, it is clear that Black voices for peace and justice
are increasing as Bush and company push forward with their
misadventure in Iraq. In the coming days and months ahead,
however, more and more Black voices must come to the forefront
to stridently say no to war and yes to justice and peace.
As Martin Luther King put it, "when machines... and profit
motives and property rights are considered more important
than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and
militarism are incapable of being conquered." Black voices
for peace and justice can be decisive in ending militarism,
not only in this country but the entire planet!
a righteous Faith-based Initiative, bearing no resemblance to
George Bush's slavery-time religion.
of the bribed
administration finds international allies in the same way that
it attracts African Americans to the GOP: it bribes them. As
this issue was going to press, the legislature of overwhelmingly
Muslim Turkey was about to decide how many billions of dollars
it will take to buy its participation in the war on Iraq - an
invasion that more than 95 percent of the Turkish people oppose.
An important sticking point is Turkish insistence that Bush
sign off on the deal, personally, since the U.S. is famous around
the globe for reneging on its promises once its goals have been
achieved. (Native Americans could have warned the world about
this reflexive behavior.)
bandied about range to upwards of $30 billion. All that is certain
is that, as with all U.S. foreign "aid" deals, much
of the money must be spent with corporate friends of the regime
At $30 billion,
the Turkish deal would be twice the amount spent annually
on federal Temporary Aid to Needy Families - the program once
known as welfare.
In all its
dimensions, the Bush War is depraved.
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