than those who deprecate the ongoing freedom and justice struggle
are those who pretend to support it but who actually seek to cynically
use it for personal gain.
must always remember what John Brown, Denmark Vessy, Harriet
Tubman, Malcolm X, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., George
Jackson, Huey P. Newton, and so very many others have struggled
for. They struggled for us, all of us.
are numerous times that this writer has wondered about the well
being and where-a-bouts of so many past personal friends and political
comrade sisters and brothers who gave everything of themselves
/ ourselves over the years in the freedom struggle, even though
it seemed then that only imminent death would be our suitors.
Nevertheless, it is now the year 2009, and there is the ongoing
stench of the U.S. Barack Obama hypocrisy and the concomitant
false “Obama hope drug” that he and his Rahm Emmanuel, Hillary
Clinton, and Robert Gates clique have shamelessly put upon the ‘American”
people and the world at large. Ultimately, it will not be
would be a lie to present to you the readers of The Black Commentator
that this writer has somehow overcome all the pain and dehumanization
of imprisonment. The truth is that there are still many sleepless
and sweaty nights in unwanted remembrance of the physical and psychological
torture of U.S. imprisonment, before and even after, the United
Nations ruling was made in favor of this writer.
your writer remembers with enormous love, humility, and respect
when the impossible happened: Black,
White, Brown, Red, and Yellow prisoners physically and defiantly
stood up together in respect the day your writer
was finally released from prison. The actions of the old guard consisting
of The Black Guerrilla Front, The Mexican Mafia, The Aryan
Brotherhood & Neo Nazis, and other prison groups stunned
your writer. It was hard for this writer to believe that deep in
the insidious and indescribable horror of prison these Black, White,
Brown, Red, and Yellow prisoners were actually collectively saluting
this former prisoner as he defiantly and finally walked out of prison.
They raised their collective hands in the clenched fist salute as
your writer finally walked out of prison that day. This is why I
know that in the people’s struggle almost anything is
this column is dedicated to all my comrade brothers
and sisters of all colors. This writer has not forgotten
you wherever you may be. I saw your beautifully intense faces in
Zambia, Tanzania, Egypt, Sweden, Germany, Portugal, France and elsewhere.
I saw your loving and determined faces in Oakland, San Francisco,
Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C, and so many
other places in ‘America.’
YOU the readers of my column in The Black Commentator, my
friends and comrades: I thank you! Be strong and carry on in this,
OUR collective struggle.
my sisters and brothers!
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.
In 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.