inescapable but deliberately ignored irony about Barack Obama being
installed as this nation’s first so-called black president
is that being Black in ‘America’ has in reality always meant so
much more than mere color pigmentation.
be the head of the most aggressive, violent, and hypocritical empire
on this planet is not to be Black. It is to be opportunistically
and cynically hypocritical while serving the interests of continued
U.S. Empire. Those who choose to wrap themselves in the security
blanket of the supposed wonderfulness of Obama’s so-called Blackness
while ignoring the ongoing horrors that this person supports, are
deeply complicitous in perpetrating the misery that this empire
is heaping upon Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow peoples both
inside and outside of its physical borders.
April of 2007, this writer unapologetically wrote that: “Beyond
mere color, being Black is first and foremost a conscious
political, social, and economic commitment to the struggle for the
collective betterment of the descendants of the Black slavery
holocaust in what has now become the United States of America, in
conjunction with other people of color and humanity as a
whole.” (Reference The Black Commentator, April
19, 2007, issue 226, article entitled, To Be Black In America:
An Unflinching Necessity.) In that same aforementioned article,
your writer further wrote: “Blackness is, in fact, not only a rainbow
of color but also a rainbow of active consciousness and commitment.”
misleaders and their so-called “progressive” and “liberal”
white counterparts have put forth and pontificated virtually every
imaginable sorry excuse as to why Barack Obama and his current regime
of the U.S. Empire should be supported. It is a truly pathetic for
all conscious people of conscience of all colors to witness.
the bloody U.S. wars of aggression rage on in Iraq and Afghanistan,
and as the war drums of U.S. Empire intensify and deepen into Pakistan
under the Obama regime; the peace movement in the United States
has been castrated (i.e. made null and void), roaring overwhelmingly
with a deafening silence.
the bankers, the insurance companies, and the other gluttonous barons
of Wall Street gorge themselves with trillions of dollars of the
people’s money; as more and more people lose their jobs; and as
every conceivable action is engaged in to crush the labor movement
and the economic and political rights of working people in this
nation; the Barack Obama regime, like clever rhetorical sorcerers
of the system, keep pouring and passing around the poisonous Kool-Aid
of rhetoric for the masses to gulp and ultimately die upon.
we Black, Brown, White, Red, or Yellow there is absolutely no legitimate
excuse for wrapping ourselves in the hypocrisy of U.S. Empire. We
all know, or certainly should know, that the wars in Iraq,
Afghanistan, and now Pakistan are wrong and unacceptable.
George W. Bush boycotted and attempted to sabotage the recent United
Nations Conference on Racism (in Durban) as did the Barack
Obama administration, there would have been enormous outcry
from the so-called Black and White left in the U.S. Had George W.
Bush continued and even expanded upon the so-called “extraordinary
rendition” program (i.e. the illegal kidnapping of persons
in other nations by the U.S. Government) as has Barack
Obama, there would have been unquenchable outrage! Why the virtual
silence and hypocrisy now? It’s time to stop being hypocrites and
apologists for yet another administration of U.S. Empire
be Black has increasingly become clearly less and
less about mere color and increasingly about the commitment to political,
economic, and social justice.
BlackCommentator.com Editorial Board 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.