most important thing to remember is this: To be ready
at any moment to give up what you are for what
you might become."
only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the
revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile
world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism,
Martin Luther King, Jr.
today's systemic political war mongers and economic blood-suckers
offer their fake tributes in Washington, D.C., to the statue,
life, and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., everyday
people of all colors are occupying streets throughout
this nation, and around the world, demanding an end to
corporate blood-sucking and perpetual wars.
avaricious corporate/military elite of this nation (Democrat
and Republican), including the corporate-stream 'news'
media - which is its de facto propaganda arm, is about the
business of propping up a nominally black U.S. president
who is the antithesis of everything for which Martin
Luther King, Jr. struggled for in conjunction with Black
America as a whole. Nevertheless, much of Black America's
intelligentsiahave, in the name of supporting a biological
nominally black president of the U.S. Empire, traded
in principles for crass opportunism.
where does Black America stand collectively at this
historical juncture? After all, the joblessness, homelessness,
incarceration, and police killings, etc. of Black and other
poor people have massively and disproportionately increased
during the almost three full years of this nominally black
president's tenure. Moreover, this president has repeatedly
and arrogantly chastised the very constituency that
was duped into electing him, as being "whiners"
and "complainers" while shamelessly engaging in
making back room deals with the greedy, blood-sucking pharmaceutical,
banking, and insurance corporate power brokers of Wall Street.
This same same president has expanded U.S. "militarism"
throughout the world including Afghanistan, Pakistan, and
on the African continent. He has made a mockery not only
of the life and legacy of the late Martin Luther King, Jr.,
but of Black America collectively.
the auspices of the criminal, so-called trillion dollar
'bail-out' of Wall Street, this president has overseen the
largest single transfer of wealth from the
public coffers of everyday people to the
blood-sucking wealthy elite in the history of this nation.
a word, the relatively tiny U.S. corporate / military elite
continues to bank on this president and his cronies to,
articulately bamboozle and simultaneously emaciate,
everyday Brown, White, Red, and Yellow people - and in
particular the everyday people of Black America. As
the year 2011 draws to a close, the systemic contradictions
and incredible pain of the everyday people are becoming
ever more apparent.
Irrespective as to whether or not he is re-installed in the next
national corporate-funded fraud - referred to as an "election,"
the usefulness of this president Barack Obama, to his corporate
masters is approaching an end. As everyday people continue
to comprehend the enormous damage that has been done to
them/us, so it is that Black America collectively,
like other segments of this nation, will politically
re-awaken as if from a slumber. Indeed, this process has
people can be fooled for only so long. The fighting spirit
of Black America is not dead, and we shall, in the
words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "recapture
the revolutionary spirit." Notwithstanding certain
pathetic, opportunistic, and hypocritical biologically
black misleaders, who continue to urge Black America
to stay politically asleep, the reality of the political
and economic times is rapidly approaching, and Black America
collectively will yet reclaim its place as an important
part of the struggle of ordinary everyday people of all
colors in this nation and around the globe.
then, my sisters and brothers! Onward!
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 News Hour,
formerly known as The MacNeil / Lehrer News Hour.
For more about Larry Pinkney see the book, Saying No to Power: Autobiography of a 20th Century Activist and
by William Mandel [Introduction by Howard Zinn]. (Click
to read excerpts from the book.) Click here to contact Mr. Pinkney.