me, the thing that is worse than death is betrayal."
X [el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz
"We, as freedom
fighters, are not weeping for the death of a man, even a man who was
a companion in struggle and an exemplary revolutionary...Nor are we
weeping for Africa's betrayal. But we are
weeping with hatred for those who were capable of
betraying Nkrumah in the ignoble service of
imperialism!...True, imperialism is cruel and unscrupulous, but
we must not lay all the blame on its broad back. For, as the African
people say: 'Rice only cooks itself inside the pot.'"
- Amilcar Cabral
As the first nominally
black U.S. president terrorizes, bombs, and uses Predator-Drone
missiles to murder children, women, and men in Libya (North Africa),
Somalia (East Africa) and in the nations of Pakistan,
Afghanistan, and Yemen, etc., a
large percentage of Black Americans are being misled by a substantial
portion of the so-called black intelligentsia in this nation.
Sisters and brothers! Ours is a long and protracted struggle for genuine systemic change.Even
as this first black U.S. president utilizes a secret 'Kill List'
(which list includes U.S. citizens), to determine who he will order
to be summarily
a trial, legal defense, or other such due process; this unprincipled
black intelligentsia continues to urge support for Barack Obama.
Moreover, even as this first black U.S. president has signed into law
the unconstitutional and draconian police-state NDAA (National
Defense Authorization Act), which law includes a provision that calls
for the indefinite
anyone inside this nation (including U.S. citizens) without
charge, trial, or legal defense etc.; this
black intelligentsia opportunistically still strongly urges support
for Barack Obama.
actions of this black intelligentsia is a heinous
betrayal of the
hard fought human rights struggle and the political principles not
only of Black America, but of everyday people of all colors
in this nation and throughout Mother Earth. This black intelligentsia
has demonstrated that they are capable of disfiguring,
distorting, and betraying anyone in
the interests of their own personal status, of opportunism, and of
greed. They have given new and horrible meaning to the name
Judas, which has come to represent betrayal.
In fact, they are the
scurvy 21st century little
Obamas of the Judas generation.
this 21st century they, like Barack Obama himself, represent those
whom Amilcar Cabral correctly described as "unscrupulous,"
and who, in real terms, serve the interests of U.S. "imperialism"
and war abroad, and of corporate hegemony and economic austerity
against the everyday people at home and abroad.
Yes, they are indeed, the scurvy little Obamas of the 21st century
betrayer Judas generation!
is no need to specifically name these scandalous minions of Barack
Obama and his Democrat and Republican accomplices. You know or can
identify who they are. Their obfuscated and misleading rhetoric
cannot for long shield them from the eventual legitimate wrath of the
people. You know who these these bloody opportunists are by observing
what they do, versus
the subterfuge, of what they say.
'traditional' so-called 'civil rights' organizations in the United
States, such as the National Association for the Advancement of
Colored People (NAACP), more accurately described today as
the National Association
for the Advancement
of Corporate Puppets,
in the name of serving the people, shamelessly and hypocritically
pursue a de facto corporate agenda rather than an everyday struggling
people's agenda. Suddenly it has become acceptable, even fashionable,
to make backroom deals with corporations while simultaneously
supposedly struggling against these very same avaricious
corporations. Suddenly it has become fashionable, even desirable, to
support military recruitment, militarism, and the war mongering
Democrats and Republicans, in the distorted name of pursuing 'civil
rights.' The timely warning of W.E.B. Du Bois is being fastidiously
he said, in relevant part, "May God write us down as asses if
ever again we are found putting our trust in either Republican or the
Democratic parties." Suddenly the historical
and ongoing struggle
on the part of justice-loving people of all colors in this nation and
throughout the world has been disfigured beyond recognition by the
NAACP and other similiar such organizations and individuals. Suddenly
it's totally cool to be a corporate puppet, a war monger, and a
bloody hypocrite. [Reference |BC: Is
The NAACP Now Just Another Republicrat Corporate Front?]
scurvy little Obamas of this 21st century Judas generation can be
found today in people of many colors and both genders, spinning their
webs of deceit, subterfuge, hypocrisy, and misleadership.
Theirs is a "betrayal" of Black America, the ordinary
people of this entire nation, and of the everyday people of Mother
Earth as a whole.
Suddenly it's totally cool to be a corporate puppet, a war monger, and a bloody hypocrite.Undoubtedly,
this active and horrible betrayal of the people by the
U.S. corporate-stream and much
of the 'alternative' media,
combined with the misleadership of the scandalous pontificating pimps
of much of the so-called black intelligentsia,
will continue in various forms and guises. Nevertheless, we must
have, in the paraphrased words of Amilcar Cabral, when speaking at
the funeral of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, a "hatred for [the
those who [are] capable of betraying" the ordinary, everyday
people in Black America, Africa, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, the
'Middle East' and anywhere else on this precious planet. Their
betrayals must not
go unanswered or unaccounted for. They
must be exposed and held accountable for their dastardly deeds!
Malcolm X was absolutely correct when he noted that,
"...the thing that is worse than death is betrayal."
and brothers! Ours is a long and protracted struggle
for genuine systemic change.This
struggle did not begin just yesterday nor will it end tomorrow. No
matter the odds - we must serve the people - body and soul! It will
be primarily and unsung service, but we do not do this for praise -
we do it on behalf of our own humanity and that of all of humankind,
past, present, and future! We, people of all colors,
must understand and keep the words of the African parable in our
hearts and minds: "Rice only cooks
itself inside the
pot." Let's get busy and stay busy!
Each one, reach one. Each one, teach one. Onward, then, my sisters
and brothers! Onward!
Board member and Columnist, 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
formerly known as The
For more about Larry Pinkney see the book,
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.