Ed Brooke mislaid
Hop and heroin
has become evident that the Bush Administration's version of globalism
amounts to transforming the entire planet into his own private shooting
gallery. The rich love nothing better than going on safari.
killing has long been a pastime of U.S. corporate executives in Guatemala.
Since 1954, when the U.S. ordered the native military to begin flushing
subversives out of the mountains, villages and shantytowns, more than
100,000 people have been slaughtered. The Atlanta-based Coca-Cola corporation
operates a particularly bloody franchise in the Land of the Maya, reportedly
employing death squads to cull unionists from its local work force.
The gruesome reality behind the super slick TV commercials interrupted
a quiet day in the life of John Furnish.
drinking a can of Coca-Cola while I was reading your editorial about
Uncle Sam's misadventures with the drug trade on Sept. 19. Once I
read the portion about the Coca-Cola corporation having people killed
in order to maintain its control over working conditions, I felt like
a labor traitor. I've drunk my last Coke.
are all the same, and they'll never change. I wish things like this
would somehow get exploded in the media despite the U.S. Government's
practice of manipulating the press. Fewer people would chew me out
over my often-stated belief that we need to get rid of capitalism.
Black Commentator, by the way.
goes better with Coke in Colombia, where the beverage maker's management
style blends in perfectly with the political surroundings. To avoid
death squads, union organizer Adolfo de Jesus Munera found it necessary
to absent himself from work at a Coca-Cola plant. Armed men caught up
with him at his mother's house, and delivered his final termination
notice. Four thousand union men and women have been similarly murdered
in Colombia in the past 15 years.
on Hemispheric Affairs considers Coca-Cola among the "most notorious"
corporations in Colombia, which is saying a great deal. The country
accounts for three out of every five unionists murdered on the planet.
Davies wants American consumers to think about that.
for getting this subject/case back in the news.
death squads, hirelings of foreign corporations and domestic ranchers
and cocaine barons, are closely allied with the Colombian Government.
The regime receives $2 billion in annual U.S. aid, surpassed only by
Egypt and Israel - a fitting subsidy for a frontline state in Bush's
War on Terror.
is on good terms with all of the players in the Colombian cocaine trade,
having enlisted the traffickers in Reagan's mid-Eighties war against
the government of Nicaragua. Crack cocaine gained a foothold on U.S.
streets through a network stitched together by the CIA, which needed
the money to create an army that would spread terror in the Nicaraguan
Mercury reporter Gary Webb exposed the CIA-Crack Cocaine Connection
in 1996, complimenting the series with a state-of-the-art website. The
cowardly corporate media eventually put out the firestorm, inventing
excuses for the CIA's dealings that even the agency was not clever enough
to concoct, but Webb and his site are back, as we reported in our last
much for mentioning the resurrected Dark Alliance website in your
news release, but I really wanted to write and thank you for bringing
your excellent website to my attention. It's quite impressive; the
articles are a pleasure to read.
continues to roll in on our treatment of Georgia Rep. Cynthia McKinney's
defeat, including Bruce Dixon's report on her failure to mount an effective
get-out-the-vote mechanism. ("How Sister
McKinney Lost," September 19.) Chris Lowe writes from Portland,
piece in the Black Commentator on Cynthia McKinney's defeat is a
model of incisive, constructively critical clarity. I hope it gets
circulated in places where it could make a difference. Thanks for
article, Dixon points to the elections of the late Chicago Mayor Harold
Washington and Illinois Senator Carole Moseley-Braun as examples of
grassroots progressive victories in the face of numerical and financial
odds. However, Chris Lowe mildly chastises Dixon for describing Moseley-Braun
as the only Black U.S. Senator of the twentieth century, reminding Dixon
- of Massachusetts Senator Edward Brooke's tenure, from 1966 to 1979.
excuse is that the intervening years of Reagan, Bush, and more Bush
have caused some of us to forget the days when now all-but extinct creatures
roamed the land: moderate Republicans like Senator Brooke, who is still
very much alive.
price of independence
Robinson was glad to see Alabama Rep. Earl Hilliard go down to defeat
at the hands of Arthur Davis, whom we have labeled a tool of the Hard
Right. Robinson raises questions of keen interest to this publication.
read your website with interest as often as I can. While I do not
always agree with what you say, sometimes you hit the nail on the
head.... We [black folks] cannot continue to allow any one group,
whether it is the Democratic Leadership Council, Republicans, or even
the Congressional Black Caucus, to continue to take our people for
granted. We should strive to make our candidates more
politically independent, and the only way to do this by financing
our own candidates. Surely, we see that money is the key to every
election by now. Why is it that millions of us will gladly go out
and purchase $100-200 gym shoes for our children, but we will not
give a single dollar to support the campaigns of our own
black political candidates....
Having gotten that out of the way, I do take issue
with your characterization of the race in Alabama's 7th Congressional
District. In a previous letter, I shared with you the numerous reasons
why the majority of people in Mr. Hilliard's district voted against
him. I think that you are being too kind to the sorry legacy of a
man who served in Congress for 5 terms, from a district with massive
economic and health problems. (Incidentally, the problems were identified
to Mr. Hilliard before assuming the Congressional Office ten years
Robinson is a doctor in Birmingham. He has touched directly on a huge
problem, one that will plague progressives so long as Trojan Horse candidates
are thrust upon the Black electorate. It is inevitable that, in calling
attention to the Hard Right's New Black Strategy, we will seem to be
singing the praises of the individual politicians who are targeted.
We will be charged with mounting a knee-jerk defense of incumbents and,
when the Right decides to field relatively young surrogates, as it did
in Alabama and Newark, New Jersey, we will be indicted for attempting
to strangle the aspirations of youth.
not choose the congressional districts and cities in which the enemy
has mounted his attacks; but we must resist them. Is it Dr. Robinson's
position that the only way that Arthur Davis could defeat Congressman
Hilliard was to collude with Black people's enemies? Davis makes no
excuses for taking the devil's dollars, and the good doctor should not
provide him with any.
necessity justifies treason, then every potential challenger of every
incumbent Black politician can make the same argument, as they line
up at the Hard Right's door, hands outstretched.
is, of course, in principled agreement with the creation of independent
Black campaign finance mechanisms. However, the Right's pockets are
virtually bottomless; we can never match them dollar for dollar. In
the end, only an organized and aware people can stand up to the power
Howell writes about "slow-footed Black Congressional Representatives."
always enjoyed the work that your site has done since the beginning
and I always anticipate every edition that comes out. My question
concerning the problems of our Black leadership is how some of them
have been co-opted into not speaking out and acquiescing to the Emperor
Bush and all of the Neo-conservatives on all issues concerning all
peoples of color.
of our leaders have been caught up with "blending in." Rep.
Hilliard and Rep. McKinney bucked the trend and got am-"Bushed"
for asking questions that we should have asked from the start. It
is bad enough that the token Blacks we have (Powell and Rice) conned
us into believing that we are included. What are we thinking when
we sit back and slowly watch our rights, culture, and manhood disappear?
Why do we not have a real coalition with the rest of our brothers
and sisters of color?
McKinney supporters regard the congresswoman as a national resource.
Cheryl Seal is one of them.
just want to suggest that a write in campaign for McKinney be organized.
If I were a Georgia voter, I'd sure as hell resent having to choose
between the GOP candidate and the "Trojan Horse" I think
[Denise] Majette represents.
course, to avoid the "fun and games" the rightwing will
inevitably try to instigate, it will be necessary to make sure of
the legality of a write in candidate and specifically how to enter
them on the ballot (I can just imagine thousands of write ins being
tossed out for some trumped up technicality, such as "Sorry,
your y's dipped too far below the line!"
cannot afford to lose this woman!!!!!
the second best thing is to enter her as a Green candidate. But for
God's sake, let's not give up.
write-in might serve the purpose of encouraging bitter McKinney supporters
to go to the polls, rather than stay home, thus avoiding punishment
of other Democrats.
However, other considerations loom, in light of McKinney's
clear failure to put together an effective district campaign organization,
as documented by Bruce Dixon. A weak McKinney write in - this time,
without union and party support - would be very, very bad theater. Blacks
and progressives don't need another battering in Dekalb County, Georgia.
Hop begets heroin?
glance, George Staples seemed to have a beef with our cartoonist, Khalil
Bendib, but it turns out that the writer harbors a longer list of grievances.
to now I've enjoyed your publication, which has been informative and
thought provoking, even if I haven't agreed with you one hundred percent
of the time. However, the cartoon in the [September 19] issue - The
Good Heroin Man - is way over the top. In fact it's sickening,
and reveals on the part of the artist (and your editor?) a deep-seated
hatred of our government. Drug use, as we know, is a serious problem
throughout America not only in our major cities but even in isolated
rural areas. But the cartoon's message that it's the government's
fault (a conspiracy) just perpetuates the defeatist notion that it's
all the fault of someone else, rather than fixing responsibility where
it belongs - the lack of leadership by family and community leaders
who have the primary responsibility for the behavior of our children
and young adults.
The music in the cartoon that's coming out of the delivery truck -
could it possibly be rap music? Think that might have something to
do with luring young people to buy drugs????!!
many areas of the country, heroin has reclaimed its market position
alongside crack cocaine, a clear consequence of U.S. policy in Afghanistan.
Rap music has nothing to do with it. Family values didn't suddenly deteriorate,
this year. Bush's war unleashed the poppies, once again, in full view
of U.S. forces and to the profit of America's allies in that country
and the region.
Mr. Staples' hatred of Hip Hop seems to have spun his
moral and political compass. 's
position on the roots of the drug epidemics of the past three and one-half
decades is laid out in our April 5 issue, "Make
the Amendment: How To Get the U.S. Government Out of the International
State University professors Bill Derman and John Metzler co-authored
a September 19 Guest Commentary on Zimbabwe, in which they concluded
that Robert Mugabe's government "has destroyed in the past two
and a half years virtually all of its achievements since 1980."
and Metzler, both on the faculty of MSU's African Studies Center and
frequent travelers to southern Africa, wrote, "To portray Zimbabwe
as a continuous victim of colonialism has the political purpose of deflecting
attention away from ZANU-PF policies and to pretend that there is no
connection between the economic, social, health and political crises
of contemporary Zimbabwe and the policies and practices of its ruling
party. To assert... that contemporary commercial farmers are no different
from those who conquered Zimbabwe and that they are robbers and murderers
promptly responded. First, Roger Chapman:
authors, Derman and Metzler, need to explain which African countries
are not affected by European colonialism and American imperialism
over the last 100+ years. Mugabe's use of land reallocation as a political
issue is what democracy is all about...majority rules. We Americans
should know how our politicians use issues to divide and win elections
and sometimes appeal to the lowest denominator in this country to
win elections. The key point is at the end when the authors admit
that the "vast majority now sinking into deeper poverty."
If the white farmers are so beneficial, why are the vast majority
of their workers poor? I predict that if and when Mugabe is successful
in the land reallocation, Zimbabwe blacks will be in a better financial
situation that their brethren in South Africa. It should also be noted
that Namibia is also attempting to address the land issue.
E. Bell had a different take on the matter:
Metzler and Derman are knowingly or unknowingly supporting the psychological
warfare, which is anti any/all African programs for SELF Sufficiency.
The two "scholars" are of a western, institutionalized orientation.
They are promoting the idea that Anglo Saxons have the right to be
on the land [as well as own land] in Africa. The two "scholars",
knowingly or unknowingly, are pro-western, criminal propagandists.
this column with greetings from a new reader of The Black Commentator,
one with whom we are in total agreement.
not sure who signed me up, but a hearty thanks! Can't tell you how
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Keep up the great work, and keep these emails coming.
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