The year 2005 will go down as a disaster for Black
America. Our most vaunted institution, the Congressional Black Caucus,
collapsed as an effective body for our collective political vision.
Thirty-seven percent of "our" representatives, in the
spring of 2005, crossed the "bright lines" that had always
dictated Black elected political behavior, to vote with Corporate
It is a new experience, to witness this scale of dereliction
among our political class. Clearly, a significant number have been
bought. That’s what corporations do. They buy people.
In the process, the space for a Black dialogue has
been narrowed. Automatically, this means that progressive conversation
in the United States is crippled. The Black Commentator is the foremost
communications organ for social change in the nation, but we find
ourselves isolated from our natural allies: the most progressive
unions and civil rights organizations, who nevertheless count on
We don’t want corporate dollars. We need your dollars,
your support - so that we can support you.
Yet, we see that the formerly great engines for social
change are now in the embrace of corporate giants. The subornation
and subversion of the Congressional Black Caucus is but one symptom
of the malignancy that has incubated in our culture. We must root
Dangerous for All of Us
We must support our own institutions. There will be
no Black Commentator unless you support it. There will be no dialogue
outside of the corporate matrix unless we make it so.
The year 2005 wasn’t just dangerous for Black folks.
Tens of thousands of Iraqis, and over 2,000 Americans died.
But the damage to the social order in the U.S. - an intentional
destruction - augers a future that could not be comprehended by
our mothers and fathers. The very idea of social justice is now,
not just in question, but in ill repute. Corporate monoculture has
taken up all the talking space of our society. How can, there, be
The answer is: Only if you pay for it. It was not
our ambition in the beginning of publication to appeal for funds.
But times have changed. Corporate dollars move at the speed of light,
and subvert our base, by stealing our leadership. The base must
reassert itself, and pay for its own organs and operations. The
Black Commentator is one of those organs.
As our institutions have been subverted by corporate
money, so must we respond by funding those institutions that have
not been subverted. The Black Commentator is one of those institutions.
Please give us some money, so that we can carry on a conversation
that leads to a better life. Invest $50 to become a and
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Glen Ford and Peter Gamble are writing a book, enitled
"Barack Obama and the Crisis in Black Political