In an April 2006, piece published
in The Boston Globe I wrote in relevant part that, "Perhaps
people will stop repeating the human-made catastrophes of the
past when we cease being ahistorical and truly learn from history's
lessons." Unfortunately, far too many Americans, particularly
white Americans, are content to remain ignorant of history's lessons
especially as they pertain to their enjoyment of color and/or
To be chronically lacking in an awareness and appreciation of
history is to be ahistorical. Being ahistorical is an ongoing
and dangerous hallmark of US society. No other major nation in
the entire industrialized western world can boast of having and
maintaining such an ahistorical citizenry as that of the United
States of America.
America, from its foundations steeped in genocide, slavery, hypocrisy
and the concomitant legalized thievery of an entire continent
has developed and continues in the 21st century to perpetuate
an ahistorical mentality among its population. Thus, while some
white Americans (and their surrogates) in particular, be they
so-called conservatives or liberals, might possibly see a few
problems with America's internal and external policies that need
a little adjusting; the vast majority of people of color within
America and around the world correctly view America as fundamentally,
systemically, and irreparably flawed.
Nevertheless, by consistently promoting a selectively ahistorically
warped national and world view of itself white America vis-a-vi
its so called "informational / news" and "educational"
institutions maintains an active cognitive dissonance regarding
its horrible and active internal and external policies and practices.
This applies equally to Republicans, Democrats, and so-called
Independents alike in the American economic and political system.
This perpetually maintained cognitive
dissonance on the part white America, including white American
liberals masquerading as "progressives," is precisely
why white America collectively neither feels nor demonstrates
conscience or shame for its past and ongoing atrocities against
the peoples of the world and most especially towards people of
color internally and externally. This is why white America can
and does, with no compunction whatsoever, elevate and glorify
itself while demonizing its victims on every conceivable level;
physically, culturally, and emotionally. This is why America,
with no remorse or conscience whatsoever, overthrew the democratically
elected Chilean Government of Salvador Allende and thirty-one
years later in 2004, did likewise to the democratically elected
President Aristede of Haiti. This is why America, utilizing its
fake "volunteer," economic-apartheid military has invaded
and occupied Iraq under the outright lie of "weapons of mass
destruction," while terrorizing the peoples of that nation
and Muslims around the world--including inside the United States
itself. This is nothing new. It is as old as lynchings themselves
in this land. It is the ahistorical blood-soaked ostrich known
as America; and is why America is increasingly loathed world wide.
I am reminded of March 28, 1962,
when I excitedly accompanied my then college-student cousin to
see, listen to, and meet Malcolm X in Baltimore, Maryland, at
what was then known as Morgan State College (now University).
Malcolm stood in direct opposition to white America's bloody and
racist ahistorical cognitive dissonance, and for this he was murdered,
as was subsequently the then politically growing and developing
Martin Luther King, Jr. Malcolm and Martin were then scorned,
despised, and ridiculed by white liberals and their "Negro"
surrogates, just as presently in the 21st century these very same
kind of white liberals (today also masquerading as progressives)
and their negrodian counterparts profess love and respect for
Malcolm and Martin, while actively doing all they can to disenfranchise
Black, Brown, and Red peoples in America and throughout the world
in 2007. This is but another reflection of America's ahistorical
cognitive dissonance and hypocrisy. These white liberals, conservatives,
and their pretend-to-be people of color surrogates hated Black
America in the days of Malcolm and Martin, and the fact is that
they and their ilk hate us even more today.
As prisons in the US bulge at the seams with the misery and de
facto slave labor of Black, Brown, and Red, men, women and children,
and yes even an increasingly economically disenfranchised white
population; there is but one thing to do. We must remember that
comfortable people do not make change. Nor do they want change.
Why should they? I reiterate what I wrote back in 2006: "Only
by removing our heads from the sand, facing up to, organizing
against, resisting and struggling for systemic change here and
now is there real hope, for ourselves and for people around the
world, of stopping and dismantling this [corporately] fascist
onslaught. Indeed, we can ill afford to do otherwise." Or
as a reader of The Black Commentator recently and graciously wrote
to me re 'Keeping It Real,' "Continue to walk worthy."
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.
here to contact Mr. Pinkney.