There is an adage, which says, "When a person
argues with a fool you see two fools." In
this context, both the Democratic and Republican parties have
repeatedly and collectively demonstrated that neither of them
deserve the political support of Black Americans and other people
of color in this nation.
The barbaric and ongoing occupation and US war of aggression
in Iraq, based upon lies, hypocrisy, and this nation's insatiable
greed, continues unabated, while the majority of Black, Red,
and Brown peoples inside America suffer enormous economic deprivation
and racial disparity. Collectively, white America continues
to demonstrate an amazing denial of reality and an incredible
form of insanity, matched only by its bombastic arrogance and
mockery of justice and democracy, both internally and externally.
Perhaps, the time has arrived for Black America, collectively
and seriously, to assert itself with a view toward building
and forming a viable national political party. One of its primary
objectives would be to bring into being, economic, social, cultural
justice and parity in America. The Democratic and Republican
parties, i.e. the "two fools," have made it abundantly
clear that the interests of Black, Red, and Brown peoples are
of absolutely no substantive or real consequence to them.
Whether or not Black America and
/ or other people of color choose to move in the direction of
political independence from the foxes and wolves of the Democratic
and Republican parties, it is clearly time at least to inform
the national discourse with the pros and cons of this possibility.
Perhaps it is time to think outside the confines of the box
in which white America would have us believe we must be confined.
One thing is certain: for Black Americans to expect the Democratic
and Republican parties of white America seriously to address
and eliminate the ongoing and growing systemic injustices of
racial, social, and economic disparities, would be akin to asking
the bloated fox, "Who ate the chickens?" The Democratic
and Republican parties are unwilling and unable to seriously
address the aforementioned systemic injustices.
It is intrinsically unsound for Black
Americans, and our Brown and Red brothers and sisters to continue
blindly down our present path to cultural, economic, and social
oblivion. Of course white America (liberals and conservatives
alike), including the Democratic and Republican parties, will
assuredly continue to employ every conceivable tactic to divide,
politically, Black people from each other and from other people
Nevertheless, the time has come at least to think
outside the box, and consider the possibility of a different,
more just and equitable America. A well-organized party,
politically independent from the Democratic and Republican parties
might bring about this change. It's time to cease running on
an endlessly spinning wheel, like a caged hamster, going nowhere.
It is time to de-colonize our minds.
Keeping it real demands that we politically conscious Black
people, and our allies, consider all viable possibilities as
we carry on in this continuing struggle.
BlackCommentator.com 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. Click
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