Hypocrisy and the 21st century United
States of America are one and the same.
The more the verbal snakes of the Democratic and Republican
Parties [i.e. the Republicrats] prattle on about “freedom,
justice, and democracy,” the more apparent it becomes to discerning
people that the U.S. Empire is the ultimate contradiction
of and for human progress, nationally and globally.
The Achilles heel of the so-called “American
dream” continues to be the nightmare of its own hypocrisy.
the late, world-renowned activist, anti-colonialist, and author,
Frantz Fanon, correctly noted, “Two centuries ago, a former
European colony decided to catch up with Europe.
It succeeded so well that the United
States of America became a monster,
in which the taints, the sickness and the inhumanity of Europe
have grown to appalling dimensions.” [Reference: Frantz Fanon’s,
book titled, The
Wretched of the Earth.]
In this year of 2008, as the U.S. Presidential
“fox and wolf” candidates of the Democratic and Republican
Parties continue to ceaselessly weave their rhetorical webs
of deception in an effort to ensnare the peoples of the United
States and the world, the reality of social and economic conditions
steadily worsens for the masses of people both inside
and outside of this nation’s political borders. The blood
drenched, avaricious corporate / military / and prison apparatus
which supports these Republicrat [i.e. Democratic and Republican
Party] presidential candidates has stepped up the campaign
of hypocrisy, deception, and disinformation. This
campaign relies upon keeping the masses in a state of controlled
consciousness, or more accurately unconsciousness,
wherein the proverbial “Joshua” is really “Judas,”
and being blissfully ahistorical, is perpetuated and promoted
by the corporate media. This is the United States of America in
the year 2008, where among the ruling elite, the “badge of
honor” is conspicuously absent. [Reference: Absent
the Badge of Honor] The honor and uncompromising necessity
of struggling for economic, social, and political justice
has now been subverted and portrayed by the U.S.
power elite - through its corporate media of disinformation
- as being somehow unnecessary and certainly unwanted. The
fact is that more than ever, the struggle for economic, social,
and political justice, both inside and outside of the U.S.,
is of paramount importance; the United
States of America remains as the single
most dangerous and hypocritical obstacle to world peace
and real democracy.
U.S. corporate media of disinformation would have
Black, Brown, Red, Yellow, and White peoples believe that
the United States is built and
maintained upon justice and democracy when in fact, it is
built and perilously maintained upon the slippery pillars
of subterfuge, injustice, and enormous hypocrisy. There are
those who would have us believe that genocide, slavery, and
economic exploitation are somehow simply all in the past and
not an integral and ongoing part of this
nation’s existence. There are those who would also have us
believe that, for example, “to be Black” means to be de facto
sell outs of our culture and our principles in the name of
expediency and capitalistic greed. In point of fact, “To be
Black, beyond mere color… is first and foremost a conscious
political, social, and economic commitment to the struggle
for the collective betterment of the descendants of
the Black slavery holocaust in what has now become the United
States of America, in conjunction with other people of
color and humanity as a whole.” [Reference: To
Be Black in America: an Unflinching Necessity]
Blackness is the very essence of our humanity.
It stands in strong contrast to expediency and capitalistic
greed. It stands in strong contrast to the ongoing, ever-present
injustice and hypocritical policies of the United States of
America, including all of the Democratic and Republican
Party [i.e. Republicrat] U.S. Presidential candidates.
The hypocrisy, cynical racism, and greed
of the U.S. power elite
are at the root of this nation’s internal and external
quagmires. Even now, the elite of the U.S. corporate / military
/ prison apparatus is greedily eyeing Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia,
and Peru - to name a few - with a view toward neutralizing
and smashing the legitimate people’s struggles there that
oppose U.S. intervention, domination, and control. The U.S.,
working in conjunction with certain sell-outs of the African
peoples, is in the process of enlarging its bloody military
presence, control, and exploitation on that continent. The
name of the game for the U.S. power elite remains, maximum economic
exploitation and control, at all costs.
It is not merely in the so-called Middle East
where the U.S.
is supporting apartheid Zionists against the Palestinian people,
in addition to wreaking havoc on the peoples of Iraq and elsewhere geographically. It is throughout
the world, including the brave peoples of the tiny nation
Meanwhile, back in the United States, Democratic
and Republican [Republicrat] U.S. Presidential candidates
heap praise upon assorted de facto U.S.-backed terrorists
(in Miami) against the people of Cuba, etc., while simultaneously
and hypocritically daring to speak, in the same breath of,
“justice and democracy.”
Moreover, the U.S. policy of containment regarding
nuclear development, vis-à-vis Iran, while ignoring
Israel’s nuclear arsenal, further flies in the face of the
fact that the United States of America, continues to be the
only nation on earth to have unleashed the unspeakable
horror of nuclear weapons against two civilian populations
in Japan, all in the name of justice and democracy. To this
very day, people in that country continue to suffer from its
affects. The U.S. has no moral right
whatsoever to even begin mouthing anything but an apology
to the peoples of the world, regarding nuclear weaponry. To
reiterate: Hypocrisy and the United States of America are one and the same.
As an enormous amount of people inside the
lose their homes, their jobs, and ultimately their lives to
internal U.S. corporate greed, the
corporately-backed candidates of the Democratic and Republican
Parties dare to speak of “hope” when they themselves are responsible
for the misery of the people. The U.S.
continues to be the only major industrialized nation not
to provide universal health care for its peoples. It is
no coincidence or surprise that the Democrats and Republicans
do not support single payer health care, for this would cut
into the profits of their greedy, blood-sucking corporate
backers. Heaven forbid!!!
Notwithstanding a so-called Black U.S.
Presidential candidate in the politically and ethically bankrupt
Democratic Party, racism and racial profiling against people
of color and massive economic exploitation against
all persons in this nation is steadily increasing.
must regain our young people while there is still time. We
must regain their minds and their hearts, imbuing in them
knowledge and a deep love and respect for themselves and humanity.
We must give them the timeless gift of people’s struggle,
that “badge of honor.” We must remember our many political
prisoners and political exiles including (though not limited
to) Assata Shakur, Leonard Peltier, and Mumia Abu-Jamal. Their
struggle is also our struggle.
this struggle let us remember that the pressing political,
economic, cultural and social concerns of the majority of
our Indigenous sisters and brothers (the so-called “Indians”)
are still not being seriously addressed by the Republicrats
[i.e. the Democratic and Republican Parties]. Indeed, even
more “Indian land” is being encroached upon and being wrongfully
and outrageously exploited. This is unacceptable, and we Black,
Brown, Yellow, and White peoples of good will must remember
that what continues to be done to them (our Red sisters and
brothers) is despicable and cannot be allowed. We have an
obligation to our own humanity in this regard.
This is no time for nonsense. It is time to
seriously organize. Yes, organize outside of the hypocritical
and politically bankrupt Democratic and Republican [Republicrat]
For the sake of this nation and humanity as
a whole, the U.S. Empire must be exposed for what it really
is - and dismantled. This will only be accomplished through
perseverance, uncompromising organizing and struggle, coupled
with an undying love for humanity.
In the spirit of Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman,
John Brown, Crazy Horse, Jose Marti, Pancho Villa, Mary McLeod
Bethune, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King,
Jr., and Huey P. Newton, let us build the New Person. Let
us build a different and better world. Onward comrade sisters
and brothers. Onward…!
BlackCommentator.com Editorial Board member, 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 NewsHour, formerly known as The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. For more about Larry Pinkney see the book, Saying
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.