It has been said that nothing worth having
comes easy. The ongoing struggle of Black Americans in this
nation for real vs. fake democracy and justice
attests to this fact. Indeed, the struggle for economic, judicial,
political, and social justice and justice has intensified
in the 21st Century. The year of 2008, is a year of hypocrisies
and increasing injustices for oppressed Black, Brown, Red,
Yellow, and White peoples in the United States of America.
Nevertheless, we still have our unabashed warriors.
One such warrior is the Reverend Edward Pinkney (no relation)
of Benton Harbor,
Michigan. The words of the courageous
former Congresswoman and current U.S. Presidential Candidate
Cynthia McKinney in her June 2, 2008, communiqué are exactly
wrote regarding Reverend Pinkney: “I’ve met some wonderful
folks along this journey…rallied with Reverend Pinkney
of Benton Harbor who is in jail because he fights to protect
that city from the greedy clutches of gentrifiers bent
on stealing the people’s land.” Indeed.
December 14, 2007, Reverend Pinkney was wrongfully jailed
for having dared to exercise his human right to free speech
when he explicitly, boldly, and correctly referred to Judge
Alfred Butzbaugh as a “racist and corrupt Judge.” Reverend
Pinkney had already been falsely prosecuted in retaliation
for having dared to have led a successful effort to unseat
one of the City of Benton Harbor’s influential power brokers
who supported the selling out of the economic and land rights
of the majority Black residents of Benton Harbor, Michigan. Yet, this was not
enough for the racist white power structure and their negrodian
surrogates. No. Pinkney had to be discredited and silenced!
Reverend Pinkney had “led the fight against official corruption
and corporate greed in his impoverished and predominantly
Black community of Benton
Harbor, Michigan.” This
was, and continues to be, all about “the giveaway of Benton Harbor’s prime waterfront property
to Whirlpool Corporation.” The majority of Black and other
poor people in Benton
Harbor, be damned, or so the story
goes and has gone thus far.
The nefarious business dealings of Judge Alfred
Butzbaugh have been repeatedly exposed by the BANCO blog from
the conflict of interests, coupled with white racism, equals
the U.S. in the 21st
Century, notwithstanding the (so-called people-of-color) collaborators
with the U.S. Empire in this nation.
This is absolutely unacceptable.
Why does Reverend Pinkney matter? Why does
any of this matter? It matters because it demonstrates
the wanton disregard of this nation for human rights and justice.
It matters because even as a certain negrodian surrogate seeks
to head the U.S. Empire, the vast majority of Black, Brown,
Red, Yellow, and White peoples of conscience and consciousness
are having to struggle against sustained efforts to utterly
eliminate them / us. It matters because we are about the building
of a NEW PERSON. It matters because Reverend Pinkney’s
struggle is our struggle. [Reference: Reverend
Pinkney Arrested For Exercising Free Speech, BlackCommentator.com,
single day that Reverend Edward Pinkney languishes in jail
is a scourge upon each and every one of us. Where is U.S.
Congressman John Conyers of the State of Michigan?
Reverend is after all in Michigan. Oh yes, and where is Senator “Respect
the Judge” (re the Sean Bell case) Barack Obama? Finally,
where is the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus? The answer is
that these people and entities are nowhere. They are
playing opportunistic and crass political games with the lives
of the majority of our peoples, and most importantly with
the lives of our freedom fighters.
Time to tell the collaborators to stop pimping
Virtually every form of physical and/or emotional
harassment is and continues to be utilized by the state and
jail authorities against Reverend Pinkney in an effort to
break his spirit. Yet, this is not merely the spirit of Reverend
Pinkney that is being sought to be broken. It is the spirit
of all justice and freedom loving peoples. We will
not allow this to take place. Reverend Pinkney is one of our
true freedom fighters.
We must not and cannot turn a blind eye to
the struggle of Reverend Edward Pinkney; for, like Assata
Shakur, Leonard Peltier, Mumia Abul-Jamal, and so very many
others; this brother represents our very essence in opposition
to the mental and physical chains of the corporate / military
/ and prison of this nation.
As we organize for a better and more humane
world outside of the decadent and politically bankrupt
Democratic and Republican Parties [i.e. the Republicrats],
let us remember our brothers and sisters. Let us remember
Reverend Edward Pinkney, for he represents a part of our heart
and soul in this struggle.
Onward…“Forward Ever. Backwards Never!”
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.