is quite as pathetic as a people without roots, identity, or
I was conducting business at a U.S.
post office when the clerk assisting me at the counter noticed
that I was wearing a small red, black, and green flag on my
lapel. The clerk said to me, “I see you are wearing the flag
of Ethiopia.” I replied, “No. This
is the flag of Black America and these colors in this order
emanate from the Marcus Garvey movement and represent our ongoing
struggle for justice in this nation.” The clerk then said to
me with visible annoyance and disapproval, “Why do you Black
Americans need a flag of your own?” To which I replied, “A flag
is an important symbol. Just as the Germans, the Irish, the
Jews, the Turks, the Swedes and many other peoples proudly display
various flags representing their history, culture, and background,
we Black Americans [the descendants of slaves in America]
also have an important common history, background, and ongoing
struggle of which we are aware and rightly proud. Why do you
begrudge us this?” The clerk suddenly became very quiet and
simply and abruptly said, “Good day sir.” I smiled and having
completed my business, slowly walked away from the counter.
above exchange gave me pause for thought and reminded me of
how intent the U.S. media of disinformation is on eviscerating
Black America - culturally, economically, physically, and mentally
/ psychologically. Indeed, nothing is quite as pathetic
as a people without roots, identity, or history.
Brown, Red, Yellow, and White peoples in the 21st Century United
States are kept in a perpetual state of
denial and ignorance by the corporate, military, prison apparatus,
represented by the Democratic and Republican Parties [i.e. the
Republicrats] and promoted by the institutions of the U.S.
media of disinformation. The masses of Black, Brown, and Red
peoples in particular are deemed the biggest and most obvious
internal threat to the aims of the U.S. Empire and are therefore
targeted in every manner imaginable, including, as a political
comrade of mine puts it; having colored “misleaders” their
white liberal cohorts put up on pedestals in order to castigate,
and in so doing, effectively strangle and eradicate the Black
liberation struggle in the United States.
think of the paraphrased words of Malcolm X when he said that
this system turns “right into wrong and good into bad.” This
is precisely where we are in this nation today. But we do not
have to submit to this mentality or to this condition.
must be about the business of creating a New Person to
which Ernesto “Che” Guevara often made reference, and which
has become even more relevant in this century as the peoples
of Venezuela, Bolivia,
Ecuador valiantly struggle
to throw off the blood-sucking, capitalist, yoke of the U.S.
Empire and its surrogates. Peoples around the world are struggling
to be free. We have no less of an obligation in this regard.
is an obligation to create, to paraphrase Frantz Fanon, something
utterly different and utterly unique in contemporary human history.
Ours is an obligation to reject the hypocritical and politically-psychotic
vampires of the corporate, military, and prison apparatus of
States, who are represented by the Democratic
and Republican Parties [i.e. the Republicrats] and their massive
media of disinformation. We must be creative in every
sense of the word even as we seek to dismantle this despicable
U.S. Empire at home and abroad.
must build outside of the Democratic and Republican Party
death traps. No
one should be in the least bit surprised that the Democratic
Party recently submitted to and was complicitous with George
W. Bush and the Republicans in fundamentally quashing the supposed
U.S. Constitutional right of “Americans” to be free from illegal
corporate and Government spying. This is simply part of an endless
list of betrayals by the Democratic and Republican Parties.
to throw off the blinders - -and then the chains! Onward, then…
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.