and you awake something else - something without the ability
to feel anger or pain or even happiness or express compassion.
Numbness is the One World Order. Your humanity has been sucked
out of you in the night when your eyes are closed. In the
daylight, you speak politely and above all calmly with others
- unless you haven’t submitted to the “transformation,” the
“change.” Then those around you, family, neighbors,
and friends, point and hiss at you because they have detected
something human in your gesture, speech, or movement. In
collaboration with the government officials, these others
seize you and force you to sleep. Sleep.
not a 1956 movie (Invasion of the Body Snatchers).
It’s reality. Just keep watching!
prices are rising. Food prices are high and rising. Wages
are low and stagnant. Foreclosures are sending people out
in search of affordable housing in a housing market that caters
to those who can afford luxury lifestyles in gated communities.
This is not news for Black, Brown, Red, and Yellow people.
The struggle to purchase food, fill the car with gas, and
afford decent housing has always been of primary concern for
the masses of people of color in the U.S.
at how people absorbed in their long night of sleep, awake
to work and at the end of the week, purchase “Oprah” hair
(super straight hair that swings) and colored contact lenses
to emulate the Takers, the white Masters in their lives (see
K. Danielle Edwards, “Biracial is the New Black,” The Black
Commentator, June 19, 2008). They work with Master
to kill Blackness. They work to be as white as they can afford
to be under this One World Order of Numbness. Purchasing whiteness
is the highest realm of “success” in Amerikkka for Black Americans
bowing before the absurdity of American consumerism with a
gleeful numbness. The frantic rush to purchase corporate goods
marks the level of “success” Empire is achieving in the process
to re-colonize Black Americans who, in turn, without thought,
count their “blessings” and thank their god, creator
of greed and violence. But those who sleep with fake eyes
watching and look at how corporate media spends hours discussing
Tiger Woods’ pending knee surgery. Tiger, Mr. Cablinasian
with a Black (oh, erase that) father, has publicly denounced
identification with Blackness. For many whites, he represents
the future where even the trace of Blackness will be surrounded
and snubbed out. There’ll be no elimination of whiteness.
Indeed, there will be an expansion of whiteness everywhere
on the global!
is among the forerunners of a grand vision of colorblindness
(or color erasure). He’s acceptable and therefore has the
corporate media’s attention because he needs surgery for his
knees. (Don’t send Tiger money). He is sure to have the best
insurance and will receive treatment at the best hospital
because that’s how it works! Tiger is rewarded. The public
too, rewarded for sleeping, is guiding to turn attention and
concern on Tiger’s knee when they are not working hard to
purchase whiteness for themselves and their families.
Black, Brown, Red, and Yellow people who are absorbed by whiteness
wallow in the absurdity of the Empire’s One World Order of
Numbness, most of the leadership, particularly the Black leadership
has long undergone domestic “regime change” that substituted
look-alike coloreds for the authentic leaders. Limiting
the collective horizon of their people to the space in the
narrative of white supremacy designated for the Other, these
leaders steer their followers away from the narrative of liberation
and, as a result, collectively this mass of people and their
leaders are tongue-less. The hypnotic dribbling from the mouths
of people who’ve never considered a political strategy for
resisting the Empire is incapable of warning the people; they
are incapable of serving the betrayed as betrayed member of
the community. When it comes to Black people in the U.S., white leadership seeks the aid of Black
leaders to maintain law and order and, in return, these leaders
are given prominent positions within the system.
can be bought and sold, including the collective soul of a
great savior, the shining knight, the man of change, the man
who uses his gifts (unlike Malcolm and King) in the service
of the Takers, epitomizes the numbness of the One World Order.
He asks politely and above all, calmly, that the people of
color, the Black, Red, Brown, and Yellow, just sleep - forever!
most have gone to sleep and there’s no waking them up. The
process is irreversible!
the tragedy continues.
the world watches the tragedy of sadistic and brutal abuse
at Bagram and Abu Graibe, Black American leaders, in particular,
are speechless! For a people kidnapped, tortured and brutalized,
Black Americans can no longer speak of a nation’s moral consciousness.
Is this not by design? The moral consciousness of Black Americans
is in the process of being fully consumed by the Empire.
They won’t hear the prison gates closing or see the mushroom
cloud in the distance.
to watch the tragedy unfold at your risk! Leave these people
to their passivity before the flickering screens with images
of white glamour and glitter.
a voice in a territory otherwise occupied by the dead.
a sister alive with rage! Karen Salazar was fired. The LA
School District ended her contract at Jordan
High School. Why? Well, she’s “too Afro-centric.”
a second-year English teacher, dared to teach the Autobiography
of Malcolm X!
She dared to teach the poetry of Langston Hughes and the lyrics
of Tupac Shakur!
Chapter One: Nightmare
When my mother was pregnant with me, she told me later,
a party of hooded Ku Klux Klan riders galloped up to our house
in Omaha, Nebraska one night.
Surrounding the house, brandishing their shotguns and rifles,
they shouted for my father to come out.
We will take you and kill you,
We will fill you full of lead,
And when you are dead
In the nice cold ground,
We’ll put your name
above your head -
If your head
Can be found.
As real as it seems the American Dream
Ain’t nothing but another calculated schemes
To get us locked up shot up back in chains
To deny us the future role our names
Kept my history mystery but now I see
The American Dream wasn’t meant for me
must be fired! Right?
The Autobiography of Malcolm X and Langston Hughes poetry have been “approved”
by the L.A. School District. But it is Salazar’s
perspective as a leader that is perceived as a threat
to the goals of a One World Order of Numbness. Salazar has
employed the words of these authors to inspire and empower
young minds into becoming critical thinkers and leaders in
their own right - not passive recipients of law and order
- of numbness.
her students, and colleagues, awake and fired up, took to
school system for too long has been not only denying them
human rights, basic human rights, but doing it on purpose
in order to keep them subservient, to subjugate them in society,”
she told reporters.
bullhorn in her hand, Salazar told the students at her side:
“You embody what it means to be a warrior-scholar, a freedom-fighting
intellectual…you are part of the long legacy, the strong history,
of fighting back.”
students rallied on Wednesday, June 11, 2008, at the Watts
15 colleagues of the teacher have announced that they might
resign or transfer to protest the firing of Karen Salazar.
The community of “warriors” surrounding this brave sister
has pasted videos on the website You Tube that is attracting
thousands of hits.
graduated from UCLA with a degree in Political Science and
a minor in African American and Chicano Studies, according
to the LA Times, June 12, 2008 report. She also completed
a Master’s degree in education from UCLA. Salazar didn’t obtain
her “qualifying papers” to “sell out” the interests of the
struggle. She didn’t hustle for a position in academia that
would be safe or politic or popular, to paraphrase Martin
Luther King. Her conscience asked the question: Is it right?
Salazar did the right thing in those classrooms. Salazar
is doing the right thing in the streets! Her campus
profile speaks of a woman “definitely a teacher who wants
kids to wake up and look around them and ask questions and
be motivated and be engaged.”
what was she told by the L.A.
students to their past struggles for liberation in order to
fight present struggles against the Empire - waking them up
- is just too dangerous!
to Salazar in a Democracy Now! interview, the administrator
who came and observed her class later wrote in an evaluation
(that enters her file) that she was “brainwashing students
and imposing extremist views on them.”
guess that I am being accused of indoctrinating students with
remind Black, Red, Brown and Yellow students of the legacy
of “fighting back” is to shoot blood through the veins of
these young students in danger of being among the walking
dead. Salazar’s leadership in the classroom and in protest
is a matter of life or death! One World Order of Numbness
is not an option!
is a revolutionary leader. Leadership, Paulo Freire writes,
either “identifies itself with the oppressed state of the
people, or it is not revolutionary. To simply think about
the people, as the dominators do, without any self-giving
in that thought, to fail to think with the people,
is a sure way to cease being [a] revolutionary leader.”
Here’s a leader who understands that Empire has long recognized
the legacy of resistance as a threat to their ability to form
their vision of a One World Order of Numbness for the benefit
of transnational corporations.
Salazar fights to maintain what will keep the Left alive -
a strong legacy of resistance and struggle - others, particularly
the Black leadership chosen by corporate media and neo-liberal
academic corporate gatekeepers, have bowed before the imperialists
who never stopped building their movement of corporate power.
rather than taking engenders real leadership. Self-giving
empowers a movement of the people to banish the One World
Order of Numbness - by any means necessary!
more Karen Salazars stand up and truly be revolutionary
BlackCommentator.com Editorial Board member, Lenore Jean Daniels,
PhD, has been a writer, for over thirty years of commentary,
resistance criticism and cultural theory, and short stories
with a Marxist sensibility to the impact of cultural narrative
violence and its antithesis, resistance narratives. With entrenched
dedication to justice and equality, she has served as a coordinator
of student and community resistance projects that encourage
the Black Feminist idea of an equalitarian community and facilitator
of student-teacher communities behind the walls of academia
for the last twenty years. Dr. Daniels holds a PhD in Modern
American Literatures, with a specialty in Cultural Theory
(race, gender, class narratives) from Loyola
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