change cannot be brought about by reform or liberalism. Like the
revolutionary process of a farmer tilling the earth, so it is that
new soil must be brought to the surface and different seeds planted
change is the absolute and fundamental discarding of this greedy,
profit based political / economic system, to which the Republicrats
(i.e. the Democrat and Republican Parties) are profoundly
and inextricably beholden. “Without systemic change there is only
chump change” which is actually no change at all.
change does not lend itself to propping up the same political,
financial / economic, and so-called educational institutions.
To the contrary, systemic change demands that such institutions
be relegated to the dust bin of history as real (versus fake) fundamental
/structural changes are brought into being.
sure as the proverbial leopard cannot change its spots, it is illogical
and absurd to expect that those who were politically shaped and
formed by this system, and who owe their allegiance to it,
will bring about systemic change. For them to even attempt to seriously
do so would be laying the foundation for their own demise.
the Obamatron liberals nor the right wing racists are in any real
sense desirous of serious systemic change that serves the
interests of the vast majority of people. Yet, such systemic change
is precisely what the masses of Black, Brown, White, Red, and Yellow
peoples both deserve and must have.
example of systemic change would be instituting universal single
payer health care for everyone in this nation, and cutting out the
profiteering insurance companies once and for all; not pushing
the fake rhetoric of so-called “affordable health care” which does
nothing but continue the parasitic capabilities of the aforementioned
insurance corporations to financially blood suck the people.
example of real systemic change would be instituting a system whereby
corporations and/or lobbyists were totally prohibited by
law from financially contributing in any manner whatsoever to (i.e.
buying) the persons running for public / political office,
combined with a requirement that all monies for political
candidates come solely from public monies to ensure a level
political playing field for all candidates. Thus, political
candidates would find themselves in the dubious position of actually
having to come up with and present concrete political / economic
programs prior to elections, rather than misleading—feel
good rhetoric, the corporate media, the wealthy, and de facto corporate
sponsors setting the electoral / political tone and invariably trumping
the will and needs of the majority of Black, Brown, White, Red,
and Yellow peoples in this nation.
the U.S. wars rage horribly on in Iraq and Afghanistan, the former
so-called peace (or was it piece?) candidate--now
U.S. President--and his cabinet give the everyday people endless
rhetoric, which ultimately facilitates the continuation of
U.S. Empire, but no systemic change. As racism, joblessness,
and homelessness exponentially increase throughout this nation
we are told by this current administration / regime and its corporate
media allies to in essence, “Pay no attention to the man behind
the curtain.” Yet, this is exactly what must be done. We
must pay attention! Indeed, the curtain of subterfuge, obfuscation,
hypocrisy and deceit must be ripped down and torn to shreds.
then brothers and sisters. In the words of Joe Hill, “Don’t mourn,
are no short cuts……
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.