denial of reality is perhaps the most dangerous pathology
consistently indulged in by the misleaders and much of the
citizenry of the United States of America.
American Heritage College dictionary in relevant part defines denial
as “a refusal to grant the truth of a statement or allegation;
a contradiction,” and “an unconscious defense mechanism marked by
a refusal to acknowledge painful realities…” Those who engage
in the denial of the obvious do so ultimately at their own peril.
hypocritical, cuddly, approval for the presidency and current regime
of the pro- apartheid Zionist, Wall Street backed, double-talking,
de facto war-supporting Barack Obama, is an example of full blown
denial in action. It is in reality nothing more than
the support for the ongoing injustices and continuation of
U.S. Empire at home and abroad. It is pathological.
of the most disgusting aspects of this denial is that it is opportunistically
and deliberately perpetuated by the Democrat and Republican
parties (i.e. the Republicrats) and their ever-willing
surrogate: the corporate media. They actually work together
to the detriment of everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow
peoples in this nation and throughout the world.
in March of 2008, this writer wrote that, “The Bush, Cheney,
Rove, and Rice clique has so brutalized this nation over
the past eight years that, at this point, even a double-talking,
Ronald Reagan-praising, pro-Zionist, ‘unilateral’ militarist, imperialist
opportunist - in the person of Barack Obama seems palatable, if
not downright appealing, to a significant portion of U.S. citizenry.
This is how the Democratic and Republican parties actually work
together hand-in-glove to play the American people for fools
on fiddle, ensuring that the nation’s populace is in a punch-drunk,
manipulated state of fear and exhaustion, devoid of in-depth critical
thinking. This is how the corporate, military, prison apparatus
of the U.S. Empire utilizes the twin demons known as the Democratic
and Republican parties to use the American people, and the peoples
of the world, as a perpetual ping pong ball in an unceasing
state of manipulation.” (Reference the March 27, 2008, issue of
The Black Commentator article titled, ‘Barack Obama: The
Empire Strikes Back’). To reiterate: This pathology of denial, combined
with an ongoing ahistorical lack of consciousness, is deliberately
maintained and perpetuated by the Republicrats, the corporate media,
and its allies.
it stands to reason that Obama and his regime would and did
support the greedy and criminal bail out (with the people’s money)
of the Wall Street corporate barons, the insurance companies, and
the like, to the tune of billions upon billions of dollars; at the
horrible expense of the everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow
peoples of this nation. This is the reality of corporate,
capitalist blood sucking, and the continued U.S. Empire whose interests
Barack Obama undeniably represents first and foremost. No sweet
sounding, obfuscating, double-talk can, in any way whatsoever, change
this reality, and no amount of denial can or will make it
then, it should come as no surprise to anyone that the Barack Obama
regime has, in virtually every manner possible, sought to undercut
and oppose the United Nations Conference on Racism in Durban. Moreover,
no amount of rationalizations from the misleadership of the
negrodian U.S. establishment can justify these actions. Such actions
are indefensible, absolutely inexcusable and utterly hypocritical
on the part of Barack Obama, his supporters, and the entire U.S.
Government. Such actions are in fact propping up racism at
home and active apartheid Zionism abroad.
Obama presidency really is more of the same - only worse.
(Reference the October 30, 2008, issue of The Black Commentator
article titled, ‘An
Obama Presidency: More of the Same - Only Worse’ Part 1). The
hypocrisy and double-speak of the Obama regime both at home
and abroad has already taken on a life of its own and is moving
toward a level heretofore unmatched even by the U.S. Empire itself.
Obama regime has continued and even expanded the illegal
and infamous so-called “rendition” (kidnapping) programs, while
it continues and broadens the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Where
is the U.S. “peace” movement as the ‘American’ wars of aggression,
occupation, blood shed, and carnage continue unabated?
economic and political disenfranchisement in this nation of people
of all colors (Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow)
is in full swing with Barack Obama offering obtuse rhetoric
and relative crumbs to the masses; while ensuring that many
billions of dollars were and are funneled to the wealthy corporate
elite. Rhetoric and crumbs are what Barack Obama and the corporate
/ military elite are presently relying upon to keep in the masses
in denial while we are being fleeced like proverbial sheep.
Barack Obama cynically and opportunistically calls upon Cuba to
release “political prisoners” the U.S. itself hypocritically continues
to imprison numerous political prisoners right here in this nation
who have, as a Black political activist and reader of The Black
wrote, “For more than thirty years several Black Panther Party members
have been incarcerated on phony, trumped-up charges. These men [and
women] were targeted by the F.B.I. and COINTELPRO and taken out
of American society. Not one of them received a fair trial…” Additionally,
no justice has been forthcoming for long time and unjustly incarcerated
American “Indian” Movement activist Leonard Peltier, or for
the Reverend Edward Pinkney [no relation] who remains under apartheid-like
house arrest in Benton Harbor, Michigan, even after having been
wrongfully imprisoned by racist and unjust authorities there. Last
but certainly not least, the case of the ‘Cuban Five’ right here
in this nation is yet another example of the grotesque mockery
of justice that has yet to be rectified. It is accurate that, “justice
delayed is justice denied.” Moreover, not merely “charity”
but justice must begin at home otherwise there is
no democracy - only hypocrisy. The hypocrisy must cease.
writer recently received a communication from another reader of
The Black Commentator which poignantly asks in relevant part,
“Why and how do most black people feel so much loyalty to his man
[Barack Obama] and he has never made one commitment to us?
Are we sane?”
above questions in themselves say a great deal and are based upon
much-needed critical thinking and analysis; for indeed Barack Obama’s
“commitment” is to maintaining and perpetuating fundamentally
precisely the same corporate / military U.S. Empire that his predecessor
was beholden to. The only differences are that Obama’s pigmentation
is slightly darker and his rhetoric is much, much slicker. Thus,
the pathology of denial is made seemingly more appealing
by Obama, despite the worsening daily reality and the present
and future dire consequences for Black people, and indeed for everyday
peoples of all colors in this nation and around the world.
liberals and so-called progressives pathetically banter on about
forming a movement to push Barack Obama to do the right things,
he and his regime are busily doing all that it can to neutralize
any serious movement, knowing full well that only a people’s
movement based upon fundamental and systemic change
can bring about what the masses of people need and deserve. It is
these very liberals and “progressives” who have bought into the
delusional rhetoric of “hope” and in so doing also serve
to perpetuate the pathology of denial.
his ‘Beyond Vietnam” speech Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
referred to the United States of America as “the greatest purveyor
of violence in the world today…” Unfortunately, this continues to
be accurate presently both inside and outside the geographic borders
of this nation. The violence of poverty and economic disenfranchisement,
with police and military has become worse for the majority
of people, not better. The only way to truly change
this current reality is to first recognize and acknowledge it for
what it is, not be in denial of it. The next steps must be
to organize for complete systemic change, not fake,
rhetorical ‘hope’ nonchange; engaging in some kind of pitiful
and ridiculous effort to supposedly push the current head of the
U.S. Empire to go against the very corporate / military apparatus
that installed him in power and which props him up.
Malcolm X often spoke of the “wolves and the foxes.” He explained
that be it a “wolf or a fox,” its objective / end game is the same:
“To eat you!” Currently, there is a slightly pigmented “fox” in
the White House, and despite his rhetoric, his goal is definitely
not to bring about much-needed systemic change or to serve
the needs of everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, or Yellow peoples
of this nation. Let us not be delusional about this.
must work diligently to awaken our brothers and sisters from the
dangerous slumber of delusion and denial. We must organize
for uncompromising systemic change. We owe this to ourselves,
each other, our prodigy, and the planet!
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.