September 10 , 2009 - Issue 341
Historical Revisionism and
To revise history is to distort it, which is precisely what the corporate media and so-called ‘educational’ institutions consistently practice in this nation.
One of the fundamental
reasons why serious progressive political struggle is so difficult
It has been correctly
noted that “those who do not know their history are bound to repeat it.”
In this nation however, being ignorant of our collective histories is
practically a national past time, aided and abetted by the corporate media,
In the 21st century
for example, the corporate media promotes the insidious myth that outspoken
political activists such as Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
were loved by the masses of people and supported by the U.S. Government,
when in point of fact they were mocked, hated, and despised by the corporate
media and a very huge segment of the U.S. citizenry, in addition to being
the constant targets for discreditation and
murder by the U.S. Government itself. Nonetheless, the media today engages
in historical revisionism, i.e. outright lying about reality of
what Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., and many other such political
and human rights activists (of all colors) endured due to their activism
and political views. Thus, the
So it is today
that political and human rights activists such as Reverend Edward Pinkney
(no relation) of Benton Harbor, Michigan, Cindy Sheehan, Cynthia McKinney,
etc. are despised by many, largely ignored or marginalized by the
corporate media, and are the targets for mockery, derision, discreditation,
imprisonment and/or worse by local, state, and national U.S. Government
authorities and its corporate allies. This is why empire ‘
It must be with determination and a deep sense of justice that we involve ourselves in this dialectical and protracted struggle to break this cycle. We cannot expect to be loved or even respected by those against whom we struggle or their mindless minions. We can however expect to fiercely fight for the ideals of a truly free society, unfettered by corporate domination, disinformation, and control.
Indeed, the only so-called “change we can believe in” is that which we bring about ourselves!
Onward my sisters and brothers! Onward…..
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.