to the United States of America,
the land of hypocrisy, denial, and subterfuge.
economic and race war in fact continues unabated in this
nation unabashedly fostered, sadly, by U.S. President Barack
Obama, who is himself the aloof and blissfully oblivious
target of increasing racial bigotry. What a terrible irony!
It is stunning, but no accident, how the obvious is repeatedly
missed by so many in ‘America.’ The details in the cases of U.S.
political prisoners Mumia Abu-Jamal and Leonard Peltier make this
abundant arrogance, hypocrisy, and dangerous obliviousness that
is so prevalent in this land - crystal clear.
Peltier and Mumia Abu-Jamal however, are so much more than
political prisoners in ‘America.’
Their three decades-long wrongful imprisonment represents
the very heart and soul of ongoing hypocrisy, racism, and growing
injustice in this nation. Mumia Abu-Jamal and Leonard Peltier are
not simply names to banter about. As with many other political
prisoners in this country, these two cases represent the collective
barometer that indicate the utter and dismal failure
of the judiciary and politicos of this nation to “change” their
ways and come to their human senses.
Peltier, a former head of the American Indian Movement (AIM), and
Mumia Abu-Jamal, a former leader in the Black Panther Party (BPP),
both demonstrated the unmitigated audacity to stand up for
unfettered justice - which is in reality the ultimatesin
in this nation. They both were falsely accused of having
killed police agents of repression and they both had
enormously crucial and important evidence suppressed
by government prosecutors in their skewed, so - called free and
democratic trials here in the empire’s corporate ‘America.’
They both were (and continue to be - even in prison)
the targets of local, state, and federal authorities - to be discredited,
kept imprisoned, and if possible - ultimately murdered.
crux of the Leonard Peltier case is not only the government
subterfuge and concomitant suppression of crucial evidence, but
also the legitimate sovereignty rightsof Indigenous
peoples collectively on this continent. Indigenous
sovereignty rights is something that the U.S. Government and
much of the collective psyche of this country has studiously
avoided, refusing tohonestly and fairly address for
over five hundred years.
the crux of the Mumia Abu-Jamal case is not only the government
subterfuge and suppression of crucial evidence, but the audacity
of Mr. Abu-Jamal to, as a humanrights activist in
word and deed, boldly expose the economic and racist hypocrisy of
the U.S. Government, in his quest on behalf of the collective human
rights of people here and abroad.
thirty years now the corporate U.S. so - called ‘news’ media has
used, and continues to use, a combination of falsehoods, omissions,
and obfuscation to perpetuate this despicable outrage against
Mr. Abu-Jamal and Mr. Peltier. Thus is this outrage also
continually perpetrated against us - the majority
of peoples in this nation and on this planet; not only pertaining
to the Leonard Peltier and Mumia Abu-Jamal cases of injustice but
also as pertains to the daily corporate media onslaught of
distraction and disinformation in general both nationally and internationally.
Make no mistake about this!
Peltier recently very clearly and quite correctly wrote that “now”
he is Barack “Obama’s political prisoner.” Indeed he is,
as is Mumia Abu-Jamal, just as the bloody wars in Afghanistan,
Iraq, Pakistan, and elsewhere are nowObama’s
wars. Stop the intellectual masturbation and get real
- people! These two political prisoners represent the barometers
of our very souls. Indeed, until we ourselves uncompromisingly
change it, we are all the emotional and information
prisoners of this present economic, social, and political Republicrat
[i.e. Republican and Democratic Party] nonsense on the road
to certain national and global disaster.
we view our primary concern as being obtaining universal
single payer health care, over-all social & economic justice,
labor union busting, the environment, housing, increasing unemployment,
or the ongoing U.S. bloody wars abroad, etc., the cases of
Leonard Peltier and Mumia Abu-Jamal encompass all
of these important concerns. Think about it! They are alllinked and intertwined. We must understand this.
Mother Earth cannot continue to exist without social / political
(including environmental) and economic justice and real
change, and we cannot continue to exist without ourMother Earth. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist or a Harvard
graduate to understand this.
the spirit of ‘Crazy Horse’ and with the determination of
all justice loving people; spit out the poisonous
political ‘Kool’ Aid and fight hard to make our hopes and dreams
become reality. As we do this, let us actively remember
Leonard Peltier and Mumia Abu-Jamal, for in doing so we remember
and honor the very best in ourselves. Onward then sisters and brothers!
Onward… There remains much work to be done.
BlackCommentator.comEditorial 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.
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