act in bizarre ways. Incapable of properly processing information
that does not conform to core assumptions of white supremacy,
they react, instead, to shared fictions that they propagate
among themselves. The racist popular character of the American
war against an amorphous, imagined Arab-Muslim "other"
is obvious to every sane citizen of the world. (As distinguished
from the piratical greed that motivates the war's authors.)
This social fact of race-hate is acted out and verbalized
in every nook and cranny of white American society, and sickly
assimilated by many nonwhites, as well.
corporate journalism, as deeply steeped in racism as the larger
society, meets the challenge of war by devolving further into
a vector of racist fictions. The miracle of "embeddedness"
allows the corporate media to "enlist" in the equivalent
of a Great Patriotic War, as it attempts to present one popular
passion - racism - in the guise of another - patriotism. In
everyday American practice and essence, the two are exactly
the same thing.
In the Cold
War days, American newspersons liked to repeat a purportedly
popular Soviet street critique of the two main state newspapers:
There is no news in Pravda ("truth," in Russian),
and no truth in Izvestia (Russian for "news").
There is very little truth or news in the wholly embedded U.S.
media's Iraq war telemarathon, as we wrote last week in "Onward
Embedded Soldiers: The corporate media's deputized war coverage":
acting out collective white fantasies, unconstrained by any
pretense of professional ethics, purposely placing no distance
between themselves and the "national interest" as
defined by their Leader. They have been deputized, and are
grinning like Barney Fife of Mayberry. The Pirates play them
like a piano, but it's a song they enjoy as much as the Bush
men do - for now.
expresses a sense of violation at the hands of corporate media
and their Bush-masters.
are, indeed, sad times for all humanity on this small planet
when respect for international law has been killed and our
only international institution (a.k.a. the United Nations)
has failed us by allowing white supremacists with their humongous
arsenal of various weapons of mass destruction to ram their
version of liberty down the throats of yet another non-white
sovereign nation. I feel that I share a deep sense of anguish
and despair with the majority peoples of the world in witnessing
this tragic event unfold before our very eyes. The belligerent
hypocrisy of the white American government must be understood
and condemned for what it really is, a rogue nation. The idea
of providing liberty and democracy to Iraq is preposterous.
Hello. You cannot give something you do not possess in the
humanity is and has been suffering the psychological warfare
from the white racist corporate media's relentless bombardment
of "images" and "words" of mass destruction
(propaganda). We are being invaded on all fronts and they
are devastating our sense of morality by making it seem like
slaughter on a grand scale is acceptable. They are ripping
apart our spirits, leaving us with a feeling of despair and
helplessness. But, thank God for Black Commentator which is
on the frontlines of resistance, refusing to become a victim
of the racist discourse-setting media, which can be predicted
to always constrain the range of possible public discussion.
thinks out of the box as again evidenced by Dr. Nzito's fascinating
tour of the white racist psyche, informing us on how their
make-believe virtual world becomes institutionalized.
In his brilliant
and the Great White Disinformation Machine" (March
27), University of Miami assistant professor Kweli Nzito explicated
the interaction of racist media and racist audience.
to racist logic, lies can be transformed into truths abroad
by sheer military force or economic strangulation or both.
At home, a public gullible to the propaganda onslaught is
all that would be required. After all, it is their
interest that the Administration seeks to defend. To accomplish
this is no mean task, and must require that a concerted campaign
of disinformation precede the evil deeds that will follow.
Lies would normally resist their transformation into truths
by any rational means. So long as a constituency of like-minded
racists can be molded and maintained - and that has rarely
been a problem - racist policies will continue to thrive and
war would continue to be rationalized as a legitimate tool
of American foreign policy.
Gibson juxtaposes the actual psychological warfare waged
jointly by U.S. media and the organs of the Bush state, and
the so far nonexistent foreign germ warfare attacks that
Americans are conditioned to fear.
Commentator appears to have an innate ability to give voice
to the timely truth that needs to be told. Contemporaneously
with my review of your latest edition on the delusion the
embedded media is fostering upon the nation, one lone embedded
reporter discovered the strength within to lift his head from
out the sand and actually see the world for what it is.
few days, all major US networks have been in a tizzy discussing
a video that depicted the Iraqi president in a meeting with
several men and one woman - whom they constantly referred
to as "Dr. Germ". The obvious implication being
once again that Iraq was preparing to use weapons of little
destruction (let's face it: there has never been any mass
destruction from germ warfare) against the "Coalition
of the Greedy, Bought and Coerced". After days of attempts
to inflame irrational fears, this one reporter finally said,
"Not sure what video you are seeing, but the one I saw
actually had an Iraqi female cabinet member and not the germ
warfare specialist." The unrepentant anchor - Wolf Blitzer
- was forced to concede the error, but no additional thought
was given to this new detail. Where were the follow-up questions,
such as: This evil oppressor has women in his government?
Can Kuwait or Saudi Arabia say that?
interlude of reality was quickly snuffed before it was allowed
to infect the viewers with truth and the next video clip showed
British soldiers doing their best "NYPD" impression
with a door-to-door, presumed guilty search for weapons. The
beat goes on.
delusional are the corporate media that, despite operating budgets
in the hundreds of millions, they manage to lose encyclopedias
of facts from recent American history, involving momentous events
that they themselves covered. Saddam Hussein's rise as a proxy
regional warlord for the United States is one such missing piece
of history, a fact that has become dead, cold and invisible
to the corporate media just 12 years after the relationship
was sundered by the first Gulf War. Among the national broadcast
media, only not-quite-corporate PBS seems to remember whose
bottle the Saddam genie popped out of.
Billock picks up the trail of Bush-media lies.
came upon this program last night on PBS. I had only seen
the last part which disclosed the role the Pirates played
in not only getting us into this mess but also lining their
pockets beyond belief in the process. Many in this group led
by Richard Perle before he "resigned" have had unlimited
access to the TV news media since the 9-11 attacks. They have
been seen attempting to link Saddam to these attacks despite
there being no proof. This lie has been highly successful
mainly because Bush often refers to the attacks in the same
sentence when speaking about Saddam. The success of this lie
can be measured by a news item disclosing that the vast majority
of the US Marine Corps believe that Saddam was the perpetrator.
lie was when they also linked Saddam to the anthrax attacks.
This falsehood was short-lived when the FBI rained on their
victory parade by disclosing the disease was domestically
produced. None of these frauds against facts would be successful
without the collusion of our mainstream news media, which
airs "a lie-a-day and two on Wednesday."
are a bit of plagiarism on my part. I remember a story told
to me by a black co-worker. He said, "The colonel on
the ol' plantation got his mint juleps six days a week but
on Wednesday he got piss." The big difference in this
analogy is our government and media are dispensing "piss"
to us seven days a week since the 9-11 attacks.)
recommends that readers visit the PBS Frontline site, "The
Long Road to War," a chronicle of Saddam's CIA-sponsored
rise to power following the overthrow of a nationalist Iraqi
regime in 1963. Frontline's facts are known to every serious
journalist in the world, and readily available to every member
of the U.S. corporate media, yet appear as revelations to a
nation that prefers a diet of delusions.
Wilcox sends greetings from Tokyo.
commentary on the corporate media, racism etc. While a terribly
sad and frightening topic, your commentary was also very witty
(we need that too).
works closely with non-governmental environmental organizations
three million people of Arab descent live in the United States.
reader Zonica is one of them.
love your latest article in Counterpunch.
Just a few days ago, I was telling my husband how horrible
it is that a bunch of racist white guys are murdering innocent
brown people. You see I am one of those people. I am not an
Iraqi but I come from the same ethnic/religious group as the
Shi'ites. I told my husband that this is colonialism all over
again. This invasion (it's not a war) is being put on, as
Robert Fisk, says "not by the coalition of the willing"
but by an "Anglo-American force". Fisk couldn't
have got it more right.
you for a great article, keep up the fabulous work!!
journalist Robert Fisk writes for The Independent (UK).
reader of Arab parentage, writes to us from Hawaii.
finished reading (after sending it to friends and soon-to-be
enemies) another in a series of brilliant articles. I am surprised
that no one seems to catch the pun-in-waiting as to "embedded"
(in bed, duh). Also, your evaluation of our giddy media is
right on and I must congratulate you for getting "vampirish"
and Paula Zahn in the same sentence. One thing I frequently
notice, being an actual son of a "sand nigger,"
and damn proud of it, is that most Middle East "experts"
are not only white, but Jewish (Friedman, Pipes, Ledeen, Miller,
Schwartz, Lewis, Emerson, Gold, etc). This same expertise
extends to the topics of Arabs and Islam, and of course terrorism,
as if people who actually have roots in this region, or are
themselves Arabs or Muslims could not possibly know as much
of these things as, say, some Jewish guy from Brooklyn. It
is not unusual therefore to turn on CNN (or any other network)
and see Aaron Brown or Wolf Blitzer chummily interviewing
a fellow Zionist (and of course challenging nothing) and presenting
the resultant propaganda as revelation.
Leon Harris, he is like most other Black pundits, anchors,
talk show hosts and journalists allowed on Fox, CNN and MSNBC:
a White Republican in blackface.
must have anticipated this week's
cartoon. It is also true that the corporate media does not consider
political Zionism to be a professional hindrance to "objective"
reporting from the Middle East. Thus, the Israeli government
is often "embedded" in corporate newsrooms.
It is further
true that CNN's Leon Harris has the political insight of a local
weatherman, minus the intellect. We single out the most egregiously
grinning Black anchors for special scorn because they represent
a double insult to African Americans: first, they revel in the
role of front persons for a racist ideology; second, they appear
ridiculous in the process - some, like Harris-at-war, more ridiculous
than others. This is truly a perversion of the old term, "credit
to the race."
reminds us that the current war fits neatly in the American
media will sell us all down the river if we aren't vigilant.
And you are so correct in calling this attack on Iraq another
racist war. Think of all the ones the U.S. has engaged in.
I think Bush almost slipped and said this in his press conference
the incisive observations and fine writing. I admire your
passion and candor.
States is now engaged in a racist foreign war as its primary
national project. That road leads straight back to home, writes
a reader named Russell.
article about embedded reporting should be a call to arms
for all people of color. There is obviously a racial bias
to this perspective of white is right. I hear many undertones
to comments about this slaughter and it is obvious that the
statements are aimed at anyone that is not lily white. The
Nazi's with their super race hideousness would feel right
at home with this Bush Regime.
assault on the red man and enslavement of the black man should
at least steel us against such an unethical attack on people
of color everywhere on the planet. The African Nation's have
been pillaged for their assets and millions of their people
forced into starvation or denied medical services to the point
of extinction or just mowed down by U.S. supplied weapons.
We are considered "useless eaters" by this self-anointed
elite and we will be eliminated so that they might have even
greater excesses at the expense of our very lives.
Godon, of Paris, France, would like some clarification of the
language employed by .
come as no surprise to you that some French citizen out there
finds himself in agreement with the spirit and content of
your "Onward Embedded Soldiers " article. I can
understand that from a strictly US perspective you refer to
"White America" much like Michael Moore does to
"Stupid White Men". To be sure, I note that you
are careful to often use the words "White" and "America"
together, but statements such as "white violence seems
arbitrary to sane human beings. We understand racist behavior
largely through the repetitive patterns of the pathology --
how "white folks act" maybe need the same qualification.
is that there are many white people outside of the US (and
also inside, I believe) who would very much appreciate not
being confused, solely on account of their color, with the
gang of people you (In my view rightly) oppose. Looking at
the issues world-wide, I guess generalizations along color
lines simply do not work when dealing with the situation in
Iraq, for instance. As a matter of fact, this situation also
makes me uneasy with the notion of being a "Westerner",
on account of what two of the so-called "western"
countries are doing out here. (The present US administration
and the British Labour government probably see each other
as the vanguard of "bona-fide (!!)" White Westerners,
me, I need no category to thank you for your article.
of course, has its own murderous history, including the death
of up to one million Algerians in the War of Independence (1954
- 62). However, unlike the United States, the French nation
and culture were not born in slavery and wars of extermination.
part of our response to Mr. Godon, regarding how "white
"how white folks act" is a working generalization
used by generations of African Americans to describe patterns
of white behavior. In a racist society, members of the dominant
race exercise - act out - their power over the oppressed in
mutually recognizable ways: that's "how white folks act."
White exceptions are notable, but not very useful for learning
how to make life less difficult or painful.
that non-whites in France employ similar working generalizations.
gonna take the weight?
many white people believe that racism is a simple matter of
individual likes and dislikes, so the term "segregated
society" is conveniently misunderstood as limited to Jim
Crow social and spatial arrangements. Institutional racism
remains a mystery to most of those who are privileged by it
- including many white Americans who consider themselves progressives.
They wonder why African Americans do not flock to anti-war rallies
in numbers at least proportionate to the Black population.
Warren is no stranger to predominantly white organizations -
she ran for Lt. Governor of California last year on Green ticket.
In her March 27 Guest Commentary, "Are
Black People Pulling Their Anti-War Weight?" Ms. Warren
listed four "good reasons" that anti-war sentiment
among the Black public, leadership and media has not translated
into large numbers at demonstrations.
people remain under the prison industrial complex in proportions
far greater than our proportion of the population.
2. White activists do not share leadership with, and are not
willing to follow the lead of people and organizations of
3. The movement against the war on Iraq fails to recognize
the continuing war on communities of color. White activists
continue to ignore issues that speak to the experiences and
struggles of people of color.
4. Current demonstrations, disproportionately white and middle
class, are done by those who can most easily take the time
and expense to travel to major anti-war events.
asked, as did
in a March 13
issue," Why should it be assumed that African Americans
will come when white people call, for any cause?"
live in very different worlds. In much of Black America, police
state conditions have existed for some time and people of
color are disproportionately subjected to poor schools, inadequate
jobs, poor health care, and poor housing. The White anti-war
movement needs to recognize these facts, and work with Black
activists to bring an end to America's war on our communities.
reader Sheveevyah compliments Ms. Warren on her "powerful
written to thank her for making this clear to even those of
us who would otherwise question ourselves, motives and seemingly
lack of response. Instinctively we do not respond to the massa's
call. Just cuz he sick don't make us sick. And even if we're
both sick, the source of infection and point of inoculation
are different. He can't relate and won't seek to and quite
frankly I could care less if he does. This is ours to address.
We must apply the salve. We must turn everything inside out,
to get a better view, a different reference point, in order
to understand the historical impact of racism on our behavior
as a collective family. And then, we must turn from this external
reference point, turning outside in, to liberate and elevate
ourselves according to our standards and definition for key
attributes of a free people.
At the tale
end of The Issues column of last week's
we featured an item titled, "A Skeeza? Not our Condoleezza?"
The story was keyed to rightwing Black Baltimore Sun columnist
Gregory Kane's irate attack on poet Amiri Baraka, who characterized
Condoleezza Rice as a "skeeza" in a speech at Coppin
very upset. Apparently believing he could chase Baraka's skeeza
hoodoo from Condoleezza's person by denying the charge three
times in quick succession, Kane wrote:
something Rice certainly is not. Baraka knows she's not. Those
blacks who laughed, giggled, tittered and applauded when Baraka
said it know she's not.
Puff - she's
not a skeeza! We at
have no direct knowledge of Condoleezza's personal proclivities,
and deny having any prurient interest in the woman - three times,
if necessary. However, Erin Sublett, of Houston, Texas, was
taken aback by our treatment of the Condoleezza item.
was the point of the "Condoleezza's a Skeezer" account?
I'm not sure it was necessary or up to the high standard of
relevance that I love
for. Also, I'm not sure where you stood on Baraka's remarks
or Kane's rebuttal. Glad it was a blip at the end of another
one of your outstanding pieces.
that we had impetuously alienated a sensitive and intelligent
reader, we made haste to reply:
The Condoleezza item is what was called a "kicker"
in broadcast news - a short, unconventional, sometimes humorous,
human interest item at the end of the lineup.
Having given the straight explanation, we are sure you are
aware that we have great disdain for the woman. It would be
silly for us to pretend otherwise. We have made our political
case on the matter many times. We also believe that columnist
Kane's nonplussed reaction to Baraka's crowd-pleasing insult
- which Baraka probably employs at each of his campus speaking
engagements - was indicative of an ancient mindset among many
African Americans, one that paralyzes the community in pretense
and false celebration of non-existent victories.
The young people at Coppin know exactly what older Blacks
know: Rice is a paid mercenary for the enemy. The vernacular
has other names for that. Kane's reaction was remarkably lame.
He appeared ridiculous. It was as if someone had called his
mother a whore, and he answered the insult with three denials:
"No, she's not. You know she's not a 'ho. You know
So yes, there was more than wicked playfulness in our placement
of the Condoleezza item, made possible by columnist Kane's
sputtering defense of her. We would have had a harder time
justifying a simple account of Baraka's insult. Kane's column
spread Baraka's characterization of Rice as a "skeeza"
far beyond Coppin's campus, the equivalent of a kid telling
the schoolyard, "Did you hear that Bobby called Jimmy's
mother a 'ho?"
We just couldn't pass it up.
had we composed a response to Ms. Sublett's letter, than another
arrived from Deonna Moore, of Fairlawn, Ohio.
I am opposed to this war due to the fact that it is more personal
gain than "to rid the world of evil," I think that
Baraka's comment about Condoleezza Rice being a "skeeza"
was unnecessary. There are other ways to get your feelings
and opinions across than to use derogatory and slanderous
words. I am also disappointed to have read that blacks encouraged
I am not a fan of the Bush administration. However, when I
see black people trying to be successful, I try to be as supportive
as I can. I know that people have called Condi an "Uncle
Tom," and other names. I respect her for the fact that
she has an important job in a hated administration. We, as
black people need to stop tearing one another down. I think
that she is handling her position well considering her circumstances.
I have never heard anything about her personal life in the
press, and from what I see, she is consumed by her duties
and this war. Baraka needs to look up words and find the definition
before he opens his mouth. After reading the article in the
Baltimore Sun and the NY Times in depth, he truly made an
idiot out of himself. I would not be a bit upset if Ms. Rice
did not pursue a Defamation of Character suit against him.
utterly Condi'd out, we took comfort in the arrival of an email
from Chris Citko.
you. You are completely right! Bush-devil exploits most brilliant
black people for his imperialism!
pray for peace!
that! For a more complete exposition of 's
stance on the National Security Advisor, see "Condoleezza
Rice: The Devil's Handmaiden," January 23.
recoils from U.S.
destructiveness of America's rampaging military belies the inherent
fragility of the U.S. position in the world, resting as it does
on an artificial dollar supremacy that must ultimately evaporate
based on the realities of a deteriorating American economy.
Shock and Awe cannot coerce the planet into doing business with
a rogue nation. Bush's naked bid for world domination will surely
accelerate a planetary withdrawal from entanglement with the
U.S. wherever possible - the thrust of 's
March 20 commentary, "They
Have Reached Too Far: Bush's road leads to ruin for himself
and his Pirates."
they are incapable of realizing it, the Bush men have revealed
themselves to the world - the audience for Shock and Awe -
as grotesquely ugly, brutish, irredeemably repugnant human
beings whose touch must be avoided under all circumstances.
Every plan and project of individuals and nations will be
shaped by having witnessed a racist America raining fire on
a weaker people - and reveling in the crime.... The Pirates
have accelerated the processes of their own ruin.
Wright, of Henderson, Nevada would like to see the same light
that we see at the end of a long and bloodstained tunnel. But
she fears what will happen to Americans in the interim.
the words of one of your readers - Regina Tillman, Issue 34
- your newsletters provides for food for my soul. Please keep
keeping on because what you give is so needed during this
horrible time of history, this naked aggression against Iraq
under the guise of liberating Iraq. With the passage of Patriot
I and Patriot II on the horizon, I am in the process of printing
all of your back issues - so that I can reap some solace during
the upcoming battle of darkness and depravity that will occur
in this country. Thanks for .
In our March
13 commentary, "Racism
and War: Perfect Together,"
made its most forceful presentation on the racist nature of
the planned invasion of Iraq, the opening battle of a Permanent
War with the goal of shattering "history, itself."
We dismissed those who implicitly absolve white America of complicity
in this centuries-long pattern of racist aggression, by claiming
that the white multitudes are "brainwashed" by an
evil corporate media. Contemporary Americans, we wrote, "know
more about the crime that is about to be committed in the Middle
East than Germans ever knew about the conduct of their government
in World War Two. They are less innocent of what is going to
be done in their name and with their consent than any population
in the history of armed aggression on the planet Earth."
Bush acts with the generally informed consent of a majority
of white America. They know as much as they feel they need to
know - and that was quite enough to give Bush a free hand, even
before the media became embedded.
enterprise on which the United States is embarked - the ghastly
equivalent of a live-fire, multi-megaton Fourth of July celebration
of the New American Century - is the end product of a society
shaped by genocide and slavery. White America sees the world
through the eyes of the mass murderer and slaveholder. Were
it not so, there would not exist the grotesque disconnect
between white American public opinion and the opinions of
mankind, shared generally by Black America. Bush would not
writes as an intimate of the war mongering masses.
I am a
white male voter, one of the few who did not cast his ballot
for the selected president. But I agree with every word of
your wise article of the 13th.
my contemporaries are entirely convinced that things went
way too far in the sixties. They want affirmative action nowhere
but in the prisons. They are quite convinced that "their"
God placed "their" oil under Iraq's sands. And they
are quite prepared to kill any and all who might get in the
is filled with joy to see them exposed before all the world
for the Fascists that they really are. Even their fellow whites
in Europe cannot stand them.
As if on
cue, Helmut Schlieger sent us this note, from Germany.
for your clear stand on the new campaign. It may well be future
generations will look back on the American people with the
same harshness of judgment with which many of us look back
on the 1930s Germans.
we see the actual direction of political globalization
in these harrowing times, as C. Lee, an African American, finds
common ground with Helmut, a German.
your commentary was one of the best analyses of white America
that I've read in awhile. White Americans are the only people
I know that want to be loved by the world, yet do everything
they can to make the world hate them.
Rose writes with suggestions to our reading list.
you for your astute observations. I have not read any thing
regarding this fabricated war that was as on target as your
analysis. Not since Dr. Bobby Wright in his book, "The
Psychopathic Racial Personality" described the warped
thinking that has embodied white American racial policy toward
persons of color, have I seen anyone write so clearly on this
African Americans have been trying to make sense out of American
racial policy, but have come away scratching our heads because
there is no sense to be made of this.
you for coming on out and saying what has been on the minds
of people of color regarding American racial policy: These
people are crazy!
says the article "could not have been more on-point."
Mr. Elliott also offers reading suggestions.
article on Racism & War could not have been more on-point.
It should be required reading for all Black people in this
country to help remove the blinders that most of us have on.
We need to see and understand the very tenuous nature of our
existence and how dangerous the pathological disease of "white
supremacy" actually is. I would recommend that all of
your readers pick up a copy of The
Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors by Dr. Frances Cress Welsing.
This landmark work gets to the very essence of white supremacy
and explains in detail how it is deeply rooted in racism.
Please keep up your excellent work.
time to charge Crimes and Misdemeanors
As we reported
last week, "Congressman John Conyers, dean of the Congressional
Black Caucus, is methodically examining the case for a bill
of impeachment against George Bush." Reader Kurt Kiebler,
for one, wishes Conyers would hurry up.
I am glad
to hear that Representative John Conyers is finally hearing
from the public the proposal to impeach the president. As
far as I know, he is the only representative to stand up and
do so. When Rep. Conyers was in Kansas City, he indicated
he had a high stack of proposals and was waiting for the right
time. In these days of "shock and awe," I believe
the time is now.
Al Buono is also impatient.
lawyer Francis Boyle's brief, in which he charges Bush with
"'a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations' against the
Constitution since September 11, 2001 is available in the
17 issue of Counterpunch. But it struck me in reading
your report that John Conyers is not taking this as seriously
as he should, as all the Democrats in House and Senate should
be taking this. It needs some momentum and the Black and Progressive
Caucuses can provide that. Perhaps he can enlist the aid of
Kucinich and Pelosi - and Barbara Lee of course.
This needs some heat and quickly before Bush claims some sort
of victory and his minions "find" the WMDs and nuclear
weapons which he and Blair claimed were buried in the desert.
"find" whatever he arranges to find - and the embedded
media will stamp his validation ticket.
White is lucky enough to live within broadcast range of WABC-TV's
"Like It Is," the venerable Sunday program hosted
by Gil Noble. "Like
It Is" has been a New York institution for around 30
years, during which time Gil Noble has imparted more relevant
information through a larger number and broader spectrum of
Black leadership than any program in the nation. There exists
no Black broadcast entity with a comparable history and value.
The show is a Black National Treasure and, for that reason,
constantly in danger of elimination.
this preamble would provide proper context for Ms. White's letter
note to tell you how much I am enjoying "The BlackCommentator.com."
I came upon it in a round-about way. In watching Gil Noble's
"Like It Is," with Cynthia McKinney today, I decided
for the first time to email Mr. Noble regarding my deep appreciation
of the day's program and the valuable information that I gained
from Ms. McKinney. On his website there is a message board.
On the message board there was a link to your site. I have
now forwarded that link to several of my closest friends.
tell you how important your work is to me. I had started to
wonder if there were any African Americans in positions of
influence that were willing to tell "the other side"
of this nonsensical war and its deeper, darker meanings. You
and your guest commentators have taken all of my "wandering
feelings" and put them into words that exactly express
my concerns. Until I came upon your sight, the NY Village
Voice was the only other journalistic endeavor attempting
to give some kind of check and balance to this heavily (and
falsely) weighted war. You can be sure that I will be a regular
visitor to your site.
of Riverdale, Georgia, came to
via a different route, one brilliantly illuminated by Alexander
Coburn and Jeffrey St. Clair.
your publication several weeks ago from a link on the Counterpunch
website and cannot tell you how much I enjoy reading it. Your
articles are always so well-written, insightful, relevant
and revealing!! After reading each issue, I find myself sending
certain if not every article to those of my friends without
Keep up the work you're doing; our community desperately needs
an alternative to the otherwise biased and bought media we
see, hear and read.
truly been a week of discovery for .
However, Greg McDonald had to go all the way to Guadalajara,
Mexico, to find us.
your work when issue 26 was linked in Counterpunch and have
read ever since. In case you're keeping track of the diversity
of your audience, I'm a 31-year-old white male from Alabama
and currently read you from Mexico, where I am a teacher.
Every day I see in the "news" one more example of
the mask coming off of the USA and I think about how things
couldn't possibly get worse. Then I read
and the (all too few) other speakers of truth on the web and
am reminded that there are, still, people back home who are
fighting the lies.
it does not seem that we are intentionally poaching Counterpunch's
most intelligent readers. It has just worked out that way, for
which we are grateful.
Cummings is a newcomer, too.
I am only
recently acquainted with your commentary, but have been truly
impressed by the depth and thoroughness of your analysis and
insight. Apart from the obvious intelligent and informed nature
of your columns, I find them also hopeful... maybe because
truth is so skillfully expressed, it seems that it will
prevail sooner or later over the "forces of darkness".
And also such a relief!
Then I go back to the MSNBC website.... ARGGHH! Big mistake!
signs her letters, "Cheerio." Therefore, we do not
believe she sees the world as darkly as this letter might indicate.
your magazine. I found it recently on Liberal
Oasis. It's one of the few things keeping me alive right
now as America descends into a police state. I do think black
folks will probably do better than almost anybody in this
climate because, hey, you're used to the police state. You've
been dealing with it for, oh, about 400 years. Keep on keepin'
on. All of us depressed liberals need Black Commentator to
keep us from blowin' our brains out.
compelled to caution Victoria that such comments could lead
the Bush men to conclude that elimination of
will cause massive suicides among liberal whites - a result
that the Pirates would welcome. Please do not give the crazy
people ideas that they might misprocess. We prefer not to go
out like that.
we respond to a writer who must remain anonymous, for reasons
that will soon become clear. This person teaches at an historically
Black university where, the writer reports,
is "widely distributed." The teacher, who is not tenured,
objected to a statement in the March 20 issue: "Although
most white Americans appear to know nothing at all about anyone
Have Reached Too Far: Bush's road leads to ruin for himself
and his Pirates.")
the educator counters, "is universal" and "the
obliviousness of my white and black students is completely equal,
and equally astonishing. On this, they are united. Replacing
one prejudice with another gets us nowhere," said the teacher.
critical point, the writer is fundamentally wrong. The Black
students are surely aware that white racism is a powerful, evil
force in the life of the nation. This knowledge is what sets
them apart from most of their white peers, and allows them to
see the world more clearly. It is the difference that
separates the Black American polity from the white. This clarity,
which is denied most white people, allows Black intelligence
to flourish even in poverty and informational deficit, while
white racism destroys the cognitive capacities of afflicted
individuals and nations as surely as the most virulent cancer.
cannot recognize or value this cognitive capacity in his/her
Black students, because he/she does not understand the nature
of racism. And it is not simply because the teacher is white.
Were that true, there would be no future for the United States
outside of Tim McVeigh's twisted Oklahoma City visions.
hope for American white folks, yet. Some of them. But our teacher
needs to do some serious self-examination, as do many of his
to the sites mentioned above, BC gratefully acknowledges the
following organizations for featuring our commentaries during
the past month:
& International Report
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