human beings, more often than not, violence is externally
ingrained. It does not come about by mere osmosis.
the most sordid hypocrisy of all is committed by those
“leaders” who profess disgust and surprise at the ever-present
rampant physical violence in this nation, while
simultaneously ordering or supporting targeted
assassinations, bombings, and drone missile attacks, etc.
upon populations abroad. This disconnect is cognizant
dissonance. It is a form of sustained societal insanity
which the leadership of this nation utterly refuses to
forthrightly and honestly address.
a society that glorifies violence in video and online
games, television, and other forms of media in the name
of some kind of distorted patriotism, and yet has
the unmitigated gall to feign surprise at the individual
acts of violence committed inside its own borders. There
are, of course, many forms of violence, not the least
of which is economic. Nevertheless, from the terrible
physical tragedies at Fort Hood,
Texas, to Tucson, Arizona, to the insidious daily
economic corporate-government violence of poverty
and disenfrancisement committed against struggling,
everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people,
manipulated violence reigns supreme. Our young people
are raised on an endless poisonous diet of corporate-government
double-speak, mixed messages, subterfuge, hypocrisy, and
violence. This is madness and it is unacceptable.
corporate-stream “news” media allegedly abhors
and yet sensationalizes individual acts of violence
while remaining overwhelmingly, conspicuously, and
complicitly silent about the enormous and horrendous
violence and havoc wreaked upon everyday people at home
and abroad by perpetual U.S. wars. These wars are enriching corporations
even as they disfigure and/or annihilate families and
cultures. Moreover, these wars psychologically and/or
physically destroy many of those men and women who find
themselves waging them as the cannon-fodder victims of
the corporate / military elite’s hideous and very real
economic draft of the everyday poor.
virulent economic violence of disenfranchisement against
working people in this nation, in the form of joblessness,
cut-backs, and/or lay-offs, is yet another form of corporate-government
violence against everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and
Yellow people, and must be understood in this context.
It is nothing short of conscious, manipulated violence
against everyday people. Additionally, the corporate-government’s
bail-out of Wall Street, combined with its economic attacks
on education, Social Security, and the denial of single
payer, universal health care are all gifts to the avaricious
rich of this nation, and represent violent attacks
against the masses of everyday people of this nation.
This, too, must be understood precisely for what it is.
much of the academic leadership at so-called “educational”
institutions of higher learning have opted to be complicitous
in this cycle of violence perpetrated by this U.S. corporate-government, rather than truly
educate, speak out, and organize against it. Thus,
reinforcing this sorry state of affairs. They too, must
be held accountable for what they are doing to young people
and society as a whole.
but by no means least, the numerous forms of violence
being carried out every single day against our political
prisoners, and prisoners in general, in the prison
gulags of this nation is a reflection upon
our own humanity or lack thereof. We must speak
truth to power and strive to break the cycle of this nation’s
violence and hypocrisy. Remember that, until we
at last do this, we ourselves are in reality imprisoned
behind the walls of madness.
violence, in its various forms, being carried out by this
corporate / military government in the name of the
people of this country, is in fact being directed
not only against peoples of other lands but also, quite
deliberately, against we ourselves. We must understand
this for what it actually is. This violence has nothing
whatever to do with patriotism or so-called “national
security” and everything to do with greed and domination
by the rich at the expense of the many. The
internal and external cycles of violence being experienced
within, and practiced outside the borders of this nation,
can and will only be broken and stopped when everyday
people have reached the point of saturation, have had
enough, and will stand for no more. No more
lies! No more deceit! No more subterfuge! No more corporate
/ military bloodshed!
calls for the ongoing development of an actualized
collective consciousness and vision (with our own
everyday people’s narratives, not
that of the corporate-stream media). This will be brought
about by the hard work of unrelenting and incessant political
organizing locally and nationally. In the
words of the late renowned author and activist, Frantz
Fanon: “Each generation must discover its mission, fulfill
it or betray it, in relative opacity.” (Reference the
Wretched of the Earth, by Frantz Fanon). The “mission”
of we everyday people has yet to be fulfilled, and fulfill
it we must.
my sisters and brothers! Onward!
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 News
Hour, formerly known as The MacNeil / Lehrer News Hour.
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
to read excerpts from the book). Click here
to contact Mr. Pinkney.