struggles for economic, political, and social justice
of everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow peoples
has been, and remains, a long, arduous, and protracted
one. The legacy of Black America in this regard has been
a particularly sterling one.
wealthy elite of this nation have always sought to mask,
co-opt, and distort the history of these ongoing struggles.
Since the very inception of this nation, color, gender,
and class have consistently been used by the aforementioned
wealthy elite to divide, stifle, and bury revolutionary
movements. This is nothing new.
the wealthy elite (now known as the corporate elite) have,
like mad scientists, consistently tweaked their insidious
designs against ordinary everyday people. Their objective
to divide, distort, stifle, and bury genuine people’s
movements remains precisely the same.
as the United States, and humankind as a whole, have entered
into the 21st century, the corporate elite of this nation
has dipped yet again into its hypocritical and bloody
bag of tricks to neutralize the legitimate yearning of
Black America (and everyday people of all colors) for
economic, political, and social justice nationally and
globally. A new trick was needed. The essence of that
trick was put forth by the corporate elite in the form
of the articulate, nominally “black,” de facto Wall Street-backed
was decided that the most effective way to neutralize
Black America’s cultural, political, economic, and social
struggle would be to present us with the illusion
of change, but with absolutely no real systemic
change at all. Thus, while many everyday people of all
colors were euphorically celebrating and bamboozled by
this illusion, the clock was in fact being turned
backwards by the corporate elite, by way of their
articulate tool, the corporate-brand Barack Obama.
the corporate, profit-driven auspices of Barack Obama,
joblessness among everyday Black people in this nation
has virtually tripled. The incarceration rate of Black
people under the Obama regime (including the privatization
of prisons) has more than doubled. The rate of Black people
attending colleges and universities has, and continues,
to rapidly dwindle. The unconstitutional so-called “Patriot
Act” has been extended and enhanced, as has the U.S.
program of international kidnapping and torture known
euphemistically as “extraordinary rendition.” Openness
in government has become null and void. Universal single
payer health care remains but “a dream deferred.” Judicial
justice is now overwhelmingly a sick joke. And of course
U.S. wars abroad, and economic austerity at home,
of these horrible realities should come as a surprise
in view of the fact that Obama’s past and present “hope
and change” rhetoric was, and continues to be, nothing
more than a corporate-brand smoke screen.
Instead of “hope and change,” what Black America (and
indeed all everyday people in this nation) have
received, is the smoke and mirror reality of the corporate
/ military’s systemic rope and chain.
Barack Obama arrogantly refers to as “whining” on the
part of everyday people who are in terrible pain, is what
is known, in any serious democracy, as being held accountable
to one’s constituency. But
of course Obama’s de facto constituency
is the corporate pharmaceutical, insurance, and banking,
etc. corporate elite. It is time for everyday Black
Americans to return to our proud legacy of serious struggle.
We have been bamboozled and economically and politically
pimped long enough. Enough already!
what does happen to a dream deferred? The time
has come for everyday Black Americans to collectively
and resoundingly answer that question for Barack Obama
and his Democrat and Republican corporate accomplices.
We must remember the words of Frederick Douglass: “Power
concedes nothing without a demand. It never has and it
never will.” It is time for systemic change. Time
to collectively rejoin the developing revolution
in this nation and around the world! Wake up and organize
as a part of this protracted struggle while there is yet
then, 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 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
by William Mandel [Introduction by Howard Zinn]. (Click
to read excerpts from the book.) Click here to contact Mr. Pinkney.