“I freed a thousand slaves - I
could have freed a
thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.”
‘masters’ of this present-day New Plantation are the corporate elite
and their minions; the field slaves are the ordinary people.The insidious role of many so-called
on slave plantations in the U.S., Haiti, and elsewhere was to contain,
and neutralize the field slaves for the benefit of the plantation
administrators and ‘masters.’ They were more articulate, and better fed
than the plantation field slaves. Their loyalty was to the plantation
Today however, there is a New
and everyday ordinary Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people, in
degrees, are all on this
21st century plantation. The ‘masters’ and plantation administrators of
present-day New Plantation are the avaricious corporate elite and their
unprincipled minions, and the field slaves are the ordinary people of
This is the fiendish genius on
the part of the
U.S. corporate masters having selected Barack Obama to head the U.S.
which is a role that he demonstratively savors and has carried out
ordinary people in this nation (and around the world) with an
In less than four years the
Obama has, in the name of “hope,” “change,” and progress, 1) destroyed
single-payer universal health care option, 2) in contravention of U.S.
international law - launched many thousands of murderous predator-drone
missiles against the people of the sovereign nations of Libya (North
Somalia (East Africa), Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Yemen, 3) taken
subterfuge and non-transparency in government to new lows,
signed into law the draconian NDAA indefinite-detention provision, and
assumed unconstitutional and dictatorial powers with his own bloody
Barack Obama has ushered into being a New Plantation in the U.S.
Indeed, Barack Obama has
ushered into being a New
Plantation in the U.S.
complete with his own network of non-critically thinking “sheeple,” who excuse his every act of murder
destruction of civil liberties inside the U.S., and his de facto
collaboration with corporate hegemony and economic austerity against
everyday people of this nation and world. This 21st century New
Plantation in ‘America’
represents a terrible mockery of the historical and contemporary
numerous sacrifices that so many ordinary people of all colors have
Barack Obama’s (U.S.
Plantation has psychologically and economically neutralized and re-enslaved
an overwhelming amount of people in this nation, including a large
We everyday people of all
colors are slaves on
this New Plantation, and will remain so, unless and until we recognize
enslavement and act to free ourselves and each other. In the
Harriet Tubman: “I freed a thousand slaves - I could have freed a
if only they knew they were slaves.”
Remember: Each one, reach one.
Each one, teach
one. Onward, then, my sisters and brothers.
Board member and Columnist, Larry Pinkney,
is a veteran of the Black
Panther Party, the former Minister of Interior of the Republic of New
former political prisoner and the only American to have successfully
self-authored his civil / political rights case to the United Nations
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. In connection
political organizing activities in opposition to voter suppression,
etc., Pinkney was interviewed in 1988 on
the nationally televised
formerly known as The MacNeil / Lehrer
News Hour. For more about Larry Pinkney
No to Power: Autobiography of a 20th Century Activist and Thinker,
Mandel [Introduction by Howard Zinn].
(Click here to read excerpts from the book.) Click here to view Larry’s interview of October
Click here to contact Mr. Pinkney.