10th anniversary of California’s “three-strikes” law passed
largely unnoticed, last month, a reflection of the general
lockdown on discussion of the
American Gulag. On any given day, one million African Americans
languish behind bars – evidence on its face of massive,
systemic racial oppression. The near absence of debate on the
subject signifies that white Americans are in general agreement
purpose of the U.S. criminal justice system is to “incarcerate
as many non-whites as possible for as long as possible,” as
we wrote in our March
Story, “Mass Black Incarceration is White Societal Aggression.”
the United States, mass incarceration of Blacks is national
policy. This is
an obvious and provable fact – otherwise there would not
be such uniformity of practice throughout this vast country.
The disparity-creating process begins with the intake system,
which instructs police to observe, stop and interrogate Black
people with far greater frequency and intensity than whites.
Those whites unfortunate enough to brush up against the criminal
justice system intake machinery, are disproportionately spit
back out without being charged with an offense. The pool
Blackens, as police attach more severe and numerous crimes
to the Black “offenders” in custody. Prosecutors further
cull wayward whites from the herd through lenient application
of statutes, and by pursuing less harsh penalties for the
charges brought. Judges lend their hands to the racial distillation
process, using whatever discretion they are allowed to favor
whites in sentencing and conditions of confinement….
to one in three young Black men will spend time in the
Gulag – literally,
the worst imprisonment odds in the world. One out of
every eight prisoners on the planet is African American,
although African Americans make up about one-half of one
percent of humanity.
heights of racist barbarity are not reached by accident.
of San Francisco, writes:
Thank you for
your continuing commentary on the unjust and deeply racist
policies of the U.S. "Injustice" system. Your
editorial provides sound evidence of this and makes an
excellent comparison between the plight of African Americans
in the U.S. and Roma in Eastern Europe (who, not coincidentally,
are referred to as "black" in much of that area
of the world). However, while you clearly draw attention
to the continuing oppression of black (and Latino) men
in this country, I would suggest that you are ignoring
a growing trend of aggression towards young black and brown
In San Francisco,
where I reside, young poor women of color represent the
fastest growing group of adolescents placed in the juvenile
justice system, their numbers more than doubling over the
past decade, despite the fact that adolescent crime rates
in the city greatly decreased during this same period. This
dangerous "Injustice" trend is one that is mirrored
in other parts of the nation. Communities and
families have been dealing too long with the absence of
fathers – what happens to our children when both mothers
and fathers are missing from the picture?
says that mass Black incarceration has always been national
I wanted to commend
you on the commentary about the disproportionate rates
of incarceration for black people in this country, but
am wondering why I never see mentioned the fact that the
constitutional amendment that supposedly abolished slavery,
says that slavery was abolished, except for those
duly convicted of a crime. (I'm paraphrasing of course.)
This fact needs to be drummed into our consciousness day
in and day out. As with anything white America has offered
Black people (grudgingly) in the way of human
or civil "rights," emancipation also came with
a loophole. But white America isn't alone; go anywhere
in the world where whites have colonized and you'll
see their native populations too are incarcerated
disproportionately (Australian Aborigines offer an interesting
parallel to our history here).
I think most of
us realize that white America has always seen us as an
inexhaustible source of exploitable labor and income – and
it doesn't matter how many laws we force them to pass or
amendments to the Constitution, they ultimately find ways
to circumvent. They will always find a way to economically
exploit us. The prison industrial complex is just the 21st
century version of the plantation. Until WE decide we don't
want to be slaves on this updated version, the incarceration
levels will only increase.
The language Ms.
Blackwell refers to appears right at the top of the 13th
Amendment to the Constitution: "Neither slavery nor
involuntary servitude, except as for the punishment of
a crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall
exist within the United States, or any place subject to their
We encourage readers
to visit Ms. Blackwell’s website.
Daniel W. Aldridge
III, of Huntersville, North Carolina, appears to believe
that there aren’t enough Black people in prison.
on the high rates of incarceration of blacks, while making
some good points (especially about drug sentencing) also
exhibits a sort of denial about the reality of crime in
black neighborhoods. The high rates of black incarceration
reflect the fact that a disproportionate number of criminal
offenders are indeed African American. I am a former
Los Angeles Public Defender and have some first hand experience
with the criminal justice system. While, indeed,
there are numerous cases of racial discrimination on the
part of police and prosecuting authorities, these alone
do not account for the large number of incarcerated minorities. Further,
if you mean to imply that there are similar rates of criminal
behavior in white communities as in black ones, we would
have to believe that white authorities are allowing large
numbers of white offenders to roam free to commit crimes
in white communities – something we know is definitely
not the case.
should also keep in mind that most criminals victimize members
of their own race or ethnic group. Incarcerated black
criminals are being kept from victimizing helpless black
law abiding citizens. Further, the criminal element
is primarily responsible for making living conditions intolerable
in many black communities. While it is psychological
satisfying and superficially sophisticated to blame incarceration
on institutional racism, real efforts to promote constructive
change in black communities require us to face the crime
issue squarely and to work with police authorities so that
black criminals can be locked up so that the quality of life
in black communities can be greatly improved. Blaming
an amorphous "system" and national conspiracies
for the crime problem in African American communities is
more part of the problem than the solution.
We feel very lucky
never to have been among Mr. Aldridge’s clients, since he
is clearly part of the institutional problem. A host of studies
show that vast racial disparities exist at every stage of
the criminal justice process, starting with the deployment
and routine patrol practices of police. Mass incarceration
is the result of multiple decisions by various actors, all
them weighted against Blacks.
During all his years
as a public “defender” Mr. Aldridge failed to see the obvious
facts of disparity in the “system” – facts which are not
vague, but huge. It is clear to us that his clients in particular
were also burdened with inadequate counsel.
The Bush regime’s
manifold offenses against peace and global order may have
exhausted the legal definitions of international crime – and
English vocabulary. Surely, in Iraq and Haiti, the Bush
men have given additional meaning to the term, piracy.
But of course,
international piracy is a bipartisan project of American
Manifest Destiny. The Democratic Party and organized labor
work hand in glove with the Republican Party and the U.S.
Chamber of commerce to subvert popular movements and governments
around the world, through the National Endowment for Democracy.
The NED’s GOP components virtually organized the coup in
Haiti, while AFL-CIO operatives use public funds to encourage
coup plotters in Venezuela. As we wrote in our March
11 Cover Story, labor and Democrats must withdraw from
the NED and other “Structures of Subversion.”
years the AFL-CIO wing of the NED public-private-labor
partnership in Haiti appears essentially inactive. The
only project posted on its Solidarity
Center site is publication of a report that “describes
and analyzes the shameful state of worker rights in Haiti.” This
is probably for the best, given the AFL-CIO’s record
in Venezuela, where NED money funded a labor alliance
with filthy rich fascists bent on establishing a rightwing
2 Znet article, “What Is the AFL-CIO doing in Venezuela?” Alberto
Ruiz points to continued AFL-CIO funding of the Confederation
of Venezuelan Workers (CTV), whose leadership sided with
the oligarchy in the 2002 attempted coup against President
Hugo Chavez. “The embarrassment suffered by the AFL-CIO
over its pre-coup assistance to the CTV has not deterred
it from continuing to aid the CTV subsequent to the coup.
In response to a FOIA request by the Venezuela Solidarity
Committee, documents have surfaced which demonstrate the
AFL-CIO has continued to support the CTV up through the
year 2003 – again with NED monies.”
has been following our Haiti coverage.
been a long time. Far longer than the development
of a "Southern Strategy" by Richard Nixon in
1968 and further back still than the ending of Reconstruction
and the birth of the Klan in 1877, the next phase of a
400-year plan to maintain the oppression of Africans wherever
we reside upon the planet has executed the removal of President
Aristide from Haiti. Were it not for The Black Commentator,
the reasons and actors behind this coup would have been
unknown to me. With ,
I had foolishly hoped that this nefarious ambush would
never see the light of day, for how could anyone foolishly
hope to execute a plan that so many now knew as fraudulent?
Sadly, I was utterly naive in my belief that a bunch of African descendents
could have any information that would mean anything to those who care for
naught but their own empowerment.
What I have decided to do, at a minimum, is take up my pen and encourage
my congressional representative to develop the backbone with which to fulfill
the requirements of the role he volunteered to undertake: defending the Constitution
of this nation as a co-equal branch of government. The division of
federal power across the legislative, executive and judicial branches is
supposed to thwart an amassing of power to such a degree that it corrupts
the soul of our republic. Unless our congressional representatives – all
of them and not just the few members of the Congressional Black Caucus who
have not been co-opted – take it upon themselves to redress the coup in Haiti
and hold the perpetrators of this crime responsible, we might as well end
the sham that we are a republic and anoint the president as Caesar.
Maddi Bee is one
of the most sane people in Dayton, Ohio, and a past Guest
Commentator for .
issue. There doesn't seem to be an end to the "crap" this
administration is willing to pull.
I am thankful
for freedom fighters like Maxine Waters and Randall Robinson,
et al for "liberating" President Aristide from
his U.S. ordered "detention" in Bangui, Central
African Republic. The U.S. takeover of Haiti has unleashed
another whirlwind of hate. The Bushistas never seem to
learn. They just keep tromping on people everywhere.
They are truly an embarrassment for any civilized people.
I am thankful for the fantastic people of Spain who voted OUT their leader,
Aznar and installed a progressive man, Zapatero. They spoke out by their
votes against the ghastly U.S. War on Iraq. The people are amazingly
intelligent. They no longer want to be part of the horror.
And, where do we see any of this in the so-called "mainstream" media?
Your weekly newsletter is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise polluted
Thanks a million!
25 commentary, “Haiti’s Troika of Terror: Thugs,
a Buffoon, and the Pirates,” reached Dr. Patrick Wilkinson
through the excellent pages of Counterpunch.
Dr. Wilkinson writes from Düsseldorf, Germany, where
he specializes in Cognitive Consulting and Language Logistics.
As I read your
article, I was dreadfully reminded of the scenario described
in detail in Ludo De Wittes study of Lumumba’s assassination.
There are more
than enough parallels. The unfortunate thing is that
I suspect the majority of US Americans are just as interested
in Haiti as they were interested in the Congo.
would be better if US Americans simply learned not to
defend democracy at all, anywhere – at least until they
understand what it is in the first place. I am often
so appalled that the discussions reported about US foreign
policy imply that the US has a privileged role in determining
who and what is democratic.
fact, the most successful ideological exports seem to be
racism and domestic terror: subjects which are woefully
neglected in the mainstream of US domestic policy.
in Haiti has always been predicated on racism and it
is racism in the general public that contributes to widespread
indifference when something happens in a country whose
population (or the affected part thereof) comprises persons
course, I am not writing anything you ladies and gentlemen
don't know as well or better than I. But reading the story
of Lumumba and the Congo (and esp. the application of the
UN) has raised for me so many questions about the validity
of any foreign interventions alleged to deliver or promote
democracy. There seems no where to turn as long as one's
house is not in order. The NED was clearly a front from
the very beginning. The fact that they have been maintained
so long is a testimony to the legacy of the Reagan administration,
which pervades the political atmosphere even today – in
all its putrid and lethal corruption.
Thank you for the most interesting report.
is Associate Director, Institute for Advanced Cultural
Studies, University Park, Maryland.
poet, writer and radio commentator Daphne Muse inspired
readers of our March
11 issue with her piece, “Let Haiti Hear Us.”
those of us who hold Democracy dear in our hearts, I ask
that we sing a rousing “Redemption Song for Haiti” that
can be heard from the corridors of the United Nations to
the Haitian sugar plantations from which Barbancourt Rhum
flows, to the palace of President Bozize and the streets
of the United States. Support the efforts of TransAfrica
and the Black Caucus; write letters to the editor and mount
demonstrations so that the rousing choruses of this redemption
song can be heard from here to Haiti and beyond.
We got a big “Hello” from
Dwane Powell, in Raleigh, North Carolina.
friend emailed me the “Global Pirate” article as well as
Daphne Muse's piece on Haiti that appeared on your site.
After two weeks of scouring through what passes for a national
media these days in search of some truths on this little
U.S. excursion, these stories shore up my worst suspicions.
Why this outrage isn't being screamed from the pages of
our “prestige” newspapers is beyond me. The chief architect
of Haiti policy appears to be Roger Noriega, formerly with
North Carolina's now retired dictator loving U.S. Senator.
One would think this would raise a few eyebrows.
You have a great
site in both content and design. Also, my compliments
to the cartoons.
Mr. Powell is
an editorial cartoonist and member of the Association of
American Editorial Cartoonists.
Lest anyone forget,
the United States has been in the looting, pillaging, kidnapping
and genocide business since Day One. Paul Street took us
down the bloody timeline, March
18, with his Think Piece, “Those Who Deny the Crimes
of the Past: American Racist Atrocity Denial 101, 1776-2004.”
”… it is important
to remember that the US prefers whenever possible for
atrocities to be carried out quietly and impersonally – the
US-imposed sanctions on Iraq (which silently killed more
than half million Iraqi children) and the econoterrorist
neoliberal mandates of the International Monetary Fund
and the World Bank, for example – or indirectly, by non-American
proxy forces like Pinochet's fascist butchers of the
Chilean left (1973), the Central American death squads
and contras of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, the mass-murderous
Suharto regime in Indonesia (1965-2001), the racist occupation
state in Israel, and the current gang of fascist thugs
(whose leader expresses admiration for Pinochet) the
US has just recently restored to client-state power in
and silent massacre is not always feasible, however, and
there is thus a rich record of direct US engagement in
the infliction of "absolute horror" on enemies
at “home” and abroad, accompanied by a strong dose of racist
believes that American predation has little to do with
race. We’ll allow her to make her case.
The only problem
with the article on the evil committed against the African/Americans
and the Native Americans is the insistence of the authors
to accept White America's pretence that this behavior
was due to the color of the victims. It was not.
of land and enslaving murdering and raping of native
inhabitants is in the writings of Caesar speaking of
the conquest of Gaul. He cleaned up the language
and there were no newspapers of the day, but the behavior
of imperialists is not determined by race but by property.
Don't forget it. They will appropriate any talent
of any color to continue to feed their greed. Ask
Ms. Rice and Gen. Powell.
don't pick on us because we're black. That's an excuse
for the ignorant. They pick on us because we are
poor and unorganized and they can pick us off one by one
or 30 or 45 at a time or thousands, depending on what they
want from us. They want our bodies as women, our land,
our oil, our gold, our vineyards and farms, our labor. They
will continue to take it all and they don't give a damn
about any color except green and gold. To defeat them,
we have to drop the blinds from our eyes and see clearly,
to organize and vote and run for office and leaflet and
do all the dull dreary things it takes to build a new nation
We believe Ms.
Lionhart misunderstands the social dynamics of racism as
an ideology. Certainly, white Americans justified and,
indeed, celebrated their
murderous behavior based on the race of the victims – and
Last month’s breathtaking
finding that nearly half of New York City’s Black men are
not working, failed to elicit any meaningful response from
Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg or assumed Democratic
presidential nominee John Kerry. “If even Democrats won't
discuss chronic joblessness the poor are in a tough situation
indeed,” wrote Margaret Kimberley in her March
25 Freedom Rider column, “Black New York – Out of Work
and Off the Radar Screen.” Ms. Kimberley sees a double
standard, in which some people’s jobs are considered more
precious than others.
the existence of poverty in America is the third rail
of politics, unless the goal is to punish and demonize
through welfare "reform" and three-strikes-your-out
White collar jobs lost through outsourcing are consistently reported. The
loss of blue collar jobs has never been taken seriously. There is only
rationalization of cost cutting measures and the need to keep pace with
foreign competition. The reaction to computer programmers, attorneys and
physicians losing jobs to Indians elicits outrage and calls for boycotts.
The reactions are appropriate but should not be reserved for white collar
even Democrats won't discuss chronic joblessness the poor
are in a tough situation indeed. The words "middle
class" obviously rank high in focus groups and the
word "poor" doesn't rank at all. The Democratic
motto seems to be that a narrower base is best. Of course,
fleeing from a natural constituency always backfires. Democrats
wax apoplectic about the prospect of Ralph Nader taking
votes from John Kerry. Perhaps Kerry shouldn't ignore progressive
concerns regarding unemployment and other issues. Nader
would be a footnote in history books if Democrats didn't
expect to win while ignoring the needs and concerns of
millions of Americans.
reference to outsourcing of jobs to India drew a thoughtful
response from Uma Iyer, of the State University of New
York, in Potsdam.
I have always
appreciated Ms. Kimberley's articles for its deep insights.
But this article seemed to me a bit unfair.
While I respect
the concerns of the intellectuals in the U.S. concerned
for the job losses of Americans, I find their criticisms
somewhat incomplete. For instance, the much maligned
job-losses to Indian programmers happened ”after” India
was forced to open itself as markets. This is the case
with all the Third World Countries. From aircraft, to
defense, to soft drinks, to Microsoft, to Hollywood,
to TV channels, sitcoms, to cigarettes (the list is endless),
the Third World has been a market for U.S. companies.
This has created wealth for the US. Hardly any US intellectual
objected when the Third World was a market.
No doubt, the rich of U.S. benefit from all the businesses, just as the
rich in the Third World benefit from these jobs. At the same time, it has
to be also noted that the wealth of Western Europe and US, although in
the hands of few, has contributed to a high quality of living in these
regions. As an Indian, with friends and family in India, I think that even
the rich of India do not have access to the several social programs (example – programs
for the disabled, support for farmers, decent roads, good quality government
funded good schools/universities) which the middle or lower classes of
the US enjoy. No doubt, much more needs to be improved in the U.S., but
the situation in India, despite a lot of changes, is still far more difficult
than in the U.S.
I agree with Ms. Kimberley that the job-losses of African Americans have
not received the same recognition that the job-losses of European Americans
have received. Likewise, the outsourcing of jobs to European or Russian
nations have not received a fraction of the outcry.
Yet, criticizing job-losses for any social group and not balancing it with
the fact that the Third World has been used as market is unfair. It is
no different than using African Americans as markets, and then getting
outraged when they want jobs.
In the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, white poor were appropriated into
the belief of white superiority (which translated into white entitlement).
Likewise, in the 20th century, the colored poor and religious minorities
are getting appropriated into the belief of national superiority, or national
entitlement. National boundaries and race boundaries are very similar.
While I respect everyone's right to affiliate, I ask some fairness in dealing
with the "other".
Jayson Blair is
back in the public eye, hawking his book on the media circuit.
Blair’s former employer, the New York Times, claims the
young Black man’s fictions amounted to “the low point in
our 150-year history” – a strange way of congratulating
itself while pretending to apologize. In her March
11 column Ms. Kimberley noted the “Return of the Prodigal” and
the Times’ self-serving hyperbole.
Jayson Blair was exposed as a plagiarizer and fabricator
his Times colleague Judith Miller was reporting on the
search for Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. She claimed
that “anonymous sources” had evidence of weapons programs.
Ms. Miller’s main source turned about to be Ahmed Chalabi,
a U.S.-backed Iraqi exile who had not set foot in his homeland
for 40 years. He obviously had no knowledge of Iraqi weapons
programs. Ms. Miller helped make the case for a war that
has killed 12,000 Iraqi civilians but a year after the
invasion and occupation of Iraq no WMDs have been found.
Blair’s conduct can’t be defended, but making a phony
case for war is far more harmful to the nation and
the world than fabricating a conversation with Jessica
again Margaret Kimberly sees beyond the media hype and
gets to the heart of the matter. Jason Blair's story
is not an isolated one as she points out so clearly. Those
in the media who want to make him the poster child for
unethical behavior need not look far beyond their own desks
to see other equally qualified candidates for this title.
Thanks again for
your serious and honest reporting.
sends greetings from Brooklyn.
Ms Margaret Kimberley: Your articles are second to none!
The blackcommentator.com is a boss website. Keep up the
great work your political insight is music to my soul.
As with all things
religious, Miles Willis’ March 11 Think Piece on Mel Gibson’s
blockbuster biblical movie prompted intense correspondence. “The
fact is that white people desperately want to believe that
Jesus was white,” wrote Willis, who called his essay, “The
Passion of the Whites.”
we have any way of knowing what “color” Jesus actually
was? The Bible contains no specific physical descriptions
of Jesus. There are some compelling pieces of evidence,
though admittedly indirect, that indicate Jesus almost
certainly was a person of color. According to the African-American
biblical scholar Cain Hope Felder, we should view the
Middle East of Jesus' day as a kind of eastern extension
of Africa. According to available archaeological and
linguistic evidence, the interaction of peoples between
those regions can readily be established. We know that
the entire Jewish nation, including all members of
Jesus’ genealogical lineage, lived in Egypt for many
years before Moses led them out. Jesus Himself is known
to have lived in Egypt for a time when his earthly
father Joseph was visited by an angel and told to flee
there with the Christ child from Herod the king, who
intended to kill Him. (Matt. 2: 13) (Why would they
have been sent to hide in a place where they couldn’t
have blended in with the local population?) God Himself
heralds His return with the words, “Out of Egypt did
I call my son.” (Matt. 2: 15)….
of the main selling points of the "The Passion of
the Christ" is its unprecedented realism, the most
prominent example being its dialogue consisting only
of the Aramaic, Latin and Hebrew languages spoken during
biblical times. But if the film’s producer Mel Gibson
was aiming for such a high degree of cinematic verite,
why didn’t he use actors who looked like the people of
that time? Of course that is a rhetorical question that
we all know the answer to; Jesus was white, end of discussion.
Mel Gibson has used his claims of difficulty in getting
this picture made to add a crusade-like aura to its release,
which coming from an A-List Hollywood superstar such
as he I find very hard to believe. Difficulty of an insurmountable
nature would certainly have arisen had he attempted to
film a movie about Jesus casting Omar Epps and Alfre
Woodard as Mary, and we know why.
Alan Gregory Wonderwheel,
of Santa Rosa, California, has a simple and direct answer
to questions about the lineage of Jesus: He was a Jew.
The Passion of Whites and Blacks: Two wrongs do not make
a right. Miles Willis' conclusion in his Think Piece on "The
Passion of the Whites" is as delusive as the delusiveness
of the problem he is addressing and so accurately describes.
Willis' version is "A Passion of the Blacks."
Two "wrongs" do not make a right. Yes, Yeshua Ben Joseph (Jesus
Josephson in English) was not a European "White," but it is just
as certain that he was not an African "Black."
So what kind of person of color was he? He was a Jew of the day from the
area known as Nazareth at the foot of Mount Carmel. He was raised as an Essene
Jew of the Mt. Carmel community of Essenes.
That Jesus went to Egypt as a child has absolutely no relevance to his ancestry
since Egypt was a great crossroads that included Romans, Greeks, Jews, Arabs,
Persians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Berbers, Ethiopians, and Sub-Saharan Africans
along with the Egyptians. There was absolutely no homogeneity of race, ethnicity,
or culture in Egypt at that time which would make a Jew standout or require
a Jew to blend in. To assert that this is a factor completely undercuts the
plausibility of the thesis that Jesus was an African Black.
In addition to a considerable population of Hellenized Jews, there was at
that time in Upper Egypt a well established Essene community at Lake Mareotis,
near Alexandria, which is probably where Jesus' family would have stayed
while they were in Egypt. The community was known as the Theraputae, as described
by Philo, because of their renown in the healing arts, which along with agriculture
(since they were mostly vegetarians) were the two areas of specialty of the
Essenes. Some believe that the Theraputae were not Jewish Essenes but gnostic
followers of the Hellenistic Egyptian god, Serapis, and comprised of many
Either way, the Theraputae were friendly, if not directly linked, with the
Jewish Essenes of both Mt. Carmel and Qumran (also on the shores of a salt
sea) and shared the same essential teachings: (1) The members gave away all
their worldly possessions before joining the community; (2) Property was
held by the community and oaths of individual poverty were maintained (3)
There was a novitiate period and an initiation into the order with subsequent
degrees of learning, (4) Abstinence from meats and wines was promoted and
more strictly required for the monastics (5) The practice of agriculture
was highly cultivated; (6) The practice of the healing art was highly cultivated;
(7) Their monastic fellowships had oaths of chastity; (8) They revered children,
taught them the scriptures while young, and adopted and raised the children
of strangers and orphans.
The Gospel of Thomas, a gnostic Christian gospel, was found near Alexandria
and is an example of the Early Jewish Christian church that was an offshoot
of the Alexandrian Essenes.
So while I wholeheartedly agree that Jesus was not "White," as
well as with the thesis that the imperative importance of Jesus being White
is tied to White supremacy, it is the most unquestionable of all theories
that the historical Jesus was a Jew of Northern Israel from the Mt. Carmel
region known as Nazareth. The claim that Jesus was an African, and therefore
Black or Egyptian, is just as fantastic and ludicrous as the claim that he
From Stevens Point,
Wisconsin, Will Stites argues that Miles Willis is only
half right about Jesus.
Mr. Willis is
undoubtedly right to say that Jesus of Nazareth wasn't "white." However,
some of his evidence is inadmissible.
The story about Jewish slavery in Egypt is, according to what I have read,
not corroborated by any Egyptian writings. The Egyptians were careful
record-keepers, so that if the story were true there should be some evidence.
The same for the idea that Jesus hid out in Egypt for a while to escape
Herod's order that all little boys be killed. This is another myth
that is not substantiated by any historical source. The Roman colonial
occupiers of Palestine were at least as compulsive in their record keeping
as the Egyptians, and didn't record any such massacre. A crime of
this magnitude would almost certainly have been mentioned by historians
of the time.
at Tel Aviv University some years ago concluded from the
archeological/cultural evidence that Jewish identity evolved
totally in Palestine. Centuries in Egypt would have left
a deep mark on the Jews, if not on the Egyptians. But the
markers simply aren't there, as discussed in an April 13,
Angeles Times article.
Joshua Zwick is
an avid reader.
by Miles Willis is great!! Succinct, well written, and
makes a very important, in my opinion the most important
point, concerning the film.
Mr. Willis simply
demolishes the film in a few paragraphs. He does not
give it more attention than it deserves, but goes right
to the very un-sacred heart of the matter.
would like to add that this excellent article is only typical
of the high-quality, incisive commentary I have come to
expect when I click my browser to The Black Commentator. The
design of your site is very good, too. Your site has an
original, distinctive look that adds to the pleasure of
I look forward
to reading for
many years to come.
Our logs show
an extraordinary number of readers spend a great deal of
time in our archives, which pleases us greatly. Dav Driks
was drawn to our January
1 Cover Story, “Black America Must Prepare for the
Long, Deep Slide,” an examination of what might happen
when oil prices are no longer pegged to the U.S. dollar.
currency stranglehold, no longer based on economic but
on military might, allows Washington to print megatons
of currency to paper over an annual half-trillion dollar
trade deficit. However, the artificiality of the dollar’s
dominance makes the U.S. vulnerable to the political
will of foreign governments and elites, most of which
would welcome a way out of the dollar trap, if one could
In the wake
of the Iraq invasion, these elites are actively exploring
strategies to expel the dollar from its central, dangerously
destabilizing position in the world economy. The euro
fits the bill….
matter how phased or gentle the transition, the impact
on the United States domestic economy will be – difficult
to imagine. What is certain is that the retrenchment will
require a militant Black leadership that is willing to
go toe-to-toe with corporate power, lest African Americans
be overwhelmed in the scramble for scarcer resources.
I just wanted
to drop you a line and compliment you on a well written
and thought out article.
a currency trader in the capital markets, I have long been
aware of the motivation of this current administration.
You hit it right on: the Saudi's and other oil producing
nations would love to convert to the euro, and why not?
At a 20% premium on your money it makes perfect business
sense. Saddam had the moxie to do it but paid for it. The
war launched in Iraq was a warning to the Saudi's – go
to pricing in euros and you're next. The Saudi's cut production
and forced oil prices higher to get valuations in line
with the euro. If the Russians decide to price in euros,
will Bush go after them?