Sunday, July 30, 2006

"Condoleezza Rice: Midwife From Hell"

Every once in awhile, you hear and read something that totally captures what you feel about a person or an event. Matthew Rothschild's article calling Condoleeza the "midwife from hell", is exactly how I felt when I heard this Black stooge of Bush say that the Lebanon represented "the birthpangs of a new Mideast" at her speech in Rome last week.

It would seem that the suffering of Lebanese during the past two weeks, would awaken in Rice some ancestral memory of the suffering of Black people in the United States, but it hasn't. Indeed "Condi" as her recovering alcoholic boss refers to her, is a right wing white man caught in the body of Black woman. Even her predecessor, Colin Powell sought redemption by handing in his resignation to "the worst president in all of American history" as referred to by the "dean" of White House reporters, Helen Thomas.. Rice, while obsessed with ambition, is clearly following in her boss's footsteps as being one of the worst Secretaries of State in history as well. The tragedy of Rice is that the face of "foreign policy" of the United Snakes of Amerikkka is now a Black woman, just as when Powell worked for this administration it was a Black man.

How ironic. Afrikans in Amerikkka have always brought a moral high ground to the policies of this nation both domestically and internationally. Malcolm X's world view of the situation of Afrikans, Martin Luther King's protest of the Vietnam War and more recently, Afrikans uniting to to get the TransAtlantic Slave Trade declared a "crime against humanity" at the 2001 UN World Conference Against Racism, are in this tradition. Not only has Rice abandoned this tradition, she seems incapable of producing a foreign policy philosophy that is independent of the "cowboy diplomacy" of Bush that Time Magazine says has been declared dead.

She is indeed the "Midwife from Hell" and has aborted morality in her role as Amerikkka's chief diplomat.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Bush Goes to the NAACP

I always have mixed emotions about the NAACP.

I am a member of the organization, have attended (and spoken) at their conventions, yet still harbor conflicting views about its policies. It's not about the organization's rich history of "civil rights" struggles. It's not about the organization's power to capture headlines on areas of racism still present in Amerikkka (you will consistently see me spell "America" with 3 Ks so that one is mindful of the racism still being tolerated in this country's history). Rather, my reservations about the organization lie in its unholy alliances with groups and corporations that harm the African community in the United States.

Take for instance the NAACP receiving large donations from tobacco companies. How can the civil rights organization justify such "fund-raising" while smoking-related disease disproportionately affects Africans in Amerikkka? The same goes for it receiving large "donations" (really cheap advertising) from the liquor industry, while alcoholism runs rampant among the very people it claims to be helping.

So with all of that in mind, I watched Bush pay a reluctant visit to the NAACP convention this week in Washington DC. Before yesterday, Bush had never spoken to the convention and was the first "president" (I use this term loosely to describe his theft of the 2000 and 2004 elections) since Warren Harding not to. The delegates were non-plus in its reception of Bush and gave him their loudest applause when he mentioned how alienated the Republican Party was from Black folk.

As I listened to his address I was again impressed by how stupid the man is and his usual folksy charm and rhythm before staged white audiences, didn't work with the Black folks there. That was what I was most proud of when I heard the weak applause for his gratuitous remarks about racism's history in Amerikkka.

For me, it is simply unimportant that Bush appeared before the convention because nothing was accomplished other than to say he was there. His low ratings in the polls makes it "safe" for him to talk to Black folks now without alienating the few white folks he has left in his column.

What would be important is for the NAACP to revisit its history of dubious alliances with unholy groups. My Dad was fond of repeating the adage that, "if you lie down with dogs you will get up with fleas." In that context, the NAACP has an infestation of fleas that it needs to get rid of which includes liquor and tobacco companies and its accomodationist positions with white allies who have always hampered the group from speaking with an unmediated voice. This was a primary issue when W. E. B. Du Bois, one of the founding members of the NAACP quit the organization in 1934 because of what he felt were weak positions taken by Walter White's more conservative views of desegregation. The NAACP under Bruce Gordon's leadership will hopefully reorder its priorities so that it will be uncompromised on all fronts.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Back on the Block with Reparations

I deliberately stopped updating my blog because of events in the world during the past six months that are simply apocalyptic in nature. I wanted to look at many of them and simply see how some of them have/are played[ing] out. The Israeli invasion and destruction of Lebanon spun by most western media as an attempt to "free two Israeli soldiers" is about as unbelievable as Bush speaking today before the NAACP. More about this in a separate blog.

Viewing Al Gore's film An Inconvenient Truth a couple of months ago got me to thinking that there are simply far more important things happening on the planet that should be addressed by the entire world. It is not an exaggeration to say that most of the major environmental and social problems in the world are because of Eurocentric thinking and influence at every term. I am even more convinced that people of color and particularly Afrikans, are the "soul" of a diseased body and that they must "fix" a world that is rapidly deteriorating because of white supremacy's stranglehold on everything that really matters.

I look at shit-faced grinning Bush being the puppet of so many people who are far more wickedly clever than him. Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Zionists, Blair and so many others reinforce the history of this idiot that he destroys something that is relatively intact, doesn't know how to put it back together and then removes himself from the scene. Just think, three years from now he will be history, but the destruction that he has wrought on the world will be felt for generations to come.

On a more upbeat note, the AP story about the series of reparations victories is one of the more accurate pieces written about the reparations struggle. I am proud of the work done by my friends, colleagues and activists on the greatest unpunished crime the world has ever known --- the TransAtlantic Slave Trade. I've been musing lately about how reparations activists can incorporate in their message the need to repair a world that is literally dying under the weight of white supremacy in the nine areas of white supremacy discussed by Frances Cress Welsing and Neely Fuller. I will be talking about this much more, but for now: