I will scatter them, and then I will gather them: Deuteronomy 4:27; 28:64; 32:26; Isaiah 11:12;
Jeremiah 23:8 / Read about the African Slave Trade in Deuteronomy 28th Chapter.
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Note from the REPNOW Newsletter Editor:
While it appears – JUST APPEARS, you can be sure – that the Reparations Movement is on hold, well just perish the thought. I am assured that the momentum will again pick up steam very soon, and at an even greater pace.
It seems September 11, is taking quite a bit of media attention as you can see. But because RACISM, INJUSTICE, and TERROR AGAINST BLACKS AND OTHER PEOPLE OF COLOR prevail, we cannot permit this crime against Black humanity to continue. And Reparations is the only answer to our problems. Every other program and plan for Blacks that’s suppose to aid our cause have all failed to remove the degradation and the misery of Blacks in America. It’s time now for Blacks to start making drastic changes in and out of this system, if we are to survive. But Reparations must be acquired first.
Otherwise, our lives will continue to be wishing for a dream that is completely out of our reach if we don’t make our voices heard, demonstrate, and even protest and march if necessary. Congresswoman McKinney demonstrated her dismay and disappointment with US policy that has the least amount of concern for the Blacks whose forebears made it the great and wealthy Nation that it is. And we know that had our forebears been White, we wouldn’t be taking this depressing road.
Inside this edition you’ll find a POTPOURRI mix of sundry articles that will make you wonder about quite a lot of things - especially our forebears who suffered so tragically and under the worst conditions imaginable during the Slave Trade. Could we survive this inhumane treatment were Slavery in existence today? Would we succumb to the hardships and insane lifestyles of the Slaves, as did our forebears, or would we find a way to rise up, and end the nightmare? My People, if we are not at liberty to exercise self determination and improve the conditions of our own people who are literally suffering in ghettoes and in the rural South, then we are in a form of servitude and bondage whether we admit it or not. Hmmm…
Of course I included articles on the September 11, attacks in this issue. How could I not mention this now well-known but infamous date and calamity. While the United States points the finger at “Terrorists,” the powers-that-be of this Nation are totally to blame for the death of all those men and women who died at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The US is as guilty as if it had flown the planes and created the disaster itself. You see, other Nations, too, despise foreigners taking over their country and manipulating its people. I don’t know of any country that wants outside forces occupying its land and ruling its people. I don’t know of any country that DOES NOT want FREEDOM to govern its people as they choose and not as the US chooses. At some point, the US will always be under attack for not minding its own business and for denying nations the very precious freedom it proclaims and enjoys. Those of us who know even the least amount of history know “Why nations hate Americans.” People don’t burn the American flag for naught. And the EU didn’t form its own forces for this region for its health. By now the US government, CIA, and FBI should know that speaking out of both sides of one’s mouth will eventually cause one to stammer.
The attack on America was appalling, and one that I would not ever have imagined. And my heart goes out to those who lost loved ones in this plague on America.
Tziona Yisrael, Editor
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NOVEMBER 22, UPDATE – WHY NO DURBAN
November 22, 2001
As of today November 22nd, there is still a stalemate on the outcome of the final Durban Document. Assuming that you have read the November 6, update (Why There is Still No Final Durban Document), I won't go through all the details. In essence the Geneva-based African, Asian and Pacific Island and Latin American and Caribbean Groups are maintaining their position - that the three action oriented paragraphs out of Durban (#s 97, 99, 100) relating to the issues of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, slavery, crimes against humanity and reparations must be placed in the Program of Action. Tremendous pressure is being placed on the President of the Conference, South African Foreign Minister Dlamini-Zuma, to cave into these illegal Western demands and leave the paragraphs in the Declaration rather than in the Program of Action. The Third Committee of the General Assembly whose responsibility it is to accept the report and address all of the follow-up resolutions is supposed to begin discussion on it this Monday, November 26. Whether or not this will happen is contingent on the issuance of a final report.
What You Can Do
It is imperative for all of us who care about the issue of the historically unprecedented and continuing criminal violation of African people that we bring all the pressure and resources available to us to bear in this illegal Western attempt to reopen the Durban decisions.
Following is a draft of a letter which this NGO sent to the South African Foreign Minister. Please feel free to adapt it to your own language. But however you phrase it, you must let her know your position on this matter. It must be done As Soon As Possible.
Should fax your letter to the Permanent Mission of South Africa in New York City (212) 692-2498 or in Geneva (41) 22 849 54 32; E-mail: email@example.com.
Roger Wareham, Esq.,
International Association Against Torture
H.E. Madame Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Republic of South Africa
RE: Final Durban Documents
Dear Madame Zuma:
It has come to our attention that you may be retreating from the correct position you had taken - i.e. that paragraphs 97, 99 and 100 of the Durban Declaration belong in the Program of Action. If the Durban Conference, Declaration and Program of Action are to have any integrity, these paragraphs must be placed where they belong. If your position has changed I can only conclude that you have succumbed to the coercion and threats of the WEO Group most of whose members still refuse to acknowledge their historic and present culpability for the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, Slavery and Colonialism as crimes against humanity. By bowing to this undue pressure you are:
1) Betraying the issues which the African Group and Africans around the world fought so hard for at the World Conference; and
2) also letting the UN Secretariat escape responsibility for failing to represent all the UN member States and for acting as a private secretary to the minority of former colonial and settler states which comprise the WEO group.
Finally, as an African in the US who personally participated in the Free South Africa Movement, I encourage you, as a South African leader to resist becoming a vehicle for those forces, which generated and backed apartheid.
We are requesting that you insist, as the Conference mandated you to do, that these paragraphs be placed in the Program of Action.
Submitted by BRC-NEWS: Black Radical Congress - General News Articles/Reports
November 10, 2001
Apologies for the silence the past weeks, but our ListServe was being updated. We now send the Post-Durban Information Note 2 promised last month, intended as an annex to Note 1.
As stated when we sent out copies of the NGO Declaration and Plan of Action, a few sections of the document were controversial. This included the brief explanatory note that introduces the document (changed from the version that the Drafting Committee had originally prepared); the section on Anti-Semitism, where one paragraph protesting "anti-Zionism" was deleted by a vote in plenary; and two paragraphs (418 and 419) on the Palestinians which contained language that many felt inappropriate and harmful. It was because of these paragraphs that the High Commissioner stated that she could not commend the document to Governments. Nonetheless, amongst the NGOs in Durban, there was broad acceptance of the rest of the document, which contains an analysis of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, and a programme of action that many agree is a positive, soundly-ground and a way forward.
Those concerned with the controversy may wish to consult the following documents, which are available at <www.hri.ca/racism (see section on Major! NGO documents) or at <www.icare.to.
Jewish Caucus Walks Out of NGO Forum
Press Release, 1 September 2001.
Joint Statement by Eastern and Central
Europe NGO Caucus and other NGOs at the
NGO Forum of the World Conference Against
ERRC Dissociates Itself from WCAR NGO Forum
Press Release, 5 September 2001.
Irish NGOs Response to the World
Conference Against Racism NGO Forum and
Palestinian and Arab Caucuses of the NGO
Forum for the World Conference Against Racism!
Press Release, 5 September 2001.
Coordination française pour le Lobby
Européen des Femmes (C.L.E.F.)
Press Release, 19 September 2001.
"Open Letter to Organizers of NGO Forum"
by Dutch Organizations
7 September 2001
Open Letter to the NGO Forum from
Drafting Committee Members
September 4, 2001
NGO Laision WCAR
Tel. (41 22) 917 9393
Fax. (41 22) 917 9050
Laurie Wiseberg <firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent by: "NGO list for the purpose of the WCR." <OHCHR-NGO@LIST.UNOG.CH
Please respond to "NGO list for the purpose of the WCR."
Submitted by Dayton-WCAR@yahoogroups.com,
November 10, 2001
This year, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights will commemorate International Human Rights Day (10 December) in Geneva, New York and the field, with an initial stocktaking of activities and plans for the follow-up to the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance. The focus will be on how States, United Nations bodies and specialized agencies, international and regional organizations, national human rights institutions and non-governmental organizations intend to implement the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action.
Looking back on the Durban Conference, we were fortunate to secure agreement on a strong Declaration and Program of Action just three days before the shocking events of 11 September. Far from being overtaken by these events, 11 September has made the anti-discrimination agenda even more important. While welcoming the unanimous adoption of Security Council Resolution 1373, requiring all countries to take specific measures to combat terrorism, it is also important to safeguard against any erosion of human rights standards which might flow as an unintended consequence of such measures. In this context it has become even more important to promote the international anti-discrimination agenda and to ensure that this agenda is pursued in parallel with international action to combat terrorism.
Therefore we see the initial stocktaking on 10 December as reviewing progress on the follow-up to the Durban Conference, against the background of these more recent developments.
In order to assist our Office in its preparations for 10 December, we are asking NGOs to briefly indicate to us, by 3 December 2001 if possible, any initiatives or activities that have taken place, or that are being planned that would be relevant in assessing the implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action. We would also appreciate any views that your organization might have on how the new anti-discrimination agenda might be pursued in parallel to the international response to terrorism. For your information, our Office is planning to carry out a second stocktaking on 21 March, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, in order to ensure that the momentum of implementation is not lost.
I look forward to hearing from your organization on how best we can protect and promote the principles and commitments of Durban in the current international context.
Also, for those in the Geneva area, we will be having a small session with NGOs on follow-up on 5 December, from 10:00-12:00 at Palais Wilson. Please let us know if you are able to attend as the room presently booked is a small one.
NGO Laision WCAR
Tel. (41 22) 917 9393
Fax. (41 22) 917 9050
Submitted by email@example.com (Laurie Wiseberg)
Sender: OHCHR-NGO@LIST.UNOG.CH (NGO list for the purpose of the WCR.)
Reply-to:OHCHR-NGO@LIST.UNOG.CH (NGO list for the purpose of the WCR.)
[Blacks have been terrorized since being forcibly brought to the United States and other White dominated countries, and never has the United Nations yet discussed our plight: gross human rights violations, ethnic cleansing, exploitation, racism, oppression, impoverishment, discrimination, repression, and degradation that we have and yet experience in the countries that took us captive. But because terrorists attacked “America,” immediately an anti-discrimination agenda to combat terror is established with an adoption of Security Council Resolution 1373 to boot. Not to mention that the US walked out on WCAR and turned its back on people who have been suffering from lynchings, discrimination, AND racism for centuries. But none of that involved terror, right? Oh well… T.Y. Editor]
DID LINCOLN REALLY FREE MY FAMILY?
IS A SLAVE MASTER’S DREAM”
November 14, 2001
Lincoln's "Emancipation" Proclamation stands as a virtual indelible landmark of Black freedom in The United States. In actuality, the word emancipation does not appear in the document. The emancipation of slaves in general is a notion that Lincoln himself never purported to achieve with his Proclamation.
The third paragraph of Lincoln's Proclamation on September 22, 1862 is revealing. By Authority of Congress, The Statutes at Large, Treaties and Proclamations, of The United States of America, Volume XII, Boston, 1863, p. 1267, "That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any state or designated part of a state, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom."
An article entitled, "The President's Proclamation" in the January 3,1868 edition of the New York Times sheds some interesting light. "President Lincoln takes care, by great precision in his language, to define the basis on which this action rests. He issues the Proclamation 'as a fit and necessary war measure for suppressing the rebellion.' …He issues it 'upon military necessity.' In our judgment it is only upon that ground and for that purpose that he has any right to issue it at all. In his civil capacity as President, he has not the faintest shadow of authority to decree the emancipation of a single slave, either as an 'act of justice' or for any other purpose whatever. As Commander-in-Chief of the army he has undoubtedly the right to deprive the rebels of the aid of their slaves, just as he has the right to take their horses, and to arrest all persons who may be giving them aid and comfort, _ 'as a war measure' and upon grounds of military necessity."
There are several key points of note here. Firstly, Lincoln's Proclamation was not issued in his civil capacity as President of The United States. The President has a dual role, i.e. his civil capacity during peace time and his specially appointed by the U.S. Congress capacity as Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces during wartime. An U.S. President is not a dictator. The President cannot unilaterally undo U.S. Public Law by making a Proclamation. A Proclamation, in fact, is not an U.S. Public Law. It is a public announcement. A Proclamation cannot undo an U.S. Public Law. The seven slave statutes that made Blacks U.S. Slaves, though violations of our Human Rights and illegal under Natural Law, were made "law" in U.S. Constitutional Law (to which Blacks are not party) in a process involving all of the People, i.e. White People and their democratically elected representatives and the U.S. Government. Such a process of U.S. Public Law cannot not be undone by a public announcement, a Proclamation, of any U.S. President. Indeed, none of the original Articles of the U.S. Constitution have ever been repealed. What Lincoln did on the Battlefield of Gettysburg does not come under the category of U.S. Public Law in a primary sense.
Secondly, Lincoln's Proclamation did not seek to address the issue of U.S. Slavery as an institution of profit and oppression of Black People. What Lincoln stated as a war measure on September 22, 1862 is that he was "freeing" the Confederate's slaves in all those states or parts of states still at war with the Federal troops by January 1, 1863. This amounted to a terroristic threat against the rebels during wartime. And as made clear in the above quote from the New York Times, during wartime Lincoln had just as much right to take the rebel's slaves as their property as he did to take their horses as their property. The issue had nothing to do with the Human Rights of the slaves. The context of Lincoln's Proclamation relates primarily to the most valued property of the rebels, their slaves, their very livelihood.
Lincoln makes this context even clearer by stating that no one should interfere with the slaves in the event that they should make any efforts for their "actual" freedom. That is, Lincoln, an attorney himself, understood that he was not freeing the slaves in actuality or in reality. He was stating his intent to "liberate" slaves from their Confederate masters as slave captives under the U.S. Government. In effect, such a "liberation" or capture simply restored slaves to their original status as U.S. Slaves having nothing to do with ending U.S. Slavery as an institution. With The Civil Rights Act of 1866 and The 13th Amendment, slaves became property of the U.S. Congress, who determines the legal status of slaves or Blacks through to the present. The 13th Amendment was to be implemented "gradually". It was not an express repeal of U.S. Slavery.
Understanding that we still do not have Self Determination is key to the acquisition of our true liberties. A slave who does not know that he is still a slave is a slavemaster's dream. The notion that Lincoln freed the slaves is one of the greatest propaganda achievements of the White Supremacy System in the United States.
Did Lincoln Really Free My Family?
firstname.lastname@example.org (Meru Kheop)
Submitted by email@example.com
(New York City rejected the Saudi Prince’s $10 million donation.)
October 16, 2001
Dear Prince Alwaleed bin Talal:
I would like to take just a moment to thank you for your recent demonstration of empathy with those suffering from the devastating and heinous September 11, attacks on the United States Pentagon and the World Trade Center. I would especially like to thank you for your most generous offer of $10 million to assist those Americans in need as a result of those attacks.
I was disappointed that Mayor Giuliani chose to decline your generous offer and instead criticize you for your observations of events in the Middle East.
Whether he agreed with you or not, I think he should have recognized your right to speak and make observations about a part of the world which you know so well. I think Mayor Giuliani would do well to listen to the words of one of our greatest Americans, former Senator Robert Kennedy. In 1968 he said that America "is a great nation and a strong people. Any who seek to comfort rather than to speak plainly, reassure rather than instruct, promise satisfaction rather than reveal frustration--they deny that greatness and drain that strength. For today as it was in the beginning, it is the truth that makes us free." I believe Senator Robert Kennedy's remarks remain as inspirational and true today as when he first spoke them over 30 years ago.
Let me say that there are a growing number of people in the United States who recognize, like you, that US policy in the Middle East needs serious examination. Indeed, on the same day that you made your remarks about US policy in the Middle East, the Chairman of the House International Relations Committee, The Honorable Henry Hyde, spoke on National Public Radio and said, "There's no question in my mind that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the most important issue in dispute, and has generated a lot of the animosity towards us because of our unwavering support for Israel, which will remain in place." At the same time, CNN played an interview with former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski who stated that America must "deal with some of the issues that animate the hostility" against us, like "the treatment of the population of Iraq" and that "the Israelis are stronger, so they're naturally inflicting much more casualties than the Palestinians on the Israelis and that produces frustration and rage."
Your Royal Highness, many of us here in the United States have long been concerned about reports by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch that reveal a pattern of excessive, and often indiscriminate, use of lethal force by Israeli security forces in situations where Palestinian demonstrators were unarmed and posed no threat of death or serious injury to the security forces or to others. Israeli peace organizations like B'Tselem accuse the Israeli Defense Forces of violating the most fundamental rules of international law in committing atrocities against Palestinians. The Israeli Gush Shalom boldly states that "Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip is the root cause of the violence and hatred. As long as the occupation continues, bloodshed will continue and increase." Indeed, Your Royal Highness, all people of good conscience understand that this kind of mistreatment breeds a hotbed of anger and despair that destabilizes peace in the Middle East and elsewhere. Until we confront the realities of events in the Middle East our nation and the nations of the Middle East will be at risk.
Your Royal Highness, there are many people in America who desperately need your generosity. People who have been locked out, marginalized from America's mainstream. All of those people are poor and too many of them are people of color. A black baby boy born in Harlem today has less chance of reaching age 65 than a baby born in Bangladesh. Your Royal Highness, the state of black America is not good. It is painfully visible in Washington D.C., where, just a few hundred yards from the White House, one can find black man after black man huddled in bus shelters, doorways, over subway ventilation shafts, sleeping on the street, thrown away like trash.
Ironically, many of them are Vietnam veterans who, having served this nation with distinction in Vietnam, now find themselves without adequate care and accommodation. Unfortunately, this same scene is repeated in each and every one of our major cities here in the United States.
I am ashamed to say that my home city of Atlanta is no exception. Just last night my son was out with members of Atlanta's Muslim community who, for years, have been feeding Atlanta's homeless. Sadly, no one in mainstream Atlanta knows about the tireless and generous work of the local Muslim community. But the poor know, and I guess at one level that's all that matters. But on a broader view mainstream America should know. The Justice Department admits that blacks are more likely than whites to be pulled over by police, imprisoned, and put to death. And, though blacks and whites have about the same rate of drug use, blacks are more likely to be arrested than whites and are more likely to receive longer prison sentences than whites. Incredibly, 80% of people in prison in the United States are people of color.
Twenty-six black men were executed last year, some probably innocent; America began 2001 by executing a retarded black woman.
Government studies on health disparities confirm that blacks are less likely to receive surgery, transplants, and prescription drugs than whites.
Physicians are less likely to prescribe appropriate treatment for blacks than for whites and black scientists, physicians, and institutions are shut out of the funding stream to prevent all this.
I serve in Congress where the Black Caucus is shrinking. Yet, sections of the Voting Rights Act will soon expire, and quite frankly, after crippling Court decisions, there is not much left of affirmative action to mend.
In the FBI's own words, its counterintelligence program (COINTELPRO) had as a goal, "to expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize" the activities of black organizations and to prevent black "leaders from gaining respectability."
And instead of real leaders, COINTELPRO offers us hand-picked "court priests" who are more loyal to the plan than to the people. Court priests who preach peace, peace when there is no peace.
As you can see, the statistics are very grim for Black America. Although your offer was not accepted by Mayor Giuliani, I would like to ask you to consider assisting Americans who are in dire need right now. I believe we can guide your generosity to help improve the state of Black America and build better lives. My office can provide you with a list of charities who labor under the most difficult circumstances to try and improve the lives of the people they serve. I hope you will consider reaching out to our charities and to our people who are in need. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.
Cynthia McKinney Member of Congress
Submitted by Malik Al-Arkam
[Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney has the courage of a lion. If only Secretary General Kofi Annan, Rev. Jesse Jackson, NAACP President Kweisi Mfume, and other Blacks in “authority” and involved in Civil Rights and Human Rights had but a fraction of the daring assertiveness that Congresswoman McKinney sports so fearlessly. But isn’t this the attitude that all Blacks with X that much “power” are supposed to exhibit? White Jews are represented quite ubiquitously in government, Congress, and the United Nations, and they quite arrogantly demand their interests, as well as that of Israelis, nonetheless, and they get EXACTLY what they want. With a minimum of $10 billion US tax dollars going to Israel every single year, well, I guess that just about says it all. What fraction of that gets to the ghettoes and the rural South every year? We don’t know, do we? But a good guess is nothing much since the garbage collectors don’t even serve these areas satisfactorily. In addition to that, I can’t get responses to my letters to the Presidents of the US, government officials or the Justice Department, UNESCO, Amnesty International, and much less be given the right to speak at the United Nation. If that ain’t a double standard in the raw, then I’d like to know what is! T.Y., Editor]
October 2001 [Volume 26, Number 10]
"Please forgive us for being the most violent government
--Martin Luther King, Jr.
The horrible bombings in New York and Washington gripped most of us with dread, but millions across the globe may have been glad to see us suffer the way that they have, sometimes for ages and not just for one terrible day.
Americans need to understand why others hate us enough to do such a bloody and desperate thing, but they won't if they only hear the hate dogma of our fundamentalist politicians and pundits. The other fundamentalists have their own dogma, if not an air force, to set them on their paths of retribution. And whether in New York, Washington, Baghdad or Belgrade, only the innocent suffer, never the power elites or their toadies, and that is a lesson we must learn from 911.
We can no longer tolerate a double standard that finances Saddam Hussein to kill Iranians, and later calls him a monster; that supports Osama Bin Laden when he kills Russians, but later calls him a demon; that finances terror all over the world, murders hundreds of thousands in Iraq, that in the past 20 years has bombed Libya, Grenada, Panama, Somalia, Haiti, Afghanistan, Sudan, Iraq, and Yugoslavia, but only calls it mass murder when it happens to us.
That the horrendous events of 9/11 took place shortly after our performance at the Durban conference on racism may have been a coincidence, but our behavior there exemplified what makes us a rogue nation. 160 countries attended that conference, but the big news here was the walkout of the Israeli and U.S. delegations. These two, historically joined at the wallet and the bible, were distressed that Palestinians called Zionism a racist and colonial policy.
Apparently, settling on other people's territory, making them second-class citizens in their own homeland and killing them when they resist should be seen as western hospitality.
Had there been justice at Durban, the U.S. and Israeli delegations would have been thrown out bodily, given their insufferable arrogance. Turning the old maxim on its head, they believe words speak louder than actions, that calling something democracy in word negates racist bloodletting and murderous disrespect in action.
The cultural collision in Durban and the murderous tragedies in New York and Washington, were about political economics as much as anything. Media gas bags declaiming about our values and freedoms as reasons why we're hated are no better than the slight-of-word shysters at Durban who deemed the words "crime against humanity" too strong. They were really in fear of law suits that might result from admissions of guilt.
Slavery was a crime against humanity, as were the 911 terror bombings, but only the one day tragedy is so labeled, while the hundreds of years of the African Holocaust are deemed something less, in racist retrospect.
The major factors in the walkout at Durban, and the tragic 911 events, were the denial of responsibility by the U.S and its colonial junior partner, Israel, for injustice in the Arab and Muslim world, and the West's refusal to admit that a major part of the historic base for its economic power rested on slavery and continues to rely on the debasement and subjugation of billions of people around the world.
The indebtedness of poor nations in Africa and elsewhere, reduced to abject poverty at least in part by the plunder of their resources by the west, is only one reminder of the past. The descendants of slaves still endure unreasonable hardships in Africa, and in the USA, where long after the sop of affirmative action there are still more black men in America's prisons than in America's professions.
Growing support for financial reparations for the crime of slavery was the motivating factor in the walkout at Durban, not the cover story about Zionism. The history of racism and colonialism needs to be faced with responsibility, to amend the savage practices of the past, which continue in forms sometimes more cosmetic, but no less damaging to the body and soul of individuals, nations and cultures. Our corporate leaders won't do it, but we must.
The world-wide terrorism of hunger, disease and oppression torments millions every day of their lives; it is at the root of the unrest sweeping the planet and fomenting atrocities like the terrible slaughter that shocked this nation.
Our behavior towards that global majority must change. That majority is not western, white, Christian or Jewish, and not interested in having our values or our religion shoved down their throats. We need to start respecting them, and stop respecting the rich despots who rule them, often because they sell us cheap gasoline and buy our expensive weapons.
And we need to stop supporting politicians who prize money more than democracy, who give a blank check to troubled corporations and a blank look to troubled citizens. Their cowardly support for repressive legislation will make our democracy weaker, if not impossible. And a far more powerful democracy is the only way to end the threat of future horrors worse than the events of 911. These words from America the Beautiful ring more true than ever:
"America! America! God mend thine every flaw, Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law."
By Frank Scott <firstname.lastname@example.org
BRC-NEWS: Black Radical Congress - General News Articles/Reports
Paper on 911 and Reparations
The crashing of passenger aeroplanes into the World Trade Centre in New York, the Pentagon in Washington DC and somewhere in Pennsylvania on 11.09.01, has led to the deaths of over 4,000 people of various nationalities and origins and raised the question of internal security to higher heights in the USA and the entire western world, perhaps for the very first time in the history of America. The death of a single individual in such circumstances is painful and indefensible. It is even more so with the deaths of such a number of people as they went about their daily efforts of making a living, mostly through the forced sale of their labour to capitalist institutions.
The Afrikan United Action Front (AUAF) recognises the fundamental importance of beginning our analysis of this horrible episode with the recollection that it was the two reputed protagonists, i.e. Arabs and Europeans, who visited and continue to visit the Maafa, the Afrikan holocaust, the greatest horror of all time, the greatest crime in human history, upon the Afrikan people. It is urgent that Afrikans everywhere raise the question of how best we can advance our own interests of Reparations, peace and security in the current situation.
The Afrikan United Action Front considers it important to note that millions of our people have died and continue to die in Afrika and other parts of the world as a direct result of the policies of the U.S.A. and the directions of the International Financial Institutions, which are controlled by the U.S.A. Shockingly, the deaths of these millions through plots from the Pentagon building or influenced by deals hatched at the World Trade Centre - among other places in the west - never attracted the attention and world-wide condemnation that the recent events in the USA have correctly attracted. Far more than 4,000 Afrikans lose their lives each day as a direct result of American foreign policy, but these deaths are acceptable; they are collateral damage. Three minutes of appropriate silence for the victims of terror, of so far unproven origin, within the USA is contradicted by the generations of vulgar silence over the continuing deaths of millions of Afrikans, Palestinians and other peoples as a direct result of American terror and American sponsored terror in other parts of the world. Somehow the deaths of millions of Afrikans, Arabs and Asians do not appear to matter at all or as much as the deaths of these 4,000, maybe because these millions are not Americans and they die somewhere else, from blows inflicted by America and the west and not from blows inflicted, as is believed of the current case, by others upon America and the west.
Instead of looking at the root cause of the recent events, the governments of the USA, its imperialist allies and its neo-colonial praise singers led by the New Labour government of Britain, have decided to mobilise their armed forces as well as their unarmed forces in the press, the diplomatic core and a largely controlled public opinion and aggravate the situation with a further threat of genocide. The logical consequences of the second half of British Prime Minister Tony Blair's own mantra of being 'Tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime' appear to have completely eluded him and other European leaders on both sides of the Atlantic. Ultimately, security is not merely a matter of who has the most guns or the biggest bombs or the surest grip around the throat of public opinion. Security is fundamentally a question of how one lives with one's neighbours. In a global village in a technological age this can mean only the peaceful co-existence of all peoples everywhere regulated by principles of social justice and the rule of international law.
The African United Action Front (AUAF) draws the attention to all peoples that global social injustice, the refusal by the western capitalist states to address this injustice, and the oppression that accompanies this injustice are ultimately responsible for the events that occurred in the USA on 11.09.01. The persistent refusal by the USA and its western capitalist allies to address the issues of social justice and the aggression wreaked on Afrika and the rest of the world are the root causes driving people to such desperate actions as those of 11.09.01. Besides the painful deaths the events have showed the apparent invincibility of US imperialism to be a myth. The lesson that must be learnt from this is that in our global village no one is safe from terrorism - of whatever origin. Therefore everyone has an interest in security.
Prior to the events of 11.9.01, the United Nations World Conference Against Racism was held in Azania/South Afrika from 31.08.01 - 07.09.01 [August 31, - September 7, 2001]. It must be significant that western governments resisted resolutions acknowledging enslavement and colonialism as crimes against humanity. The AUAF organised a demonstration in London on 01.09.01 [September 1, 2001], protesting against this political crime of America, Britain and other western countries. If there are any acts of terrorism to be combated in today's world then they must include those that have been wreaked on the peoples of Afrika, the rest of the so-called Third World and all oppressed and exploited people world-wide by the western governments, multi-national corporations, international financial institutions, the military-industrial complex, arms traders, etc.
We call upon America and its allies, including the British government, to stop their internationally institutionalized terrorism against the oppressed and exploited people of this world and address the underlying issues of social justice.
In this regard, we repeat our demand for Pan-Afrikan Reparations, for which we call upon all Afrikans and all progressive forces world-wide to support. We condemn the role of the western capitalist states and institutions in the enslavement of Afrikan people, in colonialism and neo-colonialism and their accompanying holocaust, which should be acknowledged world-wide as a crime against humanity. We also draw attention to the role of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in international debt fraud, terrorism and sabotage of all endeavours for a new democratic world order of social justice. We recognise the historically recent deployment of Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as the main mechanisms for carrying out the aforementioned crimes in Afrika and the rest of the so-called Third World.
The AUAF calls on Afrikans wherever they are to mobilise in grassroot and community structures of action to fight for our just demands for Pan-Afrikan Reparations and a stop to the present threat of further genocide by America and its imperialist allies. We call upon all lovers of justice, peace, harmony and international morality to support our just demands.
NO MORE GENOCIDE! STOP AMERICA/BRITAIN/EUROPE-LED BELLIGERENT ALLIANCE! REPARATIONS NOW!
By Dr. Kimani Nehusi - University of East London
Submitted by BRC-REPARATIONS: Black Radical Congress - Reparations Caucus
[Don’t beats the Truth better than speaking it. T.Y., Editor]
POSITION STATEMENTof Silis Muhammad
The following is a brief statement of my political position on these urgent questions: Who are we, the so-called African Americans? What damage have we sustained from slavery and its lingering effects? What means of reparation would serve to best restore us? Which legal argument fits our situation? Are there steps we can now take domestically and internationally to assure our progress?
We are a unique people in the earth, rising into self-awareness after more than 400 years of slavery and its legacies. The slave master and his children named us niggers, negroes, coloreds, blacks, and African Americans. We have yet to give names to ourselves. We were kidnapped from our homes, families, tribes and nations. We were forcibly denied our mother tongue, our religion and our culture. We were subjected to forced, mixed breeding and rape by the slave masters. These inhumane acts resulted in the destruction of our original identity. We have risen, yet we remain scattered and of many minds. We must now take up the task of joining together, gaining our human rights, obtaining reparations, and restoring (constituting) ourselves.
We have suffered many atrocities, but the greatest damage done to us as a people is the destruction of our original identity. We have been made like unto orphans, lost and without international comfort. We possess no mother tongue to connect us to our place in the homeland, Africa. We are bound together as a people by our common origin, the experience of slavery, and our heroic struggle to overcome slavery's lingering effects. Because of the destruction of our identity, and particularly, the false picture given by the U.S. Government to the UN about us, we have no international recognition and no collective human rights.
For years the U.S. Government has been successful in persuading the international community that African Americans expressed their will through the civil rights movement, and that our ultimate desire is integration into America, and equality with the white majority. We know that it was not integration, but a desire for justice that gave rise to the civil rights movement.
When we went to the UN in person, and asked for recognition, reparations, and a process of ethnogenesis of our collective human rights, the UN began to see the African Americans in a different light. We informed them that we are a people deserving of the right to determine our own future, yet we do not have our rights because we are captives within the identity of the slave master's children. We speak their tongue, we practice their religion, and we live their culture: we live as Anglo-Saxon clones.
Upon hearing our prayer, the UN recognized that it had an obligation to find a place or create a place within international law where we will fit. If we are to receive reparations that will restore to us the dignity and protection that other peoples enjoy, we must first gain an internationally recognized identity, and our collective human rights.
As we step forth to gain our identity, we have the opportunity for the first time to give name to ourselves. In all humility, I offer the name "LOST FOUND Peoples", or in the alternative, "LOST FOUND Nations" for consideration. There is no question we have been lost, in the Islands and in many nations. The UN has begun to search for a place where we will fit. Our collective human rights and our reparations, throughout North, Central and South America, the Caribbean and beyond, can potentially be whatever we determine that we need, falling within the parameters of the UN. We are very diverse peoples, or nations, and we have many different needs.
Our legal argument is based upon international law, ratified by the U.S. Government, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), Article 27. The covenant says: "In those States in which ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities exist, persons belonging to such minorities shall not be denied the right, in community with other members of their group, to enjoy their own culture, to profess and practice their own religion, or to use their own language."
We are a numerical minority in the U.S., and the U.S. Government has recognized us politically as a minority, thus we use this Covenant in order to argue our right to reparations.
We know that this covenant did not exist during slavery, when we were first denied the human rights of speaking our own language, practicing our religion and enjoying our culture. Yet we argue that denying us the right to speak our own language, and separating us so that we could not retain it, are acts that constitute a permanent, ongoing denial, as the language is forever lost. Thus the U.S. Government is in violation of Article 27 of the ICCPR.
In addition, we argue that Article 27 of the ICCPR was in existence at the time the U.S. Government disrupted, through its infamous counter-intelligence program, the movement of our people toward our choice of culture, identity, education, and government. When we sought to identify ourselves as the Lost-Found Nation of Islam, Republic of New Afrika, Black Panther Party and so on, our activities were undermined and our leaders denigrated, incarcerated and assassinated. In fact, the U.S. still is operating its infamous counter intelligence program today, trying to prevent our rise. And finally, we argue that the U.S. Government violated, knowingly, the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which envisages human rights for everyone, everywhere, by keeping our existence hidden from the UN, in 1948.
The UN has given clear direction as to the avenue through which the so-called African Americans can seek recognition. In 1998, after hearing only a small number of interventions on behalf of African Americans, including my written and oral statements, the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights passed Resolution E/CN.4/SUB.2/RES/1998 in which the Working Group on Minorities was called upon to consider how the Sub-Commission in its future work might address the continuing legal, political and economic legacies of the African slave trade, as experienced by Black communities throughout the Americas. Since that time I have addressed the Sub-Commission three times, and the Working Group on Minorities five times, including twice in forums that the Working Group has organized for the specific purpose of hearing the issues of the so-called African Americans.
Domestically, we will continue to build the government of African Americans that I, along with others, began establishing some time ago. I am firmly committed to the Lost-Found Nation of Islam, and I know of nothing or no combination of things that could alter my resolve. I presume that others feel the same way about whatever it is they believe in. Thus, while retaining, internally, the Constitution of the Lost Found Nation of Islam, we have moved forward to shoulder with you the responsibility of building a democratically elected government that will include all of our people: Christians, Muslims and other creeds.
Internationally, we hope that Black leaders throughout the Americas Region and the Diaspora will join us in support of the efforts of the Working Group on Minorities. Information can be gained from an expert paper written by one of the Working Group members, Professor Jose Bengoa. In his writing he demonstrates an understanding of our situation, our rise, and our desire for restoration. He defines it as the process of ethnogenesis.
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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS AND PARTICIPATION:
REPARATIONS AND RACIAL PROFILING
November 12, 2001
We are organizing two sessions at the Southern Sociological Society's annual meetings this April on Racial Profiling and Reparations.
If interested in presenting please send abstracts to me. Also selected papers will be considered
for publication in ABS see below:
Dear Friends and Scholars,
I am pleased to encourage you to submit an abstract for two (2) Special Issues to American Behavioral Scientist that I will be the Editor. One of the Special Issues will deal with the subject of Reparations and the other will deal with Racial, Ethnic and Religious Profiling.
I am looking especially for fresh and new treatments of these two important issues. All perspectives, frames of reference, and disciplines are encouraged.
If you are interested please send to me directly an abstract of no longer than 100 words. Abstracts will be due 1 month from now (middle to late November). From those abstracts submitted, scholars will be invited to submit a finished paper within a 3-4 month period (January or February). We anticipate that the special issues will be published in the middle to late spring and summer of 2002.
Send all abstracts and questions to: email@example.com
Rodney D. Coates
Director of Black World Studies
Professor of Sociology
Oxford, Ohio 45056
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BRC-REPARATIONS: Black Radical Congress - Reparations Caucus
November 13, 2001
I have read this entire diatribe. Nowhere is there anything pertaining to the agenda that the FBI has for the African American community. Nowhere!
How many African Americans is it going to take before you wake up and realize that this agenda exists. That is the main reason why I call for reparations. The other is so this government will never forget what it has done to human beings.
I have contacted Minister Farrakhan's office in the hope that a fund would be created for rich people's reparations. People like Oprah and Colin Powell to name just two who do not need the money so that that money could be used as the Korean community uses their money-a Kye-to establish a business with a grant instead of a loan.
In the first edition of True Democracy one of 46 demands is for reparations. There are 20 more demands, which directly pertain to the improvement of African American's lives. That's just in the first edition. Then in the second edition there are more demands, which will greatly help the community.
So, I suggest you read my unique empowering magazine because I'm not even charging for the Top Secret American history that it publishes. Then, someday when you receive your check and your life is saved, if you really don't want the money, you can send it to me as my skin color is not black. My favorite professor's is. She taught me well; she is African American.
I'm risking my life to save yours. The least you could do is send the Demand page to the Speaker of the House in the snail mail as many African Americans have done. My greatest supporters are in the African American community because they know that I care about their welfare.
In peace and solidarity,
Arlene Johnson, Publisher
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Submitted by Subj: Digest for TheBlackList@topica.com, issue 867
November 14, 2001
It is smart for us to be informed and aware of the "plans and schemes" of this government, like the one below, but, what are we to do with it? Should we now go into a defensive mindset? Or, should we make our own collective future plans and concentrate on them? Just like during the time of slavery, our families were fed so many stories about what will be done, if this or that happens, and those stories kept a lot of our families in check - kept them muddling along the way the government wanted them to. Should we constantly repeat history, or change it all together?
Somebody, holla at me, please.
The Coming American Holocaust?
Death Camps And Pick-Up Lists Ready?
"Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and
hurry off as if nothing had happened"
NOTE: The following is an interview with 'Mr. Sea' regarding alleged New World Order plans for the U.S. and its citizens. This is being posted as a point of information. We have seen video of the Indiana facility mentioned and it does appear to accurately fit the description in this interview.
[NOTE: Odds are you won't believe this source, so I have included an alternative source including admissions from the Director of Resource Management for the U.S. Army and from Congressman Henry Gonzales (D,Texas). Read it and get very angry. - W.A.C.]
In the spring of 1997, Senior Editor, Professor Ian Stewart, met with "Mr. Sea" (real name known but withheld) to discuss what he has learned first-hand about the coming persecution at the hands of the New World Order operatives.
With a seven-inch thick portfolio filled with photographs, news articles, correspondence, etc., Mr. Sea revealed disturbing information about New World Order efforts to destroy and enslave America.
The following are some of Mr. Sea's comments. But first, let's take a look at the man who made the comments.
Mr. Sea, a committed Christian, is a former inspector for the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Department of Defense, with 31 years of federal service: 22 in the military, nine with the Department of Defense, including two year with the Air Staff. He's a holder of the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three awards of the Joint Service Medal, all of the Vietnamese awards, as well as the Joint Meritorious Unit Medal.
When he retired a few years ago, he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Civilian Service Medal. He's been around the world to 31 countries on four continents, and speaks five languages.
Mr. Sea spoke of the coming American Holocaust of the Government's plans for dealing with the non-New World Orderites. He spoke of the infrastructure that has already been set up to incarcerate and execute Americans, and the locations of the facilities that will be used for these purposes all with photographs, leaving little to the imagination.
"The infrastructure is set up. There are at least 130 concentration camps quietly modified facilities which have sprung up and continue to spring up across the country, seemingly devoid of activity, yet requiring strange accoutrements such as barbed wire-topped fencing (with the tops turned inward) and helicopter wind socks. Most have good logistical supportability, with major highways and railroad transport facilities adjacent to the sites.
"These facilities, many in remote areas across our country, are set up to become concentration/detention camps, complete with gas chambers, for resisters and dissidents. Generally speaking, they're set up for dissenters who will not go along with the New World Order. The 'resisters' are gun owners who refuse to give up their weapons; the 'dissidents' are Christians, Patriots and Constitutionalists. These camps are set up. I've seen many of them.
"On August 6, 1994, I toured the Amtrak Railcar Repair Facility at Beech Grove, Indianapolis, Indiana. There are at least ten maintenance barns at this facility, covering 129 acres, with two separate fences with the tops leaning inward. The windows of several buildings have been bricked up. Hence, you have three levels of security for Amtrak repair barns!
"There are three helicopter 25-knot aviation wind socks (which aren't the correct ones to use for chemical spills which require 10-knot wind socks). There are high security NSA-style people turnstiles, and high intensity/security lighting for 24-hour operation. The box car (gas chamber) building fence is marked with special 'RED/BLUE Zone' signs [visible in the photo]. This corresponds to the 'mission' of the RED/BLUE Lists which surfaced in June and July of 19! 96.
[NOTE: that is approx. when I became convinced that rumours of similar compounds here in Canada had a basis in fact.- W.A.C.]
"Under martial law, this will become a death camp. They're only going to handle category one and two (RED and BLUE) people there. This box car facility will be used for execution.
"One of the barns is large enough to put four box cars into. There are powered vents on the top of the barn to vent the gas out of the building after the boxcars have been fumigated. All of the buildings have newly installed six-inch gas pipes and furnaces installed in all 'railroad barns.'
"Since the photo [snipped] was taken in August 1994, FEMA has allocated $6 million to make the walls and roofs of the buildings 'airtight' (see article below). Under martial law, this facility could be immediately used as an SS-style 'termination' gas chamber.
"On January 27, 1995, The Indianapolis News ran an article titled, 'Amtrak Lays off 2! 12 at Beech Grove: 170 Lose Jobs at Maintenance Center Today.' Why perform $6 million worth of renovations, and then lay off 212 people? Because the people doing the final executions will not be Americans. Thus, the 'slots' of the 212 will be filled with non-Americans.
"They'll hire foreigners for this 'cappo' task. Cappo ('chief' in Italian) was the title of the trustee prisoners who actually killed many Jews for the SS butchers at Dachau, and at other Nazi crematoria across Europe.
"The news article also said, '...hopes the yard may be able to solicit work repairing private train cars, and perhaps subway cars from Washington, DC, or other urban areas.' The repairing of private trains is a dead giveaway to death cars!
"The article went on to say, 'Late last year, Congress ordered Amtrak to spend at least $5.9 million patching holes in the roof and fixing masonry on the walls of the giant machine sheds at Beech Grove.' These buildings have been 'sealed.' They're airtight. The facility is constructed to allow gas to be blown into all the buildings via the newly installed, two-story, hot air heating furnaces."
Next, Mr. Sea elaborated on the two categories the 'RED and BLUE Lists' and what they mean: "The RED List is for pick-up and execution before unobtrusive preparations for martial law are initiated. The BLUE List is also for execution, but at a later date 'within six weeks of martial law declaration. There are no 're-education' plans for either category' just execution.
"When you get picked up on a RED pick-up, they'll take you from your home at night...probably around 4 a.m. and put you in a black van, then drive you to a helicopter waiting to fly you to an intermediate point. There, you'll be loaded onto a big 64-passenger CH-47 Chinook helicopter...all black, unmarked and illegally operating under the Treaty on Open Skies.
"Then they'll fly you to one of 38 cities where you'll board a 747, 737, or 727. "You may be taken straight to a temporary detention facility. When you're RED listed, you'll be taken to a red camp. Then you'll be executed.
"At some point, martial law will be declared. (Martial law is when the writ of Habeas Corpus to have a trial by jury is suspended. Instead, of going to the judge, you go straight to jail for a limited time,) I suspect there will be a major outage, or some other crisis which will be the reason to declare martial law. At this point, the BLUE listed people will be picked up. At that time, the country will be regionalized into ten regions, which are already designated by FEMA.
"Be advised that it has been proven (in Wyoming and at least one other location) that the black choppers have state-of-the-art radio (RF) frequency wideband jammers, and can jam cell phones and CBs while they're executing black operations missions (i.e., in your area). This means that your cell phone could be jammed just before and/or duri! ng any action against you.
"In June of 1996, an FBI agent got hold of the Region Three BLUE List (from a CIA agent), and found his own name on it, and those of several others he knew in Virginia. The Regional BLUE List stated that the names on the BLUE List would be picked up 'within six weeks of the actual martial law declaration.'
"This parallels the Nazi RED/BLUE List policy almost to the letter. The parallel Nazi plan was published by Heinz Hohne in his 1966 book, The Story of the Nazi SS: The Order of the Death's Head. (I've read this book and sent it to Jack McLamb.)
"People say, 'It won't work.' But it will work if the 300,000 Soviet troops which are ALREADY HERE can get the guns. The name of the game is to blackball the people to get the guns . . . make the militia look bad, make guns look bad, make everybody give up their guns. Once they get your gun, they've got you, UNLESS you've got the angel of the Lord at your door. If you've got the ang! el of the Lord out there protecting you, it's another story. "The ones doing all of this are operating out of the highest places in the Federal Government. They're cooperating with 'spirit guides and mediums' and using astrology and numerology. The spirit guides are telling them what to do, and the entire thing is being orchestrated at the highest spiritual levels. Every base has been covered. They've thought of everything.
"If you notice, they often do things on the 13th of the month. Mr. Clinton does a lot of things on the 13th. On September 13, 1993, the brokered Israeli-PLO peace accord was signed. He waited 14 days, until September 13, 1994 to sign the Crime Bill. On June 13, 1995, he stated he'd veto the national debt authorization ceiling. On November 13, he did veto it. On January 13, 1996, he made a speech to Bosnia.
"Amos 3:7 says that God doesn't do anything without first revealing His secrets to His servants the prophets. God is giving His people warnings. There are people who go to prophecy conferences to see when the rapture is going to take place and listen to all the peaceful prophets prophesying good news and glad tidings. But if we'll listen to God, He is warning us of the times that are coming. We need to prepare.
"There will be an interim of probably just days from the time they launch the RED List, to the declaration of martial law when they'll start coming after those on the BLUE List. It'll work the same way it did with the Nazis who had a list of people to pick up, on June 30, 1934, before they declared their 'mobilization.'
"It's the same blueprint being used because it's the same spirit leading the Fourth Reich as led the Third Reich. In Germany, they used trains, here it will be helicopters and 747s.
"When Hitler was villainizing the Jews, he hired thugs and dressed them in black uniforms (our whole country is not going to black uniforms). He was building concentration camps and! setting up a transport system. In this country, they're now in the process of villainizing Christians, Patriots, Constitutionalists, and outspoken talk-show hosts, etc.
"Who will be doing the actual picking up? Foreign 'cops' (United Nations Internal Security Forces). Over 30 foreign military bases under the United Nations flag are already set up in the US., all with the approval of special appointees in high Federal positions. These bases are already manned with over ONE MILLION troops from Russia, Poland, Germany, Belgium, Turkey, Great Britain, Nicaragua, and Asian countries.
"Why are they here? Because unlike our own troops many of which along with the Guard and Reserve of 24 states are being deployed overseas will have no qualms about firing on U.S. citizens when the time comes.
"There are more than 2,000 Russian tanks, military trucks and chemical warfare vehicles just outside Gulfport, Mississippi. They began arriving in January of 1994.
There are 180 foreign troops at Fort Reilly which was confirmed to me by a Brigadier General. There are 300 who came into the Birmingham, Alabama airport on a big white Russian cargo plane on December 13, 1995.
"As of 1995, there were 10,000 plus foreign troops at Fort Chafee, Arkansas reportedly making preparations for 20,000 'detainees.'
"Also in 1995 at Fort Polk, Louisiana (U.S. Army Post), Russian and Eastern European troops were deployed under the U.N. flag. [When questioned about this, the legislative aide of the congressman who resides over Fort Polk, stated, "Yes, they were there undertaking broad, joint training exercises. And, yes, the U.N. flag was flying. There may still be some there today."]
"At the Aberdeen Proving Grounds, there are many Russian tanks. One of the NCOs told his father that he'd been maintaining them.
"This is going on all over the country. German troops are known to be at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexi! co, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, and Fort Hood, Texas. Chinese troops are known to be at the Long Beach Naval Station in California.
"There's not going to be some future event when the invading troops are going to show up. They're already here. When martial law is implemented, these foreign U.N. troops will be policing our country, carrying out the plans of the New World Order.
"God is warning His people. There isn't much time before these events begin to take place. God's people need to prepare themselves in every way possible. It's not a time for fear. It's a time for prayer, preparation and sharing our faith with a lost world.
"We must always remember Ephesians 6:12 which states: 'For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.'"
Submitted by email@example.com (Meru Kheop)
[Because this sounds like something the US would do, I published it. Do I believe it will happen? No! Is there a possibility it will happen? No! Though the US will eventually fall, it is not ready for self-destruction, and the above terrorist attack is one sure way to bring this about! Blacks can put out Hell’s Fire if we wanted to! T.Y., Editor]
MANY BLACKS HAVE DOUBTS, HERE’S WHY…
October 28, 2001 [Page B03]
On Oct. 16, more than 200 people packed the moot court at Howard University's School of Law for a "black community national dialogue" on war, terrorism and peace. The participants had plenty to say about the military campaign in Afghanistan -- its antecedents and posthumous ramifications -- and much of it was critical.
The views expressed that night echoed those I have heard many times since the Sept. 11 attacks -- at receptions, dinner parties and public meetings, during interviews, and from listeners to my weekly talk show on WPFW-FM radio. They confirmed what I had already concluded: that a sizable portion of the African American population has doubts about the wisdom of this war. What I hear may be reflective of that larger population.
Sure, most national polls indicate that the overwhelming majority of Americans stand with President Bush. But beneath the warm glow is this cold reality: More blacks than whites question or object to the so-called war on terrorism. According to a poll conducted earlier this month by the Pew Research Center for People and the Press, 20 percent of African Americans surveyed -- compared with 6 percent of whites -- do not support the president's military assault; another 17 percent of blacks -- but only 11 percent of whites -- are undecided.
What's the reason for this difference?
Dissenting blacks intersect with the larger, predominantly white anti-war movement, but their evaluation of the merits of the assault is often quite different. The views of many are colored by racial, economic and political injustice, and a history rife with betrayals and lies that can be neither casually discarded nor formally buried. "We've been here before; we understand where we are in history," says University of Maryland professor Ron Walters, noting that opposition or concerns do not mean they are unpatriotic.
Patriotism is a complicated notion that resonates differently among blacks, whose ancestors didn't enjoy the same freedoms or privileges as past generations of whites. As Walters explains it: "White patriotism is a patriotism of ownership of the state. Black patriotism is one of ambivalence; it is patriotism that has suffered."
Sifting through my radio calls, black-oriented Web sites, my reporting on the question, and the comments made at Howard and elsewhere, what's clear to me is that many blacks have the following concerns: a general distrust of the government and Bush; fear that heightened powers awarded to Attorney General John Ashcroft will metastasize with deadly results for blacks; worries that a sustained ground offensive will mean large numbers of black casualties; questions about Bush's overly broad definition of "terrorism" and "terrorist"; and a general belief that this country's foreign policy is biased, resulting in racist actions.
"The dirt done at home is reflective of the dirt done abroad," asserts the Rev. Graylan Hagler, pastor of Plymouth Congregational Church in the District.
Some of my radio listeners have said much the same. "The historical discussion is critical to what is going on," said one caller, named Anthony. "The Bush administration wants to set aside the Kyoto, the ABM treaties; his people walked out of the race conference [in Durban, South Africa] . . . . You can't ignore this stuff."
Understandably, black dissidents lay their litany of domestic grievances like a transparency over any debate about the war's validity. Many say they cannot pledge allegiance to a commander in chief who only a few months ago aided and abetted in what they believe was the stealing of the presidential election while endorsing the disqualification of thousands of votes cast by black Floridians. "I'm sorry people died. But I can't get upset when someone hijacks a plane and someone has hijacked the goddamn government," says Mary, another listener.
Sylvia Hill, a criminal justice professor at the University of the District of Columbia, points to legislation pushed by the Justice Department and signed into law by Bush on Friday, that provides for expanded wiretapping, arrest and detention of persons simply for being identified as a "possible" terrorist. "Today it may be an abuse of the rights of people who look Middle Eastern. But it will sooner or later come back to any group," that can be used to further the aims of those engaged in enemy-making, says Hill. Blacks well remember the tactics of former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, including the illegal surveillance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and others in the civil rights movement.
They remember, too, the disproportionate numbers of blacks who died in the Vietnam War. Many African Americans fear that any ground battle in Afghanistan will result in the same. They expect that, as in the past, when the Lone Ranger says "we," it will be Tonto who ends up on the front line.
From my listening post, it seems the greatest source of consternation for many dissenting African Americans is the Bush administration's unwieldy definition of terrorism. "What do they mean by terrorist?" Carlton, one of my listeners, asked recently. He said he thinks that to accept that federal ascription is to forever taint people -- Geronimo, Nat Turner, Nelson Mandela -- who fought valiantly, using whatever resources at their disposal, to free their people from the shackles of colonialism and racism. "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter," Carlton said, invoking that much-repeated phrase.
Equally important, say other black dissidents, is that by using Bush's definition, the United States could end up hunting itself: "When our government provides the weapons and training to the Guatemalan military, when you go to Angola and see children with no limbs walking in fields with land mines marked 'Made in the USA,' that is terrorism," argues international human rights and peace activist Damu Smith. "When the [U.S.] government provides assistance to the Israeli government and that government carries out violence in a systematic way, those acts by that Israeli government are acts of terrorism."
Context is critical. Many blacks are bothered by the fact that several of the countries involved in America's anti-terrorist coalition -- Pakistan, India and Uzbekistan -- receive financial support from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Their participation has been bought using promises of debt restructuring and economic assistance. Many also say that on the surface this appears to be a war to annihilate terrorists, but that it's generally about market economics, and more specifically about oil; it's always about oil when America goes dancing in the Middle East.
Many dissenting African Americans say they will not blindly hoist the flag and sing "God Bless America" when they know the country hides its bloody hands in its cash-filled pockets. They want to uproot the lies, they say. And because there is a burgeoning Muslim population among African Americans, they want someone to speak up for Palestinians.
"Israel has created an apartheid system out of its victim status," one black senior-level District official told me. "The Palestinians have become the niggers of the Middle East."
For many blacks, the Palestinian fight is akin to the lost battle of native Americans, relegated to concentration camps called reservations. It is the Southern civil rights movement, the racism conference and the demand for reparations. There is no line of demarcation. For them, there is only one continuous cultural narrative written by poor and politically repressed people everywhere.
This identification with the Palestinians extends one step further to Osama bin Laden's demand for the United States to withdraw its military from Saudi Arabia, which is considered an Islamic holy land. Many blacks learned of Islam through a somewhat Americanized version, practiced by then-Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad. When Malcolm X, the Nation's fiery spokesman, broke with the sect after a visit to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, many blacks also embraced the more universal form of Islam. While they do not endorse the cosmogony espoused by bin Laden and his Taliban enablers, African Americans most certainly understand blasphemy.
They also understand that, as it is written in Ecclesiastes, there is an appointed time for everything: This, they say, is the time for truth and justice. They say the public is hearing half-lies and propaganda, and that when they have sought to speak out, they have suffered intimidation: Rev. Hagler reports having received death threats for preaching peace during a time of warmongering.
As I wrote this essay, I was cautioned by friends and colleagues about speaking out and reminded of McCarthyism. There does seem to be a sort of unofficial gag order, even among some blacks, decreeing the exclusion of black dissenting voices. But those dissenting voices are a crucial element of this debate, especially if the country is to develop a new foreign policy that is more reflective of the views of all Americans.
By By Jonetta Rose Barras
Jonetta Rose Barras is a political columnist and author of
"The Last of The Black Emperors: The Hollow Comeback of Marion Barry in the Age of New Black Leaders" (Bancroft Press).
[Admin Note: also see "Deep Distrust of Government Still Simmers"
Submitted by BRC-NEWS: Black Radical Congress - General News Articles/Reports
[Right On with the Right On! T.Y., Editor]
The Reparations Movement’s goals are as follows:
- Obtain Reparations from all countries that prospered from Black Slave Labor
- Schedule Conferences, Marches, and Protests until the White Society apologizes and
compensates Descendants of the Slave Trade
- Speak at the United Nations on Reparations for Survivors of the Slave Trade in order
to gain International Support from all or most countries
- Demonstrate in front of the UN in Geneva for World Attention
- Establish an International Fund for Descendants of Slaves
- Target Companies that existed during the days of Slavery for Reparations, and if they
do not comply, then list them as “Unworthy” for Black patronage
- Seek support for Reparations from Companies that prosper off of Black Clients
- Seek Celebrity support for Reparations
- Involve the Media
- Make “Reparations” the buzz word for this new century
- Etc., etc., and by “any means necessary” within the Law
REPARATIONS YES - MOVEMENT
Announces Historical Nation-Wide Petition Campaign
The Reparations - Yes International Petition
Drive Web Site is Up and Running!
The International Reparations Petition
located online at:
Please pass the word
Remember the goal is
No Less Than
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Please visit www.unity4theworld.com and sign the petition Today!
Remember we are trying to secure 50 Thousand signatures from each state and foreign country, every signature counts, including yours!
Ms. Clara Peoples
Ms. Lisa Clay
Dr. Saharra Bledsoe
IN SUPPORT OF REPARATIONS!
and DO SOMETHING IN SUPPORT OF REPARATIONS! OR
THERE CAN BE NO REAL - PEACE!
THE REPARATIONS PROPOSAL BEGINS TO DEVELOP…
November 21, 2001
Our Reparations Proposal begins to develop. Be aware that we are not proposing to re-invent the wheel here, as several Reparations Proposals have been written, some of which can be read by linking to the IRSGroup website.
In addition, we must refer to the Final Document of the WCAR, and the Reparations proposals contained therein which some of us in this Group helped formulate.
However, what I think we are trying to create is a proposal, which has the views of Diaspora Africans outside the USA and Africa, i.e. the Caribbean and Latin America. Outside of the Rastafari community, the voices of these victims of slavery have hardly been publicly heard on the issue of Reparations. We saw what different positions emerge from Caribbean Diaspora Africans.
So with all that in mind, we now have several points for the Reparations Proposal being written by this Group. I am collating them into a document which will be available at the website.
1. We agree that an educational programme is necessary. Ras E.A.S. Tafari proposes it should last 5 years and then be evaluated. How to evaluate? I propose that evaluation can be done as we go along by the number of signatures received on the national petition created by each Diaspora nation. The Jamaica Reparations Movement proposes to begin such a Petition in Jamaica. Secondly, we can evaluate the success of the educational programme from the Reparations Proposal, which emerges from meetings of groups and committees in communities, regions and nations.
2. Monetary terms... please read the AWRRTC document, which has submitted an Invoice to enslaving nations at the International Court, Hague, for a sum of US$777 Trillion! The effort to put a price on the damage is huge, so at WCAR an attempt was made to identify compensation in other forms (though not exclcuding monetary). We can examine the relevant documents here also. A list of these can be read at The Rastafari Page website report on WCAR (http://www.geocities.com/maskel2001).
3. It is the intent of the Jamaica Reparations Movement to collect a national Petition of signatures to lobby Government and assist it in formulating a national position. Strength of numbers can assist in putting pressure on governments.
Chief Pearnel Charles asks a good question: how can we include liberal whites such as Bill Clinton who understand the cause, so as to have a wide cross section of the world involved. Your point is well taken and the presence of Lord Anthony Gifford among us (who debated Reparations in the British House of Lords) shows that many others from his side of the fence are willing to be involved. The Reparations movement already has a committee in Vienna, Austria composed of Europeans sympathetic to the cause.
As we already have a Ambassador, a Chief and a Lord in our group, it would make our cause even more international if we can persuade a President to join!!!
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Sam Anderson)
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BRC-REPARATIONS: Black Radical Congress - Reparations Caucus
[Former President Clinton supports Reparations? Hmmm. I have got to read this proposal!!! He never once responded to any of my letters to support Blacks in our fight for Reparations, and I wrote to him for over four years. T.Y., Editor]
*****MARK YOUR CALENDAR OF EVENTS*****
Muhammad Mosque of Islam in Boston, Massachusetts invites you to attend weekly meetings each Sunday at the Dillaway located at:
183 Roxbury Street
(Next to the Timilty School, in Roxbury)
Meetings start at 2:00 PM, but on the last Sunday of the month we start at 1:00 PM.
For more information and to schedule free lectures on Reparations at your church, school, business or organization, feel welcome to telephone Minister Malik Al-Arkam at (617) 770-2017.
REPARATIONS YES - MOVEMENT
Announces Historical Nation-Wide Petition Campaign
The Reparations - Yes International Petition
Drive Web Site is Up and Running!
Please visit www.unity4theworld.com and sign the petition Today!
Remember we are trying to secure 50 Thousand signatures from each state and foreign country, every signature counts, including yours!
Ms. Clara Peoples
Ms. Lisa Clay
Dr. Saharra Bledsoe
FREE THE MIND... FREE THE PEOPLE... FREE THE LAND
THE NATIONAL COALITION OF BLACKS FOR
November 25, 2001 (Sunday)
LISTEN TO: DRUMBEAT Radio / Net Cast LIVE IN BOSTON ON WRBB 104.9 FM
LEARN ALL ABOUT THE WORLD'S GREATEST TERRORIST and "THE SPECIAL VIRUS PROGRAM," U.S. GOVERNMENT RESEARCH THAT LED TO THE MAKING OF THE HIV VIRUS (AND PERHAPS WORSE) THE VIRUS THAT IS RAVAGING AFRIKA.
Convenes in Atlanta November 28 – December 2, 2001 at the Georgia International Convention Center.
"A set of goals and objectives have been outlined," he said. "We hope to identify, analyze and discuss the critical crises and issues facing Black people. We also hope to provide some sort of leadership and skill development training to enhance our collective capacity to engage the struggle for liberation."
"Our agenda also includes discussion of meaningful definitions of liberation and reconstruction, intensifying the global movement for reparations and working towards the convening of an International Black Arts and Cultural Festival,"
For more information, call 1-866-ATL-SOBW or visit
It is official!
The 2001 Black African Holocaust Conference will take place on Saturday, December 15, 2001.
Time: 11 A.M. - 7 P.M.
Place: The National Black Theater
2033 5th Avenue in
Harlem, New York.
Donation at the door is $10. Children 13 and under are admitted free.
This year's theme is "Black Liberation: The Need for an All or Nothing Strategy!"
Partial List of participants includes:
Dr. Julia Hare of San Francisco's Black Think Tank
Brother Steve Cokely
Sister Nisa Islam Muhammad of the Wedded Bliss Foundation
Brother Mark Mitchell, Assistant Editor of Afrikan.Net and many others
This year's conference will also feature the BAHC Film festival, a series of short films produced by Black independent filmmakers.
Pre-registration is now available through www.EricTureMuhammad.com.
All Pre-registrants are guaranteed free admission to the conference.
Brother Eric Ture Muhammad
The Black African Holocaust Council (BAHC)
Or call 202-882-0405
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The book listing on Reparations and Black History can be found in REPNOW Newsletters 1 - 5.
KHALIFAH'S BOOKSELLERS & ASSOCIATES
Producers & Disseminators of the Literature that is Finally Freeing Afrikan People:
"Those at Home and those abroad!"
WE SHALL WIN THIS WAR!
Imari A. Obadele
The web address for Without Sanctuary” is listed in the REPNOW Newsletter #13.
Please pass this information on to others for it is out of…
AMERICA'S SHAME: CONTEMPT & THE LYNCHINGS
James Allen’s photos on the lynchings of Blacks in America
See a wide range of E-mail Addresses & WebSites on REPARATIONS in the REPNOW Issue #13.
BROAD RANGE OF TACTICS
Minister Malik Al-Arkam
Boston Representative of the
Honorable Silis Muhammad
JOIN THE BLACK REPARATIONS MOVEMENT TODAY !
IT IS A WIN, WIN CASE FOR US!
Oscar L. Beard
I am Gregory Carey, Founder and President of Reparations Central, an online reparations searchable database. We would like for you to view our website that is in the development stage at http://www.reparationscentral.com
We are also attempting to unify and centralize the reparations movement. We are looking for other organizations that are doing reparations work to put on our website. Also, we are asking every organization to consider putting an audio/video presentation on our website. This website is the hub of the reparations movement worldwide. We need your support and help to make this reparations clearinghouse a successful venture.
Aluta Continua Asante Sana
HOW CAN I SUPPORT THE REPARATIONS MASS MOVEMENT?
1.) I suggest that you approach the city in which you reside for reparations, support for reparations, or information as to how to obtain reparations. Your strategy may be a model we all may benefit from at the local level.
2.) Next, demonstrate your willingness to join others in the struggle for reparations.
3.) I would hope that you join or start an N’COBRA chapter in your locale area (if there is none) and become an active and energetic member/reparations information resource, for your Afrikan brothers and sisters.
Submitted by R. Hazard, N’COBRA
"Together We shall Win REPARATIONS NOW!!!"
Free Your Mind - Join N’COBRA.... Free The People.... Free The Land...
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"If you are thinking one year ahead, sow a seed.
if you thinking ten years ahead, plant a tree.
If you thinking one hundred years ahead ...
educate the people."
Compliments of Shakira A. Ali
Up You Mighty Race; We Can Accomplish What We Will!!!!
I Remain to Serve,
INTERESTING INFORMATION OF SIGNIFICANCE AND FYI:
BIOTERRORISM NOTHING NEW TO NATIVE AMERICANS
November 1, 2001
The germ attacks now producing terror in the United States have aroused in Jimmie D. Oyler of De Soto, Kan., a melancholy feeling of deja vu. While officials try to trace the anthrax that has sickened more than a dozen Americans and killed four, Oyler remembers an earlier assault, by a foreign military power that is believed to have killed thousands of Americans - including some of his own ancestors. "Bioterrorism, it's terrible, and now it's happening again," said Oyler, principal chief of the United Tribe of Shawnee Indians.
The year was 1763, and it was the forebears of the United States who deployed the weapon. The British Army was trying to quell Pontiac's Rebellion, a Native American uprising in the waning days of the French and Indian War, when Gen.
Jeffrey Amherst hit on the idea of grinding the scabs of smallpox pustules into blankets and giving them to the natives. "I will try to inoculate [infect] the Indians by means of blankets that may fall in their hands, taking care however not to get the disease myself," Amherst, commander-in-chief of British forces in North America, wrote to Col. Henry Bouquet. And in another letter to Bouquet: "You will do well to try to inoculate the Indians by means of blankets, as well as to try every other method that can serve to extirpate this execrable race."
"I received your excellency's letters of 16th with their enclosures," Bouquet wrote back. "All your directions will be observed."
A Capt. Ecuyer, commander of Fort Pitt, made a gift of smallpox-infected blankets from the garrison hospital to a visiting delegation of Shawnee, Delaware and other Indians, according to St. John's University Prof. William R. Nester.
"It ripped through the Ohio Valley," said Nester, author of "Haughty Conquerors: Amherst and the Great Indian Uprising of 1763." "The number of deaths was not recorded, but certainly subsequent incursions into that region found the will of the Indians had been weakened."
It is one of the earliest documented incidents of biological warfare in history. "Not only did they do it to us, but later on, they did it to tribes further out West," said Oyler, a retired Navy pilot who served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. "And now it's turned around and ... it's happening to the United States." Amherst was a hero in the colonies before the American Revolution, and several towns were named for him. In recent years, residents of Amherst, Mass., seat of both elite Amherst College and the main campus of the University of Massachusetts, have proposed changing the name of the town.
A spokesman for Amherst College, where the sports teams are called the Lord Jeffs, said school officials frequently are asked about the incident.
"We get it a lot," Paul Statt said. "Our response is that we're named after the town, not the man."
By Matthew Hay Brown, Courant Staff Writer
From: Zimbabwefriends@mail.com (Friends Of Zimbabwe)
Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org
[What sort of mankind can do such a thing to human beings and then watch them suffer, especially children? By the same token, what sort of mankind can so barbarically and unmercifully enslave human beings and categorize them with animals for hundreds of years and experience no guilt whatsoever? No amount of money, gold, and precious stones are enough for those of us who have suffered the worst Human Rights atrocities ever recorded on this planet. T.Y., Editor]
THE CIA’S NEW PROPAGANDA
September 29, 2001
When he wasn't busy trying on a new dress, or prying into Dr. Martin Luther King's sex life, J. Edgar Hoover spent a great deal of time shaping the public's perception of his beloved criminal enterprise, the FBI.
Even though the agency routinely engaged in residential break-ins, mail tampering, frame-ups, illegal wiretapping, and in some cases, outright assassinations, Hoover sought to portray the FBI as a by-the-book, squeaky-clean law enforcement agency. One of his more successful public relations tools was a 1960s television series about the FBI. Those who studied the agency learned that Hoover and his colleagues personally reviewed and approved all of the scripts. Each program featured square-jawed, dark-suited white men who brought criminals to justice. This series was an extremely effective propaganda device.
While the FBI has committed crimes to protect the interests of capitalism on the domestic front, the Central Intelligence Agency has done the same thing abroad. In 1961, the CIA was responsible for the assassination of Patrice Lumumba, Congo's first democratically elected leader. Lumumba was a charismatic, progressive Pan-Africanist who was quite serious about making the idea of "Africa for the Africans" a reality. His nationalization of certain industries and plans to use Congo's enormous natural wealth for the benefit of the country's people caused the U.S. to conclude that Lumumba would not be an ally in the Cold War, and he would otherwise be a major obstacle to corporate plans to maintain access to Congo's indispensable natural resources.
The British press has reported that the order to kill Lumumba came from the top. President Dwight Eisenhower instructed CIA director Allen Dulles to eliminate the African leader, whereupon Dulles termed Lumumba's removal "an urgent and prime objective." Journalist Alexander Cockburn has reported that Sidney Gottlieb, a CIA technician was instructed to work out the details of the assassination. Gottlieb's work involved brainwashing, biological warfare, electro-shock torture, etc. He developed a special poison for Lumumba that would cause symptoms comparable to those resulting from a disease found in central Africa.
Cockburn reported that the poison, a hypodermic syringe and other implements were smuggled into the Congo by a CIA agent in a diplomatic pouch. Gottlieb had provided instructions to CIA agents about how to apply the poison to Lumumba's toothpaste and food. When the agents were unable to get close enough to Lumumba to carry out the operation, the CIA resorted to Plan B, which involved having Lumumba captured, tortured and murdered by cooperating Africans. Lumumba's body was then placed in the trunk of a CIA agent's car.
The CIA's crimes against the African World did not end with the Lumumba assassination. A long series of bad acts reached a crashing crescendo when it was reported in 1996 that the agency was significantly responsible for the explosion of crack cocaine distribution in America's African communities.
This Fall, network television is broadcasting a new series about the CIA called "The Agency." While it is possible that the series will dramatize the CIA's criminal conduct, the advertisements suggest that the program will attempt to sanitize the CIA's image in much the same way that the old FBI television show did years ago. The series even features a couple of Africans in leading roles.
As conscious Africans, we have a choice about how to respond if this series turns out to be offensive propaganda. We can sit back and allow our children to watch this program and develop undeserved admiration for the CIA. As an alternative, we can meet this propaganda assault and re-direct it in a way that will move our liberation struggle forward.
One useful approach involves taking advantage of the groundbreaking film "Lumumba" which is scheduled for showing in numerous U.S. cities this Fall. Much goodwill result from assembling small groups of Black high school students in our respective communities, and engaging in collective reading and discussion of Lumumba and the CIA. If the groups then watch the Lumumba film together, there is certain to be inspired discussion in the aftermath, and the birth of a fierce hatred of the CIA by these budding warriors.
As a people, we Africans have endured far too much suffering, and experienced far too many setbacks in our struggle for liberation as a result of the CIA's crimes. It is critical that we not allow the agency to win yet another victory by capturing the admiration and allegiance of our children with a stupid television program.
By Mark P. Fancher
Mark P. Fancher is a writer, lawyer and activist. He can be contacted at: email@example.com for information about books he has written, and his availability for speaking engagements.
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October 16, 2001
Is the face of terrorism in the world today solely that of an Islamic fundamentalist fanatic? It is hard not to draw that conclusion given the American-flag-wrapped fulmination's flowing from politicians, pastors and the press following the truly tragic 9/11 attacks in New York City and Washington, DC.
Eclipsed by the rhetoric arising from America's need for righteous retaliation is the simple fact that terrorism is an act and not an ideology or theology. Americans quickly forget that the persons who committed the last act of horrific terrorism to strike America came from this nation's midsection and not the Middle East.
Native born terrorists like federal office building bomber Tim McVeigh are dismissed as anomalies while terrorists born in the Middle East like Osama bin Laden are not considered exceptions but are merely examples of their anti-America culture. Curiously, fanatical Islamic terrorists receive different treatment from American politicians, pastors and the press than terrorists driven by fanatical Christianity.
Some anti-abortion activists - fueled by their own brand of fundamentalist Christianity - are responsible for numerous bombings and other violent terrorist acts across America that have taken scores of 'innocent' lives. Yet, even in the wake of terrorism by anti-abortionists, politicians, pastors or press pundits do not rant about the urgent need to root out these terrorists and their supporters comparable to the calls for action against terrorists from the Middle East.
Following the 9/11 WTC/Pentagon attacks the prominent anti-abortion group Operation Rescue issued an "Open Letter" proclaiming that "the Lord has smitten" America because the innocent blood from over 44,000,000 aborted children shows that "we value human life no more than the terrorists flying the jetliners."
Interestingly, mainstream politicians, pastors and press pundits have not loudly pilloried Operation Rescue's "Open Letter" despite their sanctioning (mainly by their silence) the firings of journalists for making statements critical of U.S. government officials relating to the 9/11 attacks.
A few days after the fiery collapse of the WTC towers, right-wing minister Rev. Jerry Falwell went so far as to blast the ACLU, feminists, gays, pagans and pro-choice advocates for causing the 9/11 attacks. "I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped make this happen,'" Falwell stated on the 700 Club television program three days after the attacks. Falwell did castigate Islamic terrorist for actually committing the attacks. Rev. Pat Robertson, host of the 700 Club program, declared that he "totally" concurred with Falwell's assessment.
Neither of these leading conservative clerics faced sustained public criticism for their inaccurate and intemperate comments about those causing the 9/11 attacks or their consistent soft-peddling of anti-abortion movement terrorism. Perhaps a reason why many Americans see foreign-born terrorists differently than native-born terrorists relates to media coverage.
Early last year the media watchdog group FAIR issued an analysis of coverage of law enforcement actions involving four suspected terrorists- three white Americans and one Arab - during December 1999. According to FAIR's analysis, authorities arrested white Americans Kevin Ray Patterson and Charles Dennis Kiles on December 3, 1999 for allegedly planning a series of terrorist acts in California to spark a Y2K-related militia uprising. The arrests of Patterson and Kiles prompted articles in 96 newspapers.
Only 45 newspaper articles mentioned the December 28, 1999 police charging a Texas white supremacist named Jere Wayne Haney (an airline mechanic) with possessing 50-pounds of explosives and bomb-making instructions. In stark contrast to the white bombers' coverage in the media, the December 14, 1999 arrest of an Algerian named Ahmed Ressam for reportedly carrying bomb-making ingredients from Canada into the U.S. unleashed 906 newspaper articles, the FAIR analysis stated.
The FAIR analysis noted that Ressam's arrest "ran on the front page" while the actions against the white American terrorist suspects received 'news brief' coverage. Additionally, this analysis noted that 44 TV network news stories mentioned Ressam, compared to only two (both on CBS) mentioning Patterson and Kiles and no networks reporting on the arrest of white supremacist/airline mechanic Haney.
Why did the potential terrorism of white American bomb suspects generate only "one-tenth to one-twentieth" of the media interest of the arrest of an Arab considered a potential terrorist bomber the FAIR analysis wondered? "It's hard to escape the conclusion that it's Ressam's ethnicity that made him so much more newsworthy," FAIR's February 2000 analysis asserted.
Another interesting aspect about media coverage is the fact that of the thousands of newspaper articles and commentaries published about Tim McVeigh in the past few years only five have referred to McVeigh as a "monster." A recent check of the authoritative Lexis database found only 5 articles that mentioned McVeigh's name within twenty-five words of 'monster' and all five of those articles were published during the six months prior to McVeigh's execution.
A lengthy June 2001 Reader's Digest magazine article on McVeigh carried the headline "Into The Mind of Terror" stating in the subheadline that "Two Reporters Unmask The Man Whose Face Became Synonymous With Evil." Yet no where in this article is McVeigh referenced as a monster, a characterization frequently used in media accounts of Blacks charged with and/or convicted of crimes causing far less devastating loss of life as the federal building bombing.
Just like America does not want to be reminded that its flawed foreign policy forays once funneled millions to bin Laden and his Taliban protectors, this nation never wants to be reminded of its sordid history of domestic racist terrorism...especially state supported terrorism.
A dictionary definition of terrorism is the use of force or threats to demoralize, intimidate and subjugate, especially such use as a political weapon or policy. This definition sounds a lot like the history of onslaughts against African-Americans from antebellum slave patrols to contemporary police brutality.
A recently published review of the book "Slave Patrols: Law and Violence in Virginia and the Carolinas" described these armed nightriders who stopped, searched and whipped Blacks as "the immediate agents of a white supremacist state." Slave patrols, operating under the sanction of law, used force to prevent escapes, stop rebellions and generally disrupt Black social life.
The slave patrol duties of subjugation and demoralization fits the dictionary definition of terrorism. Civil rights leaders and legal expert have long declared that policing in contemporary America often employs indiscriminate force against Blacks for the purpose of intimidation. This widespread police practice fits the definition of terrorism.
"Aggressive (police) patrol practices create tension and hostility," stated the 1968 Kerner Commission report on racism in America. "The resulting grievances have been further aggravated by the lack of effective mechanisms for handling complaints against police." That review of the "Slave Patrols" book begins with this sentence: "The immediate causes of the civil unrest in Cincinnati this past spring are clear enough: White cops had been abusing and killing black civilians."
Is this abuse a part of state supported terrorism? Consider this fact. Since the Kerner Report, Cincinnati authorities have repeatedly refused to implement their own recommendations to prevent police abuse. The seminal 1968 Kerner Commission Report discussed police abuse in Cincinnati, finding that discriminatory law enforcement sparked the ugly 1967 riot that rocked the southern Ohio city.
Yet more than a decade after the Kerner Commission Report, Cincinnati authorities continued ducking the deadly problem of discriminatory abuse by their city police. "City Council, the City Administration, or the Police Administration neither really care nor are willing to do anything about reported incidents of [police] misconduct," stated the 1979 Mayor's Community Relations Panel report.
These statements from that 1979 report mirror remarks from the Executive Director of the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission contained in his report attached to a federal class action lawsuit filed against the Cincinnati Police Department in mid-March 2001. "The City has acquiesced and ratified (abusive practices) by failing to adequately supervise and discipline those officers responsible for these civil rights violations," stated this report prepared by CHRC head Cecil Thomas, a 27-year veteran of the Cincinnati Police Department.
"This deliberate indifference to the rights of African American citizens.has caused injury and will continue to cause injury if the practices are not corrected," Thomas noted in his report accompanying the federal lawsuit filed by the Cincinnati Black United Front and the Ohio ACLU. During the last week of September 2001 a judge in Cincinnati dismissed the negligent homicide charge against policeman Stephen Roach, whose fatal shooting of an unarmed Black teen ignited that riot in Cincinnati earlier this year.
When Judge Ralph Winkler dismissed that homicide and another misdemeanor charge filed against Roach he proclaimed, "If an officer mistakenly believed that a suspect was likely to fight back, the officer might be justified in using more force than was actually necessary." If Roach's action was reasonable as Winkler claimed, why did Roach give three contradictory accounts to investigators after the shooting?
Those contradictory accounts - one exposed as a lie by a videotape from a police car camera - should have lead Winkler to at least convict Roach on the obstructing official business charge if Winkler wasn't playing his role in protecting police abuse...protecting state supported domestic terrorism. A Cincinnati homicide detective even testified that Roach lied to investigators, telling Winkler that Roach's accounts were carefully scripted to hide his culpability.
Judge Winkler dismissed the detective's testimony proclaiming that "any different statements attributed to Officer Roach were not substantial and the statements did not hamper or impede the police investigation of the incident in any way."
The Rev. Damon Lynch, a Black leader in Cincinnati, called Winkler's ruling acquitting Roach of all charges "an atrocity." After Winkler's acquittal, an apologetic Roach called the fatal shooting and subsequent events a "nightmare." However, Timothy Thomas' mother called Roach a liar. "Justice means 'just us.' If you are a police officer, you have true justice. If you're not, you don't," said Thomas' mother Angela Leisure. "This situation will happen again unless something changes."
Many feel that America's war against so-called Global Terrorism lacks real moral authority because of America's historic legacy of failing to attack its own state supported domestic terrorism.
Submitted by Malik Al-Arkam
…let's work together to heighten this righteous call for justice.
Peace and Power,
"If a white man hates me, that's his problem.
If he has the power to implement his hateful thinking,
that's my problem"
AHREF="http://members.aol.com/GhanaUnion/afrohero.html"Ancestor KwameToure (1941 - 1998)
WHY THE-POWERS-THAT-BE OWE BLACKS…BIG TIME!
"The Willie Lynch Letter"
William Lynch was a white slave owner from the West Indies, brought to America to spread his ideas on how to keep an entire race enslaved for centuries. This is the beginning...
I greet you here on the bank of the James River in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twelve. First, I shall thank you, the gentlemen of the Colony of Virginia, for bringing me here. I am here to help you solve some of your problems with slaves. Your invitation reached me on my modest plantation in the West Indies where I have experimented with some of the newest and still the oldest methods of controlling slaves.
Ancient Rome would envy us if my program were implemented. As our boat sailed south on the James River, named for our illustrious King, whose version of the Bible we cherish, I saw enough to know that your problem is not unique. While Rome used cords of wood as crosses for standing human bodies along its highways in great numbers, you are here using the tree and the rope on occasion.
I caught the whiff of a dead slave hanging from a tree a couple of miles back. You are not only losing a valuable stock by hangings, you are having uprisings, slaves are running away, your crops are sometimes left in the fields too long for maximum profit, you suffer occasional fires, your animals are killed. Gentlemen, you know what your problems are: I do not need to elaborate. I am not here to enumerate your problems, I am here to introduce you to a method of solving them. In my bag here, I have a fool proof method for controlling your Black slaves. I guarantee everyone of you that if installed correctly it will control the slaves for at least 300 hundred years. My method is simple. Any member of your family or your overseer can use it.
I have outlined a number of differences among the slaves: and I take these differences and make them bigger. I use fear, distrust, and envy for control purposes. These methods have worked on my modest plantation in the West Indies and it will work throughout the South. Take this simple little list of differences, and think about them. On top of my list is "Age", but it is there only because it starts with an "A": the second is "Color" or shade, there is intelligence, size, sex, size of plantations, status on plantation, attitude of owners, whether the slaves live in the valley, on hill, East, West, North, South, have fine hair, coarse hair, or is tall or short. Now that you have a list of differences. I shall give you an outline of action- but before that I shall assure you that distrust is stronger than trust and envy is stronger than adulation, respect, or admiration.
The Black slave after receiving this indoctrination shall carry on and will become self re-fueling and self generating for hundreds of years, maybe thousands. Don't forget you must pitch the old Black male vs. the young Black male, and the young Black male against the old Black male. You must use the dark skin slaves vs. the light skin slaves and the light skin slaves vs. the dark skin slaves. You must use the female vs. the male, and the male vs. the female. You must also have your white servants and overseers distrust all Blacks, but it is necessary that your slaves trust and depend on us. They must love, respect and trust only us. Gentlemen, these kits are your keys to control. Use them. Have your wives and children use them, never miss an opportunity. If used intensely for one year, the slaves themselves will remain perpetually distrustful.
Thank you, gentlemen.
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[I wonder what this man looked like. It’s understood that he was the devil himself! T.Y., Editor]
"LET'S MAKE A SLAVE"
Let us make a slave. What do we need? First of all we need a black nigger man, a pregnant nigger woman and her baby nigger boy. Second, we will use the same basic principle that we use in breaking a horse, combined with some more sustaining factors. We reduce them from their natural state in nature; whereas nature provides them with the natural capacity to take care of their needs and the needs of their offspring, we break that natural string of independence from them and thereby create a dependency state so that we maybe able to get from them useful production for our business and pleasure.
CARDINAL PRINCIPLES FOR MAKING A NEGRO
For fear that our future generations may not understand the principles of breaking both horses and men, we lay down the art. For, if we are to sustain our basic economy we must break both of the beasts together, the nigger and the horse. We understand that short range planning in economics results in periodic economic chaos, so that, to avoid turmoil in the economy, it requires us to have breadth and depth in long range comprehensive planning, articulating both skill and sharp perception. We lay down the following principles for long range comprehensive economic planning:
1) Both horse and niggers are no good to the economy in the wild or natural state.
2) Both must be broken and tied together for orderly production.
3) For orderly futures, special and particular attention must be paid to the female and the youngest offspring.
4) Both must be crossbred to produce a variety and division of labor. 5) Both must be taught to respond to a peculiar new language.
6) Psychological and physical instruction of containment must be created for both.
We hold the above six cardinals as truths to be self-evident, based upon the following discourse concerning the economics of breaking and tying the horse and nigger together...all inclusive of the six principles laid down above.
NOTE: Neither principles alone will suffice for good economics. All principles must be employed for the orderly good of the nation. Accordingly, both a wild horse and a wild or natural nigger is dangerous even if captured, for they will have the tendency to seek their customary freedom, and, in doing so, might kill you in your sleep. You cannot rest. They sleep while you are awake and are awake while you are asleep.
They are dangerous near the family house and it requires too much labor to watch them away from the house. Above all you cannot get them to work in this natural state. Hence, both the horse and the nigger must be broken, that is break them from one form of mental life to another, keep the body and take the mind. In other words, break the will to resist.
Now the breaking process is the same for the horse and the nigger, only slightly varying in degrees. But as we said before, You must keep your eye focused on the female and the offspring of the horse and the nigger. A brief discourse in offspring development will shed light on the key to sound economic principles. Pay little attention to the generation of original breaking but concentrate on future generations.
Therefore, if you break the female, she will break the offspring in its early years of development and, when the offspring is old enough to work, she will deliver it up to you. For her normal female protective tendencies will have been lost in the original breaking process. For example, take the case of the wild stud horse, a female horse and an already infant horse and compare the breaking process with two captured nigger males in their natural state, a pregnant nigger woman with her infant offspring.
Take the stud horse, break him for limited containment. Completely break the female horse until she becomes very gentle whereas you or anybody can ride her in comfort. Breed the mare and the stud until you have the desired offspring. Then you can turn the stud to freedom until you need him again. Train the female horse whereby she will eat out of your hand, and she will train the infant horse to eat out of your hand also.
When it comes to breaking the uncivilized nigger, use the same process, but vary the degree and step up the pressure so as to do a complete reversal of the mind. Take the meanest and most restless nigger, strip him of his clothes in front of the remaining male niggers, the female, and the nigger infant, tar and feather him, tie each leg to a different horse faced in opposite directions, set him afire and beat both horses to pull him apart in front of the remaining niggers.
The next step is to take a bullwhip and beat the remaining nigger male to the point of death in front of the female and the infant. Don't kill him. But put the fear of God in him, for he can be useful for future breeding.
THE BREAKING PROCESS OF THE AFRICAN WOMAN
Take the female and run a series of tests on her to see if she will submit to your desires willingly. Test her in every way, because she is the most important factor for good economics. If she shows any signs of resistance in submitting completely to your will, do not hesitate to use the bull whip on her to extract that last bit of bitch out of her. Take care not to kill her, for in doing so, you spoil good economics. When in complete submission, she will train her offspring in the early years to submit to labor when they become of age. Understanding is the best thing.
Therefore, we shall go deeper into this area of the subject matter concerning what we have produced here in this breaking of the female nigger. We have reversed the relationships. In her natural uncivilized state she would have a strong dependency on the uncivilized nigger male, and she would have a limited protective dependency toward her independent male offspring and would raise female offspring to be dependent like her.
Nature had provided for this type of balance. We reversed nature by burning and pulling one civilized nigger apart and bull whipping the other to the point of death--all in her presence. By her being left alone, unprotected, with the male image destroyed, the ordeal caused her to move from her psychological dependent state to a frozen independent state.
In this frozen psychological state of independence she will raise her male and female offspring in reversed roles. For fear of the young male's life she will psychologically train him to be mentally weak and dependent but physically strong. Because she has become psychologically independent, she will train her female offspring to be psychological independent as well. What have you got? You've got the nigger woman out front and the nigger man behind and scared. This is a perfect situation for sound sleep and economics.
Before the breaking process, we had to be alert and on guard at all times. Now we can sleep soundly, for out of frozen fear, his woman stands guard for us. He cannot get past her early infant slave molding process. He is a good tool, now ready to be tied to the horse at a tender age. By the time a nigger boy reaches the age of sixteen, he is soundly broken in and ready for a long life of sound and efficient work and the reproduction of a unit of good labor force.
Continually, through the breaking of uncivilized savage niggers, by throwing the nigger female savage into a frozen psychological state of independency, by killing the protective male image, and by creating a submissive dependent mind of the nigger male slave, we have created an orbiting cycle that turns on its own axis forever, unless a phenomenon occurs and reshifts the positions of the male and female savages. We show what we mean by example.
We breed two nigger males with two nigger females. Then we take the nigger males away from them and keep them moving and working. Say the nigger female bears a nigger female and the other bears a nigger male. Both nigger females, being without influence of the nigger male image, frozen with an independent psychology, will raise their offspring into reverse positions.
The one with the female offspring will teach her to be like herself, independent and negotiable (we negotiate with her, through her, by her, and negotiate her at will). The one with the nigger male offspring, she being frozen with a subconscious fear for his life, will raise him to be mentally dependent and weak, but physically strong...in other words, body over mind. Now, in a few years when these two offspring become fertile for early reproduction, we will mate and breed them and continue the cycle. That is good, sound, and long range comprehensive planning.
WARNING: POSSIBLE INTERLOPING NEGATIVES
Earlier, we talked about the non-economic good of the horse and the nigger in their wild or natural state; we talked out the principle of breaking and tying them together for orderly production, furthermore, we talked about paying particular attention to the female savage and her offspring for orderly future planning; then more recently we stated that, by reversing the positions of the male and the female savages we had created an orbiting cycle that turns on its own axis forever, unless phenomenon occurred, and reshifted the positions of the male and female savages.
Our experts warned us about the possibility of this phenomenon occurring, for they say that the mind has a strong drive to correct and recorrect itself over a period of time if it can touch some substantial original historical base; and they advised us that the best way to deal with this phenomenon is to shave off the brute's mental history and create a multiplicity of phenomenon or illusions so that each illusion will twirl in its own orbit, something akin to floating balls in a vacuum.
This creation of a multiplicity of phenomenon or illusions entails the principles of crossbreeding the nigger and the horse as we stated above, the purpose of which is to create a diversified division of labor. The results of which is the severance of the points of original beginnings for each spherical illusion. Since we feel that the subject matter may get more complicated as we proceed in laying down our economic plan concerning the purpose, reason, and effect of cross-breeding horses and niggers, we shall lay down the following definitional terms for future generations.
1. Orbiting cycle means a thing turning in a given pattern.
2. Axis means upon which or around which a body turns.
3. Phenomenon means something beyond ordinary conception and inspires awe and wonder.
4. Multiplicity means a great number.
5. Sphere means a globe.
6. Cross-breeding a horse means taking a horse and breeding it with an ass and you get a dumb backward ass, longheaded mule that is not reproductive nor productive by itself.
7. Cross-breeding niggers means taking so many drops of good white blood and putting them into as many nigger women as possible, varying the drops by the various tones that you want, and then letting them breed with each other until the circle of colors appear as you desire.
What this means is this: Put the niggers and the horse in the breeding pot, mix some asses and some good white blood and what do you get? You got a multiplicity of colors of ass backwards, unusual niggers, running, tied to backwards ass longheaded mules, the one productive of itself, the other sterile.
(The one constant, the other dying. We keep the nigger constant for we may replace the mule for another tool) both mule and nigger tied to each other, neither knowing where the other came from and neither productive for itself, nor without each other.
Cross-breeding completed, for further severance from their original beginning, we must completely annihilate the mother tongue of both the nigger and the new mule and institute a new language that involves the new life's work of both. You know, language is a peculiar institution. It leads to the heart of a people.
The more a foreigner knows about the language of another country the more he is able to move through all levels of that society. Therefore, if the foreigner is an enemy of the country, to the extent that he knows the body of the language, to that extent is the country vulnerable to attack or invasion of a foreign culture.
For example, you take a slave, if you teach him all about your language, he will know all your secrets, and he is then no more a slave, for you can't fool him any longer and having a fool is one of the basic ingredients of and incidents to the making of the slavery system.
(Courtesy Black Arcade Liberation Library; 1970 --Recompiled and reedited by Kenneth T. Spann)
[I dare any Black member of Congress to read the Willie Lynch document in a filibuster. T.Y., Editor]
Hoteph My Beloved Brothers And Sisters,
There must come a time in the Black Afrikan life when our desire must be over powering within the inner working of our soul, in order to break the cycle of the Willie Lynch conditioning.
It is the Black fool who say that the Willie Lynch experiment upon the Black Afrikan is fantasy, while all of the time the Black Afrikan attitude and behavior verify the success that such an experiment has been performed on us. No way is the behavioral attitude of the descendants of slavery and colonialism a natural one. The Black Afrikan in our present mental state clearly reflect the behavior of a being whose soul has been tampered with, tampered with to the point that we are not a true natural reflection of our original self. What Willie Lynch has done to us is the action of an evil one, Satan, Lucifer the destroyer of originality, truth, and right.
The Willie Lynch spell is made to be prevalent right now, today. His strategy continues to be manifested in the Black Afrikan as I speak. The Black Afrika attitudinal behavior is no where a true original reflection of our Ancient Ancestors, prior to the coming of Willie Lynch. Before Willie Lynch, we commanded the events that unfolded in our life, we were daring and strong Black people, fearing none and loving that which created us. We held the knowledge of our true dependency and were totally aware of our obligation to our true nature, which was grounded in peace, compassion and love for the good of God creation. We knew the charge given to us by the gods, to maintain and sustain that state of serenity. We once walked and talked to the gods of our creation. We once utilized our ability to commune and interact in harmony with the elements, which provided us knowledge of all things and the ability to implement that knowledge to the betterment of all life.
Look at us now! We no longer remember how to call up those forces which we still carry within us, we busy ourselves with practicing the Willie Lynch installed behavior with glee, having no desire to break the cycle. How do we break the Willie Lynch Cycle? We break it by acknowledging that it is present in our life behavior. The moment we acknowledge, is the moment we generate the desire to break it, to snap out of it, and we do that by rejecting all that he has taught us and all that he represent, religiously, socially, educational, politically and economically, because his way is not our way, as we should be able to clearly see, that is if we take an honest look at ourselves as Black people. The sign that Willie Lynch still is dominant in our Black lives is the way we behave toward him and the deep affection we hold for him, even to the point of the thought of leaving him is unacceptable and undesirable.
The Willie Lynch creation is the Matrix that hold and keep the Black Afrikan plugged into self denial of our still slave mentality. As long as we willingly stay plugged into the Willie Lynch phenomenal there is no hope for Afrika and the Black Afrikan. All that is required of us to do to break away from Willie Lynch Matrix we want no part of doing, we refuse to reject the very coils that hold us captive and that is his religion, which make us think that it will lead us to what he will not allow of us and that is respect, knowledge of the gods that gave us our original nature, and the knowledge of self love, which will make us aware of the power of the unity of like kind.
We the Black Afrikan have lost the knowledge of the significance of our being and where it is we must be. We know not the sacredness of the ground we call Afrika and what it will mean for us to reoccupy it as a unified Nation. This is what is being revealed my brothers and sisters at the Black Nationalist / Pan - Afrikan Diaspora Reparation / Repatriation Nation State Conference and only those of us who are no longer connected to the Willie Lynch Matrix will be able to see the significance of the foundation we are in motion of laying. Therefore those of us who are no longer connected to old Willie Lynch, we invite you to come to Dothan, Alabama on the 21, 22, 23rd of February 2002 and join us in planning a strategy that will take us home as we break the Willie Lynch Cycle.
Information about the next gathering can be gotten by contacting Sister Ashanty at Ashantyf@aol.com or ph-334-687-7717 and Brother Mawusi atat telephone #561-881-8298
Selfishness will take us no further than ourselves but unity will take you
A Race without power and authority is a Race without Respect !!!-Garvey
It is our unadulterated past, which must determine our action for today which will make for a better tomorrow. Our unadulterated past must become our unadulterated tomorrow (future) if Afrika is to survive.
Complete Love To The Afrikan Nation.
[I certainly admire your efforts, and I truly hope that they will become a reality very soon! T.Y., Editor]
Interesting food for thought...
September 24, 2001
Call me unpatriotic; label me irresponsible; consider me disrespectful; accuse me of ungratefulness; talk of my arrogance; malign me as evil; and Lord knows, brand me a communist, but spare me the token flag waving, the specious calls for American unity, and the temporary prayer vigils that only occur in emergencies. Yes, we must remember and honor the dead, but now is not the time for the living that remain may not last long themselves.
If we pause to cry now, it will obstruct the view of outright fascism coming straight at us.
The signs are everywhere. People who look Arab are being threatened, some killed; dim-witted government officials are calling for a 'war' that they will surely shield their children from serving in; media people are outright cheerleading the dim-witted officials; a US congresswoman's life has been threatened because she voted for peace; and even some of us have gone completely insane, commenting that we are willing to accept less civil rights if it means that White people will protect us! Have we completely lost what is reputed to be left of our miscegenated minds?
Even the day before this tragedy, I heard many of my middle-class negro friends, still sore over the election; refer to George W. Bush as the 'Commander and Thief.' They belittled his intelligence and mocked his use of the English language. Now they proudly refer to George W. as "my president," "our president." If he is a thief and an idiot, then why do my Negro friends entrust him with any serious matters, especially those involving the use of their children and grandchildren as soldiers.
I have middle-class negro friends who dress up 'Buffalo Soldiers' and proudly tell of the loyalty and exploits of their ancestors who have fought in every undeclared and declared conflict this country has been involved in.
They then grow despondent, sometimes bitter about loyalty paid back as "three fifths" of a man; duty reimbursed in the "Black codes;" honor made trivial by lynch law; justice stagnated by Jim Crow; and human dignity stained by a weak Civil Rights Act of 1964. Today, the government attempts to destroy affirmative action and will not even discuss reparations even though it is guaranteed they will rebuild Afghanistan just like they rebuilt Germany and Japan.
I guess many of my middle-class negro friends missed major news headlines years ago detailing a major university study finding that a majority of White Americans believed Africans in America to be less intelligent, lazy, and unpatriotic. It didn't matter if you were from the burbs or the projects; you were still lazy and shiftless-you are not to be trusted.
It is pathetic watching my middle-class Negro friends continue to play 21st century 'step-and-fetch its' to disprove what has been perpetually locked in the minds of a majority of White Americans. What is more disturbing is that they are willing to risk their children to fight a shadowy enemy thousands of miles away, but lack the courage to organize and fight the visible enemies of their communities (drug dealing, inferior education, sell-out politicians, to name a few). If we, as a people are entitled to any reparations, it is definitely for compensation for brainwashing.
By JA Tolbert Jr.
JA Tolbert Jr. is the editor of newsletter
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[Not all Black Folks will speak out, and those, like JA Tolbert, who do should be commended. It’s too bad for us that too many of us prefer to keep a low profile and not make waves, you might say. Unfortunately, it’s this attitude that keeps Blacks under control. When will we get fed up and do something about the hardships forced upon us and the heartache and despair that we face on a daily basis? T.Y., Editor]
October 23, 2001
(Cleveland, OH) International human rights and AIDS activist Dr. Boyd E. Graves discussed the secret 1971 U.S. Special Virus Flow Chart he discovered on "The Carl Stokes Forum."
The virus experiments detailed inside the secret US Special Virus Program Dr. Graves helped uncover, prove that the federal program spent over $550 million tax payer dollars between 1962 and 1978 to develop a synthetic immune suppressing virus "for which no known cure exists, and no natural immunity could have been acquired".
Dr. Graves' judicial activism has established a base line level of review into 15 years of secret missing medical history with the highest offices of our government including the U.S. Surgeon General's Office, the National Institute of Health, Secretary of Human Health and Services Tommy Thompson, and more.
Dr. Graves originally filed the peoples' petition for immediate program review in 1998.
Dr Graves' legal case charges the United States with the "creation," "production," and "proliferation" of AIDS.
On January 20, 2001 the US Department of Justice named the office of the President of the United States of America to answer Dr. Graves' allegations following submission of the 1971 US SVCP Flow Chart into evidence.
The Sixth Circuit Court in Cincinnati dismissed allegations of AIDS-Bioengineering as "frivolous" on Election Day, November 7, 2000.
The appeal, United States Supreme Court case no. 00-9587 was dismissed without comment by the United States Supreme Court June 4, 2001.
On July 23, 2001 Ohio Congressman James Trafficant requested an immediate review into the US Special Virus program through the US General Accounting Office to account for the 'missing' tax payers' dollars secretly spent on the development of US Special Virus.
"The Carl Stokes Forum" interview is scheduled to air again on Thursday October 25 on channel 21 at 11pm (EST).
Please forward to interested persons, media, etc.
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[Absolutely nothing would surprise me about these people! T.Y., Editor]
LEARN ALL ABOUT THE WORLD'S GREATEST TERRORIST and " THE SPECIAL VIRUS PROGRAM," U.S. GOVERNMENT RESEARCH THAT LED TO
THE MAKING OF THE HIV VIRUS
(AND PERHAPS WORSE) THE VIRUS THAT IS RAVAGING AFRIKA
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 25th, 2001 on DRUMBEAT Radio / Net Cast
LIVE IN BOSTON ON WRBB 104.9 FM
Anyone who wishes Brother Minister Ahmad to pose a particular question to Brother Boyd Graves, who will be brother Minister Ahmad's special guest LIVE via telephone from CLEVELAND, please POST those questions in writing to the SONS OF AFRIKA LIST between November 15 and 23rd, 2001
PLEASE VISIT BROTHER BOYD'S WEBSITE FOR ALL THE DETAILS ABOUT THIS ISSUE
TELL EVERYONE SONS OF AFRIKA LIVES
On Wed, 14 Nov 2001 08:14:26 -0800 (PST) "Boyd E. Graves, J.D."
November 14, 2001,
Dear Mr. Perdue:
When will you take the wraps off the U.S. "SPECIAL" (AIDS) Virus program? IT IS TIME. According to the progress reports of the program, the program began in 1962 and issued 15 yearly progress reports until 1978. On page 5 of progress report #15 (1978) the budget identifies $550 million dollars spent to make AIDS.
On May 15, 2000, Dr. Victoria Cargill located the program in the archives of the National Cancer Institute. Additionally, it is the Proceedings of the United States of America that concludes AIDS evolved from the Nazi Visna program.
By what natural mechanism does the Icelandic Sheep disease, VISNA, appear in the genetic sequencing of AIDS? Dr. Victoria Cargill (top AIDS doctor in the U.S.) chooses to remain silent, which allows the designer virus unfettered opportunity to continue to cull primarily Black populations.
The creation, production, proliferation and "state management" of AIDS are the greatest terrorist assault in the history of the world. We, the people, are entitled to accountability of this stealth federal virus development program. We must work together to find a better way to affect 'population stabilization'.
Boyd E. Graves, J.D.
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ARAB SLAVERY OF THE BLACK RACE!
UN Report on Slavery, 1994
While we are addressing slavery...A Disturbing Question Concerning Muslim SLAVERY
That then brings me to the question of slavery. Muslims say it is only a Christian phenomenon. Yet while the British Empire was abolishing slavery under pressure from British Christians like David Livingstone and William Wilberforce, Arab Muslims were enslaving Africans (i.e. following the promise by Allah concerning the (captives) that your right hand possesses from Sura Nisaa, 4:3). Have you not read about the islands of Zanzibar and Pembe in East Africa, during the nineteenth century? Or have you not questioned why Muslim countries have never been involved in the movement for the abolition of slavery?
Let me set the record straight. While Europeans were involved with the slave trade for a few hundred years, the existence of the traffic of African slaves had been well established one-thousand years before. The Muslim position, which places the entire blame for the invention and practice of black slavery at the door of Christian Europe, is simply not historically tenable. Both the Grecian and Roman societies were slave states, yet most of their slaves were Caucasian. In fact, the word slave meant a person who was of Slavic origin. Robert Hughes, in his essay on The Fraying of America in the February 3, 1992 issue of Time magazine corrects this false impression when he says: "The African slave trade as such, the black traffic, was an Arab invention, developed by traders with the enthusiastic collaboration of black African ones, institutionalized with the most unrelenting brutality, centuries before the white man appeared on the African continent, and continuing long after the slave market in North America was finally crushed...
Nothing in the writings of the Prophet [Muhammad] forbids slavery, which is why it became such an Arab-dominated business. And the slave traffic could not have existed without the wholehearted cooperation of African tribal states, built on the supply of captives generated by their relentless wars. The image promulgated by pop-history fictions like Roots - of white slavers bursting with cutlass and musket into the settled lives of peaceful African villages - is very far from the historical truth. A marketing system had been in place for centuries, and its supply was controlled by Africans. Nor did it simply vanish with Abolition. Slave markets, supplying the Arab Emirates, were still operating in Djibouti in the 1950's; and since 1960, the slave trade has flourished in Mauritania and the Sudan. There are still reports of chattel slavery in northern Nigeria, Rwanda and Niger."
The argument by some Muslims that slavery was God's way of converting Africans to Islam, is much the same argument suggested by certain misguided Christians in the 19th century who said that, bringing Africans to America gave them the opportunity to hear the Gospel; an argument which holds no credibility in the Bible, and dishonors the character of God. Unfortunately Islam still hasn't learned, as today the slavery of foreign nationals still exists in the heartland of Islam: Saudi Arabia.
(UN Report on Slavery, 1994)
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[Deuteronomy 28th Chapter details the actual horrors of the TransAtlantic Slave Trade, BELIEVE IT OR NOT! T.Y., Editor]
Free The Mind... Free The People... Free The Land...
S. E. Regional Representative
LAST BUT NOT LEAST:
VICTOR L. NICKSON: PART 4 “ANSWER TO THE HOROWITZ
10 THE REPARATIONS DEBATE
Only A Tiny Minority Of White Americans Ever Owned Slaves, And Others Gave Their Lives To Free Them. Only a tiny minority of Americans ever owned slaves. This is true even for those who lived in the ante-bellum South where only one white in five was a slaveholder. Why should their descendants owe a debt? What about the descendants of the 350,000 Union soldiers who died to free the slaves? They gave their lives. What possible moral principle would ask them to pay (through their descendants) again?
Notice the play on words. One in 68 Whites who owned slaves is "tiny" while one in 1476 Blacks who owned slaves is "not tiny."
Note, in addition, how the phrase "3000 Black slave-owners" was trumpeted loud and clear for maximum humiliation to drive a dagger through the hearts of Black people, right up front in his very first claim, yet Mr. Horowitz minimizes a significantly larger sample of White slave owners, here. Strict construction for Blacks, excuses for Whites. Typical right wing modus operandi.
[*]Professor Stephen Jay Gould described this right wing phenomenon best in his brilliant deconstruction of Murray's "Bell Curve," in an essay called "Curveball," where he states that "They impose this spin by turning every straw on their side into an oak…"
In other words conservatives make small things appear large on their side and huge important things appear small on the opponent's side, and vice versa. The important thing to remember is their dastardly modus operandi is a discernable fact that has been seen not only by me, but by many others.
[*]Non-slave-owners have to pay the debt for reparations for the same reason that non-smokers have to pay for the sins of smokers. Non-smokers on police call in the Army, have to pick up cigarette butts, dropped by smokers, even though non-smokers had nothing to do with dropping them. The operative words are one unit, one Army, one America.
My heart goes out to all descendants of Union and Confederate soldiers who fought and died in the Civil War. However, the fact of the matter is, the Union Soldiers were fighting to save the Union, and not to free the slaves.
Mr. Shelby Foote, probably America's foremost authority on the Civil War, confirmed this today, 9/2/2001, on C-SPAN, when he stated that "there is no question the Union soldiers fought to save the Union." "Moreover, the freeing of slaves was the farthest thing from their minds," or words to that affect. In addition, individual slavery should have ended in the seventh year of initiation. Slavery started in America in 1619, therefore, the first slave should have been released in 1626. The colonials nor their legal successor, the Union, should get any credit for freeing the slaves 237 years too late. [1863-1626=237].
Since the Union soldiers did not die to free the slaves, their descendants are not being asked to pay a second debt, in this regard, thus there is no moral conflict.
America Today Is A Multi-Ethnic Nation and Most Americans Have No Connection (Direct or Indirect) To Slavery. The two great waves of American immigration occurred after 1880 and then after 1960. What rationale would require Vietnamese boat people, Russian refuseniks, Iranian refugees, and Armenian victims of the Turkish persecution, Jews, Mexicans, Greeks, or Polish, Hungarian, Cambodian and Korean Victims of Communism, to pay reparations to American blacks?
Notice how Armenians, Cambodians, and Koreans can be recognized and legitimated as real victims, while Blacks' claims are deemed illegitimate. Same conservative modus operandi, repeatedly promulgated, to wit, "the victims that we Whites anoint are good, while you Black victims of centuries of lynchings and discrimination, and you who are the descendants of the victims of the holocaust of slavery, are bad." Moreover, this is from a man who states that he has Black interests at heart.
Mr. Lincoln answered the question of why new citizens have to pay the debts of the nation, even though they had nothing to do with creating those debts. Simply put, newcomers are linked to the Founding Fathers through the Declaration of Independence, subject to all rights, privileges, and obligations as any other citizen.
The Historical Precedents Used to Justify The Reparations Claim do Not Apply, And The Claim Itself is Based On Race Not Injury. The historical precedents generally invoked to justify the reparations claim are payments to Jewish survivors of the Holocaust, Japanese-Americans and African-American victims of racial experiments in Tuskegee, or racial outrages in Rosewood and Oklahoma City. But in each case, the recipients of reparations were the direct victims of the injustice or their immediate families. This would be the only case of reparations to people who were not immediately affected and whose sole qualification to receive reparations would be racial. As has already been pointed out, during the slavery era, many blacks were free men or slave owners themselves, yet the reparations claimants make no distinction between the roles blacks actually played in the injustice itself. Randall Robinson's book on reparations, The Debt, which is the manifesto of the reparations movement is pointedly sub-titled "What America Owes To Blacks." If this is not racism, what is?
This is another attempt to hijack this debate, and shift the main focus to peripherals. The Japanese-American model is not germane to this discussion, but was germane to Professor Brophy, consultant to the Tulsa Race Riot Commission.(Preliminary draft of report to Tulsa Race Riot Commission, p.54).
He stated that that model "provides important guidance in contemplating Tulsa reparations. However, even if the Tulsa Riots and Japanese-American internment had not occurred, the reparations for slavery demand would still stand.
The Black reparations claim is a moral one, primarily Bible based, and thus can stand alone, to wit, one does not kidnap another human being into slavery, and one does not work humans without just compensation. The Holocaust claim is also a moral one, and to that extent, it is germane to this discussion.
The Tuskegee Experiment was a secret American government sponsored Syphilis study, which when exposed, embarrassed the government into a financial settlement that had next to nothing to do with the Holocaust model. The government simply got caught with its pants down, and saw no reason not to pay up, and did. President Clinton eventually apologized for the governmental misconduct. However, Tuskegee, though important, is not germane to this discussion.
Rosewood was a Black Florida community that fell victim to a white mob massacre, and years later, the Florida legislature decided to make restitution. The claimants received, according to Professor Brophy, an amount up to $150,000, "as well as a modest education fund for the descendants of the residents of the town."
Rosewood actually refutes Mr. Horowitz outright. It is the first racial reparations award, and it awards scholarship money to the descendants of the Rosewood Massacre.
Why is Oklahoma City in this discussion? Mr. Horowitz appears to be confused again, and must mean Tulsa Oklahoma. A white mob descended on the "Black Wall Street" in Tulsa and killed 300 Blacks, burned and destroyed thousands of Black businesses. Tulsa, contrary to Mr. Horowitz' claim, has not made any reparations payments to Blacks as of August 2001.
"While the City and county of Tulsa accept culpability, no plans for reparations have come forward yet."(Eddie Faye Gates, e-mail to Vic Nickson, 8/31/2001, 11:51:03 AM EDT).
"Unfortunately, the answer to your question is no. The legislature set up a couple of programs to provide scholarships and the like to descendants of victims-but they did not fund any of them. So now, unless some private funds are found, there won't be any reparations."(Alfred L. Brophy, Professor of Law, University of Alabama, e-mail to Vic Nickson, 9/1/2001, 11:57 AM USMST).
Tulsa is germane to this discussion.
As we have seen with Rosewood, it is not true that the reparation's recipients, in each case, were "direct victims," of the injustice, or their "immediate families." Here below is more proof:
Judge Edward Korman in Brooklyn ruled in favor of Holocaust survivors and their heirs, in case involving restitution for those forced into slavery by the Nazis.
Mr. Nahum Goldmann, the man most responsible for negotiating reparations with post- WWII Germany, said this:
"…the Jewish people has a right to collective compensation for the material and moral losses sustained by the Jewish people…or by individual Jews who (or whose heirs) cannot make their own clams."
He went on to say, "But we went even further on behalf of disadvantaged or persecuted individuals who had survived the Nazi era and their heirs."
Neither Judge Korman, nor Mr. Goldmann said anything about "immediate family" or "immediate heirs" or anything like that. They said heirs, period.
Precedence or uniqueness is not a barrier to reparations being paid. Mr. Goldmann stated it this way:
"There hardly was a precedent for persuading a state to assume moral responsibility…There was no basis in international law for the collective Jewish claims…"
And even if race is the only qualification it is not precluded. In fact it is specifically included. The Bundesentschaedigungsgesetz (BEG) states it like this:
"Programs derived from BEG laws compensate individuals persecuted for political, racial, religious, or ideological reasons…"
With respect to free blacks, and the role they played in the injustice itself, Mr. Horowitz attempts again to paint a picture of free Blacks running around setting local and national policy, and benefiting from slavery to the same degree as White people. Nothing could be further from the truth. Here is an example of how free they were:
"Every free Negro was required; (1) to give the mayor `satisfactory evidence of freedom', plus $50 for himself, and $50 for each member of his family; (2) to post bond of $1,000 and to secure five white guarantors of good behavior. It was necessary to show manumission papers in order to remain free; even so gangs bent on kidnapping could and frequently did seize and destroy them. No Negro, slave or free could testify against whites. The jails were crowded with free Negroes…Many were sold for prison fees…for life. "(Washington, City and Capital, Federal Writer's Project, Works Progress Administration, American Guide Series. Washington, 1937, USGPO. P71-2, http://innercity.org/holt/chron_1830_end.html, p.2).
There is your free Black man. He had to pay for his freedom, was not a citizen, could never be a citizen; and could have his freedom confiscated at anytime. Whites were not subjected to this treatment. My Black ancestors were singled out because of their race.
With respect to Mr. Robinson, if merely asking the question, "What America Owes To Blacks,' is deemed racist without any other supporting documentation, then I must conclude that Mr. Horowitz does not know what racism is.
I have not read Mr. Robinson's book, but he was right to pose the question. Moreover, I will answer it: "Whatever number is arrived at, it will have to be doubled in accordance with ancient Hebrew Law.
The Reparations Argument is Based On The Unfounded Claim That All African-America Descendants of Slaves Suffer From The Economic Consequences Of Slavery And Discrimination. No evidence-based attempt has been made to prove that living individuals have been adversely affected by a slave system that was ended over 150 years ago. But there is plenty of evidence the hardship that occurred were hardships that individuals could and did overcome. The black-middle class in America is a prosperous community that is now larger in absolute terms than the black underclass. Does its existence not suggest that economic adversity is the result of failures of individual character rather than the lingering after-effects of racial discrimination and a slave system that ceased to exist well over a century ago? West Indian blacks in America also descended from slaves but their average incomes are equivalent to the average incomes of whites (and nearly 25% higher than the average incomes of American of American born blacks). How is it that slavery adversely affected one large group of descendants but not the other? How can government be expected to decide an issue that is so subjective-and yet so critical-to the case?
Mr. Horowitz appears to have missed some important facts. The last slave ship arrived in America in 1859, which was not over 150 years ago, but 142 years ago. Moreover, slavery's twin cousin discrimination continues to this very day. Segregated schools officially ended in 1954 with Brown v. Board of Education which was not over 150 years ago, but just 47 years ago. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was not over 150 years ago, but just 36 years ago. There are a reportedly, 100,000 back-logged Federal EEO cases as of right now in 2001, which is not over 150 years ago, but here in the present.
Black people have gone from slavery to Black Codes; to Jim Crow laws; to restrictive real estate covenants which exclude Blacks from neighborhoods; to segregated schools; to cross burnings; to lynchings; to bombed churches; to assassinations; to discrimination in hirings and promotions, to bank redlining; to predatory lending practices; to intimidation at the polls, and Mr. Horowitz has nerve enough to state that "no evidence-based attempt has been made to prove that living individuals have been adversely affected by a slave system that was ended over 150 years ago." Spare me this nonsense, please.
Tiger Woods is the best golfer on the planet, but there are still some Country Clubs that will not admit him because he is Black. All American Presidents and Vice-Presidents have been all white. All 100 Senators, right now, this day, are all white or non-Black. All CEOs of Exxon, Wal-Mart, GM, Ford, GE, Citigroup, Enron, IBM, AT&T, and Verizon, the top 10 Fortune 500 companies have been all white or non- Black.
There is plenty of evidence that the anti-black attitudes of some whites, which are a carry over from slavery still exists today. Black students on spring break are made to wear armbands, reminiscent of Nazi Germany, to identify themselves at some hotels. White students are not required to do this. The NAACP is suing a hotel chain, this very day because of it. Secret Service Agents are treated differently because they are Black, while their white counterparts sitting right next to them in a restaurant are served normally. It costs blacks more to go to school. We get less in scholarship money. We receive less in Social Security money. The list is endless.
We have never claimed to be a perfect people. I think Kweisi Mfume said it best, "We all have a sprinkling of idiots on the left and right, both black and white, but the rest of us in the middle are just trying to make it in this world," or words to that affect.
Note, that despite White failures of character like: vicious killers and mass murderers Timothy VcVeigh, John Wayne Gacy, Kleibold and Harris, Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, Richard Ramirez, and cannibal Jeffery Dahmer, whom he never mentions, Mr. Horowitz wants to imply that Black people are the only ones with failures of character, then suggests that as our nemesis rather than racial discrimination.
Let us examine his logic. First, he cites West Indian Blacks as having incomes equivalent to Whites and nearly 25% greater than American born Blacks. Both of those statements cannot be true. Here's why: The 1999 Median Household Income for non-Hispanic Whites was $44,400, and $27,900 for Blacks. That is 37.16% higher, not 25%. Thus, if West Indian Blacks' income is equivalent to Whites' then it must also be 37.16% higher.
Secondly, let us not lose sight of what we are talking about here. We are not talking about US-born Blacks v. Foreign-born Blacks, we are talking about American Blacks v. American Whites. Even if West Indian Blacks have, in his words, 25% higher incomes than American born Blacks, our combined average, both Black groups, is still Blacks $27,900 and Whites $44,400.
One cannot separate the two when dealing with averages. This is classic right wing modus: split the averages, pronounce one group of Blacks equal to Whites, declare discrimination dead, which lets Whites off the hook, then blame the lagging Black group's performance on laziness, drug abuse, cultural decline, or some other non-sense. That trick will never work. Discrimination is alive and well and running rampant in America, as noted above.
One has to take the whole sample together and average it out, otherwise, there is no average. This is another example of conservatives gutting the language. In addition, let us be clear about this: No amount of obfuscation will change the fact that Whites lead American born Blacks plus West Indian born Blacks together in Median Household Income by $16,600.
Also, there is nothing unusual about striations in characteristics even among the same ethnic groups. For example, northeastern whites tend to earn more money than southern whites. Moreover, one never hears Mr. Horowitz blame southern Whites' lagging income on laziness, drug abuse, absent fathers, out of wedlock berths, or cultural decline.
Here is another example: The New York Yankees have won 37 American League Pennants and 26 World Series Championships. The Chicago Cubs, on the other-hand have not won a World Series Championship in 93 years, since October 14, 1908. Both teams have been white owned from their beginnings. How is it that the rigors of baseball affected the White-owned Cubs and not the White-owned Yankees, with respect to winning championships? How can any of us decide an issue that is so subjective, and yet so critical to understanding the Cubs' dilemma?
The truth of the matter is the Cubs' won-loss record is irrelevant to their fans, and similarly, the right wing initiated smoke screen West Indian v American Black-split trick, is irrelevant to this discussion.
The Reparations Claim is One More Attempt To Turn African-Americans Into Victims. It Sends A Damaging Message To The African-American Community. The renewed sense of grievance-which is what the claim for reparations will inevitably create-is neither a constructive nor helpful message for black leaders to be sending to their communities and to others. To focus the social passions of African-Americans on what some Americans may have done to their ancestors fifty or a hundred and fifty years ago is to burden them with a crippling sense of victim-hood. How are the millions of refugees from tyranny and genocide who are now living in America going to receive these claims, moreover, except as demands for special treatment, an extravagant new handout that is only necessary because some blacks can't seem to locate the ladder of opportunity within reach of others - many less privileged than themselves?
This is the most insulting of all the Horowitz-10. "One more attempt to turn African Americans into victims." Are you kidding me? The Secret Service agents who were singled out because they were Black, and discriminated against in a restaurant, while their White counterparts sitting right next to them, received excellent service, needed no leader to "turn them into victims." One cannot make such a claim and be considered serious.
Rosa Parks did not telephone Martin King and say, "I am tired today, and since you are calling all of the shots, should I start a Civil Rights revolution, by refusing to give up my seat to a White man?" She needed Martin King to "turn her into a victim?" My goodness, America, the lady had tired feet, period. Spare me. Moreover, this kind of non-sense comes from a man, Mr. Horowitz, who claims to want to help Black America.
"Renewed sense of grievance." False. Renewed sense of extreme disappointment in the America political and judicial system. Blacks could never depend on governors, the congress, the senate, mayors or legislators. That was a given. We accepted that. However, we could always depend on the Supreme Court. That was our security blanket. One can take away everything else, but do not take away that Court. We could not accept that.
The reparations debate, in the 1960's was confined to two radical Blacks sitting in a coffee house in Berkeley California, and one of them fell ill. So what you had then was one radical in a coffee shop in Berkeley, with a mirror debating himself. That is how remote the debate was.
However, when Mr. Reagan stacked that Court with conservatives, that was the last straw. The Court started chipping away at long ago hard won battles, which we thought were settled law, like Black majority districts; districts that made up for 300 years of never having elected a black to anything, and we felt strangled, cut off, and separated even more from the mainstream.
It did not take the leaders of the NAACP, or the Urban League, or the Rainbow Coalition, to tell the average man in the street that, "Hey, they have taken away the Supreme Court. Now, we have got nothing. Nobody is watching our backs."
Conservatives tilted the playing field too far against us. You cut out affirmative action, a modest program designed to make up for years of discrimination. White ruled South Africa under Apartheid could make the same claim you make. Since white South Africans had the better schools and were the best qualified for every job, because of both their competitive and comparative advantage, the employers could rehire all-whites, even after Apartheid ended. What would one have then? Since the goal was to get rid of Apartheid, one would have all whites in the best jobs, segregation ad infinitum, even after official Apartheid ended. One has not gained anything. One has not let the Blacks get in. The objective would have failed.
It was the failure of American conservatives, to realize this, that there had to be some kind of window in the system, which recognized that something extraordinary had to be done, to hire the best qualified people, while not shutting Black people out altogether.
You defined it as discrimination to end discrimination. Now, is it fair to say that? You never called it that nor mounted a similar campaign against Title IX, which Speaker Hastert called a "proportionality quota." I wonder why not? Were you just as concerned for forward discrimination against Blacks as you are for so-called reverse discrimination against Whites? If you were, you never spoke it.
When conservatives closed that tiny affirmative action window, all bets were off. Black people were trapped outside the system, and started to fight back.
Then conservatives unleashed Murray, with his Bell Curve to say that we lacked capacity, D'Sousa to say that racial discrimination is now "rational discrimination," and Thernstrom to say that Black people are holding themselves down; blame the victim all over again.
It was too much to bear. We are stout-hearted men. We could not bat zero for a hundred, without a fight.
The wheels started turning. As one example, for the first time about 5-8 years ago, my memory is fading, Blacks in Government, B.I.G., one of the most mild mannered organizations on the face of the earth invited Louis Farrakhan to speak at one of their functions. This was extraordinary. It was like the 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers sitting down, in the old days, in a bar, talking to some straight leg infantry types. It never happened. And if it did, a rip-roaring brawl would ensue.
As other examples, Mr. Robinson wrote his book. Very conservative Black organizations like the NAACP, and the Urban League, reasoned that since Black America's last recourse, the Courts, had been stripped away, we might as well go down fighting. So they joined up.
Some will scoff at the notion that the NAACP, and the Urban League are conservative. Depends on ones perspective. Compared to the Black Panther party, who advocated, under certain constitutional circumstances, the violent overthrow of the American government, the NAACP is very conservative.
Black people started to push back. Therefore, what started out as a one-man gang 40 years ago is now a parade, and conservatives have no one to blame for it but themselves. You cut off our one life-line to the American system, The Court, and now you have reaped this crusade.
Next to God, and family, we believed in that Court. With respect to the recent refugees now living in this country, Mr. Lincoln covered that for them in a previous section.
Reparations To African-Americans Have Already Been Paid. Since the passage of the Civil Rights Acts and the advent of the Great Society in 1965, trillions of dollars in transfer payments have been made to African-Americans in the form of welfare benefits and racial preferences(in contracts, job placements and education admissions)-all under the rationale of redressing historic racial grievances. It is said that reparations are necessary to achieve a healing between African-Americans and other Americans. If trillion dollar restitutions and a wholesale rewriting of American law (in order to accommodate racial preferences) for African Americans is not enough to achieve a "healing," what will?
The Civil Rights Acts were designed to try and level the playing field so that everyone had equal opportunity. No budgeted, Congressionally authorized money, associated with the Civil Rights Acts, transferred over to Blacks. If it was not in the budget, it did not happen.
Adenauer and the German legislature passed legislation authorizing reparations after WWII. That is how these things are done; with legislation, and not with programs in lieu of. Again, conservatives want to misappropriate words and meanings and invent their own law.
The Bundesentschaedigungsgesetz, is entitled "The Federal Law for the Compensation of the Victims of National Persecution. Everyone knows what it is for. Similarly, the American version will read something like that, and not something like this: "We Have Given You Welfare, and Affirmative Action In Lieu of The Federal Law for the Compensation of the Descendants of Slavery." None of this mystical, "we already gave it to you, and you did not even know it," sleight of hand, hokum.
With respect to the Great Society, all reputable historians will tell you that the resources needed to implement the Great Society were eaten away by the resources needed to fight the war in Vietnam. It was never allowed to reach its full potential. In fact President Johnson saw the rapid deterioration, (stagflation) of both the War and his social programs and decided not to run for a second term. The conservatives should stop slandering this man, and his Great Society programs, such as Head Start, which helped everyone, rural as well as urban, Black and White, for trying to do the right thing.
In fact along with the assassination of President Kennedy, stagflation and law and order, is how we got Mr. Nixon, and later after Watergate, Mr. Reagan and the culmination of the rise of the conservative movement. We owe future generations a clear understanding of how we got here.
Had it not been for the assassinations of John and Robert F. Kennedy and Martin King, and the death of Hubert Humphry, stalwarts all, the Great Society may have worked. We will never know.
Restitution and healing: President Roosevelt would be very surprised to find that his social safety net, Welfare, is now being defined as "restitution." In addition, a written apology, authorized by Congress, with the assent of the Supreme Court, signed and read by the President of the United States, on national Television on all networks, public and private, mainstream and cable, will start the "healing" process.
Welfare Benefits and Income in general: The Median Household Income for non-Hispanic Whites is $44,400 and for Blacks is $27,900, as discussed earlier. Therefore, more of America's private wealth flows back into White hands.
The Home Mortgage Interest Deduction is the most expensive welfare program ever invented. It dwarfs conventional welfare programs by several orders of magnitude. Twenty-five percent more Whites own their own homes than Blacks, so more of this form of welfare flows back into White hands, than flows into Black hands.
It costs Blacks more money to go to college than Whites, so Whites get a chance to keep more of their money, than Blacks do.
Whites get more money for college aid than Blacks, which allows them to save more of their own money, than Blacks.
White Headed Households get more public money for Food Stamps than Black Headed Households, therefore more of the Food Stamp money goes back into White hands.
More non-Hispanic White women receive WIC program assistance than Black women, therefore, more public WIC money goes back into White hands than into Black hands.
White people get more money from Social Security than black people, so more of the Social Security money goes back into White hands. This is a huge welfare program. Most people do not think of Social Security as a welfare program. However, it is estimated that from 2- 4 years after entering the program, a person has taken out all the money that they put into the system. Therefore, if a person lives past 4 years, and is still on Social Security, then that person is living off of Welfare.
White people and Black people are within 1.5% of one another with respect to AFDC/TANF, in what statisticians call a statistical tie. This is verified by the fact if one looks back over the last 5-8 years of the program, one year, Blacks lead, and the next year Whites lead, and it rotates like that over several years.
We can conclude this: White privilege, and affirmative action for White people allows them to collect more of the private and public wealth of America, than so-called affirmative action and welfare for Black people. Therefore, it is false to say that reparations have already been paid to Black people. Whites get preferential treatment every day in pocket book issues, but no one wants to talk about it.
Affirmative Action: Mayor Willie Brown and others have said affirmative action has benefited White women more than it has Blacks. I have no reason to doubt him. However, let us go back to the Bakke case, the case that started this controversy.
How many in the audience have been told or have been lead to believe that all or a majority of the UC Davis medical school special admits were Black? Well here are the real facts:
Only 21 of the 63 special admits were Black. Thirty were Mexican- American. Yes, that is right, 30 were Mexican-American, yet the right wing plays affirmative action as an all-Black thing, when it is others who have benefited more than we have.
Moreover, surprise of all surprises, twelve of the special admits were Asians. "Hold it, have we not been sold a bill of goods, that Asians did not need affirmative action?" Yes, we have, yet fully 66.67% of the Bakke-UC Davis special admits were either Asian or Mexican American. Blacks were 33.33% of the program, but we catch 100% of the Hades behind it. (Reagents of the Univ. of Cali. V. Bakke, 438 U.S. 265(1978)(USSC+)(p.5).
Finally, has not the right wing always told us the America was not a racist nation? Also, did Mr. Horowitz not state that "reparations is a Bad Idea for Blacks-and Racist Too?" In addition, has Mr. Horowitz not claimed that "Reparations To African Americans Have Already Been Paid?" Then, has Mr. Horowitz not, by default, proven that America is racist? If to pay is racist, and it has been paid, then the payer is racist. Those are his words, not mine.
Submitted By Yehudah@thelawkeepers.org (Yehudah Benyamin ben Yisrael)
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