Omowale Jabali : Racism and Politics in America

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  1. Omowale Jabali

    Omowale Jabali The Cosmic Journeyman PREMIUM MEMBER

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    "The issue of race and racism emerged at the heart of U.S. politics in the Democratic presidential campaign in January. But as any serious student of U.S. history knows, racism is always beneath the surface of U.S. politics."

    This is an interesting read which gives some backgound into the Democratic Leadership Council and an opinion expressed by Earl Ofari (Hutchinson).

    http://www.dissidentvoice.org/2008/01/racism-and-politics-in-america/

    As a former associate and organizer of Sistah Souljah's National Youth Student Alliance between 1988-92, I dealt with personal conflict in voting for Bill Clinton in spite of his denouncement of my Comrade Lisa Williamson (Sistah Souljah) and at the time did not really know the degree to which the DLC worked to undermine Jesse Jackson and Black leadership within the Democratic Party. I was on the Democrats.org website earlier tonight and a blogger posted an article by Earl Ofari which prompted me to research some of his earlier writings. Being raised in Los Angeles I was familiar with his earlier work and witnessed his transformation as he later turned into a vociferous critic of the Black Panther Party. I was particularly interested in how he now is one of Barack Obama's most ardent critics. He makes what I am sure some of the Destee family will view as some relevant points concerning the Obama campaign. Ancestral Spirits willing I plan to soon be moving again, this time from Texas and finally to the Atlanta metro area, so I may be gone for awhile longer. My family in Atlanta supports Obama as does my family in Brooklyn (and Las Vegas, California) but we are aware than an Obama Presidency will still leave us with numerous issues confronting Black people in Ameriklan society. Peace and Blessings to All.


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    SPEAKFREEDOMnet Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Excellent post/article!!:great: :great: :great:

    More hand writing on the wall.

    As i stated earlier:
    The hard part of course is best expressed in Elder Tubman's quote below.

    Uhuru!(freedom)


    "If I could have convinced more slaves that they were slaves, I could have freed thousands more"-Harriet Tubman (1820-1913)
     
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    Earl Ofari Hutchinson huh?

    The 'paralysis of analysis.' Hmm.

    Although the euro-political 'formula' is well laid out here, complete w/it's pomp and ceremony----still none of this negates or addresses the peoples very simple needs. The needs of the 60's are exactly the same as they are now.

    #1.) The fundamental right to control one's own destiny.

    That was 'Black Power' then and it is Black Power now. See? simple.
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    ....'The commentator Earl Ofari Hutchinson put it his way: “An Obama presidency would be a racial step forward in the sense that it shows that enough whites can and will look past race to make a Black, especially an exceptional Black, their leader.'

    (from the article..)

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    ^ ^ ^ Wrong!

    #2.) Obama is not a 'Black Man' he is mulatto.
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    “It would not, however, show that they are willing to do the same for the millions of Blacks that cram America’s jails and prisons, suffer housing and job discrimination, and are trapped in failing public schools in America’s poor, crime ridden inner cities. Their plight and how they are viewed and treated will remain the same after Obama takes office. A President Obama won’t change that.”

    (from the article...)

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    ^ ^ ^ Absolutely Right! Why? Because these are the people, 'Black' People, w/the exact same---very simple needs. What are those needs?

    #3) the fundamental right to control one's own destiny.

    No amount of euro-political analysis could ever negate this simple truth.

    The needs of the People, get lost in fluff.



    ROARIN..........
     
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    I appreciate your link Bro 'O', I recall reading something similar a few months back and as usual I misplaced the source of the material running rampant through my grey matter. I have listened to a number of excited brothers and sisters who honestly believe a change is coming due to Barack's candidacy, I fear they have been drugged by hope and anticipation :?: I haven't heard much about a socialist platform espoused by the Black Panthers, or maybe I am not connecting those dots. Rather, I heard arguments from Huey, Eldridge, Bobby and Fred among others that called for black self determination! A taste of socialism, a collective working together would not have been a bad thing though, at any rate:
    Always your post provide insight and levity. As I am still learning brother I appreciate the messages provided, keep it up. Best wishes to you on the pending move.
    The Struggle Continues!
    Peace!
     
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    change is in the air.....

    mccain, clinton or obama will be the next president. i feel that obama is the best choice between these and so i work for his candidacy.
    this is a pragmatic decision on my part. i do not feel that i am drugged or anything else.
    obama has masses of black people taking action in my state. we are challenging the democratic party machine that has ruled for decades.
    do you know of anyone else who has a mass movement of black people? i don't.
    it is the people vrs the machine. black power is being flexed.

    i admire all who are taking part.
     
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    I hear you Bro. 'J', yet I am sure that you have also heard the comments that I reference. I am hearing folk speak about this candidacy in ways that are alarming. They are of the impression that blacks will gain something, the only thing we should wish to gain is balance, and justice, Obama, has not committed himself to that struggle, that I have heard.
    Still I have said it before and I will again, if Obama was not running I would not be supportive of a candidate who wishes to move the courts backward. so Mcccain is not an option, and even should Obama win, my struggle does not end.
    The Struggle Continues!
    Peace!
     
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    As stated earlier:
    In their own words:
    Taken from the article brother omowalejabali provided:
    The sooner we deal with the reality...and quit with the dream...the sooner we can consolidate our many talents, efforts, and energy into building our own.

    Uhuru!(freedom)

    "If I could have convinced more slaves that they were slaves, I could have freed thousands more"-Harriet Tubman (1820-1913)
     
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    Definitions of Divisiveness

    Could you help me see the utility of this distinction; (it sounds like a statement of the "Rhetorical ethic") especially in the context of the African psyche.

    (from an outside point of view)I CAN see the confusion of allegiances that may come from having a white mother and African father but how do we differentiate and contrast (by value) the confusion we are experiencing by the so called black man (in this culture) in comparison? Thanks
     
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    what??!? there's a difference??!!! IMO, they've been looking like the same thing for the last 30 years no matter who is running for what.

    but i do politics as much as i do economics - and i'm happier for having gotten away from both/either/all. ... oh and there's tv, movies, radio ...

    so, i guess y'all'd want to discount much of anything i'd have to say ... if i were inclined to waste my energy talking/thinking on any of this stuff ...

    i will say, however, that the "Back To Africa" movement is an Internal Journey. talking about grabbing some land in Africa isn't a whole lot better than what has been described as "colonialism": just changing the faces and keeping the same infrastructure/tactics/morals - just because it's us doing it instead of them don't make it any more palatable ... well, to me that would be less palatable ...

    oops, `scuse - back to lurking now :run:
     
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    blacks will gain something. they will gain the most precious thing of all. a positive role model.
    black children will look up and imagine themselves as articulate and dignified.
    they will have something besides the pimp and the player to look toward.
    if a community organizer can take the presidency that may inspire a lot of people to get off their buttes and go out in the community and get it on.
    just today, half the city council split from the machine and came out for obama.
    this is is real change in philly politics.
    i'm an old coot and i am up out of my rocking chair and in the street.
    what will it take to get all you hip, laid back, pessimistic cats up and moving?
     
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