Omowale Jabali : Racism and Politics in America

Omowale Jabali

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

More hand writing on the wall.

As i stated earlier:
"..But the future is bright! Although we have been stagnant for the past 30yrs (due to the military defeat of our leadership and the lack of a collective ideology, centered around repatriation) there has been a remnant if you will, coupled with a new generation of revolutionaries who have been carefully analyzing our defeat. They are now coming forward able to clearly articulate to the masses where we went wrong" "This no doubt is a major first step to our re-gaining focus as a nation!"
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)
 
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..........
 
omowalejabali said:
"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 famiiar 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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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!
 
change is in the air.....

Prizmm said:
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
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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