Black People : The Spook Who Sat By The Door

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  1. Mad Skillz

    Mad Skillz Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Recently I saw the movie "The Spook Who Sat By the Door" for the first time. This movie was originally released in 1973. Didn't know this movie existed (thought I saw every Black oriented movie of the 70's but I guess not). When I did some research I discovered this movie was inspired by writer Sam Greenlee's book...which I placed an order for a copy. The movie as well as the book was quickly pulled from production shortly after it's distribution for it's controversial subject matter.

    The synopsis of the movie is basically a white U.S. Senator who recruits Blacks into the CIA to enhance his image among his constituents. During the recruiting process the Black CIA agents are trained in special-ops and underground warfare, yet are designed to fail the process. Nonetheless the Black agents complete their training however are relegated to menial positions. Several years later one the agents quits the CIA to go back to Chicago to train local militants for future revolution against Mr. Charlie.

    After viewing this movie I asked myself are we (Blacks) truly committed to our freedom and liberation in this country and abroad? What are we doing about economic and educational injustice, oppression and tyranny from others? Do we even care anymore? Sadly, I believe far too many of us believe we've "made it" in this fallacy called intergration in Amerikkka simply because we're not routinely lynched on public streets (James Byrd jr.) or because we can buy homes in white neighborhoods without it being burned downed. I've always said we would demand revolution if the government came into our homes and wheeled away our tv and refrigerator. Then, suddenly, all hell would break loose...'action' must now take place. Are we now too comfortable and docile with the status quo or have we just given up?

    Let's here some feedback.

    Alafia! (Peace)
     
  2. Therious

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    i agree that economics have made us complacent. still we r latched on to wht amerrikkka. the q is how can we , if we can , get all blacks world wide under 1 economic system.
     
  3. Radical Faith

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    Good Thread

    This is a very good thread because this book and movie exposes one of the fears of the "Good ole Boy" powers that be. It also shows the blatant disrespect those same good ole boy have for us in a nationalist since. Richard Nixon was one of the great masterminds of his time. Why? Because Nixon's strategy quieted the voices of civil rights leaders substantially. How did he do this? He gave black leaders a piece of the American Dream, he gave our HBCU's funding and he let the CIA and FBI continued to gentrify our neighborhoods by continuing the drug flow. This was an era of carefree sex and unrestricted drug abuse. The 70's saw the begins of the partiers or mid to upper class drug of choice, cocaine. The poor mans drug of choice at that time was and still is Heroine. With the intoduction of cheap highly addictive drugs the inner cities rapidly deteriorated. This caused a hugh rift between black folks. The blacks that were able to escape this rapid decay of the city now were assimilating mainstream(aka white) America. Those blacks indeed felt like they made it. They had achieved what our ancestors fought and struggled for or so they thought. Meanwhile in the urban black continued to live the American nightmare. The divide between blacks grow more and more as urban America fall faster into ruin. Black businessmen and clergy also set up shop catering to the suburban black farther distancing themselves from their brothers and sisters dying from urban decay. For the first time blacks began to see themselves through the eyes of white middle class America and they didn't like what they saw. Instead of throwing the rope back across the fence bringing more families across they listened to the popular concensus among the white middle class. Hey aren't you glad you made out of there? Those people are just looking for a handout. You're nothing like those people. You got up and didn't something with your life. These are some of the whispers the suburban black bought into as they joined bridge clubs or became the token at the golf club. Black history was about acceptable negroes like Martin Luther King Jr. or George Washington Carver or Jackie Robinson. Lord forbid blacks learned about W.E.B. Dubois or Malcolm X and certainly not Nat Turner. Meanwhile the inner city black continue to spiral down into the abyss of oblivion. Less jobs, lower standard of education,more drugs and alcohol, more violent crime, more dysfunctional family life and less morality became the forte' of the inner city black. The black leaders and clergy began to loss their voices. Those that stood up and addressed the urban condition of blacks became labeled crackpot anti-patriotric loud mouths or rebel rousing radical extremist bent on the demise of the America many blacks had grown to love. So upon closer inspection the division of the black man has been high on the priority list of the good ole boy network. In some way we are all victums and perputrators of this devilish plot.


    Peace

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    Brother Mad Skillz ... Hello and Welcome and THANK YOUUUUUUUUUUU ... for helping to financially support this community and keep it here! I am so honored! It is so not easy for me to keep this community going and it simply warms my heart, encourages me to continue, keeps the lights on ... shows me that i'm not alone in this ... when a Member goes above and beyond to help, as you have done! Thank You Thank You Thank You! :love:

    Now ... this thread ...

    I posted a thread with the exact same title a while back ... you can find it here ... The Spook Who Sat By The Door.

    I was introduced to this book / movie during one of Brother OldSoul's wonderful classes last year ... and i'd like to invite you all to join us during these classes ... you're missing out on a wealth of information if you don't.

    Brother OldSoul has also created a web page that speaks to this very topic, i'm sure you'll find it very interesting:

    http://www.whgbetc.com./mind/spook.html

    I just wanted to let you know Brother Mad Skillz, that we have something in common! Well, we have lots in common ... but we can now add the title of this thread to that list.

    Thank you for sharing with us.

    Much Love and Peace.

    :heart:

    Destee
     
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    I heard about this.....I am just looking for it.

    CD
     
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    film trailer

     
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    I just seen this movie this week. Very very Powerful. I continued to watch it repetitiously.

    KD

    Wishing Everyone a Happy KWANZAA - 2006
     
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    Very interesting movie. I reviewed a few of the scenes of this movie on the Counter-Racism.com website. The reviews can be found at this The Spook Who Sat By the Door link. The reviews include the written dialog and video presentation.

    If anyone is interested in writing other counter-racism reviews don't hesitate to contact me. If anyone is interested in interviewing Sam Greenlee I may have some contact information for his Chicago residence. Of course, it will have to be agreed to present the audio of the interview on the Counter-Racism Radio Network.
     
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    ...I seen that on the website. As a matter of fact, I learned to consider an idea or two from that.

    This movie needs to be brought to the attention of ALL Black folks. It is full of direct messages to us.

    KD
     
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    Ooooh am I juiced :roll:I DIG the concept of this movie.
     
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