INFAMOUS BAD TOUPEE WEARER DONALD TRUMP FLIPPED HIS WIG AND DECLARED TODAY THAT HE WAS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT, "I'M RICH AND I'M RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT."
"ME TOO!" INSISTED CRANKY CLINTON. "ME TOO! I'M RICH AND I'M RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT! I'M RICH TOO! . . . UH, EXCEPT WHEN I'M STRUGGLING. I KNOW ABOUT STRUGGLING. I AM THE MIDDLE CLASS!"
If only the insight of art translated easily into the action of activism and 'activism.'
Sometimes it seems
We'll touch that dream
But things come slow or not at all
And the ones on top, won't make it stop
So convinced that they might fall
Let's love ourselves and we can't fail
To make a better situation
Tomorrow, our seeds will grow
All we need is dedication
Let me tell ya that
-- "Everything Is Everything," written by Lauryn Hill and Johari Newton, first appears on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
The peace movement in the US fell apart and as it allowed itself to become a cheerleader for then-candidate Barack Obama (and how's that working out?). Margaret Kimberley (Black Agenda Report) sees hope in the United National Antiwar Coalition. And certainly the Black Is Back Coalition has demonstrated a backbone and refused to stay silent and refused to lie.
This week's. Black Agenda Radio, hosted by Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey (first airs each Monday at 4:00 pm EST on the Progressive Radio Network), features Black Is Back Coalition Chair Omali Yeshitela offering some realities including on how his group never fell into the trap of promoting war -- not even Barack Obama's wars.
Omali Yehitela: We didn't claim to be fortunetellers or anything of the kind but we knew the nature of the social system that we were confronted with, that we were dealing with, and we know that the system wouldn't do us any favor by handing us some great guy who was going to represent the interests of Africans or the oppressed people of the world -- of that we were absolutely confident. And so we were able to look beyond the manifestation of wonderful, post-racial situation that was being offered up to us and to the people. And I think what was really critical about this and something that perhaps we need to talk about to some extent at our conference in August is that there is something wrong that there were so many people who called themselves leaders, groups, organizations, personalities who were dead wrong on this, who held up Obama for the people, who raised no criticism for the people and I loathe to think just how absolute this thing would have been for Obama and for imperalism had not the Black Is Back Coalition been on the scene up to now.
Glen Ford: And the Black Is Back coalition has taken note over these years about who those forces were, how they behaved and how they're pretending to have behaved now.
Omali Yeshitela: [Laughs] Indeed. And me and you were one of the key people doing that. I mean, you debated virtually everyone of those who had the courage to come out and publicly state support for impearlism through Obama. And subsequently over the last several months, as you just suggested, the position that people had at the moment, they've been morphing, and we're getting a certain kind of historical revisionism coming along that they really didn't support him all the way, they just kind of supported him from some of them. But there's even some die hards who, up to now, who are claiming that Obama is the best thing to happen to African people since white bread
A lot of liars have done a lot of damage.
They've wrecked the peace and social justice movement in the US and done it for partisan politics.
They're still around, these hacks and whores. CodeStink, for example, is pimping the military as the new peace movement -- when the reality is Barack and his administration are so war hungry that even the military brass are putting the brakes on them.
They're missing the point as always.
Greg Jaffe and Missy Ryan (Washington Post) report, "As President Obama was weighing how to halt Islamic State advances in Iraq, some of the strongest resistance to boosting U.S. involvement came from a surprising place: a war-weary military that has grown increasingly skeptical that force can prevail in a conflict fueled by political and religious grievances."
We noted that last night and CodeStink found it on Monday and saw it as proof that 'we are winning!' when the reality is that any thinking person reading the article would have grasped this was not about peace but about how big the war goals of Barack really are that even the military brass is balking.
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