Then there is this ridiculous fetish of interpreting everything important through the eyes and actions of celebrities. What does Rhianna think about police terrorism? How does Kim Kardashian or Izzy Azelea talk about institutional white supremacy? How does Meryl Streep view feminism? What's Kanye West's take on capitalism's assault against the African community? El Hajj Malik El Shabazz - Malcolm X - told us 51 years ago that no sensible people look to celebrities to interpret their struggle and define their dignity. He explained that these people, by the very nature of what they do and who they are, have sold out to the slave masters. They are rich and famous only because of their willingness to sell out our cultural gifts to entertain our oppressors. The reason Malcolm gave us this lesson is because the capitalists developed a habit back then of using African celebrities to attack Malcolm and any African who speaks out for our self determination. People like Jackie Robinson were used to attack Malcolm's comments on a regular basis, so Malcolm explained to us why this was nothing except trickery by our enemies. Now, in 2015, we seek out these very same celebrity clowns and we spend so much valuable time reacting to the stupid things they say and do about our people, our struggle, and every other movement for justice. I get it. Capitalism has taught us to look to these people, the very people the system has created to guide us. They constantly push these people in front of us and since we (whether we admit it or not) gauge the value of pretty much everything based on how much respect capitalism places on it, then it's not a mystery why we look to these people so much. Regardless, someone has to tell us, as Malcolm did previously, that these people are good at making us dance, laugh, or cry, but they are not qualified to help us learn to think. Doesn't it say an awful lot about us that in this information age, we know much more about what Chris Rock and LeBron James think about white supremacy then we do what Fannie Lou Hamer and Sekou Ture wrote, and did about it? Sekou Ture told us correctly that "the people shape culture" which means we shape the entertainers, not the other way around. In other words, if we claimed out power and got organized, we would see these celebrities respond accordingly. If you don't believe that, how else would you explain why James Brown, during the height of the consciousness inspired by the Black Power movement, felt compelled to pen "Say it Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud." During that same era, the Isley Brothers produced songs like "Fight the Power" and "Harvest for the World." That same James Brown and those same Isley Brothers, during the "me first" generation of the 80s, moved to producing songs like Brown's 1984 "Living in America" and the Isleys often sampled "Between the Sheets" that same year.
Then, there is this absurd debate about guns. Clearly, it is too easy for people to get guns in the U.S. and before you stereotype me as a gun hater, realize that over the years I have bought and owned dozens of guns. It is because of this experience that I know buying guns is far to easy. I was always glad that there were constraints in place in California in order to buy guns and I think it's absurd that other states don't have the same protections. How many traumas have those constraints helped alleviate? We have no way of knowing, but it's a safe bet that the waiting period, written test, and physical test you have to pass in order to buy a firearm in Cali has deterred somebody somewhere with less than positive intentions as opposed to if all they had to do was not be convicted of a felony to buy a gun in 15 minutes. Besides, I know the teeth behind the second amendment had as much to do with protecting the rights of criminal anti-African posses to be armed as it did anything else so the Second Amendment trumpeters and the racist NRA can go straight to hell because despite whatever those fools want to say, I know that the minute millions of Africans start buying guns on a mass basis, comprehensive gun control will come, with the full support of the NRA and the Second Amendment racists, overnight.
Next, why do so many people in this country not see the need to travel abroad? According to the Passport Department of the U.S. (where they process your passport requests), less than three out of every 10 persons in this country have a passport and less than that have ever traveled overseas. Pay close attention. You are living in a fantasy world that has been created for you if all you know and have experienced is the U.S. You are only seeing what someone else, who more than likely doesn't have your interests at heart, wants you to see. Now, of course international travel isn't cheap and some people just don't have the money to travel, but for far too many people here, doing so isn't a priority. In fact, far to many people are either afraid of it or totally uninterested. The only reason those attributes are there in such large supply is because imperialism has taught us to have no curiosity about anything different than it. This is the recipe for slavery. The U.S. isn't the center of anything. It isn't the most important at anything and it's actually nothing except a nation built and maintained by theft and murder. You are simply the accidental beneficiary of that theft and trauma. The people bearing the brunt of that theft and murder are overseas. Go visit them and find out why pretty much everything we think we believe and know here is a lie.
This thread could go on and on about everything from the so-called fast track Trans-Atlantic Trade Partnership to why people continue to eat chickens and turkeys that have cancer from genetic modification, and then wonder why they get cancer, to this developing four year circus called a national election. The point is people here are rapidly demonstrating to the world that you are losing your minds and it's time to stop that. And, for those soft minded souls who would say "if you don't like it, leave it" you haven't read what I write very closely. I'm all about leaving it, but you don't get to keep the African resources that fuel this jungle called capitalism. And, you don't get to claim the Indigenous people's land. Yes, once we reclaim our continent, I'll be the first one out, believe me. And many of you will be right behind me (going back to Europe where you should go) because once the theft is halted, unless you are Native and willing to submit to their governance, most of you will lose the fake patriotism you think is so valid very quickly. Especially when you no longer have a reason to claim to love a place that cannot offer you the stolen comforts that you are accustomed to. The world is coming for it's rightful share of the wealth, but there's still some time for us to wake up...Don't get caught on the wrong side of history because the masses of humanity, most of whom don't live in the U.S., may not accept your apology once its too late.