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A journal dedicated to truth, freedom of speech and radical spiritual consciousness. Our mission is the liberation of men and women from oppression, violence and abuse of any kind, interpersonal, political, religious, economic, psychosexual. We believe as Fidel Castro said, "The weapon of today is not guns but consciousness."

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    standing tall tru
    ancestor tall
    want to run no ancestors no
    fight the fight til victory
    no fight with woman no fight
    woman conscious woman
    love conscious woman
    kiss her tenderly for seeking knowledge
    seeking truth of herself and you
    por favor
    don't come to goddess with godless bs
    if goddess is supreme
    bow down to goddesss
    goddess need to learn
    teach godesss
    maybe she beyond goddess on the other side of time
    can you go there with goddess on other side of time
    listen to your goddess speak
    translate negus english into Aboriginal says Ngugi
    no more colonial narratives in colonial tongues
    speak mother tongue speak write think love
    language is logic
    think aborigional pre - African pre European/Arab think
    write think love kiss hug kiss think hug love
    african man/woman african
    sail down the Hapi River
    be hapi
    no De Nile
    hapi
    be hapi
    no denial of godness goodness
    pure holy walk the walk
    cry scream shout god and goddess is good
    pure holy
    pass through judgement hall
    I did not dishonor anyone
    did not defile ancestors
    did not dwell in corruption
    gave justice on the scales
    Did not abuse my wife
    listened to my wife in all matters
    she listened to me and we came to Ma'at
    balance justice peace mutuality
    we are one we are two
    she is she I am me
    we are two in one
    don't come between us
    we one will jump you
    all night long
    sick wit it
    sick
    love is love
    love the lover same
    love the lover another name
    same game
    love the lover before another
    did you love her
    go to one before two
    mathematics pure simple
    love one then two wil agreement of one
    otherwise chaos hell on earch
    mother to children hate
    no escape
    can you love equally
    Prophet Muhammad said no
    are you wiser than Muhammad
    Can you treat them equally
    love them equally
    do they love each other
    if not
    don't try it
    pray to your Lord and sacrifice.

    I stand tall in the fourth quarter.
    Party party party
    teach teach teach
    heal heal heal
    all work no play makes jack dull boy
    sun ra say jack very very dull
    Jump out the box jack and jackie
    jump
    jump to joy
    you can do it
    jump!
    no slavery here
    free
    no chattel property
    no real estate negro
    free
    stand free
    shout free
    love free
    woman free
    man free
    children no slave
    no white supremacy children no more
    let children dance run shout cry scream
    shout children
    independent
    dependent
    independent
    free
    love it all
    generation work
    sweat blues shout
    sing children
    sing
    let the world hear your song
    sing
    song of life
    song of love
    song of  redemption
    song of appreciation
    man woman love
    brother brother
    sister sister
    elder child
    God is love
    love is god
    rejoice in love
    I appreciate you sister
    Appreciate you brother
    let us love eternally
    hug me hug me
    I am yours
    hug me
    tongue kiss
    hug me
    tongue kiss
    hug me
    appreciate you
    love you for your mind
    the beauty of your thoughts
    maybe no agree
    so what
    linguistic crisis
    silence no speak
    digame por favor
    digame por favor
    speak to me
    let me listen to your cry
    let yr brain cells work
    so happy you have brain
    speak my queen goddess lovemate
    let me hear the beauty of your mind
    let me learn from you
    do I know it all
    no
    speak to me
    even if I don't agree
    speak
    tell me what you know so I can know what you know
    now let me tell you what I know
    listen por favor listen
    ah, see, the day is beautiful
    man and woman talk
    man woman appreciate
    man woman possibilities
    the world is love
    God is love
    we are love no matter pain
    toby will find his way home to kunta kinti
    whip him home through door of no return
    bow down toby
    bow down to kunta kinti
    bull whip bow down
    bow toby
    run through door of no return
    run back toby negro
    run back toby negro kunta kinti
    run home through door of no return
    run piss shit menstruation blood
    what manner of people survived Middle Pasage
    Triangular Trade
    what manner of negus, kings, queens survived
    some jumped ship no slave people here
    we jump
    souls go home
    no matter sharks no matter jesus baptism on good ship jesus
    we know jesus
    no stranger
    resurrection drama ancient
    savior dram ancient
    myth of myth of myth
    16 crucified saviors before jesus
    all virgin birth
    crucified
    resurrected
    ascended
    16 before jesus
    niggus
    please
    no more believe
    please
    is sun shining or rain
    I believe
    Mary had baby by Holy Spirit
    believe
    did Joseph believe holy spirit came
    to Mary while Joseph at work?
    You believe holy spirit impregnated your wife while you at work?

     For the Love of West Oakland brothers at Lil Bobby Hutton Park/aka Deferemery Park in West Oakland. "We West Oakland to the death!" Long live West Oakland, home of MClymond's School of Champions; home of the first North American African Union, Pullman Car Porters; home of the Black Panther Party and the Black Arts Movement West with the Afro-American Association under Donald Warden, aka, Khalid Abdullah Tariq Al Mansour, Los Angeles representative Ron Karenga who was taught Kwanza in Oakland at the AAA.

    As per the Black Arts Movement and the Oakland Black Liberation Movement, Bobby Seale says it wasn't until Marvin X performed his play at Merritt that the Black Student Movement catapulted into the Black Panther Party. Marvin's play Flowers for the Trashman showed the role of culture and art in revolution.

    The tragedy of history is when we are told the central characters did it all, only to find another level of characters who were more viscous, cunning and vile, more loving even, that the central characters we are led to believe did it all. But when we search into the deep structure, we discover personalities that are astounding and who were totally overwhelming with their knowledge, wisdom, love and spiritulity. We discover the critical role they played, these nobodies, in fashioning the central drama.

    As per the Bay Area, have you heard of Minister Aaron Ali, aka, Wilford  Ashford? He is one of  the founders of Islam in the Bay, who helped establish Mosque #26 in San Francisco. He was a linguist who used to challenge the esteemed Semanticist S.I. Hayakawa, professor of Semantics at San Francisco State University. Master Teacher Aaron Ali said of Hayakawa, "He's an orientalist with an occidental  mind."
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    Black August 2017-With Love to Bre' and Fidel!




    We Who Like It Hot Call It ‘Black August’! The 2017 Update!
    By ‘bro. zayid’
    It is the month when our oppressors have nothing to celebrate.

    It is the month where the nature of our oppression and the boldest expressions of our resistance to that oppression have been made most plain.

    We who like it hot call it ‘Black August’

    As a concept of resistance, Black August has its beginnings in the mid 70’s with the prison justice movement. It was inspired by the courageous legacy of Black Panther prison organizer George Jackson, who was assassinated on August 21, 1971, one of the hallmark dates for the concept.

    Originally, the concept concerned itself with and confined itself to those hallmark dates of repression and resistance for this month within the confines of these bloodsucking united states exclusively.

    We revisit this concept here in a more comprehensive Pan-Afrikan manner to explore and to propose it having a broader Pan-Afrikan application.

    Our ancestors first coming here ‘to work’…the ‘beginning of the end’ of their freedom…can arguably be traced back to August 20, 1619 in Jamestown, Virginia. Although those first ancestors were actually considered ‘indentured servants’ in that initial moment, with the growth of that colony and England’s new stranglehold on the slave trade in North America, the rights and privileges of Black indentured servants were legally stripped within a generation and chattel slavery would then emerge in full gear right from that citadel of settler colonialism! (There is some new evidence that indicates that the Portuguese in fact brought the first cargo of Afrikan slaves to what is now South Carolina in 1526).

    In most recent times, and for the first time in decades since the bombing of the Congo in 1964 under the so-called liberal rule of Lyndon Baines Johnson, u.s. forces, demonstrating unchallenged New World Order military supremacy, bombed our Afrika when they bombed the Sudan, the land of the earth’s oldest civilizations, under the most bogus of pretenses, ‘CounterTerrorism,’ on August 20, 1998.

    Ironic coincidence you think? This beast was trying to bomb us outta our land, outta our minds and outta our hearts!… on the anniversary that brought us here!...Hmmm!
    Self-critically we should also acknowledge the recent betrayal of Pan-Afrikan potential in Central Afrika too. Just as were gearing up here for the heroic Million Youth March, the u.s. covertly sponsored an attack on the recently liberated Congo on August 2, 1998, using Rwanda and Uganda as proxy forces. To the honor of our ancestors, however, that betrayal has been checked and contained in a Pan-Afrikan manner by a courageous union of forces from Zimbabwe, Angola and Namibia…

    An important recently declassified FBI memo detailing the scope and the national coordination of a sinister covert operation, which would ultimately destroy the Black Liberation Movement known as COINTELPRO,or ‘the CounterIntelligence Program,’ was set in full ‘no holds barred’ motion against the Black nation on August 25, 1967.
    Many conscious of our history know that COINTELPRO was not only illegal, immoral and absolutely off da hook in its making a mockery of democratic rights. But have we truly assessed ‘how’ successful it was in disabling the Black Liberation Movement? Have we truly assessed how that crippling of our movement left our community wide open for the unprecedented violent social disintegration we currently face, set off most insidiously by a heroin epidemic in the early 70’s and the hoodsplitting crack explosion blowing up in our faces in the awful 80s and the nasty 90s? The epic Million Man March was the beginning of an answer, we hoped,…an answer for our times , but it wasn’t enough. And with Black Panther/BLA political prisoners Albert ‘Nuh’ Washington, Teddy ‘Jah’ Heath and Bashir Hameed* recently dying in captivity after being locked down for decades virtually unknown to the community they sacrificed their lives trying to defend and with that same community in more disarray now than it was when they were captured in the early 70’s, we think not.

    By the way, the first of two vicious attacks against those defiant, dreadlock-wearing pioneers of environmentalism, known to the world simply as MOVE, also took place in Black August. It was on August 9, 1978 that 500 of Philly’s finest laid siege to the MOVE home compound in Powelton Village in an attempted massacre. When it was over, the world saw Delbert Afrika being brutally beaten on national television while peaceably surrendering. He was beaten with a savagery that anticipated the videotaped beating of Rodney King. James Rapp, a Philadelphia police officer was killed from what we now call ‘friendly fire.’ Bro. Delbert and his surviving comrades are now going on their 38th year of prison facing sentences that go up 100 years for Rapp’s death!…Two of their comrades have died in prison, Merle Afrika in 1999 and Phil Afrika in 2015.

    Lest we forget, it was on August 9, 1997 that Abner Louima was sodomized with a plunger up his rectum in a supreme expression of police brutality by New York City police.

    Starting on August 29, 2005, we faced one of the greatest ordeals and calamities of this time. On that day, as the bewildering winds of Hurricane Katrina came barreling down on New Orleans, the world’s 1st Black cultural capital, the u.s.government decided to abandon the people of that great chocolate city because the majority of its victims were black and poor! This genocidal spectacle garnered international criticism and outrage abroad, but here at home, the national media order just accelerated what the late Charshee McIntyre called ‘the criminalizing of the race!’

    It must be noted here though for the historical record, that just days later, while many among our people felt helpless about trying to do something directly, the New Black Panther Party, under the leadership of Attorney at War Malik Zulu Shabazz, dared to launch ‘Operation Rescue’! Defying curfews, roadblocks and government mandates, these brave men, armed with their God and their gun, rolled into New Orleans, went into the devastated 9th ward in particular and come out with several hundred of our people!**

    Add the harrowing “Hands up! Don’t shoot” case of Ferguson, Missouri’s Michael Brown, killed by Officer Darren Wilson in cold blood August 9th, 2014, to the litany of oppressive abuses particular to this month.  Brown was then left on the streets dead for hours!...for hours!...as state forces sought to make a horrific example out of him. To their chagrin, however, Brown’s slaughter triggered instead an incredible surge in protest against police brutality all over the country! Three new words were added to our protest lexicon in that upsurge…‘Black Lives Matter’!

    So we must also be very clear here…Black August is also a time of the most heroic resistance to the hottest hell we’ve faced!

    On August 11, 1965, a pivotal, timemarking rebellion took place foreshadowing many more to come. It was the Watts section of Los Angeles that exploded. Black youth, tired of police brutality, boldly stepped off from their perceived limits of nonviolence and went off!… Although casualties in this uprising were high, after six days of supreme hellraizin, almost 1000 buildings were destroyed and most of those destroyed were white-owned businesses. Out of the blood and ashes of this rebellion emerged the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense! It is one of the hallmark dates of this concept in its origins.

    The other of course is August 7, 1970!...On this day, an incredibly fearless young warrior chose not to wait on the white man’s courts for justice. He took it upon himself to liberate his comrades! On this day, the immortal Jonathan Jackson, George Jackson’s courageous little brother, walked into a Marin County Courthouse locked and loaded and announced that he was now in charge and he would be leaving with his comrades who were on trial! He also announced that the presiding judge would be coming also to secure their exit! He was 17 years old! 17! It foreshadowed the reemergence of the Underground Railroad in the collective persona known as the Black Liberation Army! You wanna know why you have to be searched when you go into a courtroom, you have pay homage to Jonathan for that!

    On August 14, 1791, a fearless Afrikan warrior queen named Cecille called together all the field slaves of the French sugar plantation island of Haiti ( originally spelled ‘Ayiti ), to convene the launching of the most successful of all slave revolts just eight days later!…The Haitian Revolution!

    A heartbreaking new Black August story must be told here too: On Sunday, August 14, 2016, Newark’s art and activist community lost one of its most beloved young voices. Breya ‘Blackberry Molasses’ Knight, died after losing a courageous battle with diabetes.
    She was only 29 years old!

    I loved Bre’ like she was my own. She shielded her pain from me many times. This last time was…so painful, it ultimately took her from us. Bre’ was an engaging multi-dimensional artist who loved her people, who loved our young and who loved her city, her Newark NJ! Best known as a young poet who challenged young people on the edge to figure this s*it out and to use art like she did help themselves, and who challenged her peers in performance to be about community and struggle too. She created a collective of young artists called ‘The Breathing Poets Society.’ She penned a book and a spoken word cd. She was also a brilliant graphic artist, loctitian, and entrepreneur! She cherished her political baptism from the Baraka family and political education from ol’ headz like me…

    For all of her fire, and I must add that she was also born on the same day Nat Turner was born, Bre’ could be amazingly humble and respectful to those who have ‘put it down.’
    So I know the ancestors blew her powder blue and pink mind with an incredible love and Alafia (Welcome dance)I know they greeted her with.
    Born on October 2, 1987, the same day as the unconquerable Nat Turner, and left us on August 14th, 2016, the same day that the ‘Aytian Revolution was launched…and it also happened to be this Black August baby’s birthday.
    I will never know a ‘happy’ birthday ever again…
    I could on for days…Just had to my chil’ a Black August shout out, because if there was ever a Black August child ever born, it was my Bre’…
    Baba loves u, sweetheart…
    Now speaking of Nat Turner…
    On August 21, 1831, Rev. Nat Turner launched his own prophetic answer to the Haitian Revolution when he led a force of armed field slaves in Amerikkka’s most famous slave insurrection in Southampton, Virginia. Before his capture, dozens of the overseer and slave owner class were vanquished by those willing to pay the ultimate price for freedom!
    Last year, saw a powerful film done on him by Nate Parker, a courageous film on several fronts…

    First and foremost, the fact that it gone done and got in the movie houses was huge!...Even though this incredible uprising took place 186 years ago, it unnerved the Amerikkkan order of white supremecy like no other to this day! The fact that it got done and went that far without dehumanizing him was an incredible feat. This is not to say that there weren’t efforts to derail the project because there were. To be sure, Hollywood and the nat’l media order had no problem with the villification of the filmmaker…unearthing a terrible indiscretion that has its own problems and issues on its own terms that should be dismissed. But that story was an ‘old’ story, brought up here and now, not to condemn the damnable indiscretion…But to undermine the potential of the volatile content of the film.

    Second, he took Hollywood’s racist racial legacy head on and turned it on its head when he dared name the film ‘Birth Of A Nation’! For those that don’t know, one of the most unique contributions to global white supremecy to come from these racist united states was the far-reaching, well choregraphed, racist, demeaning and projecting of our very worst stereotypes to promote the paramount value of segregation as a necessary tool of white privilege. The first, and still for many, Hollywood ‘model’ cinematic masterpiece was a film called ‘Birth Of A Nation’!...The film was done in 1915, and it demeaned Afrikan people like no other with all of the most ugly and grotesque stereotypes our people have faced, including necessarily, the worst of all of its cornerstone stereotypes, the perverted ‘Black Buck’! The ‘nigger’ with an unquenchable, savage appetite for white women!...It demolished one of the most democratic periods in Amerikkkan history…Reconstruction, and it glorified and further sanctioned the terrorism of the KuKlux Klan!...The Nat Turner film is not perfect…Many have some real problems with how it ended…But the way this young filmmaker dared to take on Hollywood’s racist legacy in service to our legacy of armed resistance with the making of the film is something I particularly appreciate…

    This is not at all to diss or to minimize nonviolent direct action; For on August 9, 1956, 20,000 Afrikan women fearlessly took to the streets of Pretoria, South Afrika and defied the vicious ‘Passbook Act of 1956, which made aliens of Afrikans in their own land during the obscene racist reign of Apartheid. It is from this defiant act that we get the phrase “You have struck a rock.”

    “Now you have attacked the women! You have struck a rock! You have dislodged a boulder! You will be crushed!” rings the phrase from this heroic expression of Afrikan women defying the bloody teeth of Apartheid.

    The March On Washington of August 28, 1963 must also be acknowledged for Black August in spite of its obvious co-opted limitations. Not because it was a high point for the legacy of Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement; We must acknowledge it here because we understand that the state saw that on its own terms, the scale of the mobilization made it too successful for their interests and then marked ‘The Drum Major For Justice’ for death! Declassified government documents are very clear. COINTELPRO operations escalated against our movement after that march and escalated against him in particular! Let the ‘Dreamers’ speak to that!…

    On the eve of that march, the sun set on one of the immortal pioneers of PanAfrikanism. WEB DuBois died in Ghana at age 97 in service to Ghanaian independence and PanAfrikanism in Black August on August 27, 1963.

    Another March on Washington note…Malcolm was not the only Black voice on the ‘national’ scene warning America of the limits of our people’s commitment to ‘Nonviolence.’ James Baldwin, who warned of The Fire Next Time, was banned from speaking by the white liberal overseers of the March after having been originally invited to do so!...Baldwin, another fearless legendary literary ‘son of Harlem,’is also a Black August baby, born on August 2, 1924.

    We absolutely must also acknowledge why the date was chosen for that march. On August 28, 1955, a young man from Chicago visiting his family in Mississippi, was made missing and viciously lynched. His face and body was so savagely ravaged by his killers that his mother decreed to have her son’s funeral with the casket open so the whole world could see what lynching looks like! That young man was Emmitt Till. It was our people’s last straw under the terrorism of Jim Crow!

    Fannie Lou Hamer bum rushes the ‘64 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, NJ with the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and boldly and eloquently ‘questions’ Amerikkka on August 22, 1964!

    On August 13, 1926, a man was born who would lead the most enduring revolution against u.s. imperialism to date! That man is Fidel Castro. That revolution of course is the heroic Cuban Revolution. No nation, anywhere in the world, has done more for Afrika, for the PanAfrikan idea, than the Cuban Revolution under the leadership of the ageless Fidel!

    We would lose Fidel after 90 long, hot, heroic years on November 25th!...
    It was under Fidel’s stewardship that Cuba became, and still is, the world’s most generous and heroic nation. A country not rich in oil or any of the other precious raw materials to drive the machinery of an international order, Cuba’s wealth is and has always been its people and their legendary example of ‘internat’l human solidarity’! No other nation in the world has given the world more, especially the Afrikan world more, than the Cuban Revolution! From putting their entire stability and security on the line going ‘back to Afrika’ to fight in Southern Afrika against Afrika’s military superpower, the Apatheid Regime of South Afrika, to sending legions of doctors and medical professionals checking an Ebola epidemic just two years ago, from providing  sanctuary to the oppressed resisting neo-colonial terror in their own countries from all over the world, to training over 10, 000 doctors from some of the poorest sectors of the world for ‘free’ in Cuba under the condition that they return to their countries to serve the most impoverished among their people, Fidel showed us all what ‘human solidarity’ looks like like no other!...

    Que Viva, Fidel! Que Viva!...Que Viva, la Revolucion! Que Viva!...

    On August 26, 1966, one of the most underappreciated recent people’s victories on the Afrikan continent was launched in earnest when SWAPO launched the armed struggle to rid Namibia of the dual scourge of Apartheid and colonialism!

    We already mentioned George Jackson’s legacy and assassination. We must also acknowledge that he was also an original revolutionary thinker who also penned two classic seminal revolutionary works, The Soledad Brothers and Blood In My Eye.

    For those of us who want to see Black August used in its fullest terms, the ceremonial and ideological center of Black August is, of course, the birth of Marcus Garvey on August 17, 1887 in Jamaica. On that same date in 1920, in a packed Madison Square Garden, Garvey and his Universal Negro Improvement Association gave us our own flag!…A flag for all of us no matter where we be on this earth!…The Universal Afrikan Liberation Flag!…The Red, the Black, the Green!…

    And you wonder why the state of Pennsylvania sought to execute Mumia Abu-Jamal on August 17, 1995?…Is it a coincidence that they used the birth date of the Black nation’s first modern political prisoner to attempt to stage this freedom fighter’s lynching?…We think not.

    On August 16, 1959, underappreciated Garveyite Carlos Cooks convened a special Afrikan Peoples Conference in Harlem, which formally called on our people to drop the term ‘negro’ and to instead use either ‘Black’ or ‘Afrikan’ to refer to the race. How so many of at this late date are unable to see ourselves as being nothing more than ‘niggaz’ is a serious expression of how far we’ve been setback.

    Several nations of the PanAfrikan world stepped forward in this month. Trinidad, Burkino Faso, Chad, Gabon and Cote ‘d’Voir, each stepped out on their own and declared their ‘independence’ in Black August.

    He was just getting into another gear on the electoral front when his drum was sounded in ‘The Land of the Ancestors’ in 2014, but he lived and died always looking to break, fresh, new ground in struggle…Pioneering New Afrikan Independence Movement leader and Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, the now immortal Fannie Lou Hamer Democrat Chokwe Lumumba was also born on August 2, 1947.

    Edward Wilmot Blyden, an important forerunner of critical Black nationalist thought who literally was the bridge between 19th and 20th century Afrikan nationalism, was born in Black August on August 3, 1832 in Virgin Islands as was Civil Rights legend, Reparations pioneer and champion of international human solidarity, the late Rev. Lucius Walker in 1930!

    One of the important things to emerge from the recent renewed interest in Black August is practical support of our freedom fighters, our political prisoners, the real flesh and blood targets of COINTELPRO! One such freedom fighter, organizing legend Dr. Mutulu Shakur was born of August 8, 1950. Get his address from his website (www.mutulushakur.com) and send him some love!  Another is of course the true ‘Maroon’! Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz is also a Black August baby! Born on August 23, 1943, this ‘Maroon’ of the Black Panther Party and the revolutionary underground had to endure 33 years in solitary confinement!...33 years!...Before winning his legal battle against being in solitary forever, this incredible man penned his searing, unapologetic memoir Maroon, The Implacable! In prison since 1975, the time has definitely come to free ‘Maroon and of his comrades! Go to his webpage (www.RussellMaroonShoats.Wordpress.com) and become a part of the call to free ‘Maroon and ‘free’m all!...

    Speaking of political prisoners and solitary confinement, Hugo Pinell, the legendary Panther political prisoner, was assassinated on August 12, 2015, just after getting out of solitary confinement after 46 years!...46 years!...He was 71 years old!...He shouldn’t been locked up like that after all these years anyway!

    There is no Panther in the land of the living or the land of the ancestors closer to me and my heart than the incredible Safiya Bukhari!... I am a proud ‘cub’ of this incredible Black woman!...Working onThe Black Panther Party Newspaper under her watch, yes, we had it back out in the early 90s, was my favorite ‘cub’ experience!...She left us for the Land of the Ancestors on August 24, 2003 after her ocean-sized heart gave out!
    148 years after Gabriel Prosser was going to scorch plantations before being betrayed, 
    Black Panther organizing legend and martyr Fred Hampton was born on August 30, 1948.
    Black Belt swingers Charlie Parker, Count Basie and Lester Young, giants of a music which brought us international respect, were all born in Black August.

    May all of our Augusts be fiery hot and holy with resistance!
    Keep marching!
    All Power to the People! Black Power and Free The Land!
    ©2017 all rights reserved
    ‘bro. zayid’ kazi angaza kikongo muhammad
    *Since this was originally written, the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army lost two more political prisoners in captivity, Abdullah Majid and Mondo Wa Langa!
    **Since this article first appeared, Malik Zulu Shabazz, to the disappointment of many, went delusional with his ego. He personally triggered an ugly split within the New Black Panther Party, trying to hijack their nat’l elections in order to impose his ‘crew’ on the nat’l body while still ‘calling the shots.’ He then unceremoniously ordered a physical attack on Black Panther legend Dhoruba Bin Wahad at their so-called ‘nat’l summit’ in August 2015, claiming he survived an ‘assassination attempt’ by Bin Wahad…
     ‘bro.zayid’ is the press officer for the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee, the media advocate for the Newark AntiViolence Coalition and a well known cub of the legendary New York chapter of the Black Panther Party…He can be reached at babazayid@yahoo.com... 973 202 0745..

     




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    The ACFJC is a Division of the District Attorney’s Office and provides visitors with legal, health, and support services and the opportunity for physical and psychological safety, recovery and well-being.
    Alameda County Family Justice Center470 27th Street Oakland, CA 94612(510) 267-8800 • info@acfjc.org

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    It’s Nation Time Again

    Progress Report on State of Black World Conference IV

    The Follow Up


    Dr. Ron Daniels, President, Institute of the Black World 21st Century

    Dear Friends in the Struggle:
    State of the Black World Conference IV (SOBWC IV), November 16-20, 2016, was one of the great gatherings of people of African descent, Black people, in recent history. People are still buzzing about the richness of the interaction and networking, the powerful information and spirit of unity/togetherness that was experienced. Equally important, the Declaration of Intent and Call to Action from the Conference laid out the Institute of the Black World 21st Century’s (IBW) priority action-items for follow-up/implementation. As we cautioned at the Conference, the ability to do effective follow-up/implementation would very much depend on having sufficient human and material resources. Candidly, the lack of resources has hampered our ability to move forward as quickly and successfully as we would likeNonetheless, we have made incremental progress. What follows is a brief Progress Report on implementation of the action-items in the Declaration of Intent and Call to Action:

    Report Card on President Trump: The First 100 Days

    As a follow-up to the Town Hall Meeting on the Impact of the 2016 Presidential Election on Black America and the Pan African World, April 28, 2017, IBW convened a Town Hall Meeting at the historic Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, D.C. to evaluate the first 100 days of the Trump administration. The event was Moderated by Mark Thompson, SIRIUSXM and Verna Avery Brown, WPFW, Pacficia, Washington, D.C. A stellar Panel consisting of Ben JealousDr. Julianne MalveauxAtty. Barbara Arwine, Ron HamptonSymone SandersJamira BurleyBill Fletcherand Dr. Elsie Scott conducted a very lively and informative discussion on the causes, effects and impact of the election of President Trump. The Town Hall Meeting was broadcast live by SIRIUS XM Progress and WPFW, Pacifica Washington, D.C.  It can be viewed in its entirety on the IBW website ibw21.org –  Click here to watch video

    Intensifying the U.S. and Global Reparations Movement

    At the encouragement of the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC) and strong support of the NCOBRA Legislative Committee, in January, Congressman John Conyers re-introduced HR-40 as the Commission to Study Reparations Proposals Bill. This marked a decisive shift from simply studying whether Reparations are due African Americans to examining and recommending remedies for enslavement. An effort is underway to encourage 100% of the Congressional Black Caucus to sign-on to the Bill as Co-Sponsors by the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference in September.
    March 20 – 23, Dr. Ron Daniels, Convener of NAARC, attended an International Reparations Conference in Cali, Columbia. The invitation was extended by Esther Ojulari, the Afro-Descendant leader from Columbia who participated in the Reparations Town Hall Meeting at SOBWC IV. Dr. Daniels joined Danny GloverMirielle Fanon-Mendes France and James Early as Presenters at the Conference. Information was shared about NAARC and the CARICOM Reparations Commission as a basis for encouraging leaders and organizations to establish a Reparations Commission in Colombia. Dr. Daniels’ participation fulfilled a commitment made at SOBWC IV to support the development of Reparations Commissions among Afro-Descendant people in Central and South America.  As a result, representatives of Afro-Descendant organizations are expected to attend a NAARC area/regional reparations gathering and strategy session in New Orleans in December.

    Towards A Domestic Marshall Plan for Black Communities

    Since SOBWC IV, the National Urban League has issued a Call for a “Mainstreet Marshall Plan”. The Center for American Progress has also joined the call for a Domestic Marshall Plan. Accordingly, IBW has assembled a Task Team with representatives from the Office of Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the National Urban League, the Abbott Leadership Institute, Rutgers University, the African American Leadership Project and the IBW Research Consortium to plan a Symposium on The Case for a Domestic Marshall Plan at Rutgers University this fall. Urban policy experts, a selected list of Mayors, elected officials and scholars will be invited to participate in the Symposium. The goal is to clearly articulate the urgent need for a Domestic Marshall Plan to build and sustain wholesome Black neighborhoods and communities, and to devise strategies to mobilize national support for the concept.

    Newark as a Model City Initiative

    The goal of this Initiative is to mobilize maximum human and material resources from Black America and the Pan African World, e.g., urban planners, community economic development specialists, entrepreneurs, investors to support the planning and development goals for the City of Newark under the leadership of Ras J. Baraka, a progressive African American Mayor. We are delighted to report that Mayor Baraka has endorsed the concept and appointed a Liaison to work with the IBW Task Team. IBW will be relying heavily on Dr. George Fraser, President/CEO of FraserNet, to identify a select number of leaders to participate in an Economic and Community Development Planning Summit in Newark to launch this Initiative.

    Continuing Cross-Generational Dialogue and Engagement

    IBW is actively engaged in conversations with the Movement for Black Lives to move forward with a follow-up to the Cross-Generational Dialogue at SOBWC IV. Two specific action-items are being discussed for implementation: Establishing safe “Teaching Spaces” for frank/honest cross-generational learning, sharing, exchange of perspectives, constructive critique and devising strategies to strengthen cross-generational engagement; and, convening a session on the implications and lessons of Cointelpro for the current generation of activists/organizers associated with Black Lives Matter, Movement for Black Lives and similar formations.  We will be convening these sessions by the end of the year.

    Addressing Key Issues in Africa, the Caribbean, Central and South America

    The New York based Pan African Unity Dialogue (PAUD)is developing a campaign to expose President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda as Africa’s U.S. backed “Destabilizer-In-Chief” for his destructive covert and overt interventions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and South Sudan. These interventions have resulted in the loss of millions of lives and contributed to chronic instability in the region. The campaign will be launched in the next 60 days. PAUD is an Initiative of IBW.
    IBW has also committed to giving greater exposure to the plight of Afro-Descendants in Colombia where corporate backed militias and death squads are terrorizing Black communities and assassinating their leaders in an effort to push them off mineral rich and valuable lands.

    Building Labor/Community Solidarity

    As a follow-up to the Labor/Community Solidarity Breakfast at SOBWC IV, with the support of 1199 SEIU in New York, IBW will convene a Labor/Community Solidarity Summit this fall to discuss strategies for strengthening labor/community engagement in support of unions and Black families and communities.

    Shortcomings and Weaknesses

    While the progress on follow-up/implementation cited above is meaningful, the major goal of enabling the Issue Area Working Groups to continue after the conference is a decided shortcoming. We applaud Sister Nataki Kambon, Co-Founder and National Spokesperson for Let’s Buy Black 365 for continuing to convene interested persons from the Economic and Community Development Working Group.  There was also an effort by volunteers from the Education Issue Area to continue engagement with interested persons in that Working Group. The leadership of IBW is deeply disappointed in our failure to facilitate the ongoing engagement of the other Issue Area Working Groups. For this we apologize. Our inability to follow-up on this commitment is due to our lack of staff and internal capacity. We simply do not have the human and material resources to effectively service the Working Groups to continue engaging post-conference. IBW urgently needs help/support to overcome this weakness.

    The Road Ahead

    There was an overwhelming sentiment that IBW not wait four years to convene State of the Black World Conference V. The leadership of IBW would certainly like to return to Newark in November of 2018 for SOBWC V.  However, as stated in the Declaration of Intent and Call to Action from SOBWC IV, that decision is totally contingent on IBW increasing its capacity not only to convene another conference, but to more effectively follow-up, particularly in terms of continuing the engagement of the Working Groups. As of this Report, we are not there yet. IBW needs more major donors, grants and sponsors to build our capacity. And, equally important, we need much more support from our friends/allies and interested parties who would like to experience SOBWC V in Newark.
    In that regard, we are profoundly thankful to those who responded to Haki Madhubuti’s appeal that participants at the Conference commit to contributing at least $25.00 a month to support the work of IBW. Twelve people out of the hundreds who attended SOBWC IV responded and IBW is receiving monthly tax-deductible donations of $10.00, $25.00 and $50.00 from this group of Gregory Griffin Sustaining Contributors. What if IBW had one hundred supporters donating $25.00 per month. A substantial increase in the number of Gregory Griffin Sustaining Contributors would enhance our capacity to follow-up/implement the action-items in the Declaration of Intent and Call to Action from SOBWC IV.  More Sustaining Contributors plus major donor, sponsorship and foundation support would ensure the return to Newark for SOBWC V.  Accordingly, we appeal to our friends, allies and concerned Black people to help IBW achieve this goal by making a sacrificial tax-deductible donation and encouraging family and friends to follow your lead.  In the words of the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey. “Up you mighty race, you can accomplish what you will.”

    Dr. Ron Daniels, President

    Institute of the Black World 21st Century

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    The Sun Ra Arkestra is the highest expression of Black Classical Music known as jazz. From August 3 thru 6, 2017, the Sun Ra Arkestra performed at the San Francisco Jazz Center. Minus the Black Arts Movement mysic, philosopher, poet, arranger, producer, piano and synthesizer master Sun Ra, the Arkestra was conducted by Marshall Allen, the 93 year old alto sax player.  Under Maestro Marshall Allen, the Arkestra sounded smoother than when Master Sun Ra was present. The transitions were tighter, the costumes more glamorous and elaborate than maybe Sun Ra was able to afford or even cared about.  Of course we missed the presence of Sun Ra, although we heard a recording of his voice speaking to us from his land of Infinity. The Arkestra is a most beautiful expression of eternity. For sure, the Sun Ra sound shall be around forever.

    My association with Sun Ra and his Myth-Science Arkestra began in Harlem, 1968, at the formation of the Black Arts Movement, of which we were co-founders, along with Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Last Poets, Barbara Ann Teer, Ed Bullins, Mae Jackson, Haki Madhubuti,
    Woody King, et al. I performed my poetry with the Arkestra in Harlem and Philadelphia. Sun Ra perfected the Black Arts Movement concept of Ritual Theatre, i.e., the notion derived from aboriginal communal art that connects the socalled audience with the performers by destroying that fourth wall allowing the performers and people to become one. Indeed, the performance transforms into a church or spiritual experience. This ritual theatre was attempted at the New Lafayette Theatre under director Robert Macbeth, at the National Black Theatre of Barbara Ann Teer and by myself at our Black Arts West Theatre, 1966, Black Educational Theatre,  and Recovery Theatre, 1996. At my theatre, people did indeed get the holy ghost and faint. At the production of my docudrama, One Day in the Life, a woman cried like she was at her mama's funeral. When Sun Ra and his Arkestra performed at my Black Educational Theatre, a member of the "audience" danced so hard her wig fell off!

    Today, Sun Ra is called The Father of Afro-futurism, Octavia Butler, the Mother. In 2015, we participated in the Sun Ra Conference at the University of Chicago and we were overjoyed to be on the panel with young hip hop scholars discussing Sun Ra and his philosophy.

    At the San Francisco Jazz Center, we were happy to be in the presence of the few surviving members of the Arkestra, e.g., Marshall Allen, Danny Thompson, Noel and Wisteria, the dancer from San Francisco. Yes, Space is the Place!

    We hope you enjoy the beautiful photographs of Adam Turner, photographer and design editor of the Movement Newspaper.
    --Marvin X, Black Arts Movement
    8/9/17
















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     At Pyongyang, North Korea, Madame Kim II Sung, wife of Premier Kim II Sung, gave birthday party for Maceo Cleaver, one year old. Madame named Cleaver daughter Joju, born while the Cleavers were visiting North Korea.

     
    Joju Cleaver, age one.

    Monday, 13 January 2014

    ELDRIDGE CLEAVER's SUPPORT FOR DPRK / SOCIALIST KOREA

    North Korea and the American Radical Left

    By
    Benjamin R. Young

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    Thanks to the courageous stand taken by brothers including Dennis Rodman, the legacy of Afro-Asian Unity in Struggle, or/and the support of the Black / Afrikan Liberation Movement in north amerika and Africa is seeing a rejuvenation. I say courageous, because it is on a number of levels - 1, cos it defies, and constructs a positive Resistance in the face of the MASSIVE anti-DPRK/Socialist Korea imperialist propaganda (much of which is repeated in empire-left circles), and 2, Because doing so means getting 'witch hunted' by the white imperialists and their echo chambers. Here is a piece outlining Black Panther Leader's Eldridge Cleaver's support and admiration for Socialist Korea.  - Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm
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    In NKIDP e-Dossier no. 14, "'Our Common Struggle against Our Common Enemy':  North Korea and the American Radical Left," Benjamin R. Young introduces ten recently obtained documents from the personal papers of Eldridge Cleaver, a former Black Panther Party leader, which describe Cleaver's fascination with and travels to the DPRK during the "long 1960s." 
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    "Our Common Struggle against Our Common Enemy": North Korea and the American Radical Left

    Introduced by Benjamin R. Young
    In the late 1960s and early 1970s, North Korea, officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and the Black Panther Party (BPP) came together under the rubric of “our common struggle against our common enemy.” The Black Panther, the official organ of the BPP, produced a steady stream of commentary favorable to the DPRK, Kim Il Sung, and the Juche ideology. Eldridge Cleaver, the leader of the BPP’s international affairs sector, often lauded the DPRK as an “earthly paradise” and stressed that the North Koreans were “the first to bring the U.S. imperialists trembling to their knees” (Document No. 8). Though other American leftist groups were drawn to North Korea during the “long 1960s,” the BPP established perhaps the most firm connection with the North Koreans.[i] The DPRK’s links to the American radical left have long been known, but the motivations behind this alliance—both those of Pyongyang and the BPP—have never been clear, and a deeper analysis of this relationship has long been absent.[ii] The documents introduced here and presented below, gathered from the personal papers of Eldridge Cleaver, demonstrate that the American radical left regarded Pyongyang as an important alternative from Moscow and Beijing. Likewise, these materials also show that North Korea regarded the American radicals as a cherished ally in its worldwide struggle to create an anti-imperialist front against the United States and to reunify the Korean peninsula.
    The available documentary evidence, pieced together from the archives of the University of California, Berkeley, and Texas A&M University, revolves around Cleaver’s two trips to North Korea in 1969 and 1970 and his representation of the country “as a beacon in the vanguard of the struggling masses of the world” (Document No. 7). These documents also capture Cleaver’s fascination with the “Juche spirit.” Cleaver defined Juche as being a “creative stand, mean[ing] to develop and apply Marxism-Leninism to one’s own revolutionary conditions” (Document No. 3). The BPP hoped to adopt the “Juche spirit” for the eventual revolution inside of the United States and regarded Kim Il Sung’s ideology as a potent tool for the international communist movement.
    In September 1969, Eldridge Cleaver travelled to Pyongyang along with the BPP’s deputy minister of defense Byron Booth for the “International Conference on Tasks of Journalists of the Whole World in their Fight against U.S. Imperialist Aggression.” This conference signaled the beginning of the BPP’s relationship with the DPRK. During the conference in North Korea, Cleaver kept notes on what he witnessed and heard from both North Korean spokespersons as well as other delegates from the communist world (Document No. 1). Cleaver, explaining why the BPP was eager to establish linkages with “revolutionary” countries such as North Korea, recorded to himself that, “the revolutionary forces inside the United States must be supported by the revolutionary peoples of the whole world because the people outside of the United States will slice the tentacles of the hideous octopus of U.S. oppression. The revolutionaries inside the United States will cut out its imperialist heart and give the decisive death blow to U.S. fascism and imperialism” (Document No. 1). Publicly, Cleaver and the BPP praised the DPRK as a socialist paradise and stated confidently that North Koreans “have no worries about food, clothing, lodging, education, medicine” and that they “work til [sic] hearts content leading a happy life” (Document No. 4). In his 1978 retrospective work, Soul on Fire, Eldridge Cleaver explained that “at first” he “was amazed at the grit and zeal of the young communists of North Korea” and that “some of the most zealous had entered into a compact or vow that they would not marry or have sexual relations until their country was united with South Korea.”[iii]  North Korea, despite its “subtle brainwashing and unsubtle racism,” had clearly impressed Eldridge Cleaver.[iv]
    In addition to solidifying its own ties with the DPRK, the BPP also tried to rally other revolutionary organizations to the North Korean cause (Document No. 2). In a letter (written September 5, 1969) to the BPP’s Chief of Staff, David Hilliard, Eldridge Cleaver explained that the Panthers shall “call upon all revolutionary organizations to also send telegrams to express their solidarity with the fighting Korean people in the face of new aggressions being plotted against the Korean peoples by the imperialists” (Document No. 2). Moreover, in 1970, Cleaver invited white radical Robert Scheer to attend another anti-imperialist journalist conference in Pyongyang (Document No. 5). Cleaver and Scheer organized a delegation to represent the United States at the conference, bringing with them ten members of various leftist organizations, including the Movement for a Democratic Military, San Francisco’s Red Guard, and an activist film collective, NEWSREEL (Document No. 4). In May 1970, Eldridge even sent his wife, Kathleen Cleaver, and their son, Maceo to North Korea. In Pyongyang, Kathleen gave birth to a baby girl, Joju Younghi, on July 31, 1970.[v]
    What is perhaps most interesting about the documents is that they reveal how North Korea, despite persistently targeting the United States as its main enemy and denouncing the presence of US troops in South Korea, was able to establish a clear division between the so-called U.S. imperialists and U.S. allies. Cleaver himself was emphatic that “the BPP joins hands with the 40 million Korean people in our common struggle against our common enemy- the fascist, imperialist United States government and ruling class” (Document No. 7).  North Korea regarded the American radical left as an important partner during this period and believed the BPP could help sway U.S. public opinion in favor of the DPRK. While the North Koreans ultimately failed to capture the hearts of the U.S. masses, these documents shed light on a forgotten chapter in the history of relations between the United States and North Korea.
    Because Cleaver often repeated what he had read, heard, and seen during his travels to the DPRK, the documents provided here also offer a glimpse into North Korean state propaganda during this period. For example, Cleaver stated that, “Comrade Kim Il Sung is the most relevant strategist in the struggle against U.S. fascism and imperialism in the world today and he has put the correct tactical line for the universal destruction of fascism and imperialism in our time” (Document No. 1).  Similar statements could be found in North Korean propaganda during this period.[vi]While these documents may seem to be a simple reproduction of North Korean rhetoric, they also depict how North Korean propagandists attempted to establish Kim Il Sung as a leading Asian communist and theoretician.[vii] From 1966 through 1976, the Cultural Revolution had engulfed Communist China and, to some degree, isolated Mao Zedong from the international communist movement. As a result, U.S. radicals accepted, to a certain extent, Kim Il Sung’s status as the new leading Asian communist and theoretician. North Korea, and in turn the BPP, elevated Kim Il Sung to the level of renowned socialist theorists such as Engels, Marx, Lenin, and Stalin. Cleaver typed in his notes that, “Comrade Kim Il Sung is one of the outstanding leaders of [the] world revolutionary movement.” (Document No. 3). In addition to situating Kim Il Sung as a prominent socialist thinker, Cleaver also believed that the, “Motherland of Marxism is Germany; Motherland of Leninism is Russia; Motherland of Marxism-Leninism in our era is Korea” (Document No. 3). In the face of Sino-Soviet rivalry, the Cultural Revolution in China, and Soviet revisionism (Document No. 1), North Korea was a figurative escape valve for the BPP and other revolutionary organizations searching for communist leadership.
    While most of these documents focus on the BPP’s depiction of the DPRK, a 1970 welcome message from the “The Committee for the Peaceful Unification of the Fatherland” also demonstrates how the North Koreans regarded their American friends. In a message addressed to Robert Scheer, Eldridge Cleaver, and Kathleen Cleaver, an anonymous North Korean speaker explained that “the struggle of the Black people and progressive people in America against U.S. imperialism is an important link in the chain of the anti-imperialist struggle of the peoples across the world and a great assistance to the revolutionary cause of the Korean people” (Document No. 6). Despite the relative dearth of scholarship on North Korea’s internationalism, Charles K. Armstrong has previously argued that “the late 1960s and 1970s were a time of unprecedented outward expansion for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.”[viii] Similarly, during this period, North Korean officials viewed the American radical left as an important ally in their worldwide fight against the U.S. imperialists.
    The documents presented here demonstrate that the Black Panthers regarded North Korea as an “earthly paradise” and “Comrade Kim Il Sung” as a “genius” (Document No. 9). In an attempt to spread the Juche ideology and promote the North Korean cause for reunification, the BPP promoted the reading of the “political, theoretical, and philosophical writings of Comrade Kim Il Sung” in the United States (Document No. 9).  Most significantly, the BPP’s fascination with North Korea reveals that Cold War international history cannot be understood merely in terms of nation-states alone. Non-state actors, such as the BPP, need to be given greater agency in the complex history of this era, and the documents presented here are among the first resources which allow us to do so.
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    Benjamin R. Young is a Master’s degree student in world history at The College at Brockport, working on his thesis, “Juche in the USA: The Black Panther Party’s Experiences and Relations with North Korea, 1969-1971,” and intends to continue at the doctoral level. His main interests are Cold War international history with a focus on North Korea, Maoist China, the Black Power movement, the radical 1960s, and Marxism in the Third World. He can be reached at byoun3@brockport.edu

    [i] Despite controversy surrounding the definition of the “long 1960s,” in this introduction I will be using Arthur Marwick’s definition of the “long 1960s” as being from 1958-1974. See Arthur Marwick, The Sixties: Cultural Revolution in Britain, France, Italy, and the United States, c.1958 to c.1974 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998), 7.
    [ii] For works that have noted the American radical left’s connection to North Korea in the late 1960s and early 1970s,  see Curtis Austin, “The Black Panthers and the Vietnam War,” in America and the Vietnam War: Re-Examining the Culture and History of a Generation, ed. Andrew Wiest, Mary Kathryn Barbier, and Glenn Robins (New York: Routledge, 2010); Elaine Brown, A Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story (New York: Pantheon Books, 1992); Eldridge Cleaver, Target Zero: A Life in Writing, ed. Kathleen Cleaver (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006); Eldridge Cleaver, Soul on Fire (Waco, TX: Word Books Publisher, 1978);  Kathleen Neal Cleaver, “Back to Africa: The Evolution of the International Section of the Black Panther Party (1969-1972), in The Black Panther Party Reconsidered, ed. Charles E. Jones (Baltimore: Black Classic Press, 1998); Committee on Internal Security, House of Representatives, Gun-Barrel Politics: The Black Panther Party, 1966-1971(Washington, D.C.: Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1971); Floyd W. Hayes, III, and Francis A. Kiene, III, “‘All Power to the People’: The Political Thought of Huey P. Newton and the Black Panther Party,” in The Black Panther Party Reconsidered; G. Louis Heath, Off The Pigs: The History and Literature of the Black Panther Party, (New Jersey: The Scarecrow Press, 1976); David Hilliard and Lewis Cole,  This Side of Glory: The Autobiography of David Hilliard and the Story of the Black Panther Party (Boston: Lawrence Hill Books, 1993); Timothy Leary,Flashbacks: A Personal and Cultural History of an Era: An Autobiography (New York: Putnam, 1990 [1983]); Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar, Black Power: Radical Politics and African American Identity (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004); Frank J. Rafalko, MH/CHAOS: The CIA’s Campaign Against the Radical New Left and the Black Panthers (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2011);  Nikhil Pal Singh, “The Black Panthers and the ‘Undeveloped Country’ of the Left,” in The Black Panther Party Reconsidered; Jennifer B. Smith, An International History of the Black Panther Party (New York: Garland Publishing, Inc.,1999).
    [iii] Eldridge Cleaver, Soul on Fire (Waco, TX: Word Books Publisher, 1978), 121.
    [iv] Eldridge Cleaver, Soul on Fire, 122.
    [v] There is some debate as to if this baby girl was the child of Eldridge Cleaver or Rahim Smith. “Several weeks after Cleaver’s return from North Korea [in 1969], there was a rumor that he killed Rahim Smith and buried him in some unknown location. Cleaver discovered that Smith had sexual relations with his wife Kathleen while he was visiting North Korea.” See Frank J. Rafalko, MH/CHAOS: The CIA’s Campaign Against the Radical New Left and the Black Panthers(Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2011), 115-116.
    [vi] See Robert A. Scalapino and Chong-Sik Lee, Communism in Korea (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1972), 865-869. 
    [vii] Since “Kim Il Sung clearly lacked international credentials…Beginning in the early 1970s, therefore, the DPRK took to placing large advertisements in leading Western newspapers such as The London Times and The Washington Postfeaturing extended extracts from Kim Il Sung’s major speeches (though the practice soon ceased as it became clear that it was making Kim into a figure of fun).” See Adrian Buzo, The Guerilla Dynasty: Politics and Leadership in North Korea (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1999), 265.
    [viii] Charles K. Armstrong, “Juche and North Korea’s Global Aspirations,” NKIDPWorking Paper No. 1 (Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson Center, April 2009).  For Armstrong’s forthcoming book on North Korea’s internationalism, see Charles Armstrong, Tyranny of the Weak: North Korea and the Modern World, 1950-1990(Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2013). 

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     marvin x



     angela davis, marvin x and sonia sanchez

    marvin x says the usa should send a delegation of black women peace activists to north korea. the group should include former black panther party leaders kathleen cleaver and elaine brown. fyi, cleaver's son maceo celebrated his 1st birthday at a party hosted by the wife of premier kim ii sung. madam sung also named the cleaver's daughter joju who was born in north korea. elaine brown also visited north korea as a bpp official. other black women for peace should include angela davis, congresswoman barbara lee, poet alice walker, congresswoman maxine waters, sonia sanchez and former congresswoman cynthia mckinney.


    kathleen cleaver

    angela davis


    elaine brown

    maxine waters

    barbara lee


    cynthia mckinney

    alice walker

    sonia sanchez

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    Grand Opening at the Laurel Street Fair

    Saturday, August 12th, 2017
    11am to 7pm 
    3718 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland

    Come visit us for our GRAND OPENING during the Laurel Street Fair!
    This year's theme at the Fest is "World Music"
     

    Join us for a day of fun and family!
    We will have fine art and local crafts for sale as well as kids activities
    and complimentary family photos when you sign up for our email list.  
    Featured Artists
    We will be featuring several local artists and artisan craftspeople including Lucy Beck and Gene Dominique.
    LUCY BECK- Lucy's work starts with being backlit.  She takes multiple shots of the same image, changing only exposure, and then combining 6-10 photos to reveal small parts of each exposure.  This process slowly builds up a painterly looking picture.
    GENE DOMINIQUE- "A photographer I admire noted that anyone can create a good picture.  What is harder to create is a series of related photographs that together tell a compelling story.  So that's what I aim for in my work: the compelling story." In the series "Havana Street Scenes", Gene illustrates how Havana is many things to many people.
    RBA Creative is a design, communications and consulting firm, which provides a comprehensive offering of creative services for corporate and nonprofit clients. RBA Creative has opened a new office and studio in the Laurel District of Oakland with co-working opportunities for artists, photographers, and creative professionals. The space offers a place to exhibit work, meet clients, and build businesses in a supportive environment. Amenities include a photography and production studio, meeting space, shared marketing and access to business equipment. RBA will also provide high-resolution photography, printing, and fine art reproduction services. A range of affordable membership options are available. Come visit to learn more!
    Laurel Street Fair

    MacArthur Blvd. between High Street and 35th Ave.
    11am to 7pm 
    Saturday, August 12th, 2017
    RBA Creative is located at 3718 MacArthur Blvd.
    www.rbacreative.com
    This is a fun and family oriented street fair with local vendors, food, drinks and music.
    Bring your friends and neighbors!
    Can’t wait to see you there!
    For more information about the Laurel Merchant District visit www.laureldistrictassociation.org

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    Award-Winning Playwright Marcus Gardley Odysseys to Oakland

    Black Odyssey at Cal Shakes is a modern retelling of Homer’s epic poem.


    The Odyssey is literature’s ultimate homecoming story. For Marcus Gardley, it’s providing a literal homecoming.

    Gardley, an Oakland-born, award-winning playwright, is making his California Shakespeare Theater debut this month with the West Coast premiere of Black Odyssey, a modern retelling of Homer’s epic poem in which an African American veteran returning from Afghanistan makes his way back to Oakland. (Earlier iterations of the production have taken place in Harlem, but the locale has been adjusted for an East Bay audience.) Gardley’s previous works, including The Box: A Black Comedy and The House That Will Not Stand (which premiered at Berkeley Rep in 2014), have drawn critical acclaim.

    And unlike Homer’s protagonist, whom only the dog recognizes, Gardley can expect a hero’s welcome home. The play reflects all things Bay Area, from its music and cast to the examination of the African American experience, says Cal Shakes artistic director Eric Ting. “This represents the best of what Cal Shakes can do.”
    Aug. 9–Sept. 3

    Marvin X, Master poet/playwright, co-founder of the Black Arts Movement, Notes on Black Odyssey


    photo Pendarvis Harshaw

    Tonight we watched a preview performance of Black Odyssey by Marcus Gardley at the Cal Shakespeare Theatre in Orinda. My daughter, Attorney Amira Jackmon, invited me to attend the outdoor performance with my grandchildren. Since I hadn't seen them for months because Amira has the El Muhajir spirit and is ever on the move throughout the universe, usually accompanied with her children, Naeemah and Jameel, I was elated to spend the evening with my peoples.

    Ironically, when I showed them the latest issue of the Movement Newspaper, Naeemah asked, "Grandfather, when you gonna put me on the cover of your newspaper?" I replied, "Naeemah, you know I had the same  thought tonight that I should put you and Jahmeel on the cover. I will do so soon." Actually, in the August issue, there are two poems in which my children and grandchildren are mentioned.

    When my daughter asked me about Black Odyssey, I told her I didn't know the play but I suspected it was based on the Greek myth stolen from African mythology and reinterpreted through the lens of North American African mythology. Once the play began, I knew I was correct. It began with Ulysses beating the drum, then choral voices in an African language, evolving into the "Stolen Legacy" (George M. James, W.E.B. DuBois) Greek myth morphed into North American African personas and narrative based on situations in the hoods of the Bay, with references to the white hoods as well, e.g., Rockridge, Acorn, et al.

    Because of the cold, I was only able to endure the first half. I forgot or didn't realize it's an outdoor theatre, so although Orinda is located immediate after one departs the tunnel from Berkeley, the weather changed drastically and I was totally unprepared, even though they gave out blankets, so I endured the first half then departed to wait in my daughter's car. My daughter said, "Dad, the tickets cost too much for us to leave now!" I told her I would no doubt come again, if only to review the play for my newspaper. She and her chillin' decided to endure the cold for another hour and twenty minutes. As per myself, I am suffering extreme attention deficit disorder these days, not that I have no suffered it throughout my life. After the play, my daughter reminded me, "Dad, do you know how long your productions usually are?" I said, "Ok, but I'm thinking my next concert will be one hour long. The first set of the recent Sun Ra Arkestra concert at the San Francisco Jazz Center lasted one hour, after which I departed, even though the Arkestra has been a part of my life since I performed with Sun Ra and his Arkestra off and on since 1968 in Harlem, NY. And as per time, Sun Ra and I performed a five hour concert of my musical Take Care of Business in San Francisco at the Harding Theatre on Divisadero, 1972, without intermission. Times change. As Sun Ra taught, "We are on the other side of time!"

    But the first half revealed that we have an excellent writer in Marcus Gardley, who is from Oakland. There was no question of his masterful weaving of African, Greek and North American African mythology into a unified and organic whole, full of poetry and philosophy about manhood rites of passage and male/female relations. For example, when the 16 year old son of Ulysses, (J. Alphonse Nicholson), Malachai (Michael Curry) encounters his mother, Nella Pell (Omoze Idehenre), mom tells him if he wants to be a man as he proclaims, then buy his own shoes and clothes, pay his own rent. Finally, the 16 year old says, "Mom, I don't wanna be a man, " especially after she was ready to throw his X-box out the window.

    I was astounded at the dexterity of the writer in so smoothly working the ancient Greek myth into North American African mythology and simultaneously incorporating African song, dance, music and mythology into his dramatic narrative. I proclaim him a genius of poetry and drama!

    When Eldridge Cleaver observed my 1981 Laney College Theatre production of In the Name of Love, he said, "Marvin, you have returned drama to the poetic tradition of Shakespeare." Well, One Day in the Life was a poetic drama. Black Odyssey is the same. I only saw the first half, but my daughter and grandchildren said they enjoyed the second half as well. My daughter said the second half, especially when Ulysses returned home from his journey, was very powerful, very touching and emotional, when he embraced his faithful wife.



    If you read my notes on the Sun Ra Arkestra concert at the San Francisco Jazz Center, I discuss the Black Arts Movement Theatre tradition of "Ritual Theatre", well, Black Odyssey utilized this concept of having the actors depart the stage into the audience, thus consciously or unconsciously placing themselves in the Black Arts Movement Theatrical tradition, which connects us with aboriginal myth-ritual theatre. I plan to go back to see the second half of this wonderful play and production.

    I will go prepared for the cold night air in Orinda. If you North American Africans can travel to the Concord Pavilion for Snoop Dog, you can endure the cold night air of the Cal Shakespeare Theatre to see Black Odyssey.

     Don't miss it cause  brother Marcus talkin bout your myth-ritual reality right here in the Bay, let alone all the references to North American African history and mythology, including icons of Black liberation, i.e., Medgar, Malcolm, Martin, Emmit Till, down to Black Lives Matter, police killings, black on black homicide, yes,  the Black Odyssey continues to the other side of time, as Sun Ra taught!


    Marvin X giving his opening monologue to One Day in the Life, Buriel Clay Theatre, San Francisco, circa 2002, the longest running North American African drama in Northern California history, run extended from 1996 thru 2002. Nearly every drug recovery program in the Bay Area saw this drama that became a recovery classic. Recovering addicts knew the script so well when Marvin X tried to do a B Script to satisfy the Black Bourgeoisie, the recovery audience walked out in disgust that he had capitulated to the black bourgeoisie and their world of make believe and Miller Liteism!

     Marvin X at his Academy of da Corner, 14th and Broadway, downtown Oakland. Ishmael Reed says, "If you want to learn about inspiration and motivation, don't spend all that money going to workshops and seminars, just go stand at 14th and Broadway and watch Marvin X at work. He's Plato teaching on the streets of Oakland!"


    "I do not come to 14th and Broadway to make money by selling books. Sometimes, I think I do but Allah soon reveals to me my mission has nothing to do with money although the people provide me with more money that I expect. Sometimes people drop $20.00 and $10.00 dollars in the glass pot and keep going.

    But if you want to know the beauty of our people, when I give books on credit, I never keep record, yet 99% of them pay me when they can, without fail, this is the beauty of our people you need to know. As per the youth who come by with pants hanging off their asses, if I say, "Pull yo pants up," 99% do so without hesitation, only one percent replay with negative bullshilt like, "You ain't my daddy, you can't tell me what the fuck to do!" Sometimes they walk by and read my thoughts: when they get to the curb they pull their pants up without me saying anything, then turn around and look at me with a smile, then continue across the street. They can read minds as we all can. This is the beauty of our people, even our children that you fear to talk with, say a kind word with, give a word of wisdom to while they are starving for elder knowledge.

    When I go to the barber shop operated by youngsters, they turn to me and say, "OG, teach us, teach us O.G. Tell us some wisdom, O.G. O.G., when you were a youngster, when you got an STD, you took a pill and stopped your drip. These days, if we get an STD, we might die!"

    So let us celebrate Black Odyssey by our brother Marcus. He has much to teach us as per manhood rites of passage and manhood/womanhood relations. Dress fada cold and get yo black asses to Orinda for a myth-ritual healing!
    --Marvin X, Black Arts Movement Theatre Elder
    9/10/17

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     preface, black august, 2017

    To extricate racism and white supremacy from American culture is as impossible as trying to remove all the cancer in meat: if all the cancer was removed, there would be no meat to eat!  from the three-fifths of a man and involuntary servitude of the us constitution to the cross and lynching three of American Christianity, racism is more bloody than a woman's five day cycle, alas, racism is a cycle of human horror, terror and debauchery, beginning in the 1440s when the Portuguese slave ships arrived in west Africa. yes, slavery in America and the Americas reduced kunta kinte to toby and he remains a stunted personality  suffering menticide, nutricide, homicide and suicide.

    It has been and shall remain a most difficult task that requires ineluctable energy to reverse the nigger toby and reconstruct the royal African kunta kinte. It shall require revolutionary violence that shall make the American civil war a children's party.

    The mau mau in Kenya is a model of the internal violence necessary to clean the house of reactionary Toby nigguhs, addicted to white supremacy type ll. Did not Harriet Tubman arm herself to force brainwashed nigguhs to flee the slavery plantations, including her husband?
    --marvin x
    black august, 2017

    Race in America: The Grand Denial by Marvin X



    RACE IN AMERICA: The Grand Denial

    Publié le par hort

    RACE IN AMERICA: The Grand Denial

      
    Denial is quite simply the evasion of reality. Denial can be personal or communal, for sometimes an entire nation can be in denial about its abominations, for they are too painful to make adjustments in the collective psyche and the personal reality, for to do so would incriminate the mythology and ritual of said society, and thus the normal daily round would be disrupted and dysfunctional, for painful adjustments would be in order, and as long as we can avoid the painful the better, after all, the status quo can be maintained.


     
    Americahas lived in grand denial. In the words of Baldwin white supremacy has caused this nation to believe in rationalizations so fantastic it approaches the pathological. She has lived among slaves and masters and the descendants of slaves and masters far too long without any meaningful degree of reconciliation or compensation, even apology is long overdue. Other colonial societies such as the French and Australia recently apologized for colonialism, but not America , the chief colonizer of the modern world. She is mainly guilty of domestic colonialism, having enslaved the Native Americans, and then kidnapped millions of Africans who were brought to these shores for eternal servitude. After emancipation, America promised the freed Africans a few acres and a mule, but never delivered. She promised freedom after her slaves provided 200,000 troops who were decisive in the Civil War, but disarmed them and returned them to virtual slavery called Reconstruction, which was short-lived and essentially put the freed slaves in neo-servitude, at the whim of terrorists known as Klu Klux Klan.

     
    White America benefited from four centuries of slavery and neo-slavery. The neo slaves fought in her imperial wars against fascism abroad but were subjected to fascism upon returning home. A few slaves benefited from slavery, even having slaves themselves, yet in the end found themselves facing the glass ceiling, especially when they refused to be running dogs for imperialism now called globalism. General Colin Powell is the most recent example. America duped him and made a fool of him before the world when he gave his fabricated United Nation’s speech to justify the invasion of Iraq . He was replaced with a more pliant Negress in the person of Condi Rice. We are urged to recognize racial progress in her shameful role as Secretary of State. We have achieved equality, for have we not placed ourselves (African Americans) in the position to be charged with war crimes, having justified the slaughter of a million Iraqi men, women and children in the unprovoked occupation and destruction of the jewel of Arabic culture and civilization?

     
    But in our grand denial, blacks as well as whites will attempt to convince the world this point of view is left wing poppycock, the thoughts of a disgruntled segment of the black Americans who have failed to enjoy the benefits of capitalism, now globalism--no matter the disparities in birth and death, education, wage parity, housing, health care, homicide and suicide, in every aspect of Americana.
     To mention race is to open a can of worms best left unopened because it makes Americans nervous, uneasy, and disturbed mentally if not physically. White Americans are made to feel guilty, thus etiquette demands no mention of race in civil discourse or casual conversation because we are all too sensitive and the endgame might be violence of the worse kind. And so we are mostly silent on the subject until this ugly monster of our body politic raises its head as it inevitably  does from time to time, then after the most brief discussion, all sides are urged to sweep it under the carpet until the next round. Thus this racial drama continues ad infinitum without any real resolution and certainly no reconciliation.

     
    We may have a plethora of interracial marriages with the resultant biracial children, yet nothing has been solved except for a kind of don’t ask don’t talk racial harmony, along with the children growing up in racial confusion called the tragic mulatto syndrome, whereby they try as best they can to choose sides in this racial drama without end. Clearly, Barak Obama is caught between the racism of his preacher and white grandmother. His endgame will be of great interest to the world at large, and even if he doesn’t become president of the US , he will have a role to play in racial politics globally

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    Obviously, his persona is bigger than America , having an African father and a Muslim middle name (Hussein) that has endeared him to the Islamic world, no matter the outcome of the presidential election. With his now classic speech on race, putting himself in league with Booker T. Washington’s Atlanta Compromise and Martin Luther King’s I Have A Dream, Obama, much to his dismay, has now become a Race Man, in the classic sense of that term whose definition escapes all but those of historical consciousness, which is most of us, black and white—except that we must now realize there is only the human race, except for those in league with me who claim membership in the Divine Race.

     
    America’s Grand Denial can only be overcome by recovery from our racist white supremacy heritage, beginning by accepting the scientific definition of the human race (or Divine, if you agree with my spiritual notion), then entering a program of detoxification, recovery and discovery.  Detoxification includes deprogramming our white supremacy values of domination and exploitation, including patriarchal authority and capitalist greed that has led us to the present recession/depression worldwide. The free market economy is nothing more than pimping by gunboat diplomacy. You sell me your labor and natural resources at the cheapest price or I will take them at gunpoint, under the guise of bringing you democracy—an advance from the naked colonial era of spreading Christianity.
     Recovery is discarding the Grand Denial that there is a problem or that the problem has been remedied, therefore stop making whites the villain and blacks the victim, in fact, forget the entire matter—although blacks already suffer acute amnesia to the degree that they are a danger to themselves and others.  And who would tell a Jew to forget the Holocaust? And does not the Jew remind the world at every turn what the Germans did to them? We have a thousand times more right to tell the world what happened to us than any Jew, for our suffering lasted four centuries, not four or five  years. For their four or five years (1939-1945) the Jews were given a state while we have not acquired one acre for four centuries (1619-2008) of slave labor and government sanctioned terror that even Hitler emulated with his destruction of the Jews.
     In order to recover from the addiction to white supremacy, America must make a searching and fearless moral inventory; she must admit to God the exact nature of her wrongs; be ready to have God remove her defects of character (being saved by the grace of Jesus Christ has not and will not solve America’s white supremacy addiction—the white Christian mythology allowed us to be burned on the cross or lynching tree—yes, strangely similar to Jesus). Rev. James Cone suggests America can only recover from the addiction to white supremacy by coming to an understanding of the relationship of the cross and the lynching tree. Listen to Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit and ponder the life of Jesus Christ. You have had Jesus in your midst for over four hundred years and crucified him on a daily basis, even unto this present hour. America must examine her census, her graveyards in the south and north, the bills of sale, the insurance policies, her jail and prison inmates, the mental hospital patients gone mad as a result of white supremacy addiction—then make a list of all the Africans harmed, the Native Americans, the poor whites treated worse than you treated niggers—then make amends to such people, including reparations in the form of land and sovereignty.
     Discovery for America in general will be when she accepts the radicalization of her culture to bring it in harmony with the global village, which involves the dismantling of institutions that perpetuate domination and exploitation of her citizens and other peace loving peoples throughout the world. If America persists in her Grand Denial, then she must prepare for her self destruction, for it shall come at the hands of the man in the mirror, not from any external forces.
     Dr. M is the author of How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy, A Pan African 13 Step Model, Black Bird Press, Berkeley CA. mxjackmon@gmail.com

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    Press Release
    15 August 2017
    Contact:
    Marvin X, Publisher
    The Movement Newspaper
    510-200-4164
    mxjackmon@gmail.com
    www.blackbirdpressnews.blogspot.com 

    For Immediate Release

    Subject:Oakland Whole Foods security guard pepper sprays and calls photographer fucking nigger

    From Charlottesville  to Oakland, the American beast is devouring the righteous. We mourn the dead and wounded in the Charlottesville massacre. On July 17, 2017, The Movement Newspaper's photographer and design editor, Adam Turner, was the victim of an unprovoked attack by a security guard at Oakland's Whole Foods Market, 230 Bay Street @ Harrison.  

    We call for a boycott of Oakland's Whole Foods for a pattern of racist behavior. We demand Whole Foods fire the security guard who pepper sprayed and called Adam a "fucking nigger!" This hate speech and  physical assault must not go unchecked.  Whole Foods must compensate Adam Turner for suffering mental and physical trauma.  As a result of this incident, he is under the care of clinical psychologist Dr. Nathan Hare.While riding BART, he now hears "Fucking nigger, fucking nigger, fucking nigger!"  Ironically, the security guard now denies he pepper sprayed or called Adam a fucking nigger. This is normal denial for those addicted to American racism and white supremacy.

    When told of this incident, many people confuse Adam with another man who was beaten unconscious by a security guard a few months ago at the same Oakland Whole Foods. Clearly, Oakland Whole Foods has a problem with security services as per North American Africans and needs to institute a program to address their addiction to white supremacy. We are now collecting data on North American Africans who suffer harassment by security guards who follow them around while they shop. The story of Phillip Johnson is indicative. Mr. Johnson, a retired AC Transit bus driver claims he is followed around wherever he shops at the Berkeley Whole Foods. The harassment forced him to tell the security guard, "Why are you following me around like I'm going to steal something? I'm a rich nigguh and you following me around like I'm a poor nigguh. Leave me the fuck alone!"

    We urge a boycott of Whole Food Markets in Oakland and wherever else where racism exists. Only the victims can understand the mental trauma of being subjected to racist behavior at Whole Foods and other stores in America. It can be so overwhelming that some North American Africans have begun departing America. The Movement Newspaper's Pan African Editor now lives in Accra, Ghana. She says, "They may not have electricity 24/7 but they don't have white supremacy 24/7. I can go to expensive stores and I am not followed around!"

    Adam Turner has retained Attorney Walter Riley to seek justice from Oakland Whole Foods. We call for a boycott. A press conference is planned soon. Please read Adam Turner's story on page two of our paper below.



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    Marvin X: Let the White Man stay white! Notes on the Sun Ra tradition from the other side of time!

    Black Arts Movement poet/playwright Marvin X and BAM Master Sun Ra outside Marvin's Black Educational Theate, Fillmore District, San Francisco, 1972. Sun Ra arranged the music for Marvin's musical version of his play Flowers for the Trashman, renamed Take Care of Business, 1972. Both taught in the Black Studies Department at University of California, Berkeley, 1972. Sun Ra's UCB lectures are on Youtube in four parts. Marvin's archives were acquired by the Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley. . 


    It is the greatest Black historian, Joel A. Rogers, who best demonstrated the pervasiveness and most profound degree African blood infused Europeans (see his many works). Of course these days, most people with a modicum of intelligence submit to the fact the human race originated in Africa which includes Asia. Fantastic Negritos (the little Blacks or aboriginals) have been found throughout the world, Europe, Asia, the Americas and most islands of the seas.

    As per any pure Europeans in America, how can this be possible after 400 years of miscegenation? Did not the founding fathers have a field day enjoying the  sexual pleasures of enslaved African women, men and children, including sex with their own interracial children, after which they sold their children at market rate on New Year's Day, the most dreaded day in the life of kidnapped African enduring the American slave system (Ed Howard term). New Year's Day was the slave auction day, when mates, mothers,fathers and children, were paraded on the auction block and sold down the river to the highest bidder. Again, the products of the slave master's lust and incest were sold as well, such was the heartless soul of the master who sold his chattel real (personal property as opposed to real estate, if I may correct W.E.B. DuBois who said we were real estate).

    So any notion of pure European Americans or pure North American Africans is mostly poppycock, with the exception of those Gullah/Geeche North American Africans who lived on the isolated South Carolina, Georgia islands and maintained a certain degree of purity in their bloodline even down to today.

    As per European Americans, I recall reading an article in the 60s in Liberator Magazine that claimed there were 60 million Europeans who were in fact North American Africans since the rule was one drop of Black blood made the European a nigger or shall we say African!

    In light of the above, how many European Americans can claim racial purity? Alas, we think it is not so much their desire to claim racial purity but rather to cling to mythological notions of whiteness that, in the words of James Baldwin, "has led them to rationalizations so fantastic it approaches the pathological!"

    Yes, pathological, a break with reality. They are infused with African blood, yet they adamantly desire to claim total whiteness. Even in the interracial North, European mothers married to North American African man, will yet desire their mixed-race children to identify with their whiteness, even when their children have pronounced African features. So this is a psycho-mythological conundrum that forces the children into the tragic mulatto syndrome and trauma best decried by Prince, "Am I Black, am I White?"

    Of course, there are those who say the race issue is in fact a class issue, especially as per racial hatred. And it is true the class problem between North American Africans and poor whites was a divide and conquer technique used by the slave owning class and later capitalists to keep the former Africans yet trapped in the American Slave System (E.Howard term) and keep the poor whites enduring minimum wages. The racial myths were exploited by the ruling class to divide and conquer the socalled emancipated Africans and the poor whites. Also, in my travels in the South, I was told repeatedly the ruling class Europeans treat the poor whites worse than they treat us North American Africans. Naturally, their wretched lower class condition made them jealous and envious of us and propelled the poor whites to join the KKK, most often led by, yes, ruling class whites!

    As per class, we would think both oppressed groups would unite at some point. But so often the demagogues  intervene and make such class unity impossible by fanning the flames of racial hatred with propaganda that Blacks want their jobs or their women or both and more, whatever more is!

    And yet, the supreme irony is revealed in the classic poem of Bay Area poet Paradise Jah Love, in his poem They Love Everything About You But You!" And this goes for all classes and ethnic groups that are non-African/Black:

    Poet Paradise Jah Love reading his classic They Love Everything About You But You!
    photo credit Daniela Kantorova

    Let me give a rough paraphrase of his poem, and may Paradise forgive me for butchering his classic poem.
    They love the black meat
    love the black beat
    love the black night
    love the black might
    love the black earth
    love the black space
    love the black sex
    they love everything about you
    but you
    love the black neighborhood
    but not the black neighbor
    love the black woman
    but not the black man
    they love everything bout you but you....
    love the black skin
    love the black tan
    love everything bout you but you....

    This love/hate relationship of Europeans toward Africans is universal and trans-class, from right, left,liberal/conservative, revolutionary/reactionary. We have held events with my liberal white patrons with sincere hearts but could not deal with the bold, radical sisters who had to check the white sisters at every turn who wanted to dominate is the best tradition of white supremacy addiction.

    Is this not why SNCC told the liberal whites to go home to their people and help them recover from their addiction to white supremacy--which they never did and thus is the reason we are at the present precipice, about to descend into the chasm of darkness and dread! After all, the liberal whites had not themselves recovered from their addiction to white supremacy, thus they could not help their families. So ignorant were they that their liberal psychosis blinded them from seeing the utter trauma of their poor white brothers and sisters who had no choice but to cling to their vestiges of white nationalism. It was not solely a reaction to the first Black President, rather, a reaction to the hopelessness of their mythological notions of white supremacy!

    Can one imagine the white psychological trauma of absorbing the reality of a nigguh in the White House? Can one then imagine the most urgent psychological need to flip the script and return their mental equilibrium to the status que of, yes, the White House and the House of White Nationalism.
    And yet, the tragedy is that Obama was as much a white nationalist as any KKK in the South, except he did so in Globalist terms and actions. Did he not have a list of people he murdered around the world on a weekly basis? Is this the agenda of the first Black President?

    Por favor, North Americans were so duped with the idea of the first Black President (and I among them--and my revolutionary brothers kicked my ass for thinking he was other than an imperialist--and in the end they were ideologically correct--thank you Lil' Joe, et al).

    Thus, we are totally overwhelmed with the utter shock and awe at Trump and Trumpitis, i.e., the sudden surprise in the minds of certain white people that their lower class brothers and sisters are clinging to white nationalism, as if the alt-left is not themselves guilty of left-wing white supremacy. Alas, were not those Democratic Party sycophants guilty of supporting the Hillary Clinton crime machine of global white nationalism with its multi-cultural vicissitudes? How could one be for Hillary after all her global iniquities with the Russians, Saudi Arabia, and her worse slime ball activity with the rape of Haiti? Let us not say nothing of her worship of Margaret Sanger and her black baby death dealing abortion program that morphed into Planned Parenthood?

    And so, let us get to why we must let white people stay white!

    let white people stay white
    the little white they have left
    let them stay white
    in the day
    in the night
    stay white white people
    love yr selves white
    chinese chinese
    mexicans la raza la raza la raza
    white people stay white
    just don't hurt black brown yellow
    be white
    imagine in yr fantasy
    you won the civil war
    in yr mind white beyond reality you won
    fly yr flag
    adore your statues of yr civil war heroes
    we may and will tare them down but
    they are your heroes of defeat
    are you that sick
    enjoy yourself
    the South won in your sick mind
    you found the to black slavery again
    prisons
    jails
    prisons
    under USA Constitution
    rejoice
    slavery makes you happy
    how long will this go on
    how long
    say the song
    how long
    masquerade
    parade
    through streets
    with sheets and guns
    enjoy yr fun
    just know we ain't in yo show
    we free and die to be
    we free
    and die to be!
    --Marvin X
    Black August
    2017


    Let us conclude with the notion that all peoples have the right to be what they consider the mythological notion of themselves, whether fantasy or reality. If they desire to be European white nationalists or African Black Nationalists, let them do so as long as they do not cause harm to anyone. If they cry La Raza la raza la raza, let them do so as long as they do not harm others. We Africans have the human right to cry in the words of our hero Marcus Garvey, "Africa for the Africans, those at home and those abroad! One God, one aim, one destiny!"

    When Jews cry, "We are the chosen people of God," let them do so in their mythological fantasy, along with the Chinese who said, "God is the Chinese people!"

    There are those who don't want to see the Confederate flay fly. As per North American Africans, I say, fly your flag, the Red, Black and Green and assert your nationhood. You shall have enough work to do in this endeavor and will have little time to worry about the European flags, including the stars and stripes and the Confederate flag.

    If you must consume your time deconstructing symbols of the Civil War and Jim Crow, do so but just know, you must establish monuments of your heroes and sheroes. And remember ancestor Amiri Baraka's poem:
    Wise I

       WHYS (Nobody Knows
        The Trouble I Seen)
       
    Traditional

    If you ever find
    yourself, some where
    lost and surrounded
    by enemies
    who won't let you
    speak in your own language
    who destroy your statues
    & instruments, who ban
    your omm bomm ba boom
    then you are in trouble
    deep trouble
    they ban your
    own boom ba boom
    you in deep deep
    trouble

    humph!

    probably take you several hundred years
    to get
    out!

     








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    Marvin X Classic--How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy







    Foreword


    How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy

    By Dr. Nathan Hare

    Call him Dr. M, as I do, though I’ve known him by other names in other places and, like Diogenes, who went around holding up a lantern to the faces of the people he would meet in the streets of ancient Athens looking for an honest man, I have come to the realization that we as a people have been waiting and looking for somebody like Dr. M to come along for more than half a century, ever since  America was stunned by The Mark of Oppression (the Jim Crow era book by two white liberal psychiatrists whose findings had brought them to the heartfelt conclusion that the race of people called “Negroes”  was “crushed.”
    In only four years after their epitaph was written, Negroes (now called “blacks,” “Blacks,” “Afro-Americans,” “African-Americans,” or as Dr. M sometimes calls them “American Africans”) had exploded in Montgomery with passive resistance.  In four more years the “sit-in movement” broke out among the youth, followed like a one-two punch by the so-called “freedom riders” (roving bands of individuals who boarded and defied the segregation of interstate vehicles and included a future student of mine on spring break from Howard University by the name of Stokely Carmichael).  Then came “Black Power,” in the context of which I first heard of a man who had metamorphosed from the slave-name Marvin Jackmon into a prominent “North American African poet” who went by the name of Marvin X (the X connoting “the unknown”).
    While, despite the fact that I have known him through the intervening years, I cannot unravel every single quality of the brother, I can testify that Dr. M is a brand new Marvin, a Dr. Marvin, a social doctor, if you will, with a gift and a mission for a new black movement. I know this to be true because, aside from my Ph.D. and years of experience in the practice of clinical psychology, I specialized in the study of social movements for a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Chicago.  But more than that, I have watched a dedicated Dr. M, up close and clinically, going about his fearless work in the mean streets of San Francisco.  
    Over a period of many months, on many a dark and dreary sometimes rainy Wednesday night, I served as a consultant in clinical psychology to Dr. M’s “Black Reconstruction Group” (the pilot to his twelve-step model now unveiled in this important book on “How to Recover from Addiction to White Supremacy.” In the Recovery Theatre’s pilot groups, I sat with diverse and ad hoc coteries of men and women gathered impromptu in the austere basement of a Catholic church, St. Boniface, located in the heart of The Tenderloin, the highest crime district in San Francisco, just down a few blocks from the famous Glide Memorial Methodist Church.  Many a night I marveled at the ease with which Dr. M and his talented co-facilitator, Suzette Celeste brought out trickles of lost and unleashed hope and inspiration in the minds of destitute and degraded street people as well as in the confused and empty psyches of invited members of the black bourgeoisie who, still trying to be unbroken, had come where not many “bourgies” would dare to tread.
    On many an appointed night I stood by silently looking on while Dr. M and his collaborators sauntered out into the shadowy mysteries of dilapidated streets to solicit and harness hapless homeless men and a woman or two and bring them in to meet as equals with the anxious representatives of the black bourgeoisie who had dared to cross momentarily back over their tentative territorial and social boundaries.  This of course is not recommended for the feeble or the fainthearted; because, until the revolution comes, or the proletariat triumphs, there will be difficulties and perils in chance encounters of the social classes.  So I must hasten to explain that a security conscious Dr. M was operating within a safety net of collaborators competent in the martial arts; like Geoffrey Grier, who has been an international martial arts competitor and is a son of a black psychiatrist, Dr. William Grier, coauthor with Dr. Price Cobb of the late 1960s blockbuster, Black Rage.
    At the moment when the oppressed have had enough, their rage will explode --  Fanon had warned us in The Wretched of the Earth -- and it is at that moment, at the very point of mental and spiritual coagulation and defeat, when they will come together and rise.  Frantz Fanon went on to tell of a category of reconstruction groups called “’djemaas’ (village assemblies) of northern Africa or in the meetings of western Africa, tradition demands that the quarrels which occur in a village should be settled in public. It is communal self-criticism, of course, and with a note of humor, because everybody is relaxed, and because in the last resort we all want the same things. But the more the intellectual imbibes the atmosphere of the people, the more completely he abandons the habits of calculation, of unwonted silence, of mental reservations, and shakes the spirit of concealment. And it is true that already at that level we can say that it spreads its own light and its own reason.”
    However, psychiatric authority for a self-help peer group focus on individual feelings (or addiction) in relation to white supremacy became available anew in the late 1960s, when Jeffrey Grier’s father, Dr. William H. Grier, and his collaborator, Dr. Price M. Cobbs, published Black Rage.   Dr. Grier has also consulted with Dr. M and his Recovery Theatre around the time of the pilot trial run of the first “Black Reconstruction Groups.”  According to Grier and Cobbs, in the “Introduction to the Paperback Edition” of Black Rage, “The most important aspect of therapy with blacks, we are convinced, is that racist mistreatment must be echoed and underlined as a fact, an unfortunate fact, but a most important fact – a part of reality. Dissatisfaction with such mistreatment is to be expected, and one’s resentment should be of appropriate dimensions” among black warriors who would exact retribution.  “Psychiatry for such warriors,” Grier and Cobbs went on to explain, should aim to “keep them fit for the duty at hand and healthy enough to enjoy the victories” that are likely to emerge.
    Fitness for duty is a pleasant but likely side effect of Dr. M’s “Black Reconstruction Groups” working to free the minds of persons addicted to white supremacy.  This no doubt is no doubt why they do not limit themselves in their group sessions to expressions of resentment of racist mistreatment and dissatisfaction but also calmly allow its hidden effects, which often remain unconscious in the way in which the relentless karate chops of white supremacy have killed our dreams on a daily basis and shattered our ability to love, to feel loved, to love ourselves and therefore one another. I listened with much satisfaction as Dr. M and his assemblies delved into the depths of fractured feelings and emotions of the brokenhearted in order to help them come to terms with betrayal, jealousy and rage, in their moving endeavors to learn to love again.
    And so it is that you will find many a reference to love in How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy. This includes, for instance, “Women Who Love” and the motivations of the men who love them. 
    Dr. M’s own fitness for duty is complex, unique and variegated.  According to James W. Sweeney, "Marvin  walked through the muck and mire of hell and came out clean as white fish and black as coal." Marvin can boast of “a Ph.D. in Negrology,” as he puts it,” the study of nigguhs” issued by the University of Hardknocks’s College of Hell), based on twelve years of research , independent study , and practicum in San Francisco's Tenderloin and other unlettered social laboratories throughout the United States.  
    There may still be hope, if it pleases  you, for Dr. M to join the white man’s system of miseducation and mental health care, when we consider that psychologists, including one of my mentors, the late Dr. Carlton Goodlett, at first were “grandfathered” in when the licensure of psychologists was started in the state of California.  Later came the oral exam (conversational, not dental), followed in time by an essay exam, before the boom in “standardized “ multiple choice tests for which workshops were offered to prepare you for a fee, causing excellent practitioners, especially black ones, to be blocked from licensure until they found out and forked over whopping workshop fees . 
    There is also a burgeoning market opening up in “clinical sociology” and “sociological practice” still cutting out its slice of the marketplace and finding its way in matters of licensure and credentialing in the field of sociology. But here it may be important to say that the self-help peer group does not require a sociological or a mental health professional, any more than the primordial AA groups from which the mental health profession has profited and learned. Dr. M is a social “doctor” (which etymologically means “teacher”) grappling with a social problem, white supremacy and its punishing residue in the minds of oppressed black individuals and white oppressors who have chosen to reject and come to places where their fathers lied. Oppressors pure and simple, who accept white supremacy, must be dealt with in a later context, as you will not very well be able to keep them in a Black Reconstruction or White Supremacy Destruction Group (or White Supremacy Deconstruction, if you will).
    Much in the manner of Hegel in his essay on “Master and Slave,” Marvin senses that the oppressor distorts his own mind as well as the mind of the oppressed. Hence Type I and Type II White Supremacy Addiction. White sociologists and the late black psychologist, Bobby Wright, converged in their findings of pathological personality traits (“the authoritarian personality” and “the racial psychopathic personality,” as Bobby put it). 
    But if Hegel was correct in his notion that the oppressor cannot free the slave, that the slave must force the oppressor’s hand, then it is Type II White Supremacy Addiction which if not more resistant to cure, must occupy our primary focus. Type II White Supremacy may be seen as a kind of “niggeritis” or “Negrofication” growing out of an over-identification with the master, who is white. As in any disorder severity of symptoms may vary from mild to moderate or severe.  
    As Frantz Fanon put it when he spoke for the brother with jungle fever in Black Skin, White Mask: “I wish to be regarded as white. If I can be loved by the white woman who is loved by the white man, then I am white like the white man; I am a full human being.” In the twisted mental convolution of a brother in black skin behind a white mask, Fanon observed a “Negro dependency complex” independently chronicled in my own Black Anglo Saxons (black individuals with white minds in black bodies). They struggle to look, think, talk and walk white by day, then go to sleep at night and dream that they will wake up white. They refuse to realize that no matter what they may ever do they will never get out of the black race alive.
    On the other hand, you are going to be seeing “nouveau blacks” and lesser Afrocentrics -- who faithfully and unquestionably follow twelve-month years and endeavor even to blackenize the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ -- jumping up to question Dr. M’s re-africanization of the “Twelve Steps” model for “using the Eurocentric twelve steps,” but they forget  that the very effort to be practical and collective is the original African way.  In any event, we must build on whites as whites have built on us, taking the best of the West and leaving the rest alone.  But Dr. M has expressly and creatively added a thirteenth step; for his goal is not just recovery but discovery, his goal is not just to change the individual but to change the individual to get ready to change the world.
    Meanwhile there is one thing on which we can all agree:  in any serious attempt to solve the bitter mental ravages of white supremacy, we must face the unadulterated fact that we are limited when we look to the institutionalized “profession” and their professional “providers.”  This of course is not to say that the institutionalized professionals cannot be helpful. Dr. M is quick to point out that a self-help peer group cannot cure all the diverse neuroses and psychoses that afflict us. Indeed he goes so far as to suggest that some of us “may need to be committed.”
    The late Queen Mother Moore (who loved to boast that she had “gone as far as the fourth grade, and stayed in school too long to learn anything”) delighted in going around deconstructing our “slave mentalities” and saying somebody needs to “do some surgery on these Negro minds” – in which Queen Mother had diagnosed a chronic condition she called “oppression psychoneurosis.” Queen Mother Moore was basically joking, that is, laughing to keep from crying, but it is no joke that mental health professionals, operating under the medical model, think nothing of seeing a person suffering from a psychosocial problem and not only treating the victim instead of the problem but – much in the manner of any addict or drug pusher– use or apply chemicals and sometimes chemical abuse to deal with the inability of the “patient” to feel good in a bad place and thrive, to try to  “have heart” in a heartless world. Many people are unaware to this very day that the practice once was rampant for psychiatrists to treat a person with chronic mental maladies by subjecting them to lobotomies cutting off a portion of their brains. Shock treatment was another method – you’re shocked by life, let’s shock your brain, Senator Eagleton (who later ran for the vice-presidency in the 1970s on the ticket with George McGovern).
    It should never have been any surprise that the mental health profession would be of only partial help in reconstructing the psychic consequences of centuries of prolonged brainwashing and subjugation (this is not to mention “Sicko” and what we know of the crippling new effects of “managed care” on the medical profession). Many mental health experts, the overwhelming majority of them white, have long suggested that the “medical model” may be inappropriate in the treatment of the psychological, not to mention, sociological components of mental illness. 
    But you don’t have to be a mental health professional or a sociologist to know that we can no longer restrict our search for healing to professional shrinks, raring back in executive chairs and carpeted suites stocked with “psychometric instruments” standardized on the white middle class, far removed from the realities of the concrete social milieu of afflicted and homeless black “subjects” living lives of hardship and subjugation, with no assurance of available treatment.
    Even when they are “insured they are limited to the care and treatment some insurance clerk is willing to “authorize.”  In matters of mental health, this typically will include a few sessions of “fifty minute hours” of “talk therapy” before leaving with a prescription or chemical palliative to dull agony and the pain but not the punishment of life on the skids in a sick society.
    The hour is up and time is running out, black people, but white supremacy is not. We are living now in the final and highest stage of racism and white supremacy.  We’ve let our struggle slip back while sitting in classrooms and conferences crooning about “afrocentricity” and ancient African glories that have gone forever.
    We have come now to a crossroads. We have lost control of our children’s minds, our future.  We have lost their respect, and appear to be on a collision course to a war of words between the black generations, in which hip-hop youth disparage and mock our language, our music and our humanity with a creativity and a rime and a rhythm we can’t fathom, let alone equal in our pitifully fruitless endeavors to eliminate the “n-word” and box with the black-on-black random violence of dissocialized youth who have concluded that adults and their leaders cannot or will not fight the power.  Who knows but it may be that Dr. M’s movement of recovery from addiction to and from white supremacy is offering us a final and effective chance to begin to “sit down together,” to get together and get our heads together.    





    THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2011


    Review of How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy



    How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy
    Peer mental health group cures 'addiction'
    by Reginald James
    Laney Tower
    Laney College Newspaper,
    Oakland CA
    May 22, 2008


    Author, playwright, and poet Dr. Marvin X is a modern theologian and philosopher sent to earth to help others find themselves. He's not a prophet, but is certainly beyond worthy of his Oakland bestowed title of "Plato" (Ishmael Reed).

    His most recent book is, "How to recover from the addiction to white supremacy: A Pan African 12-Step Model for a mental health peer group."

    Using a poetic and personal prose, Dr. M, as he is known, leads readers of all ethnicities and national origins on a journey to recover from what he terms the earth's most deadly disease: white supremacy.

    "White supremacy can be any form of domination, whether stemming from religious mythology and ritual, or cultural mythology and ritual, such as tribal and caste relations," writes Dr. M. "White supremacy is finally a class phenomena, the rich against the poor,thus the process of recovery must include a redistribution of global wealth, for there is no doubt that the rich became rich by exploiting the poor, not by any natural inheritance or superior intelligence."

    Dr. M, a founder of the Black Arts movement, uses his life experience with drug addiction to create a recovery model for others. Similar to the "12-step model" used by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), the book reads like a personal narrative of not just one man's struggle to overcome a grafted sense of self-inferiority and a disillusioned projection of superiority in others, but a prayer of confidence that when others connect with their spirits, they will be able to overcome "stinking thinking," negative attitudes and self-destructive behavior.

    After defining white supremacy in the introduction, the next chapter details how to detox and "rid the body and mind of the toxicity of decades under the influence of racist ideology of institutions that have rendered us into a state of drunkenness and denial."

    After detoxification, patients are now ready to step into a new era. The first step to recovery is to "admit we are not powerless over self-hatred, racism and white supremacy thinking."

    Dr. M's message of mental purification comes through strong in his accounts, and his vast historical knowledge of the experience of North American Africans" (so-called African Americans) encourages students to study. His vast literary references do not discriminate as he makes reference to Shakespeare and "classic" Greek tragedies as well.

    "The Other White People," as he refers to them, "are an enigma to themselves, a conundrum of major proportions, transcending Shakespeare's Othello in tragic dimension, for their tragic flaw is lack of self knowledge."

    "Such is the gracious gift of slavery, colonialism and neo-colonialism. It has produced a Pan African people in love with all things European: women, clothing, religion, education (what people in their right minds would send their children to the enemy to become educated, especially without a revolutionary agenda), political philosophy, social habits, dietary preferences, sexual mores, etc" writes Dr. M.

    While he seeks to create a dialogue with all, the sexism ingrained in this society leaps out at you. He attempts to make amends by apologizing for his past instances of sexism and emotional, verbal, and physical abuse of women.

    The most powerful aspect of the book is the encouragement to the reader to gain a working knowledge of self. When speaking to the need for patients to take a "moral inventory," Dr. M puts a mirror up to all people.

    Breaking down dynamics of interracial relationships with the analytical perception of a sociologist or psychologist, including historical context of relationships between black women and white men and the taboo of white woman with a black man, Dr. M simplifies the frustration faced by women who date outside of their "race" and the reaction of those who feel their "natural partners" have been stolen.

    "In this war with the white woman over the black man's sperm, the black woman, in desperation and denial, tries to mimic the white woman as much as possible, donning blond hair and continuing the tradition of bleaching cream throughout Pan Africa."

    Equally healing is the emphasis on seeking forgiveness. When under the influence of substances or mind altering racist ideology, people often hurt people that are closest to them. Dr. M apologizes for his own shortcomings while under the influence of not just white supremacy, but while using crack cocaine. The prolific writer fell victim to the "ghost" for 12 years, and apologizes to his family and especially his daughters.

    He also apologizes on behalf of the "Black Bourgeoisie,""Pan African Professors" he attacked because they were "not as radical and revolutionary as I believed they should, after all, white supremacy institutions are not about to allow a radical Pan African ideology and philosophy to flourish within its institutional framework," writes Dr. M.

    Dr. M is able to weave not only events in his life which were symptomatic of white supremacy, but the thought process and actions of others.

    While some may be quick to write Dr. M off as a Pan-African revolutionary (which he is), or a "reverse racist" (which he is not), his book benefits people of all ethnicities to come to grips with their preconceived notions about one another.

    He successfully differentiates between white supremacy and "white people" for only a few handsomely reap the benefits of white supremacy, while others simply enjoy white privilege. He also emphasizes that white supremacy has not, and will not, flourish without disciples and co-conspirators.

    "The white supremacy rulers have used poor whites and working class whites to delude whites into thinking the blacks are the cause of their misery and economic exploitation, just as capitalism is presently using immigrant labor to suggest they are the cause of middle and lower class white economic woes, while in fact it is the white supremacy global bandits who are outsourcing for cheap labor." Dr. M equates the assertion with the current immigration debate.

    Ultimately, after completing the 12-step model, patients are encouraged to join the "cultural revolution." Harkening to the era of he 1960s, Dr. M suggests "linguistic transcendence" in which North American Africans reclaim a regal self-concept.

    In the great tradition of indigenous healers, Dr. M pours love into patients inspiring hope for a cure for what others have deemed the only reality.

    Like all scientists, Dr. M is experimenting, hoping that patients will actively involve themselves in their recovery. The "peer group mental health model" accompanies the book and allows the reader to form their own circle to undergo transformation with friends, family, or those people you haven't met yet. Starting a much needed dialogue, Dr. M brings forward "5000 watts" of shock therapy to awake people to their senses.

    Dr. M obtained his PhD in Negrology from the University of Hell, USA. Formerly known as Marvin Jackmon, he was born in Fowler, CA and grew up in Fresno and Oakland. He attended Merritt College and San Francisco State University where he received a BA and MA in English. He has taught English, African American Literature, Drama, journalism, and more at Fresno State, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, San Francisco State University, University of Nevada, Reno, Mills, and Laney College. He was an professor at Fresno State University when then Governor Ronald Reagan found out Dr. M refused to serve in Vietnam--he was barred from teaching.

    His other books include Love and War, poems, 1995, In the Crazy House Called America, essays, 2002, and his most recent Beyond Religion, toward Spirituality, 2007His books are available from Black Bird Press, 1222 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA, 94702. $19.95 each. His Academy of da Corner is at 14th and Broadway, Northeast corner. He is presently organizing the Blackwell Institute of Art, Math and Science. How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy was used as a textbook at Berkeley City College and Oakland's Merritt College.

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     the works of J.A. Rogers. 


    It is the greatest Black historian, Joel A. Rogers, who best demonstrated the pervasiveness and most profound degree African blood infused Europeans (see his many works). Of course these days, most people with a modicum of intelligence submit to the fact the human race originated in Africa which includes Asia. Fantastic Negritos (the little Blacks or aboriginals) have been found throughout the world, Europe, Asia, the Americas and most islands of the seas.

    As per any pure Europeans in America, how can this be possible after 400 years of miscegenation? Did not the founding fathers have a field day enjoying the  sexual pleasures of enslaved African women, men and children, including sex with their own interracial children, after which they sold their children at market rate on New Year's Day, the most dreaded day in the life of kidnapped African enduring the American slave system (Ed Howard term). New Year's Day was the slave auction day, when mates, mothers,fathers and children, were paraded on the auction block and sold down the river to the highest bidder. Again, the products of the slave master's lust and incest were sold as well, such was the heartless soul of the master who sold his chattel real (personal property as opposed to real estate, if I may correct W.E.B. DuBois who said we were real estate).

    So any notion of pure European Americans or pure North American Africans is mostly poppycock, with the exception of those Gullah/Geeche North American Africans who lived on the isolated South Carolina, Georgia islands and maintained a certain degree of purity in their bloodline even down to today.

    As per European Americans, I recall reading an article in the 60s in Liberator Magazine that claimed there were 60 million Europeans who were in fact North American Africans since the rule was one drop of Black blood made the European a nigger or shall we say African!

    In light of the above, how many European Americans can claim racial purity? Alas, we think it is not so much their desire to claim racial purity but rather to cling to mythological notions of whiteness that, in the words of James Baldwin, "has led them to rationalizations so fantastic it approaches the pathological!"

    Yes, pathological, a break with reality. They are infused with African blood, yet they adamantly desire to claim total whiteness. Even in the interracial North, European mothers married to North American African man, will yet desire their mixed-race children to identify with their whiteness, even when their children have pronounced African features. So this is a psycho-mythological conundrum that forces the children into the tragic mulatto syndrome and trauma best decried by Prince, "Am I Black, am I White?"

    Of course, there are those who say the race issue is in fact a class issue, especially as per racial hatred. And it is true the class problem between North American Africans and poor whites was a divide and conquer technique used by the slave owning class and later capitalists to keep the former Africans yet trapped in the American Slave System (E.Howard term) and keep the poor whites enduring minimum wages. The racial myths were exploited by the ruling class to divide and conquer the socalled emancipated Africans and the poor whites. Also, in my travels in the South, I was told repeatedly the ruling class Europeans treat the poor whites worse than they treat us North American Africans. Naturally, their wretched lower class condition made them jealous and envious of us and propelled the poor whites to join the KKK, most often led by, yes, ruling class whites!

    As per class, we would think both oppressed groups would unite at some point. But so often the demagogues  intervene and make such class unity impossible by fanning the flames of racial hatred with propaganda that Blacks want their jobs or their women or both and more, whatever more is!

    And yet, the supreme irony is revealed in the classic poem of Bay Area poet Paradise Jah Love, in his poem They Love Everything About You But You!" And this goes for all classes and ethnic groups that are non-African/Black:

    Poet Paradise Jah Love reading his classic They Love Everything About You But You!
    photo credit Daniela Kantorova

    Let me give a rough paraphrase of his poem, and may Paradise forgive me for butchering his classic poem.
    They love the black meat
    love the black beat
    love the black night
    love the black might
    love the black earth
    love the black space
    love the black sex
    they love everything about you
    but you
    love the black neighborhood
    but not the black neighbor
    love the black woman
    but not the black man
    they love everything bout you but you....
    love the black skin
    love the black tan
    love everything bout you but you....

    This love/hate relationship of Europeans toward Africans is universal and trans-class, from right, left,liberal/conservative, revolutionary/reactionary. We have held events with my liberal white patrons with sincere hearts but could not deal with the bold, radical sisters who had to check the white sisters at every turn who wanted to dominate is the best tradition of white supremacy addiction.

    Is this not why SNCC told the liberal whites to go home to their people and help them recover from their addiction to white supremacy--which they never did and thus is the reason we are at the present precipice, about to descend into the chasm of darkness and dread! After all, the liberal whites had not themselves recovered from their addiction to white supremacy, thus they could not help their families. So ignorant were they that their liberal psychosis blinded them from seeing the utter trauma of their poor white brothers and sisters who had no choice but to cling to their vestiges of white nationalism. It was not solely a reaction to the first Black President, rather, a reaction to the hopelessness of their mythological notions of white supremacy!

    Can one imagine the white psychological trauma of absorbing the reality of a nigguh in the White House? Can one then imagine the most urgent psychological need to flip the script and return their mental equilibrium to the status que of, yes, the White House and the House of White Nationalism.
    And yet, the tragedy is that Obama was as much a white nationalist as any KKK in the South, except he did so in Globalist terms and actions. Did he not have a list of people he murdered around the world on a weekly basis? Is this the agenda of the first Black President?

    Por favor, North Americans were so duped with the idea of the first Black President (and I among them--and my revolutionary brothers verbally kicked my ass for thinking he was other than an imperialist, globalist--they were ideologically correct--thank you Lil' Joe, et al).

    Thus, we are totally overwhelmed with the utter shock and awe at Trump and Trumpitis, i.e., the sudden surprise in the minds of certain white people that their lower class brothers and sisters are clinging to white nationalism, as if the alt-left is not themselves guilty of left-wing white supremacy. Alas, were not those Democratic Party sycophants guilty of supporting the Hillary Clinton crime machine of global white nationalism with its multi-cultural vicissitudes? How could one be for Hillary after all her global iniquities with the Russians, Saudi Arabia, and her worse slime ball activity with the rape of Haiti? Let us not say nothing of her worship of Margaret Sanger and her black baby death dealing abortion program that morphed into Planned Parenthood?

    And so, let us get to why we must let white people stay white!

    let white people stay white
    the little white they have left
    let them stay white
    in the day
    in the night
    stay white white people
    love yr selves white
    chinese chinese
    mexicans la raza la raza la raza
    white people stay white
    just don't hurt black brown yellow
    be white
    imagine in yr fantasy
    you won the civil war
    in yr mind white beyond reality you won
    fly yr flag
    adore your statues of yr civil war heroes
    we may and will tare them down but
    they are your heroes of defeat
    are you that sick
    enjoy yourself
    the South won in your sick mind
    you found the to black slavery again
    prisons
    jails
    prisons
    under USA Constitution
    rejoice
    slavery makes you happy
    how long will this go on
    how long
    say the song
    how long
    masquerade
    parade
    through streets
    with sheets and guns
    enjoy yr fun
    just know we ain't in yo show
    we free and die to be
    we free
    and die to be!
    --Marvin X
    Black August
    2017


    Let us conclude with the notion that all peoples have the right to be what they consider the mythological notion of themselves, whether fantasy or reality. If they desire to be European white nationalists or African Black Nationalists, let them do so as long as they do not cause harm to anyone. If they cry La Raza la raza la raza, let them do so as long as they do not harm others. We Africans have the human right to cry in the words of our hero Marcus Garvey, "Africa for the Africans, those at home and those abroad! One God, one aim, one destiny!"

    When Jews cry, "We are the chosen people of God," let them do so in their mythological fantasy, along with the Chinese who said, "God is the Chinese people!"

    There are those who don't want to see the Confederate flay fly. As per North American Africans, I say, fly your flag, the Red, Black and Green and assert your nationhood. You shall have enough work to do in this endeavor and will have little time to worry about the European flags, including the stars and stripes and the Confederate flag.

    If you must consume your time deconstructing symbols of the Civil War and Jim Crow, do so but just know, you must establish monuments of your heroes and sheroes. And remember ancestor Amiri Baraka's poem:
    Wise I

       WHYS (Nobody Knows
        The Trouble I Seen)
       
    Traditional

    If you ever find
    yourself, some where
    lost and surrounded
    by enemies
    who won't let you
    speak in your own language
    who destroy your statues
    & instruments, who ban
    your omm bomm ba boom
    then you are in trouble
    deep trouble
    they ban your
    own boom ba boom
    you in deep deep
    trouble

    humph!

    probably take you several hundred years
    to get
    out!
     
    Amiri Baraka and Marvin X, 47 years of friendship as Black Arts Movement co-founders

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