It is my privilege to provide support for the most marginalized voices in the Western World. Most recently, I have offered my views on the state of American Descendants of Slavery (ADOS). Racism has been directed at them 24/7 for 401 years and counting. The “Framers” framed them at a 3/5th value in their Constitution, and Amendments to that legal document always included an “unless” clause.
Consider this a teaser for my next blog entry. However, the occasion for this entry is to note a policy change. Comments must now be moderated before they are published in order to prevent anyone from unilaterally declaring themselves an editor of this blog. Unfortunately, nine hours expired before I discovered that such a breach had occurred. A set of four lengthy diatribes, including two ad hominem attacks, spewed forth before I had logged on for the day.
My apologies to all and each for those nine hours.
Racists thrive by disavowing accurate and unfavorable facts that go against their narrative . The validity of those disturbing historical facts is not the issue, their concern: it casts the Founding Fathers unfavorably. The myth is more important than reality. The Roman Catholic Church in the USA does not have many Black congregants, Black Lives Matter did not matter as soon as news of looting made its way through Mother Angelica’s EWTN rightwing broadcasters. I am not aware of any sizable Roman-Catholically leftwing broadcasters. Does it exist?
Unacknowledged racism is not inadvertent, it is systemic. These two “historians” saved their final salvo for last, the issue of reparations —a magical incantation that clears rooms quickly. Restitution turns upon a qui bono: to whom does it benefit? Following the money does not benefit the myth makers. What of the trillions of dollars of benefits forgone, of dreams deferred until Hell ices over? Does it matter that slavers did receive recompense from the US government? Of course neither of these esteemed “historians” ever owned slaves — QED enough for the audience, QED enough for the host and guest. White Lives Matter, Trump is a God-send.
Former slaves and the descendants of those slaves (ADOS) have been adding trillions of dollars to white coffers since 1619. How many trillions of dollars of value brought the USA from an agrarian to an industrial economy? Is it best to issue a check in the amount of $0 trillion? Blacks who have immigrated to the US did not arrive in chains, did not survive the trip from Africa only to be auctioned to the highest bidder — hence the need for ADOS perspectives. The 1619 Project is not subtitled “Mistakes Were Made.”
The only “immigration” papers available to ADOS were the names appearing on shipping manifests and bills of lading. Jamestown welcomed the first forced human resources.
When sold at auction ADOS became slaves in perpetuity, under penalty of law.
In the name of their omni-God and respective flags, the monarchs sent their “exploring heroes” and a well-regulated militia to grace history book soundbites memorized over generations. The coiled snake is a favorite: Don’t tread on me, the white man in the room.
American “educators” instill the same familiar names on the same timelines from school year to school year, from one generation to the next, from one century to the next. Racism has always run rather rampant in the USA. It’s a white-eat-black world.
Received history is sanitized history, thickly covered in whitewash. Is genocide, slavery, rape, and plunder a cultural good? Is it the unavoidable price of progress, culture, and civilizations forced to fit a celebrated European white supremacist system?
“You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs.” Walter Duranty, Pulitzer Prize winner and fervid Stalin apologist.
Received histories are tales of white-supremacist conquerors and bounty collectors. Do you need a reason to justify wanton greed, torture, and death when your “civilization” casts its warriors as God-fearing gentlemen eager to bring the “good news” of genocide and land theft to those standing in their path?
Regime change pretty much describes the United States of America’s MO. Venezuela is manifestly destined to become a client state of the US, its enormous oil reserves require a puppet regime. Bolivia was recently blessed with a regime change. It seems that their soil contains the rare-earth element lithium required for a new generation of handheld computers. Capitalism is white-ordained privilege. Greed feeds the needless with the pennies of the needy.
White supremacy is complicity by complexion. The only thing you need to know about European world domination — European facial characteristics. White conventional wisdom — do things in the great white way: get away with as much as you can, with every ounce of guile and greed you can muster. Never accept responsibility. Remember that selfishness is a virtue. Keep a good stock of scapegoats in the barn.
The crime committed by ADOS — existing while Black.
Manifest Destiny: a manifesto condemning indigenous peoples to systemic genocide.
Sometime ago we had the opportunity to visit the former summer refuge of John Heartfield (1891-1968). During the Third Reich this German political artist (graphic artist, stage designer and cartoonist) used to be no. 5 on Gestapo’s most wanted list.
This is the “happiness” they’re bringing! (from: AIZ, June 1938)
John Heartfield is considered the inventor of political photo montage, collages of text and imagery found in mass-produced media, revolutionary when viewed in terms of technique and aesthetics. His powerful and satirical works in the late 1920s und 1930s became real icons in the struggle against the Nazis.
The real meaning of the Hitler salute. The little man asks for big gifts.
I’ve got millions standing behind me. (from: AIZ, October 1932)
John Heartfield was also a pacifist, and he was deeply disgusted by the fierce and unrestrained nationalism leading finally to World War I. Therefore in…
Heutzutage kennt sie fast jeder, die kleinen Bildzeichen oder Piktogramme oder Symbole oder Smileys, die längst nicht allein Gefühle ausdrücken. Dies ist der weltweit wohl verbreitetste Star dieser Zeichen:
Der in Deutschland nur wenigen bekannte chinesische Künstler Xu Bing, bisher jedenfalls existiert auf der deutschen Wikipedia noch kein Eintrag, hat fast zehn Jahre, von 2003 bis 2012, an einem Roman gearbeitet, der 2013 vom Massachusets Museum of Contenporary Arts in Kooperation mit dem Massachusets Institute of Technology publiziert wurde und nur aus Emojis besteht – so heißen diese kleinen Zeichen. Und dies ist das Inhaltsverzeichnis des Romans:
Das erste Kapitel des Romans beginnt so – und es ist ziemlich einfach, den Inhalt zu verstehen:
Und so geht es weiter (Ein Klick auf die Abbildung führt zu einer vergrößerten Ansicht):
Das ist das Cover des Buches:
Ausführlichere Informationen über Xu Bing und seinen Roman Book from the Ground sind hier
Whites, more specifically “wypipo,” are the beneficiaries of the settler-colonialist system that created the American Empire — the exceptionalist wing of the “special relationship” that a kinship with British imperialism taught to their former colonies in North America. The colonized learn how to become colonizers. Wypipo permeate every cell of that imperial body politic.
Old empires never die, they just pass their skills on to their progenitors. Today, the sun never sets on the American Empire. Are they blessed by a god who just seems to like them better than peoples of another color?
“Reverse racism” is con artistry, a notion that whites are being victimized by non-white populations, a conceit held by many whites — wherever they place their boots on the ground.
Western Civilization is a story of how European empires ruthlessly plundered darker-skinned “savages” who had been living for countless centuries in a give-and-take balance with neighboring tribes — a fine tapestry of diverse cultures. Colonialism is thievery, those who benefit from its system are receivers of stolen goods. Slavers are thieves whose crimes are cast as virtues. They provided their logistics expertise and the venture capital to seed the dreams of ambitious white power brokers — those from the right (white) families, and the right (white) schools, and the right (white) European ancestry.
Technologically more advanced imperial forces use an imbalance of might to waste at will for advantage, to subdue and conquer, to claim every available plot of land in the name of various European states, to load ships with plunder, to drop off the wealth back home, then to proceed clockwise along favorable ocean currents to the coast of Africa, where they could take on valuable human resources for the advancement of white destiny. Complete the circular trade route and repeat, ad nauseam.
Who are the ADOS?
American Descendants of Slavery are uniquely branded peoples. They did not immigrate to the Americas, they were absconded by the usual thievish characters who knew how to get a return on investment. Free hard labor does wonders for a bottom line if you can live with Faustian bargains. What matters is what you can get away with, not whether you redress injustice as deep as centuries of slavery. How much of an ROI did that accrue to ADOS? A trick question, because injustice continues unabated at all levels of society. From neighborhood to nation.
Justification for the white-supremacist system — the deathblood of our body politic — were set into law by the framers of the Constitution. a legal instrument written by wypipo for the preservation of proper cultural traditions and values. It defines blacks as fractional citizens — sworn upon a Bible that justified the corporations favored by the framers. SCOTUS contains its share of self-proclaimed “Originalists” — those who decide legal precedents based upon what the all-white framers of the Constitution had in mind when their “justice” system was created. Originalists such as Antonin Scalia and his replacement justice Neil Gorsuch lock their focus on the days and ways of the 18th Century. Not surprisingly, those decisions have always kept ADOS subservient citizens who are always thwarted if they are not willing to part with their soul. Each Constitutional Amendment that ostensibly purports to redress injustice contains language that offers a recourse clause for hegemonists of one color.
I had been meaning to assemble a piece about the Kurdish people for some time now. Fortunately, Henry Lewis has written a piece the keenly brings his personal experience to the fore. Actually, it is the best article I’ve yet encountered on the amazing Kurds. I think my readers will quite agree.
This week, following the Trump Administration’s betrayal of a long-time Middle East ally, I received a message containing these words from one of my former students in Iraq’s northern Kurdistan Region.
We as “Kurds have no friends but the mountains“ history repeats itself!
Over the past 100 years, the Kurdish people–whose territory includes northern Iraq, northern Syria, southeastern Turkey and northwestern Iran–have been repeatedly lied to, stabbed in the back, gassed and violently murdered by successive regimes from both the West and the Middle East.
The US Government has called on the Kurdish people repeatedly for help and these loyal allies have at all times capitulated to Washington’s requests. In 1972, they were asked by the CIA and US-placed Shah of Iran to rise up against the Ba’athist Party-led government in Iraq. The Kurds were used and then left alone to suffer the wrath of the Iraqi military when…
I have been following this one as well, Kreb. This is the wrenching reality of how the Injustice System works for you if you are a Deandre and how the bestowed and privileged reality-show system works for you if you are an Amber. Apologists for white supremacy in perpetuity waged against the ADOS who get steam-rollered by the white supremacists who benefit from a systemic slave-based Jim-Crowed de facto legal System. Two courtrooms, two entirely separate universes. From century to century in perpetuity. A white supremacist system that stands on the shoulders of millions of ADOS. The Art of the Devil.
A reign of terror began 71 years ago in Palestine: aptly called The Catastrophe, that terror continues to this day. That land lies at an ancient crossroads, located directly along the shortest land route from Africa to Europe. You have to be a resilient people to have lived there over the past few millennia, resiliency is something that defines such people. Palestinian Social Customs and Traditions
Ethnic cleansing continues even as the Palestinian birthrate increases more rapidly than the Israeli birthrate. There are now 5.3 million Palestinians and 5.2 million Israelis living in the same geography.
Palestine was part of the Ottoman Empire from 1516 to 1917 — the United States has only been around for 243 years. How much history, culture, traditions, arts, sciences, music, dance, cuisine, celebrations had flourished in those 401 years? Here is that link again: Palestinian Social Customs and Traditions.
The current political milieu in Israel extends from Rightwing to Ultra Rightwing, and all points in-between. Michael Oren, former Netanyahu ambassador to Washington and now a part of Netanyahu’s government, spoke over the telephone with Isaac Chotiner of the New Yorker, the interview went off the rails with quite a flourish. Here is an excerpt:
Isaac Chotiner: I am trying to disaggregate the ideas that this is being done for safety and security and there is no alternative, and that it is being done because people are traditional and religious—
Michael Oren: That’s my point. It’s not just security. It’s also ideology, it’s also belief.
Isaac Chotiner: Do you think that there are moral consequences to those beliefs, if they include increasing settlements in the West Bank?
Michael Oren: I have to distinguish between what’s right and what’s smart.
Isaac Chotiner: Increasing settlements is which?
Michael Oren: Again, you want to put this in black-and-white terms, but it is not black and white. Increasing settlements where? They are not all the same.
Isaac Chotiner: Sure. I just didn’t understand what you meant by right versus smart. I didn’t mean to interrupt you.
Michael Oren: It is definitely our right. I think it is our incontrovertible right as Jews to live anywhere in our ancestral homeland.
Isaac Chotiner: Really?
Michael Oren: No question. No question about it. Anywhere. And a member of the Sioux nation has a right to live on Sioux-nation territory. These are our tribal lands. The cradle of our civilization.
Occupation and demolition is heartless and it is brutal. Is it “a moral imperative” to uproot a thousand olive trees tended for a thousand years? The occupiers, protected by the IDF, routinely force families onto the street, then demolish their homes. Does it matter that those families have lived there for centuries? Housing developments in the Occupied Territories look like they’ve been transported from Southern California: reliable electricity, clean water, sewage pipes that dump onto the small isolated pockets that remain well isolated — where dwell the huddled Palestinian masses. Homeless in their own country. The “settlements” connect to Israeli jobs, markets and families over modern highways, fences run along the entire length of both shoulders. “For Israelis Only” — Jim Crow echoes there. Zoom out and you witness the spectacle of a 200 state solution, 200 isolated pockets of huddled masses yearning to be free.
What is it like to be dispossessed, to live under terror for 71 years? The IDF doesn’t just knock on your children’s door in the middle of the night, they break the door down and terrorize the entire family, the entire neighborhood. They do it at whim and with impunity, they keep the kids in holding cells indefinitely.
The British Empire took advantage of several remnants of the Ottoman Empire in 1917 by obtaining a legal instrument (a Mandate for Palestine) drawn up by the short-lived League of Nations. Lord Balfour feared an influx of Semites arriving at British shores, undesirable refugees in an otherwise polite country. He sought to keep them far away from Britannia. Palestine was on the other side of Europe, far from the White Cliffs of Dover.
I maintain that the British Empire signed over their “Mandate for Palestine” to Palestine’s present occupiers.
In 1948, Truman pulled a Balfour on the Palestinians.