Thursday, June 09, 2011

From The Honorable Sis. Cynthia McKinney: Tripoli Day Four

From The Honorable Sis. Cynthia McKinney: Tripoli Day Four

Some of the DIGNITY Delegation has departed and some have remained.  We were to visit the camps of the internally-displaced persons who include Libyans and migrant workers from other parts of Africa and West Asia, but the intense bombing prevented our going out.  The bombing yesterday started at 11:00 am and went nonstop until we went to sleep around 11:30 pm and we counted 89 blasts in the Tripoli area.  NATO also bombed in areas outside of Tripoli including the busy part of the harbor where offloading of ships takes place.  We are on our way now to continue our fact-finding.  In the meantime, please read the following interesting article, brought to my attention by one of our readers, Robert Oliver:

William Reed; Who Speaks For African-Americans, Yes You?

June 6, 2011 by Staff  
Filed under News, Opinion, Politics, Weekly Columns

( While many questioned whether Barack Obama was “Black enough,” in the 2008 elections 96 percent of African-Americans cast their vote for him.

Today, the question has re-emerged. In a recent critique, African-American scholar Cornel West stated that Obama is “culturally White.” This statement has created new ways to evaluate Obama, has ignited a new debate, and increased the divisions existing among African-Americans.

Does Obama represent Black Americans’ views and issues these days?  An even more relevant question might be, “Do Blacks want a Black as their spokesperson?”

McKinney Speaks

The leading voices for racial representation and justice in the past now cop another tune. The Rev. Al 

Sharpton said, “The issue comes down to a    misunderstanding of Obama’s role.  This is the first time in this country that  we have an African-American president. [However], he’s not the president of African-Americans.” 
Former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney has used the unpopular war in African countries to take over the role of international spokesperson for Black Americans.

As traditional Black political and religious leaders scamper like mice around the issue, McKinney has taken the position that Obama’s actions and practices are primarily based on his “White conqueror mindset.” 
McKinney said that Obama’s practices and policies are “a continuation of George Bush” and “do not represent the views of African-Americans.”  On state-sponsored broadcasts in Libya, the 2008 Green Party presidential candidate said, “these policies of war…are not what the people of the United States stand for, and it’s not what African-Americans stand for.”

Aiding The Enemy?

Mainstream media carries an imperialist point of view and portrays McKinney as a rube, “lending aid and comfort to America’s enemies” as she “fanned flames of American hatred by telling Muslims in Libya and Iran that the United States is exactly what they believe it is – a fat, bloated nation controlled by Israel that exploits the poor in order to line the pockets of the wealthy.”

McKinney told viewers, “the profile of an African-American is one that advocates for truth, justice, and human dignity.” Despite Western media portrayals of Gaddafi as a crazy madman, to McKinney and other African-oriented activists, he’s “a hero of African rights.”

Benefiting From War

The war in Libya is about increasing the wealth of a few.  It cost Americans $4 million a day.  In what way does this war benefit Black Americans?   It doesn’t matter that Nelson Mandela supports Gaddafi and his works.  To Black Americans, who believe Obama is heaven-sent, McKinney’s and Cornel West’s utterances are blasphemy.

In the eyes of “post-racial” Blacks, McKinney and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan parrot Libyan government propaganda and paint the regime as “a harbinger of peace” on the African continent. 
In the eyes of McKinney and Farrakhan, Blacks have bought into an imperialist system and actively glorify America’s militarism and dominance in the name of unlimited personal fortunes of a few.
In the case of whether the U.S. should be allowed to continue assaulting this Black African country, what say you?

Written By William Reed
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