Palm Sunday: Jesus puts on an anti-establishment march/demonstration

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On Palm Sunday Christians wave around their palm fronds to symbolize Jesus entry into ancient Jerusalem, but they leave out the real political significance of his going to Jerusalem.

Unlike today’s practitioners of his religion Jesus, is going to challenge the political authorities, the government along with the collaborators who run interference for the oppressive Roman colonialist regime. His going to Jerusalem was a kind of march on Washington to demand an end to Roman [ read US ]militarism, racism, sexism, religious bigotry. It was a demonstration to demand that the poor be fed and housed and that the sick be granted health care and to demand an end to international intervention that features the bombing of Syria, Iraq and Yemen, but rather turn its attention to the famine ravaging Yemen and East Africa. He would denounce terrorism as well, both State terrorism and individual terrorism.

The boldness of Jesus of Nazareth in his MARCH ON JERUSALEM is in clear contrast to the timidity in the face of injustice exploitation and oppression shown by most who claim to follow him today.

Titled the “triumphal entry” by many, Palm Sunday is known as the event in which Jesus enters into Jerusalem on a donkey and is acknowledged as Messiah by many who throw palm fronds in his path to honor him as he approaches the temple in Jerusalem to take part in the annual Passover celebration. But it’s not as simple as that.

Similar to today when many cheer on the so-called leader of the free world wherever he appears there are those who organize counter protests to bring attention to the policies they oversee that bring misery to the masses. Jesus was organizing the protest against all that the Trump administration represents and all that US imperialism represents.

Biblical scholars point out that the Passover celebration or the Feast of Passover was a “volatile” time. The holiday revolved around the acknowledgement that the Israelite God had delivered the Israelites from, oppression, slavery and captivity by the Egyptian Empire. The celebration almost always heightened their dissatisfaction and anger at Roman occupation and increased their desire for independence.

Every year it served as a focal point for nationalist aspiration and on occasion it lead to riots, so the Romans would send a Legion or two to Jerusalem to prevent and discourage Jewish rebellion. So Jesus took advantage of the Passover to lay down the gauntlet so to speak.

He and his disciples organized a counter protest. He had a donkey in place, organized a starting place for the rally and march and clearly had distributed flyers beforehand and put the word out in the ancient equivalent of social media, including an ancient Face Book event post informing their Galilean brothers and sisters that he was going to do this.

As the Roman governor Pontius Pilate approached Jerusalem from the west he would be proceeded by the sound of horns, he would be seated on a horse decked out with jewels and gold, followed by the Roman Legions, soldiers on horseback and on foot carrying banners and poles with the golden Roman eagle prominently displayed. Some theologians have pointed out that the Romans would roust everyone from their homes and force them to cheer on the royal parade.

Almost simultaneously, Jesus held a march from the east, the Mount of Olives riding on a donkey clearly mocking the powerful Roman show of force. The people of their own will spread royal palm fronds a symbol of royalty in front of him and shouted Hosanna. His countrymen understood his message, which according to scholars was tantamount to a “declaration of independence.”

Consequently, it was impossible to believe that anybody including the Roman authorities misunderstood what he was doing. Just as it takes some theological gymnastics on the part of today’s Christians to interpret these scriptures as some kind of harmless peaceful praise dancing procession designed to disturb nothing and no one.

Rather the Messianic theme served as background for the idea that God desired the people to be free of oppression. Jesus stands in opposition to colonialism, class society today’s capitalism and stands on the principle that nothing ultimately belongs to the unjust power structures of the world, but rather, “the earth is the Lords is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof “and God desires all of its inhabitants to enjoy peace, prosperity and justice.

The day when his followers actually follow him and make the trek to the seat of power and demand justice will be welcomed by the rest of the world.

justice then peace

Privilege has its limits: White America’s heroin/opiod drug epidemic ignored by US government

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Proving that White skin without “real” money has its limits, White suburbanites, rural and even city dwellers are dying like flies from drug overdoses in staggering numbers, as a result of a serious drug epidemic, yet there is little mention of it in the Big Business press and there has been little government intervention.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that 33,091 Americans died from opioid overdose in 2015, outnumbering gun deaths. And 91 Americans (overwhelmingly White) die every day from an opioid overdose, but very little funding has been set aside for treatment, prevention or drug interdiction.

Last August one town rushed to save 26 people who had overdosed in one afternoon. Young Whites have been found overdosed on buses and bus stops, in cars, and even in front of their children. One older couple overdosed and collapsed recently on a Memphis sidewalk.

According to a report last December, by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics, one out of every 130 babies was born drug addicted in rural areas nationwide. Neonatal abstinence syndrome, a condition in which the newborn has to go through drug withdrawal after birth, has skyrocketed in rural areas over the past decade from 1.2 per every 1,000 hospital births to 7.5 per 1,000. In urban areas the rate has risen from 1.4 to 4.8 per 1,000.

The result of all these children being born to junkie mothers is that they ( White children) are being taken from parental custody and placed with relatives or in foster homes. In Vermont alone ,this rose 40 percent between 2013 and 2016, according to the state’s Department for Children and Families.

Just for a minute imagine Black parents and even grandparents overdosing in front of their children, or passing out and od’ing on buses,or in the middle of the street, at work or even while driving,

Imagine the response of the general public to scores of Black women delivering drug addicted babies.

We don’t have to imagine, we know what happened when some Black women strung out on crack, delivered addicted children in the late 1980’s early 1990’s. The news media competed with one another to see who could print or broadcast the most sordid, sick and/or sensational tale of crack addiction in the Black community. They reported ad-nauseum about how the advent of crack and crack addicts and crack babies was destroying the soul of America.

Congress people competed to see who could come up with the most draconian punishment for users and distributers. No doubt when the need arises, the power structure will have no problem demonizing White drug addicts as well.

However, White dysfunction, (in this case drug addiction) undermines the narrative that only Black and Colored folks (POC) are dysfunctional. So it can’t be front page news. It doesn’t fit the “folks in charge” narrative of Black=good, White=bad. White addicts are simply illicit drug users, while Black addicts are thugs.

Consequently, Whites are made to suffer because White drug fiends don’t fit the script, they don’t, fit the narrative, its “off message” so to speak. So the alarm hasn’t been sounded as it should.

Unfortunately, this crisis has its roots in the medical and pharmaceutical communities. Doctors over the last decade have over prescribed pain killers like oxycontin, which if patients become addicted to,turn to heroin or synthetic opioids like fentanyl, which is estimated to be about 50 times as powerful as heroin and has accounted for many of the overdose deaths.

Compounding the problem, greedy, profiteering, thuggish pharmaceutical companies dumped tons of opioids on the market without asking questions of those they were supplying. Unscrupulous doctors should also have to face consequences for the fact that they exacerbated this crisis. Some doctors have been caught selling opioids illegally.

Without question somebody ought to go to jail.

Predictably, the government’s efforts at interdiction are hindered by its benefactors finance capital Big Banks need to make profit. And drugs and drug dealing is as major a capitalist enterprise. Only the naïve believe differently.

Incidentally, opium production in Afghanistan has been on the rise since the US invasion, going from a few hundred tons in 2001 to about 4,800 tons today. The Taliban had worked to rid the country of its opium crop and had almost succeeded until the US arrived.

The CIA has a history of involvement in illicit drug dealing dating back to Vietnam. It’s cocaine dealing during the Iran/Contra scandal was exposed by journalist Garry Webb in the early 1990’s..

It has been reported by economists that drug trafficking is the third largest cash global commodity in the world, after oil and the arms trade. The opium trade brings in tens of billions yearly. According to Global Research, “The revenues derived from the global trade in heroin [money laundering] constitute a multi-billion dollar bonanza for financial [banking] institutions and organized crime.”

To paraphrase Kanye West, when it comes to the heroin/opiod epidemic it doesn’t appear that the government cares about White people either.

justice then peace

Pro-Lifers needed desperately

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There is so much inhumanity, meanness and unnecessary dying taking place in the world (famines, border closings, rejection of refugees, droning, executions) that it is reasonable to expect that anyone or group calling itself pro-life would be in the midst of it all advocating for the living.
Ironically, so-called pro-lifers who put on a big show at the US capitol every year and more recently protested Planned Parenthood clinics that perform abortions (that also provide desperately needed (pre-natal care), don’t really believe in everyone’s “right to life.” It’s a cynical movement, born out of a right wing womb and held on to dearly, by some well meaning folks as well and those for whom it is a religious crusade. In their zeal to protect the unborn, they have borrowed a term they are unfit to utter.
So-called pro-lifers cloak themselves in piety and self- righteousness, while in reality they are anti-abortion, anti-women and most importantly anti-the freedom of women to have sex when, how and with whom they choose.
To paraphrase Apostle John, ‘how can they say they love those they have not seen (the unborn) yet do not love those they see every day.’
They are pro- life in the same way that Trump claims to be pro worker as he cuts out as many benefits (quality public education, fair and equitable wages, environmental protection, decent and affordable health care, equal protection under the law, etc,) to workers as he can, while cynically promising them jobs.
When Trump announced that he wanted to increase the military budget by billions, it meant that the US is prepared to and preparing to kill those it claims are its enemies, most likely some Colored folks (POC for those who think Colored is not quite the correct term) One would expect that those declaring themselves Pro-Life would be up in arms. But unfortunately most who call themselves pro-life are too often pro war or pro violent US intervention.
Trump has announced the US would not allow any refugees from countries in which people are literally running for their lives. But the pro-life folks remain silent. On the contrary, many back the ban because they are anti-Muslim.
After the announcement that the state of Arkansas planned on killing ten inmates in a matter of days next month, it should have been reasonable to expect an outcry from the center of the pro-life movement, but none was forthcoming because most advocates of the pro-life position are pro death penalty. (despite its very unequal application)
While most of the country remains silent in the face of the deportation of human beings, who are simply trying to do what most human beings have done since they have been on the planet and that is move to a place which is more conducive to living, one might anticipate outrage by pro-lifers. But they too failed to pierce the silence, because they too are anti-immigrant.
Yemen is one several countries in Africa and the Middle East suffering from famine. Yet instead of delivering bread, the US bombed the country, launching 30 airstrikes this weekend, on behalf of its favored Muslims; Saudi Arabia. The US press has scarcely mentioned this impending disaster, to its shame, while reporting on the latest foolishness uttered from the mouth of the president. The pro-lifers are quiet because, well they are pro American and if the US are killing folks it must be okay and after all their concern is not with the “living.”
Incidentally, the US launched a strike against Yemen in which they targeted the eight year old family member of Anwar Awlaki, the US citizen the government executed by drone, whose 16 year old son was also killed by a drone strike months later. The pro-life community was silent because eight year old innocents are not their concern, they are already born.Besides she was a foreigner; Brown, Muslim and though only eight, a seed, a terrorist in the making.
The famine in Africa, including the Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia is being ignored by the pro-lifers and the good folks who talk endlessly, excessively about the glories and wonders of humanity, because well they are usually talking about North American humanity.(you know White folks) And the latest suffering of Africans doesn’t move them to action because they too are suffering from “famine fatigue.” They too are tired of helping “those people.” Ironically many of the pro- lifers favor population control in Africa and the Third World. Some Colored folk to their shame, think this as well.
Furthermore, while the Western press stresses that wars in the effected countries have  exacerbated the famine, they devote only a few lines to the fact that these famines have their roots in man-made climate change. In the cruelest bit of irony, Africa has been the most adversely affected by the excesses of the so-called developed world, which  has accelerated the warming of the planet. The Third World, especially Africa, has been hit the hardest as the long dry seasons have not only made it near impossible to sustain themselves through traditional farming, but has also disrupted the rhythm of many African cultures, forcing them to flee their lands.
 As women in the US prepare to make the case for women, hopefully the case is made for Mother Earth as well as the tens of thousands of poor mothers, women and girls who may not make it to the end of the year and maybe not the end of the month.
What’s the point of debating when life begins, if we are not going to help those already here?
justice then peace

Yemeni raid: US Government kills 8year old as punishment for sins of the father

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In his recent address to Congress, President Donald Trump used the tears of Carryn Owens, widow of Navy Seal Ryan Owens, who died in the US raid on Yemen last month, to hide the fact that the raid was not a raid at all, but a gangster like “hit” on another member of the family of Anwar Al-Awacki, 8 year old Nawar Al-Alwaki. The unwarranted attack fulfilled a Trump campaign promise and its US Imperialism’s way of sending a message to its enemies; nothing is sacred and nobody is off limits.

Nawar or “Nora” as she was known by her family was the daughter of San Antonio, Texas born Muslim cleric and US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki. Al-Awlaki was killed by the Obama administration in a so-called “signature” drone strike in 2011.

If it sounds far-fetched that the US government would carry out a hit on the family member of a designated “enemy of the State,” then consider that al-Awalki’s 16 year old son Abdulrahman al-Alwalki was killed “accidentally,” by the US government in a drone strike, only a month after it killed his father in the same fashion.

The US government responded to the international outcry accusing it of targeting Al-Awlaki’s family, by saying the teenager had been “in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Adding insult to injury, White House press secretary at the time, Robert Gibbs, tried blaming the child for his murder saying, “I would suggest that you should have a far more responsible father.”

Is it a mere coincidence that a declared enemy of the State’s teen-aged son and now female child, are killed in US attacks? Incidentally the child’s mother was shot as well but survived!

Anyone paying attention knows that since the raid, there has been no reasonable or clear explanation for it, which was initially purportedly conducted to snatch files from an Al Qeada operative in Yemen.

However US officials told NBC News last week that, “Last month’s deadly commando raid in Yemen, which cost the lives of a U.S. Navy SEAL and a number of children, has so far yielded no significant intelligence.”

The raid cost 25 Yemeni civilians their lives, most were women, including nine children under the age of 13, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Young Nora was shot in the neck by US Navy Seals and died two hours later with her grandfather watching helplessly. So much for the glorification of the bravery of a bunch of mercenaries,who ran into someone else’s country and shot and killed innocent women and children.

When US Senator John McCain said that he thought the raid was aimed at killing suspected militants. NBC News reported that,” defense officials did not dispute McCain’s characterization, saying they were hoping to kill or capture certain militants, though they declined to name them.”

As untenable as the proposition may be to those still clinging on to the idea of the US government as the moral light of the world, there is no other reasonable explanation for this seemingly, out of the blue attack.

The message was crystal clear. Killing the 8 year old daughter of a radical anti- US cleric was a gangster move designed to say, ‘if you mess with us we will take out your entire family.’

Al- Awalki was an American citizen who began to denounce the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the US interventions in the Middle East. He left the US and began delivering fiery anti- US messages. Though Al-Awalki had not attacked the US, he was killed in a so-called “signature” drone strike.

The US claimed at the time without providing proof that he had mentored or had a hand in failed attacks against the US.

What’s most significant is that then president Obama became the first president to kill an American citizen, without due process. This “extrajudicial execution” was a flagrant violation of the US Constitution, which White House lawyers managed to “memo” over.

“We do not believe that al-Awlaki’s U.S. citizenship imposes constitutional limitations that would preclude the contemplated lethal action” [by the U.S. military or the CIA],” wrote the US Justice Department in a memo approving the murder in 2014.

And liberals and so-called left leaning progressives said nary a word about this crime.

Before the senior al-Awlaki’s killing it was accepted US jurisprudence that American citizens could not be killed by the government without what was thought to be the constitutionally guaranteed right to a trial, in which one can defend themselves against charges brought by the government.

Those who have begun to wake up as a result of the draconian measures taken by new President Trump, should also wake up the other immoral and indecent workings of the US government . This just in,”US warplanes conducted 30 strikes on Yemen. I didn’t know the US was at war with Yemen. Gangsterism at its finest.

justice then peace

Lakeville (MN) South High condones, coddles racism implies its ok as long as perpetrator non-Caucasian

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Lakeville South High is the latest Twin Cities high school to have extremely racist graffiti found within its walls and it is the latest school to condone and coddle it by absolutely refusing to do anything about it. Yes they will slap the wrist of the offending student and make gratuitous statements about diversity. And they usually drop this bomb, ‘this isn’t a reflection of who we are,’ but in vehemently refusing to take a zero tolerance approach, that it is exactly, who they are.
 
If that sounds unfair, then why do these predominantly White school’s administration’s adamantly refuse to say to their student body, that this isn’t acceptable. The only logical conclusion is, either they agree with the racist, mean- spirited, intolerant behavior, or it is not that big of a deal. What’s a little racist graffiti, a little racist slur in the bigger scheme of things, it just kids being kids, they say.
 
Incredibly the Lakeville Area Public Schools sent a letter to parents assuring them that the fact that the perpetrator was a “non- Caucasian” who has “special education needs,” and this supposedly “will help the community and others put this into perspective.”
 
In other words, ‘the racist wasn’t White and was a little behind educationally,’ so it must be okay, or at least we don’t have to take responsibility for it.
 
Of course if it is indeed the case that the perpetrator had special education needs, then that indicates that someone educationally astute, helped this child figure out how to put something on the bathroom stalls that would be sure to offend the kids of color.
 
In other words, somebody likely put him up to it and its also likely that the special education kid didn’t do it at all, but may have taken the “rap.”
 
Proving that the district has no intention on dealing with the issue of racism and intolerance, the letter never mentions the word “racist” or “intolerance.” The letter stated, that someone had written “offensive words and images on bathroom stalls”
 
The letter goes on with the obligatory, “this is unfortunate and does not reflect the values,..” etc, etc.
 
But it does reflect the values of at least some of the folks in the Lakeville community. Allen Scarsella who was convicted last month of the racially motivated shooting of five people protesting the Minneapolis killing of Jamar Clark, is from Lakeville. The trial exposed Scarsella as a virulent racist. It exposed communications of his in which he even fantasized about killing Blacks, just because they were Black.
 
Earlier this year, one of the Lakeville schools reported that students taunted Latin students with chants of, “build the wall.” Also earlier this year,a significant number of White students showed up with Confederate flags on their cars and as part of their clothing. And they clearly understand that in the United States the North fought on the side of the Union and last we checked this is a Northern state, so it has nothing to do with their heritage. The kids wore the symbol because they understand it to be a sign of hatred and intolerance, a symbol of one races’ dominance over another.
 
Ironically the letter says this is a “teachable moment.”
 
Indeed it was, it taught the students that the administration doesn’t take hatefulness, racism and intolerance very seriously!
 
Furthermore, the schools’ response taught the kids of color and other sympathetic students that when something evil is directed at them, the school will concentrate on the victims and leave the victimizers in their ignorance. And that no serious effort will be done to ensure that they (kids of color), according to the boards’ letter, “feel welcome and safe in school.”
 
Though the school board was urged to have Lakeville South call a general assembly and explain why intolerance is unacceptable, while declaring that there will be “zero tolerance” for this kind of foolishness, the school and School Board steadfastly refused to do so. They also ignored a suggestion to meet with the kids of color and hear about their experiences and their concerns. .
 
Therefore, the only logical conclusion one can draw is that the school doesn’t want to know the truth about the micro aggressions and insensitive and boorish behavior its Black students and other kids of color are forced to put up with, while trying to secure an education.
 
Ultimately, we are forced to confront the truth and admit that the reason foolish young people continue to post racist and hateful graffiti, is because it is condoned by the greater White society and its institutions. How else can one explain the absolute refusal by school administrations to adopt a zero tolerance policy or even to address the issue of racism with the broader student population?
justice then peace

US Representative Keith Ellison pushed to back of the bus by DNC selection Committee

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As the saying goes, “when someone [or something] shows you who they are believe them.” The rejection of US Representative Keith Ellison’s bid to head the Democratic National Committee (DNC) reveals that the DNC is what they have always been the other branch of a two branch tree (Democrats & Republicans) that exist to represent the rich, while pretending to have an interest in the needs, wants and desires of working class America.
 
As one delegate put it, “They are not going to be in touch with the people and they are not ready to move in a new direction despite the rhetoric.”
 
The very patronizing suggestion that the Congressman be the face of the DNC, while inventing a last minute deputy director position to appease him and his fans, was akin to giving him the Ms. Congeniality award in a beauty contest.
 
Moreover it seems the Democrats made Ellison the FRONTMAN, while making him use the BACK DOOR. They suggested he is the SOUL of the party, but it seems they meant the SOLE, as they walked all over him. They have asked him to be the WELCOME MAT while treating him like the DOORMAT. His strength is his appeal to the working person and the “HOOD” but it’s more like he is the HOOD ORNAMENT on the Democratic broken down, beat up lemon of a “hoopty.”
 
The Congressman asked supporters to trust him as he supports the party, but how can we trust a party that didn’t trust him, the obviously best qualified candidate to lead it? Keith is no doubt a good man, a good father and an overall good human being. And he seems to believe in the efficacy of this party, even in the face of evidence that it is far from the working person’s party.
 
However, Ellison like many others, badly wants the Dems to be something they are not, at some point we too have to face our reality.
 
Reportedly, the initial reaction to the selection of Perez by Ellison supporters was the shedding of tears. I suspect the tears are an indication of the recognition that no one is going to save us, but us.
Tears may also have been the result of the realization that the party, by, of and for the rich, is just that, and it ain’t got no room for us or our tears.
 
It’s also likely they came because of the pain that comes from the admission that one has been took, mislead, hoodwinked, as Malcolm X would have put it.
 
To be fair to the Democrats, they never said they were the party of the Black, the Brown, the Red or the White working class for that matter. And they surely didn’t claim to be the party of the oppressed. They aren’t the party of the working person.
 
The historical record is clear.
 
The efforts by Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression, that brought us Social Security and the safety net in the form of welfare, came because the capitalists were afraid that the working class would rise up and take power and stop begging. Blacks were hoodwinked by John F Kennedy’s rhetoric and the fact that he used federal power to get MLK out of jail. Many were further tricked as a result of Lyndon Johnson’s signing civil rights legislation, and launching of the War on Poverty, but those efforts came as a result of people in the streets and not the lobbying in the suites. Bill “Slick Willie” Clinton took away welfare as we know it, locked up and out record numbers of Black people, while convincing Black people that he was the first Black president. And the real first Black president….
 
Great disappointment only comes from truly believing in something. People’s hopes have long been misplaced in the Democratic Party and its time we face the truth. If anything is going to change in this country it is going to have to be done by the people themselves. The people are going to have to organize their own party, with its own set of demands, knock on doors for themselves.
 
And it will have to be led by working class folks not petite bourgeois softies, who would give in to the rich folks as soon as their needs are met.
 
Failure to make Ellison the DNC chair tells you all you need to know.
 
And people shouldn’t miss that former president Barak Obama helped lead the charge to deny the Congressman, the position though he was the most qualified. HMMM! Keith is the same guy who wore out a good pair of shoes on the campaign trail for Obama.
 
But he too was afraid that Ellison’s old activist roots might catch up with him and feared like the ruling class, that Ellison would write social justice checks that the party wouldn’t be willing to cash.
 
Even with Ellison at the head it wouldn’t have changed the fact that the Dems aren’t the “party of the people” but it sure would have looked a lot more like it.
 
justice then peace

 

Malcolm X: revolutionary ,human being, Black man and a Muslim

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Now that we are celebrating over 50 years since Malcolm X’s murder, it is important that we not just remember the man and toss around his quotes, but that we seek to emulate him.

Malcolm X never hesitated to defend those who were oppressed and he wouldn’t just look on quietly, while those who practice Islam domestically and abroad are being victimized. And he would surely would not have predicted that generations coming after him 50 years later (who profess their love for him) would ignore State sponsored harassment and discrimination against those who practice his beloved religion.

El Hajj Malik El Shabazz (Malcolm X) was a practitioner of Islam he was a Sunni Muslim.

But this foremost of revolutionaries, was not killed at the behest of this government because he was Muslim, he was killed because he was uncompromising in his condemnation of this social/ political/ economic system. If ever there was an enemy of this State, it was Malcolm X.

Malcolm didn’t blink when he called out this government for its hypocrisy, in violently invading Vietnam and practicing violence the world over, while condemning Black people who began to take to the streets to demand an end to their second class status. He died because he unhesitatingly called “a spade a spade.”

He called out racism and rampant materialism and the corrupting influence of what he called “dollarism.” He likened US foreign policy to that of a vulture. He reminded us that, “we didn’t land on Plymouth Rock but Plymouth Rock landed on us.” He chided and teased us for thinking we are fully certified citizens by reminding us that,” just being at the table doesn’t make you a diner,” but eating along with everyone else makes it so.

Malcolm X reminded us that he didn’t see an American dream but “an American nightmare.”

“I am not an American,” he said “and got sense enough to know it.” He condemned this system while preaching brotherhood and sisterhood first among Black and African peoples and later advocated international and universal brother and sisterhood.

It’s not difficult to imagine that the prophet rolls in his grave, every time a Negro jealously complains about people standing up for and with their Muslim brothers and sisters. He probably rolled over every time we decided that, rather than stand for the rights of our Islamic brothers we chose to sit it out because, ‘it’s not my fight.’

According to the prophets’ calculations, they would be wrong. And besides, many Africans and African Americans are in fact; Muslim. This racial bond would make them brothers and sisters.

Malcolm said of Black folks “we have the same problem a common problem a problem that will make you catch hell whether you are a Baptist a Methodist or a Muslim.” “All of us have suffered here, in this country political oppression at the hands of the White man, economic exploitation at the hands of the White man and social degradation at the hands of the White man.” By White man as he made clear he meant the White power structure, the ruling class.

.Malcolm X was a Muslim.

Yet Malcolm would have challenged todays adherents of religion, many of whom bury their heads in the sand, or say simply say, “I will pray for you,” “or its in God’s hands” while their brothers and sisters are suffering. He despised quiescent and passive religious folks who pretend that “God’s got it” absolving them from responsibility for their neighbors. He frowned upon “religiously pious” who make a mockery of the precepts of love and ignore the command “ to do justice,” found in practically all faiths.

When you are considering whether you should stand with your Islamic brothers and sisters remember Malcolm X was a Muslim. Standing with them is akin to standing with the prophet.

Though a dedicated and committed Muslim, he would have laid Islam down if it hindered his ability to fight for his people and justice.
“No religion will ever make me forget the condition of our people in this country. No religion will ever make me forget the continued fighting with dogs against our people in this country. No religion will make me forget the police clubs that come up side our heads. No God, no religion, no nothing will make me forget it until it stops, until it is finished, until it’s eliminated,” said Malcolm.

Now would be a good time to remind ourselves that Malcolm was the ultimate Pan Africanist and internationalist. He loved humanity and he really loved Black people and he loved his religion Islam and its practitioners as well.

justice then peace