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WHEN WILL WE LEARN?
Date: Mon, 8 Jul 2002 13:59:04 +0000
From: theDigitalDrum <criticalman@...>
Subject: WHEN WILL WE LEARN?
Junious Ricardo Stanton
WHEN WILL WE LEARN?
"For many years, certain Negro intellectuals have been unable to face
the Jews realistically. Among the many myths life and history have
imposed upon Negroes (such as that of Lincolns "freeing" the slaves) is
they myth that the Negros best friend is the Jew."
Harold Cruse, Crisis of The Negro Intellectual p 476
It would do us well to revisit and restudy Harold Cruses seminal work
The Crisis of The Negro Intellectual if for no other reason than to see
just how moribund we are as a people. This book which examined Harlems
cultural and political history from the standpoint of black, white and
Jewish inter-ethnic dynamics is still very relevant today. Especially in
light of the recent defeat of five term incumbent Alabama US Congressman
Earl F. Hilliard whose Pro-Palestinian leanings prompted Jewish donors
to pump $300,000 into the campaign coffers of Hilliards opponent Artur
Davis who is also African-American. The Washington Post on a story
published July 2 quotes Hilliards response to his loss by saying,
"three other black House Democrats Cynthia McKinney, Jesse Jackson Jr.
and Donald Payne will be targeted for defeat this year by Jewish
campaign contributors who rank support for Israel as a top priority."
The lesson for us is not so much that Jews gave money to Hilliards
opponent, that is clearly their right to support anyone they choose. The
lesson for us is to be like them and stand up for our interests and
target those we feel are not on our side. The corporate owned press for
the most part has not played up this story. The Negro press in their
cowardly fashion dares not raise this issue for fear some Jews may
"target" them in one way or another. This should further put to rest the
tired lie that there is some special bond between Jews and
African-Americans. One thing the Jews dont do is operate against their
perceived interests or back down, punk out or chump out when they think
someone is working against them. Unfortunately Hilliard learned this the
hard way. If you look back on race relations say in the last thirty to
forty years this idea of a Black-Jewish coalition bandied about but in
actuality whenever there was a push on the part of blacks for self
determination whether for Black Power, Community Control of the
neighborhood schools, Affirmative Action or quotas in college admissions
or support for conflicting geo-political positions Blacks and Jews all
too often find themselves at odds and when the smoke clears the Jews
usually win because they are implacable in defending their interests no
matter what other people say. We have to learn to be just as unyielding
and uncompromising when it comes to defining and defending our
interests. We saw what happened nationally in Alabama with Congressman
Hilliard. Lets take a look in the not too distant past at an issue that
also impacted American Jews, Israel and blacks. The state of Israel
supported and entered into mutual aid pacts with the racist regimes of
Angola, South Africa and American Jewish supported of Israel never once
made it an issue. Neither did African-Americans! My point is how can we
honestly claim or think Jews and Blacks could be allies when American
Jews sided with and supported Israel who sided with the Portugese in
Angola and the Boers in South Africa against indigenous Africans. What
did this say about our political awareness and savvy. What does it say
about our political savvy now when we know Jews dont play when it comes
to supporting Israel or any other of their perceived interests be it as
teachers and administrators in the New York Schools system in the mid
70's or quotas in college entrance for example. Am I playah hatin the
Jews for offing Hilliard who supported the Palestinians? No. As far as
Im concerned the issue is moot. Neither one of them the Palestinians
nor the Zionists have any legal or legitimate claim to the land. Canaan
(Palestine) was originally inhabited by black African people. Both the
"Palestinians" and the "Jews" are interlopers! My point here is, when
are we going to learn. When are we as a people going to stiffen up and
fight for our interests just like other groups fight for theirs? When
are we going to come together and realize no other group of people is
going to do for us what we are clearly able to do for ourselves which is
stand up and stick up for ourselves. We live in a very competitive, race
and color conscious pluralistic society. The sooner we adopt an
ethnocentric approach the better off and stronger we will be.
CONDI DISRESPECTED AGAIN!!!
J Tolbert Jr
PEOPLE WHO THINK I AM TOO HARD IN MY CRITICISM OF CONDOLEEZZA RICE don't
know what hard is! A Palestinian Authority newspaper recently called her
"the dark-complexioned lady" whose policies have "dealt a blow to the
image of the African-American in the eyes of the vast majority of the
world's inhabitants..." If the representatives of this paper really
believe this, then they are not as sophisticated as many give them
NIGERIAN BANK SCAMS, BY WAY OF E-MAIL can be very funny if take you
notice how ridiculous many sound. What is not so funny is that people
have fallen for this stuff, losing billions.
JUST WHEN SOME WHITE FOLKS SERIOUSLY TEST MY FAITH, ALONG COMES OTHER
WHITE FOLKS WHO RESTORE MY HOPE IN HUMANITY by acknowledging, not
denying, EVIL. Writes Bruce Wilson, in London's "The Daily Telegraph"
"The world outside the US is now getting used to the fact Americans have
a fraudulently elected nitwit as their president, but George W. Bush
excelled himself this past week with a "long-awaited" definitive speech
on Middle East policies that stretched even the weirdest
imaginations..." Wilson further observes this if it were not for
September 11, "...Bush would be in serious political trouble..." The
description of Donald Rumsfeld, controlling Bush through "voices" is
CAPITOL HILL WORKERS MAY BE SUFFERING FROM HANDLING IRRADIATED MAIL
treated in the wake of the anthrax attacks. I bet you many of these
employees are Black. What of the health of the postal workers, many of
whom are also Black? Will their health be ignored again as they are
directly exposed to the contamination of irradiation? What does all this
mean for proposals to irradiate food?
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