by Alberta Parish
It is my opinion that the demonizing of liberals, and by extension, Obama supporters, by conservative radio talk hosts Neal Boortz of News/Talk WSB and his sidekick Erick Erickson of RedState, often promotes the racializing of economic and social conditions while perpetuating the idea that because poor blacks generally vote Democratic, many of them are usually lazy and uneducated, and therefore, won’t become economically successful by their own means of production and these same persons develop an entitlement mentality in which they feel entitled to ‘free’ government handouts under current entitlement programs designed to keep them as beggars and government-sanctioned slaves. There are many Obama followers, but I’m not among them. Having been accused by Neal Boortz and Erick Erickson of having an entitlement mentality, I responded with my own criticisms in The Entitlement Mentality, which can be read here on the Freedom Tribune.
I’m fully aware that under many historically Democratic strongholds throughout major U.S. cities like Detroit, Chicago and Baltimore, the local economy in those cities have been so crippled that it has led to the high rise in participants of government-subsidized programs such as welfare, among poor residents – Black, White, Latino and immigrant. Instead of conservative talking heads Neal Boortz and Erick Erickson demonizing and even criminalizing those truly responsible for the economic and social conditions that affect the lives of most American-born citizens today as well as those who have become legal residents in the United States, they would rather dehumanize and blame poor people of color as well as poor legal immigrants for the rapid downward spiral of the U.S. economy in recent years, which really began happening in the late 1960s due to corporatism and crony capitalism that virtually produced high unemployment, underemployment and poverty in not only cities like Detroit, Chicago and Baltimore, but in Gary, Buffalo, St. Louis, Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco.
Beginning in the 1960s, many auto factories had closed their doors and relocated over seas in favor of cheap labor and increasing profits. In 2008, Atlanta’s Ford Auto Planet located in Hapeville, Georgia was sold to Jacoby Development, Inc., rendering thousands of Ford workers unemployed. Thanks in large part to the “Free Trade” agreements first established under the administration of Republican President Theodore Roosevelt who was also a progressive, many U.S. corporations have established international trade agreements exporting both goods and services across seas in order to maximize labor for huge profits. This is why corporations like Apple with factories abroad can get away with exploiting workers by paying them low wages and mandating excessive overtime work. The horrible working conditions existing in many factories throughout foreign countries have driven workers to commit suicide. A few years ago, a story was published about Asian workers jumping from the windows of a factory, because they desperately wanted to escape the inhumane conditions that existed within the facility. They complained of having to stand on their feet for up to 16 hours a day. Of course the spokesman for Apple dispelled this story as being misleading. Modern slavery exist in many sweatshops and factories that produce the items that millions of Americans go to Wal-Mart and purchase each week.
The national jobless rate is currently 7.5% as of April, 2013, according to the United States Department of Labor. This percentage doesn’t include those who have permanently stopped looking for work.
The economic ills created by a lack of decent job opportunities and decent wages in places like Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore, Oakland, Berkeley, Gary, St. Louis and other major U.S. cities have resulted in high crime rates, because jobless and economically impoverished people have historically resulted to illegal ways of making money in order to feed themselves and their families. Anything which threatens access to basic necessities like food, clean water and housing is a catalyst for crime, which further results in high incarcerations. Since the incarceration of black men and black women in state/federal prisons is disproportionate to that of other ethnic/racial groups incarcerated, there exist a racial component, which has long criminalized young black men and black women. The racist and repressive policies still existing in the law enforcement agencies, in the criminal (in)justice system and prison-industrial complex today, which primarily criminalizes poor people, people of color and immigrants, was the catalyst driving the Civil Rights Movement beginning in the 1950s, and the Black Liberation Movement of the 1960s and ’70s.
As a black revolutionary, I neither subscribe to conservatism nor reactionary conservatism, which advocates the ‘return to the way things were’ especially in the years after the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783), also called the War of Independence. As the American Declaration of Independence was drafted in 1776 stating the famous phrase, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”, my ancestors were still slaves, treated like property, and robbed of human dignity and freedom. Morally and consciously, I could never support a white supremacist-imperialist-
colonialist system that robbed my ancestors of basic human rights, which include the right to live as free men and women while this same Westernized system boasted of the idea that all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If the original slave masters and the children of slave masters truly believed that all men were created equal and endowed with certain unalienable rights by their Creator, they would have abolished human slavery in all its brutal forms in 1776 along with the drafting of the Declaration of Independence. However, they did not. As a result, my ancestors remained prisoners of war throughout the Thirteen Colonies (which later became known as the United States of America in 1776 with the creation of the Declaration of Independence). My ancestors were systematically brutalized, tortured, raped and forcefully separated from their children for hundreds of years while many “conservative” whites condoned their perpetual enslavement, because the bible itself condones slavery (in the Old and New Testaments). There was no difference between slavery under the Roman Empire in the First Century and African slavery perpetuated under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Church beginning in the 15th Century.
Ephesians Chapter 6 and verse 5-6 (Darby Bible): “Bondmen, obey masters according to flesh, with fear and trembling, in simplicity of your heart as to the Christ; not with eye-service as men-pleasers; but as bondmen of Christ, doing the will of God from the soul.” Human trafficking was justified by biblical writers that invented the New Testament in the First and Second Century. A family of Roman historians, poets and aristocrats known as the Pisos invented the New Testament and added passages to the Old Testament in order to justify a pacifist Jewish-savior named Jesus Christ (i.e. Isus Christus) who opposed the Jewish rabbis of his time and was a not a messianic revolutionary like the Essenes, Zealots and Sadducees. Isus Christus never historically existed and is no more than a composite of earlier savior deities worshiped in ancient Kemet, Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome (even with Julius Caesar having been declared the Savior of mankind during his lifetime and later deified as a Roman god shortly after his murder in 44 BCE).
The partial abolition of slavery took place in 1865 when Congress passed legislation to end institutionalized slavery within the United States. Why the partial abolition of slavery? Congress had passed the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to end slavery throughout the United States, except in cases wherein slavery was punishment for a crime when the defendant has been convicted through due process of law. Based on the Thirteenth Amendment, institutionalized slavery still exist within the United States for those convicted of a crime and incarcerated in the prison-industrial complex! Those repressed and oppressed under the criminal (in)justice system represent the slave population being exploited by corporations, bankers, and investors who own stock in the prison-industrial complex. That stock being the prisoners themselves! The construction of more prisons only means there will be new generations of poor people being enslaved due to corporate greed and labor exploitation in the prison-industrial complex.
Conservative talking heads love to preach against young black youth as being the primary perpetrators of crime as well as welfare recipients, often typecasting African-American women as being the main beneficiaries of welfare programs, including the food stamp program while ignoring larger issues involving economic disparities between groups and communities, the lack of employment opportunities, and the high incarcerations of young black fathers that have led to the social conditions, which created the welfare single black mom in the 1960s. Before the ’60s, the welfare system excluded people of color. As intended by the elites of Western society, welfare is a form of exploitation and social control over poor populations. However, conservatives have turned the problem of welfare into a race issue, denouncing primarily black and Latino Obama supporters as a group of uneducated, lazy, and undocumented welfare recipients while failing to mention the huge number of conservatives and Republicans also receiving government entitlements (through food stamp assistance, veterans benefits, Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability, Medicare, Medicaid), etc.
“Racial politics has so dominated welfare reform efforts that it is commonplace to observe that “welfare” has become a code word for race” (Welfare and the Problem of Black Citizenship, Volume 105, No. 6 of the Yale Law Journal, page 1563, Dorothy E. Roberts, April, 1996).
Western conservatism as it stands today promotes traditional social institutions and values, which oppose any revolutionary change in policies and laws, which have often been destructive to people of color throughout our existence in the Americas and are yet destructive throughout the world. Institutionalized slavery, existing as a traditional social institution for centuries in the Thirteen Colonies, destroyed countless generations of people of African descent. Reactionary conservatives living today in the United States want to “return to the way things were”, which was a very dark history for Africans surviving in the Americas as prisoners of war, beginning with the first African slaves that were shipped to the Bahamas in the 16th Century to the U.S. Government’s war on drugs criminalizing poor black and Latino communities in the 1980s and ’90s. Traditionally, males of European descent have enjoyed a brief history of true freedom in the Americas following the Revolutionary War wherein Africans could only dream of true liberation from Western colonialism and those who profited from the European slave trade of Africans worldwide. Subsequently, Western conservatism today is another form of Western colonialism beginning in the 15th Century when Roman Catholic clergymen declared war on Africa and sanctioned the Portuguese trade in African slaves.
The term conservative first originated with Le Conservateur, which was the work of a French disciple of Edmund Burke’s life, career and socio-political philosophies whose name was Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand. His journal, Le Conservateur defended the traditional ways existing before the French Revolution (1789-1799). Although supporting the American revolutionaries in the Thirteen Colonies, Edmund Burke later opposed the French revolutionaries.
Edmund Burke, a prominent statesman who served in the House of Commons in Great Britain as a member of the Whig Party in the 18th Century, was a traditionalist supporting the British monarchy and opposing revolutionary change, which threatened the Establishment of his society.
Considered by many as the father of modern conservatism, Edmund Burke represents a segment of today’s society whose goal is to yet maintain traditional institutions and oppose progressive policies, which undermines the status quo of societal traditions. Conservatism opposes gay marriage, because conservatism maintains the idea of the traditional institution of marriage, which is marriage between a man and woman. Anyone who identify as a gay male or female, and advocate for same-sex marriage cannot be a conservative although many are Republican voters. Anyone advocating for the abolition of religious institutions cannot be a conservative, because any opposition to modern religion is revolutionary in nature. A true revolutionary cannot be a conservative. Neither can he be a progressive liberal, because “progressivism” as it is defined today in the United States means change or reform, which represses the rights of poor people, people of all ethnic/racial groups, immigrants, workers, prison inmates, political prisoners of war, etc. Progressive policies under the current White House administration and Congress threatens our constitutional rights under the First and Second Amendments to the United States Constitution. A progressive-liberal U.S. President is responsible for the first black woman, Assata Shakur, a pillar of the Black Liberation Movement and advocate for social change resulting in the true liberation of oppressed peoples worldwide, having been placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Terrorist list alongside well-known jihadists. U.S. progressives believe that the Constitution is outdated, and have chipped away at the core of its principles for decades now. Liberal progressivism as it exist in the United States today is the continuation of Western imperialism cloaked in the guise of modern democracy.
Because white people, primarily poor white conservatives, many of whom are religious nutjobs, recognize that their basic civil liberties as defined under the Bill of Rights are under attack by progressives (Democrat and Republican) in the White House and Congress, they have formed survivalist communities all over the country and are preparing for what they believe will be a future revolutionary war to reverse the current liberal-progressive agenda, which threatens to permanently alter their American way of life.
In the 1960s and ’70s, racist U.S. policies threatened the lives and livelihoods of African Americans and other people of color throughout the United States. Jim Crow laws, racial segregation, police brutality of blacks, regular lynchings of blacks, economic disparities, judiciary inequality, religious terrorism against blacks (i.e. the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Alabama in 1963) were all acts of white cruelty designed to repress and oppress people of color, and also to stop and disrupt opposition to oppressive-racial policies, which dominated the lives of poor people globally. The Civil Rights Movement and the Black Liberation Movement advocated for revolutionary changes in structural policies and principles that created the global economic and social conditions that are still ongoing in 2013, in the form of worldwide famine and poverty, unjust wars, drone strikes, and tyrannical government regimes, including theocratic authoritarian regimes.
The same elitists who made the policies repressing black political activism in the 1960s and ’70s through the concentrated efforts of an FBI counterintelligence program called COINTELPRO, established by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, for the purpose of neutralizing and destroying key leaders in the Black Panther Party and other black radical groups, are the same elitists in Washington repressing the American citizen’s constitutional rights of freedom of speech and of the press, and are criminalizing oral and written thoughts and ideas by labeling them ‘an act of terrorism’ and treason against the United States Government.
Under the current hate speech laws, the thoughts expressed by right-wingers Erick Erickson and Neal Boortz could be criminalized if the Establishment decided to go after them. However, the national dialogue between liberals and conservatives help to perpetuate class and racial ideologies, which the elitists use to their advantage. Both Democrat and Republican politicians in Congress, except for maybe two congressmen are working overtime to promote the interests and policies of an elitist society, which seeks to fundamentally transform the United States of America from a Republic whose inhabits currently live under the Constitution to a totalitarian society, similar to that of George Orwell’s invented authoritarian society called Oceania (known formerly as Great Britain in his 1949 novel entitled 1984).
In Oceania, any ideas considered contrary and revolutionary to those of the ruling Party were considered thought crimes, and every citizen was under constant government surveillance through the use of camera-like devices known as telescreens. Any right-winger and left-winger, Republican and Democrat, black and white person are considered public enemies if they espouse social and political ideas that are revolutionary to those of the ruling class. The conservative rhetoric that demonizes entire groups and blames a certain segment of society for all of the social and economic ills that have been historically perpetuated by corporate exploitation in the labor market, the societal criminalization of black youth, and the manufacturing of poverty throughout major U.S. cities – in both Democrat and Republican strongholds – contributes to the interests of the elitist power structures, which thrives on divisive politics. If conservative ideologues are too busy focusing on black welfare moms and the criminality that the media has attached to black youth, then their focus won’t be on the real criminals that rob them of their tax dollars, criminalize them as terrorists for having a mere thought associated with the true liberation of oppressed peoples, and the ever-increasing prison-industrial complex, which will detain future notorious political dissidents and also Christian fanatics preaching biblical prophecy regarding the End Time.
On his June 14, 2011 radio show, Neal Boortz told his listeners that they need to purchase a gun, get a permit to carry that gun, learn how to use that gun, and litter the streets of Atlanta with the dead bodies of urban thugs. Urban thugs are code words for young black men. During Boortz’s racist and hate-filled diatribe declaring that there are too many urban thugs in this city (Atlanta) and they are ruining the quality of life for Atlanta residents, citing his reason for moving out of Atlanta being due to urban criminal activity, Boortz failed to mention the positive and non-criminal young black men and black women who also get carjacked and killed by the criminal element existing in their own communities. Boortz said, “This town is starting to look like a garbage heap. And we got too damn many urban thugs, yo, ruining the quality of life for everybody. And I’ll tell you what it’s gonna take. You people, you are – you need to have a gun. You need to have training. You need to know how to use that gun. You need to get a permit to carry that gun. And you do in fact need to carry that gun and we need to see some dead thugs littering the landscape in Atlanta. We need to see the next guy that tries to carjack you shot dead right where he stands. We need more dead thugs in this city. And let their – let their mommas – let their mommas say, “He was a good boy. He just fell in with the good crowd.” And then lock her ass up.”
Neal Boortz failed to mention the countless black mommas and daddies across the United States who have buried their non-criminal sons and daughters due to gun violence. He didn’t mention the lack of job opportunities for black youth in their own communities, which also contributes to urban criminal activity.
On August 30, 2011, just two months after the public condemnation of Neal Boortz’s hate speech against Atlanta black youth, I became a target of Neal Boortz, as he aired one of my videos during his radio broadcast that later went viral. The comments posted under my video by Neal Boortz’s followers contained all kinds of racial epithets and derogatory remarks. Some commenters said I should go back to Africa. Actually, I would like to visit Africa, Europe and Cuba. Like much of the world where Western imperialists have invaded, Africa remains conquered under the Western invaders. If I moved to Africa, I’d still be faced with oppressive conditions under Western un-civilization.Any place that the tentacles of Western un-civilization and its capitalist system has reached, a system of institutionalized slavery, genocide, political repression, wars of aggression and human rights violations did follow. Slaves built the Republic of Ancient Rome just as slaves built the Republic of the United States. Christianity seems to be the dominate religion with Africans in the Continent today, because it was rammed down their throats by Western enslavers who justified the human trafficking of Africans in the name of the Christian god. In fact, the pacifist Jesus of the New Testament never condemned slavery, and the Old Testament Hebrew god also justified slavery.
In a collaborative effort to humiliate and demonize me for my thoughts on the evils of capitalism and not working at all – under the exploitative system of capitalism – if I had a choice, a representative from the Neal Boortz radio program had contacted me via Twitter asking me whether I could appear on the program. However, I was too damn busy working like a slave that week, and didn’t see his tweet until a few days later.
The making of my video was more an act of frustration than anything else. In the month prior to me making the video, some unsavory issues had occurred, and on the day I made the video I was still upset about those issues. In addition to that, the frustration of my own career goals – as a published writer – being placed on the back burner in the years following the publication of my debut novel, The Evil Within Him in 2007, was also the driving force behind my video discourse.
Under the current capitalist system, the means of production, distribution and the exchange of wealth is made and maintained by corporations, private contractors and private individuals. Therefore, it should be no surprise to neither conservatives nor liberals that 1% of the population control and maintain much of the world’s wealth and resources while the rest of humanity is left to the whims and vices of modern-day corporate slave holders (i.e. stock holders and international bankers). Human beings are the greatest stocks they have, and these stocks created many millionaires during the European slave trade, beginning with the first group of African prisoners of war having been kidnapped from northern Mauritania and brought to Lisbon, Portugal in 1441 to the present-day prisoners of war currently rotting away in the prison-industrial complex. Many of the living beneficiaries of the European slave trade are still wealthy today as a result of African stocks (i.e. slaves), which their European ancestors had traded on the stock market. The Wall Street Stock Exchange was originally the market in which the trading of African slaves had taken place in New York City. The Roman Catholic Church is wealthy today due to the conquest of Africa and the European slave trade in African slaves.
My enemies in conservative talk circles have compartmentalized me as being an uneducated Obama supporter who receives welfare.
Currently, I do not support U.S. policies, which threaten my civil liberties and true freedom. I have never received welfare assistance for myself, because I’ve worked like a slave under an exploitative capitalist system for the past 20 years. I’m a taxpayer just like Neal Boortz and Erick Erickson. I’ve never spent a day or night in a jail cell, and hope I never do. I know people who have been incarcerated. Right now, 86% of the prison recidivism rate involves African-American men and women, primarily for charges relating to illegal drug use and possession. Roughly 90% of the prison population consists of people of color. I have a degree in Business Information Technology. I’ve also self-educated myself in the past two years. I started writing essays when I was 13. I published my first book in 2003 entitled Vanished: And Other Short Stories. Matters of the Heart: A Collection of Short Stories, Poetry & Creative Nonfiction was also published in 2004.
Without Neal Boortz ever knowing anything about my personal life, he criticized me for my opinions against the evils of capitalism, which is very indicative of many mainstream media personalities, whether they identify themselves as Libertarians, Democrats, Republicans, conservatives or liberals.
Although it is true that many black conservatives voted for a progressive-liberal, President Obama in 2008, not realizing the full consequences behind selecting an elitist who later legislated progressive policies, which now criminalize conservative Christians as either left-wing or right-wing extremists for preaching biblical End Time prophecies and other religious ideologies condemning a person’s lifestyle, race, gender or creed, black conservative Christians did not care because many of them were fooled by the cloak of a Democrat presidential candidate preaching hope and change. What many people failed to realize about President Obama’s message of hope and change is, what kind of hope and change would he bring to the American people?
Now that I’ve had time between May, 2011 and the present day to examine economic and social conditions, including my past religious experience, which led to my evolution from an indoctrinated Christian to a staunch atheist who advocate the complete abolition of religious institutions and their associated beliefs found in the pages of the bible and the qur’an, perhaps I will now continue the message of the Black Liberation Struggle. The U.S. Government will never destroy the Black Liberation Struggle, which advocates revolution in the face of an immediate threat to the preservation of freedom no matter how much it criminalizes and terrorizes black revolutionary leaders (such as Assata Shakur, Mutulu Shakur, Larry Watani Stiner and others).I AM NOT A TERRORIST! I have to say this, because any ideas that oppose U.S. policies or the policies of the elite who control the U.S. Government can be declared thought crimes under the Patriot Act and other national security laws.
The struggle against oppression is just as prevalent today as it was in October, 1966 with the formation of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense in Oakland, California by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. Their revolution lives on today in the lives of all oppressed peoples worldwide whether black, white, Native American, Latino, Asian, African, European and so forth.