Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Important Issues.

James Comey recently said that Democrats must not go socialist left, but be in the middle in order to win elections. He's wrong for many reasons. The Democrats for decades have tried to appeal to the center and it hasn't worked. The 2016 election is proof positive that it doesn't work. Also, the major reforms in America during the 20th century alone were achieved by not appealing to the center. The so-called sensible "middle" (not just far right conservatives) were some of the major opponents of Social Security, the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, Medicaid, Medicare, Title IX, etc. Some moderates even opposed the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments of the 19th century. The point is that real revolutionaries and real promoters of freedom aren't lukewarm, but hot or good. The recent victories in Alabama and Virginia came about by politicians organizing a powerful coalition of black people, women, the poor, college-educated folks, other people of color, immigrants, progressives, etc. in order to defeat extremists. That has worked in 2017 and in 2018.

That same strategy along with registering young Millennial voters can make real change during the Midterm elections of November of 2018. Another point is to be made. Too many Americans act like socialism is equivalent to a vicious, crippling totalitarianism and that is an old lie spanning decades. Dr. King didn't use sensible middle of the road policies in getting things done. He said that America was the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today (could you imagine a person saying that in national TV today), he said that he sympathized with democratic socialism, and he was for a radical redistribution of economic and political power. Malcolm X was obviously no moderate and he called for America to be held accountable for its unjust mistreatment against African Americans. Claudia Jones was an overt Communist and promoted liberation for black people. Even Eugene Debs was a socialist who defended workers' rights, fought attacks on the freedom of speech, and stood on his views. I can go down the list showing that the so-called "sensible" middle is not only anti-revolutionary, but anemic in solving our world today.

Bold vision and bold leadership has caused all of our victories. Bold Union black leaders and other human beings contributed heavily in the defeat of the scoundrel, wicked Confederacy. Bold civil obedience, boycotts, meetings, and protests made the Civil Rights Movement to cause legislation to be passed. I do endorse working class interests and interests of the poor. We are totally opposed to Trump's racism, xenophobia, hypocrisy, disrespect of women, slanders of NFL peaceful protesters, attacks on democratic freedom, and militarism (as he has threatened to attack Iran). Bold camera recording have caused many racists in our generation to be held accountable for their atrocious actions against human beings. It will be the bold, progressive views of social and economic justice that will subsequently liberate humanity in the future.

In every generation, many people represent excellence. Brother Kadeem Hardison is not only a great actor, but he is a conscious black man in the world. For more than three decades, he has shown his talent in movies, TV, and other avenues in expressing his gift. It was his Birthday yesterday and he is 53 years old. He was born in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York City. He starred in the powerful show of A Different World. The show's premise was about young people fulfilling their aspirations in an HBCU. It was based in Virginia, which is my home state. He played one of the major characters of the show being Dwayne Wayne. There is no shame in his character since his character greatly evolved from being a more immature young man into being a more confident, mature man who married a woman who was the exact opposite of his personality (as opposites do attract at times. His character married the character Whitley Gilbert played by Jasmine Guy). After A Different World, Kadeem Hardison was in the movie Panther which showed the history of the Black Panther Party. It was one of the most inspirational movies that I have seen in my life. He also had roles in A Living Single, Girlfriends, Under One Roof, Everybody Hates Chris, School Daze, etc. He has one daughter and he continues to be friends with Darryl Bell (who played Ron Johnson on A Different World) and Chante Moore. He certainly has inspired people, especially African Americans, that you can be yourself and still shine. He is always authentic. I wish Brother Kadeem Hardison more blessings.

One of the saddest stories today is the murder of Sister Nia Wilson in Oakland, California. She was stabbed to death by a barbarian. Her sister Letifah survived the attack on her by this same evil person as well. The murderer is caught and we want justice. Many protesters in the Bay area have heroically called for justice. Many in the corporate media, etc. are very silent on this story because of the obvious reason. Yet, we won't be silent. We will defend the dignity and the lives of black people. This tragic story refutes respectability politics completely as innocent people are murdered viciously all of the time. I send condolences to the family and friends of Sister Nia Wilson.
Rest in Power Sister Nia Wilson.

By Timothy

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