“Racism is a matter of ingrained traditional attitudes conditioned through institutions…”
…So said George Jackson. In 1971.
Who is George Jackson you say? He was a black revolutionary, a political prisoner and a martyr of this fascist state.
As Jackson puts it, white intellectuals’ mistress is racism, thus they aren’t prepared to see things as they are. Neither are many people of color who fall for the same patriotic chin music and fail to understand the perniciousness of racism/white supremacy. AND, capitalism.
READ ‘Soledad Brother’ and ‘Blood in My Eye’ if you want to experience unvarnished truths that are even truer today than they were the week in 1971 when Jackson finished his final book. He was then assassinated by prison guards at San Quentin Prison, the same prison where Stanley “Tookie” Williams was executed.
Jackson, in the Malcolm X mold, spent years in prison studying philosophy, economics, history. His clarity of vision, his ability to see through the bread and circus/the okeydoke laid before us to confuse and bamboozle, is an utter inspiration. Lord, do we need more George Jacksons in this day and age.
Many of us are talking about reform when we speak of candidates and voting in this corrupt, slave system. Jackson asserts that “reform” is integral to the maintenance of the fascist system. Fascism must conceal itself in reformist, democratic-appearing levers. Reform is like the foreplay of a lover who has no intention of satisfying his partner. He’s going to tell you how much he can do for you/will do for you, while only concerning himself with getting his. And you keep falling for it.
Its like when I took my daughter to the playground the other day. There is a wheel fashioned to the jungle gym that the little kids delight in spinning. They imagine that they are steering a large ship or a fire engine. The fact is that it is merely a wheel that spins – a wheel attached to nothing. And this wheel does not lead them/you anywhere. What is voting but an empty symbolic exercise that only changes faces, but not fundamentals, not structures. Voting as the symbol of democracy is THE illusion required to further the facist/corporatist state.
Many refuse to see this, white people far, far more than people of color, but many of us too refuse to believe what our eyes should see as well. The massive prison system, the perpetual (race) wars, the destruction of the planet for profit among many other structural states should be convincing evidence that this nation means no one any good but the 1% of the 1% who control everything. For some reason, though, these dupes believe that they can wrest democracy out of institutions founded on repression, racist hierarchy and genocidal violence.
Reform is the anesthesia, the tether, the noose that white liberals and their cohorts drape around their necks, the device that allows the legitimate aspirations of the people to be channeled into activities that serve the ruling class and maintain the status quo.
“Everybody wants to get to heaven but nobody wants to die.”
In Portland, there is a “progressive” white radio station called KBOO, that promotes itself as an alternative to the establishment media outlets. Clearly, it is different, but only in degree and not kind; its freakish, ultra decadent coterie of bearded ladies, blue haired strumpets and their colored sycophants shit turds just left of the DNC out of their yawning assholes. But they ain’t sayin’ NUTHIN’!! The intellectual pauperism and the moral cowardice of these leftwing transvestites who are nothing but closet capitalists & white supremacists, is breathtaking. Jackson rips the veil from the waif and she’s ain’t wearin’ shit but a lie.
White liberals and progressives, in the main, are reformists stooges; they are incapable of seeing the fascism right in front of their pancake mask. Why? Because it holds the current property relations/racial hierarchy utterly harmless. Why else do they repeatedly sponsor effete marches, rather than direct action that shuts down the institutions that they claim to oppose? Because they don’t oppose the institutions, they oppose Bush, they oppose the particular personality. Within them at their core is the belief that one day they can hold the reins of the state. They’ll add a dash of hemp or tie dye or a sitar to the mix, but the evidence is clear: the average white person is legally blind and 100% self-deluded when it comes to keepin’ it really real and seeing what’s there.
Those of us who are black and have a belief in ANY of the institutions, that freedom or justice can be wrung from them if we work hard enough or do it “correctly” – are equally insane. But don’t take my word for it: read “Blood In My Eye.” Read the words of a brother who is in the pantheon of black leadership globally, a man who spoke incredible truths but who spent his formative years – from 18 – to his death in his early 30’s – transcending himself. Transcending the prison of blackness, of intellectual and spiritual backwardness that is foist upon our people.
We must free our minds completely and a part of that process is George Jackson. This society canNOT be reformed; he says it and I believe it. Our energy must be brought to bear on uniting our people, separating ourselves as much as we can from this vicious system and helping move the revolution forward.
What we call the United States is a living hell for black people, for Native Americans, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Africans, South Americans. Getting a mortgage is not freedom; its placing larger shackles on our own wrists, squeezing ourselves deeper into the hull of the slave ship.
Freedom will come when property is abolished, when land belongs to all people, when all of us can have an equal share in the fruits of this planet, when there are no masters nor Gods. America is still a plantation. Choosing to live in better housing on the plantation, or gaining greater privileges, becoming a house negro in a suit when the masses around the globe are field negroes, is being a traitor to your race, to humanity.
When you allow yourelf to see what THIS is really all about – that it IT is madness – nothing short of revolution will do.
All Power To All Of the People!