Silence: The Fifth Column of Complicity
THE BLACK COMMENTATOR
03 December 2009
By Larry Pinkney
Worst than those who blatantly trample upon justice, are those who are silently compliant in its demise. One does not end war by escalating it. Nor does one fight “terrorism” by instituting the terrorism of repression at home or abroad.
In this nation the atrocities of slavery and genocide are, in the name of “progress,” still excused by a people whose diet is replete with denial. So it is that as the year 2009 draws rapidly to a close, U.S. wars abroad and economic and political repression at home remain the mainstays of so-called ‘American’ democracy. And thus, the slaughter continues.
Rhetoric has replaced reality. “Change” has come to mean nothing more than continued fakery and subterfuge. And thus, the slaughter continues.
Political, economic, social, and judicial justice are illusive precisely because we allow them to be so. Too many have chosen myth over reality and in so doing are sucked into the filthy cesspool of denial and ongoing carnage. And thus, the slaughter continues.
The misleaders of this nation are, all too often, not held scrupulously accountable for their deeds. We listen to their rhetoric while ignoring their deeds. It is as if a deadly form of schizophrenia has gripped the very minds and souls of so many in this nation. And thus, the slaughter continues.
Before our very eyes, human-made global climate change is ravishing this planet; but we choose rhetoric and fakery rather than honestly, seriously, and urgently address the coming undeniable planetary disaster on the horizon. And thus, the slaughter continues.
“Peace” prizes are given to those political misleaders whose rhetoric sounds the most lofty but whose deeds promote unending war and corporate glut, at the horrible expense of the every day people of all colors in this nation, and throughout the entire planet. And thus, the slaughter continues.
Just as Denmark Vesey, renowned Indigenous Native leader Crazy Horse, John Brown, Harriet Tubman, Joe Hill, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Viola Luizzio, Martin Luther King, Jr., and others were in fact hated and despised by the power elite of their day, so it is that today the present power elite of this nation discredits, then exiles or imprisons some of the best, outspoken, and most necessary critical thinkers, critics and political activists of this nation - including Assata Shakur, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Leonard Peltier, Jamil Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown), Eddie Conway, and now Lynne Stewart, to name but a very few. This, while bloody war criminals Henry Kissinger, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and numerous others are piously honored and praised by the current U.S. president Barack Obama and his allies in the elite corporate / military oligarchy and corporate media of this nation. And thus it is that the hypocrisy and the slaughter continue.
As the economy continues to worsen the already enormous U.S. prison population of the poor and otherwise disenfranchised grows, while the corporate elite gorges upon the blood, sweat, tears, and pain of the masses of Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow peoples. There is no justice until we, the every day people, have justice: economically, socially, judicially, and politically! Until we obtain this, the slaughter continues.
To be compliant with those who are facilitating wars abroad and judicial injustice and political repression at home, no matter what the guise or the rhetoric, is to be complicitous in and with the oppressors of the people. Those who whisper to others that they should not loudly speak out and/or stand up against this increasing economic, political, and social inequities are playing the role of a fifth column acting in de facto complicity with those who are trampling upon justice and the human rights of the masses of every day people both in this nation and throughout the world.
Make no mistake about this: U.S. president Barack Obama and the Biden / Rahm Emanuel clique are war mongers in active collaboration with the corporate / military elite of this nation who are proverbially bloodsucking the masses of people. There is simply no other way to speak this truth. The Obama / Biden / Rahm Emanuel clique know full well that wars are not ended by escalating them, just as “terrorism” is not brought to an end by implementing the terrorism of gutting the Bill of Rights, the constitution, and civil liberties at home.
Stand up! Sit in! Speak Boldly! Write! Educate & Agitate! But most of all organize for a real change - and regurgitate the poisonous Kool-Aid rhetoric from your mental blood stream, and help others to do so.
Do what must be done. Speak uncompromising truth to power! “Don’t mourn. Organize!”
BlackCommentator.com Editorial Board Member, Larry Pinkney, is a veteran of the Black Panther Party, the former Minister of Interior of the Republic of New Africa, a former political prisoner and the only American to have successfully self-authored his civil/political rights case to the United Nations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. In connection with his political organizing activities in opposition to voter suppression, etc., Pinkney was interviewed in 1988 on the nationally televised PBS NewsHour, formerly known as The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. For more about Larry Pinkney see the book, Saying No to Power: Autobiography of a 20th Century Activist and Thinker, by William Mandel [Introduction by Howard Zinn]. (Click here to read excerpts from the book). Click here to contact Mr. Pinkney.