Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Two Outrageous Apologies

The first of the last week's two outrageous apologies was made by eighty US senators who apologized for deliberately ignoring the lynching of African-Americans. Twenty US senators did not endorse the apology. I don't know if it was because they saw nothing wrong with lynching or because they felt the whole idea was ridiculous. I tend to believe the former. I emphatically reject this apology because it is apparent that African-Americans are being lynched today. It's just done in a different manner. When you victimize an entire community with predatory lending that is another form of lynching. There are quite a few senators who enthusiastically support such parasites like "Rent-A-Center". When we have a tremendous growth of incidents of racial profiling against African, Hispanic & Arab Americans that is a form of lynching, when one takes into account the number of deaths nationwide that come as a result of an unanticipated traffic stop. Los Angeles, Cincinnati and New York have the most celebrated cases, but it is a nationwide phenomenon. Black people make up 13% of the regular drug using population but they also represent 35% of drug-possession arrests and 55% of convictions. It should be obvious to these apologetic senators that black people are being targeted for the ever thriving prison industry. In New York City third grade reading scores in predominantly black areas are used to determine the number of prisons that will be built. Blacks are twelve per cent of the population yet make up 50% of the national prison population. This is a form of lynching, do you senators apologize for that too? Recent studies have shown that congress has a lower approval rating than the president, only 33% of the American people approve of the job that they are doing compared to 48% for the president. This "do nothing" congress willingly gave up it exclusive privilege to declare war, giving this previously unchallenged right has led to the U.S.
being dragged into a quaqmire that has costs The United States over 1700 lives in an unjust, illegal war that drains funds from social services. This is a form of lynching.
When you take away the ability of the average man to declare bankruptcy, this is a form of lynching that kills blacks economically. Yet at the same time allow huge corporations to declare bankruptcy, it is just unfair. Many of our senators and congresspersons are in the pockets of big business. How else can you explain the dismantling of the "estate" tax?, which did provide substantial income for our nation. I feel disdain for this congress and its callous disregard for the well being of minorities and the poor. I feel this disgust for the senate and the house of representatives as a whole. There are individuals like John Conyers, Henry Waxman, Cynthia McKinney and Teddy Kennedy who continue to fight the good fight to protect the average American from the greedy self-centered right. One such individual is Rep. Maxine Waters who said "George Bush is a LIAR. Richard Cheney is a LIAR and a THEIF. How else can you explain those no bid contracts for Halliburton?" There are good people in the house and in the senate but they are outnumbered by those who are the puppets for big business and the guardians of segregation that continue to lynch black people in different ways.
The other outrageous apology of last week was made by one of the major chickenhawks, the one and only Paul Wolfowitz. Mr. Wolfowitz apologized to Uganda's president for the genocide that the western industrialized nations in general, and the United States in particular ignored. After the murder of six million innocent people in Hitler's Germany the phrase "Never
Again" became quite popular, but somehow it was forgotten when it came to Uganda. If Mr. Wolfowitz is sorry about anything it is most likely that these western industrialized countries in
general and The United States in particular have been taken to task by the world for their action or should I say "inaction". We have genocide going on right now in Darfur, Sudan. Tens of thousands of people have been killed. What does the Bush administration do? It gives weapons to those who are committing the genocide, which gives us a really good sense of where the United States stands when it comes to genocide. When people of African descent are the victims it really doesn't matter.


gar said...

Overall, I agree with you - of course, that means there are some things in your post that I don't agree with. I agree that most of your numbers are probably correct. I'm not sure about the third grade test scores in New York being related to the planning of future prisons but I'm not disputing it. In this crazy world, it certainly sounds plausible.

The part that I can't swallow is your evident bigotry. It is not just African-Americans that get sucked dry by "Rent-A-Centers." (And what about the "Loan-Until-Payday" stores and the "Quick-Tax-Rebate" places? You didn't mention them.)

All these "businesses" are nothing more than legalized loan-sharks. Further, like real sharks, they don't care what color the outside of the meat is. All they are interested in is sucking the blood out of the victum and chewing on the bones - whatever their race. This also applies to most politicians.

Yes, I know that Afro-Americans came to this country unwillingly as slaves and their history of persecution didn't end with being "set free" in 1865. But that was then and this is now.

Now, like it or not, we are all on this ship together. This ship may well be the Titanic but as far as I can see, there are no lifeboats. If we continue to let the people in First Class dissipate our energy by fighting each other because my skin is one color and the guy next to me has skin of another color than they are going to stay in First Class and we are going to stay down here in steerage.

That is, if they let us stay on the ship at all, because when this baby hits an iceberg, who do you think is going to be thrown overboard first? The way things are now, it damn sure won't be them. Even if everyone drew straws you know as well as I that the drawing would be rigged.

So, I guess, what I'm saying here is what Rodney King said so many years ago, "Can't we all just get along?" As long as they keep us divided by labels of Blacks, Latinos, Whites, etc. than our power will be divided too and they know it. But if we come together as just a bunch of human beings who want a better life for ourselves and a chance for our children than we have an opportunity to take over this ship, and just maybe, steer away from that iceberg. If we don't, that water is going to get mighty cold.

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