If you open your ears, the war-drums can be heard. Global conflict is on the horizon. A draft is imminent, not probable. Someone must fight the war this boy-who-would-be-king George W. is waging. God forbid what God - or Karl Rove - whispers in the ear of this Ivy league cheerleader the next time he's on the pot reading his morning funnies.
Black American's cohesive response to a national draft ought to be one of Hell No, We Won't Go.
Our participation in the Armed forces is in great part a reflection of the unlevel private-sector playing field and, a lack of occupational/ educational options and choices, not some blind commitment to the ol' US-of-A.
Muhammad Ali spelled-out the internal conflict any thinking black man was faced with 40 years ago during the conflict of that era, the Vietnam War, Ali's summation still applies and is relevant this time around; Ain't no Iraqi called me Nigger.....
Its ridiculous to see Afro-Americans risking their lives for an administration that domestically speaking, has identified black people as the white man's burden if not the enemy. Black people represent a whole demographic segment of the nation which the GOP is busy vilifying, shunning and ignoring.
Lets see if I've got the Right - right? Little Lord Flat-Bush is in need of toy soldiers, aristocratic America is in an expansion mood. What's the word-of-the day; Manifested Destiny? So, Uncle Sam is hitting the high school campuses hard, in search of Afro-American's to transform into fight'in GI's. Boys, and girls, shipped off to the Middle East, to kill Arabs...in the name of freedom and liberty for Iraqis. Meanwhile, back at the Crawford Ranch, this administration is plotting how to reinstate Jim Crow.
This contradiction is glaring.
The GOP, Archie Bunker's political base, must be assuming Afro-Americans are unable of conducting a fair and balanced evaluation of our peculiar position as America's truly ... unwanted. Perhaps this go'round, young Afro-Americans should reconsider assisting this oval office's naked quest fo global power and glory. Why should black Americans - labeled America's problem-child by the GOP - risk their lives abroad, for the GOP? For Dick Chaney? Who opposed the Dr. King national holiday, and didn't support the US leveling sanctions against South Africa during the rein of Apartheid.
Both the deeds and words of this administration paint a picture of Neo-Conservatives working 24/7, burning the midnight oil 365 days a year, in an attempt to return this nation to yesteryear, to an uncivil America, the good 'ol days - the pre-Civil Rights era. Its no secret Republicans long for that time when women knew their place, God was in the segregated schools, Mexicans cut your yards, Asians did your laundry and black ladies tended to your children and housework. Yet, have white men tell the story...we were all happy and content, We drank all our milk, cleaned our plates, and saluted Ol' Glory.
After 300 years of providing free labor to construct this empire - black folks, drenched in the blood, sweat and tears of our own, have also spent the 20th century just trying to show white folks we too understand the beauty of the American way of life....so much so, we've been willing to fight and die for it.
The Bush administration has callously offended the entire spectrum of the black political world; starting with Colin Powell's disrespectful marginalization throughout his appointment. The tactical tacky move last year to ignore the NAACP convention and therefore it's membership -- who believe that move was the equivalent of being flipped-off. Note also the current IRS investigation of the NAACP for allegedly endorsing a presidential candidate. Republicans outrage all folks of color when they insultingly paint a picture of an America where the only group getting slighted are ... white males. Bert and Ernie - victims of rampant reverse discrimination.
Black America, we have a lynch-mob on our hands.
These Neo-Conservatives Redneck's are arrogantly oblivious to the political consequences of their moves. Apparently, they could give a damn what levels of hostility they create within these so-called United States of America with their dismissal of black thought and opinion. Amazingly so, by some stretch of Ivy League imagination, this oval office believes it can openly reject the only legit Officer and Gentleman amongst them, Powell. They can then turn around the next day and ask black men to step in harms way -- in some desert quagmire orchestrated by a couple of chicken-hawks who somehow managed to stay out of harms way...
Afro-Americans are not wanted in the inner-circle, nor do we matter in the bigger picture....We have been deemed, irrelevant. The Republicans have themselves some new niggers - Latin world immigrants. Considering the depressed environment they've escaped from, these folks will work hard for the peanuts you and I bitch about, and they appear to know there place...they're just happy to be here.
Black America, separate and unequal, cannot help but ponder the predicament we find ourselves in. Why should Afro-Americans risk their life's for what looks to be millions of people who politically, economically, socially oppose all that most African-Americans believe in and stand for? Tell me please, why should we, as a people, stand for a nation which can't stand us? Toleration best describes the relationship blacks and whites maintain. A little like, a little love, some empathy maybe, or even unwanted sympathy, none of these emotions are ever going to emanate from Vulcanized suburbia.
How does my country feel about me, and How do I feel about my country?
One can naively argue the United States isn't in a state of domestic disarray Nevertheless, to most -- the post election maps depicted America as Republican Red country, with only a few spots composed of Liberal-pinko-commie-treator Blue. Translation; there aren't that many Nigger lovers, and the few there are, they're surrounded - outmanned and outgunned by the gun-toting, bible thumb'in Rank and file rednecks.
Historically, Black Americans demanded the right to die for a nation which awarded them with an official tolerated status. From Crispus Attacks and the Massachusetts 57th to Buffalo Soldiers, Black doughboys and Tuskegee Airmen - Black Americans have stepped up in times of war, annied up-like real men, in what many of think has pathetically proven to be, a fruitless attempt to be treated with mutual respect, to belong.
Lets see this funky situation as it is: a slap-in-the-face of black folks . We've got Republican's, who's team motto is - Everybody for Themselves / I am not my brothers keeper - simultaneously demanding patriotism. Talking teamwork and togetherness. We're all in this together - Team USA against the world. We stuff. This is Big George and Little Dick Chaney's war, i.e., this is the angry, insecure, and predictably paranoid white guy's war. Just as with the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis -- the Iranian terrorist released their Afro-American captives. The bastards understood we weren't making any American foreign policy. The pimping of Colin Powell for 4 years, using him as a Trojan horse in front of the UN, illustrates just this point, black men still ain't making no policies, no where, no place, no how, in this white house.
Its insulting to demand compliance from within an empire composed of conquered peoples. Native Americans Blacks, Latinos, and Asians-all maxed-out, in the name of expanding the empire.
Hell No, black folks shouldn't go to the Middle East. We should do all that a nation, within a nation, can do to defend the right of a Jewish State to exist and assist with the creation of a Palestinian State. Outside of that, it's not our duty to expand the financial assets of Haliburton, the Haves or the Have mores, Bush's base, as he points out in Fahrenheit 911.
Its time the party of MASH's Major Frank Burns, fight their own battles.