Prominently placed statues of famous racists are no longer acceptable, just as policemen shooting African Americans has finally become unacceptable. Why not dispense with the far out illusion of a racist colonial capitalist USA being worth celebrating. Meanwhile left undone is the protecting of non-American Black lives from killer American GIs invading and bombing their beloved countries.
Since prominently placed statues of famous racists are no longer acceptable, just as policemen shooting African Americans has finally become unacceptable, why not dispense with the far out illusion of a racist colonial capitalist USA being worth celebrating.
Let’s face the truthful implications of riding ourselves of the public relation lies that made known racists Winston Churchill and Woodrow Wilson deserving of public hero worship. Since they were really bastards in their behavior, does it not follow that their administrations were less than deserving of some patriotic belief in their nations greatness? Would not the truth about our criminally racist colonial capitalist wars make us free of dangerous self-deceptions about the nature of our lives and our own integrity? Compare our natural healthy love of life and each other with the ignominiously false aspects of our being criminally ruled by a racist genocide-for-capital accumulation speculative investment banking oligarchy?
Already five years ago Minority Perspective in Birmingham, UK questioned celebrating the birth of such a murderously racist nation by publishing on July 4, 1916:
Synopsis: Independence Holiday in the USA becomes a time when citizens tend to reflect on the nations two hundred forty year history. It is a history typical of the bloody British Empire and other six European empires in the areas of genocide and plunder. Readers wishing to review crimes against humanity perpetrated by citizens in military uniform of the nation born on the fourth of July, 1776, may click on the above title.
Apropos to the present success of the ongoing protests making the taking of black American lives in the streets and homes of the United States of America matter to USA’s ruling white establishment, also five years ago, in Kerala India, publishers of Counter Currents in their awareness of the continuing non-mattering of Black Lives taken in their own beloved countries all around the world by invading Americans GIs, saw fit to publish:
Synopsis: Unless Martin Luther King is wrong, the movement to protect US Blacks from White people will go nowhere while Black American soldiers follow illegal orders to kill Africans in Africa and other non-Caucasian people all around the globe. King assured everyone listening, ‘there will be no progress on social justice issues at home while we go on killing the poor overseas at a such an enormous expenditure of social and financial resources that make such progress impossible.’
Now that the slogan ‘Black Lives Matter’ has been taken up in a worldwide spread fight against racism in all aspects of social intercourse in many Caucasian nations, the murder of Blacks and people of other ethnicities by American military, even by Black-American military, must be noted and condemned by the leaders of the original movement that focused selectively as if only Black American Lives Mater.
American Imperialism seeps in, waters down and corrupts all efforts at social justice. The Occupy Wall Street movement targeted the opportunist injustices of the ‘one percent’ but seeking to represent the whole ’99 percent’ for a better cut of the imperialist pie, kept quiet about USA wars and other crimes against humanity. Martin Luther King Jr. put it well in his Beyond Vietnam – a Time to Break Silence New York earth shaking sermon, “Look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the country. This is a role our nation has taken, … refusing to give up the privileges and the pleasures that comes from the immense profits of overseas investments. This is not just.”
Readers wishing to read what champion Mohammad Ali, and other prominent African Americans had to say about the subject can click on the title just above these final paragraphs.
Jay Janson is an archival research peoples historian activist, musician and writer; has lived and worked on all continents; articles on media published in China, Italy, UK, India and in the US by Dissident Voice, Global Research; Information Clearing House; Counter Currents, Minority Perspective, UK and others; now resides in NYC; First effort was a series of articles on deadly cultural pollution endangering seven areas of life emanating from Western corporate owned commercial media published in Hong Kong’s Window Magazine 1993; Howard Zinn lent his name to various projects of his; Weekly column, South China Morning Post, 1986-87; reviews for Ta Kung Bao; article China Daily, 1989. Is coordinator of the Howard Zinn co-founded King Condemned US Wars International Awareness Campaign, and website historian of the Ramsey Clark co-founded Prosecute US Crimes Against Humanity Now Campaign, which Dissident Voice supports with link at the end of each issue of its newsletter.