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Nice posting on African-American. Agree with your position.

Been noodling on it from a different angle.

Back in the day, that is, the seventies, we had a framework for this kind of discussion.

Remember internal contradictions and external contradictions?
And we felt that we must prioritize external contradictions in order not to get sidetracked.

Who/what is an African American strikes me as an internal contradiction.

Seems that there are more pressing issues.
You know the litany, unemployment, primary education, political mis-education, deterioration of values, global contempt, etc.
Arguably, the "tensions" you mention are rooted in political mis-education.

When the litany gets too heavy, we get distracted and focus on internal contradictions.

Not clear to me how a determination of the "African-American" question resolves any external contradictions.

But I'm glad that you retain a pan-African vision.

One love.

lex

i was gonna tell you to hush before somebody yelled "anti-semite!!!!", but you beat me to it...

when i was younger, i assumed that getting called an anti-semite meant you hated jews, period--just like burning crosses on lawns was the kkk trademark. now i know that 9 times outta 10, it's just someone telling the truth about israel.

i have no qualms when i chant "free, free palestine" at a rally or a march. none at all.

GEORGE BROWN

I have been reading some blog pages from cybernetic hippies: mostly white people with obsessions about web technology, ufo's, Christian ethnocentrism, or Perverts looking for inconsiderate sources for Vitamin P. Basically, I've gotten numb to this stuff-- as the self centered ddroolings of a culture dying of pop individualism.

SSo when a friend introduced me to your site, my initial response to the non-commercial, untargetted thing was: here comes a Black Man, with the same spiritual fungus.

It's the self-centered, lack of structure thing that un-nerves me, however. But don't tear this up and throw it away-- yet!!

In spite of myself, I have read your material. I am finding me to be profoundly identified with your personalized reactions to things,-- and your lack of concern about whether there is an organized, or "collective" affirmation of what you think about.

So I am realizing that I have learned to judge myself on whether my newspaper copy, or public statements, are creating massed "cultural expressions" of some sort of political dogma. This is how I have learned to evaluate myself as a meaningful Black man!

However, What do I Know: Considering I have been holding this euro-generated bullshit in front of my face since I've been a teenager, and its given little to my people, generally speaking, and nothing to me but progressive cardio-angina, shortness of breath, and increasing reclusiveness and paranoia.

But then for related reasons, I have been thinking of creating a blog-site in my "retirement years," but have been afraid of this; and have been going to more assinine vocational solutions at this time in my life.

I may fear freedom. I'm not sure. Anyway, thank you for helping me come out of the closet. AS I noted, I have always tried to think of myself as a conscientiously structured "Oraganizer." However, basically-- this never really got me anywhere. Maybe blogs are somehow a new class of underground railway stations!

I also cant know any of this for sure-- which also might be a good sign.

But keep holding the flashlight. I'm behind you!

THANK YOU. GB

rickydoc

thanks for the props man
the self centered unstructured thing
unnerves me too

specially when it gets so confessional
but i love having my own forum where i dont
have to please paymasters and/or editors

i love being able to say whatever i think
should be said without reservations of any
sort other than a desire to avoid embarassment

i try to put up enuf raw news to justify using
a little space to do my prophetic thing

i do begrude the time it takes
but i love having the forum

if you thinking about doing it i say go for it
we need as many free and alternative voices as possible to forge an alternative reality than the one thats been set up for us

i call myself being in the line of david walker
trying to get his 'appeal' out to the slaves

and i like thinking of it in that underground railroad station motif, thats kind of a nice motif for us organizers in general

hope you dont mind if i use it

in struggle

rickydoc


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