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HOPE VERSUS DESPAIR


A SPECTER of dispair haunts late twentieth-century America. The quality of our lives and the integrity of our souls are in jeopardy. Wealth inequity and class polarization are escalating, with ugly consequences for the most vunerable among us. The lethal power of global corporate elites and national managerial bosses is at an all-time high. Spiritual malnutrition and existential emptiness are rampant. The precious systems of caring and nurturing are eroding. Market moralities and mentalities, fueled by economic imperatives to make a profit at nearly any cost - yeild unprecedented levels of loneliness, isolation, and sadness. And our public life lies in shambles, shot through with icy cynicism and paralyzing pessimism. To put it bluntly, beneath the record-breaking stock markets on Wall Street and bipartisan budget-balancing deals in the White House lurk ominous clouds of despair across this nation. This bleak portrait is accentuated in black America. The fragile black middle class, always a lumpenbourgeoise in America, fights a white backlash. The devastated black working class fears further underemployment or unemployment. And the besieged black poor struggle to survive. Nearly thirty years after the cowardly murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., black America sits on the brink of collective disaster. Yet most of our fellow citizens deny this black despair, down-play this black rage, and blind themselves to the omens in our midst. So now, as in the past, we prisoners of hope in desparate times must try to speak our fallible truths, expose the vicious lies, and bear our imperfect witness. The country is in deep trouble. We need a moral prohphetic minority of all colors who muster the courage to question the powers that be, the courage to be impatient with evil and paitent with people, and the courage to fight for social justice. Such courage rests on a deep democratic vision of a better world that lures us and a blood-drenched hope that sustains us. ...Only a new wave of vision, courage, and hope can keep us sane and preserve the decency and dignity requisite to revitalize our organizational energy for the work to be done. To live is to wrestle with despair yet never to allow despair to have the last word.

Dr. Cornell West
Excerpt from his book "Restoring Hope"


 

 

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Comment by Universal Divine Being Isis on October 19, 2011 at 11:46pm

We petition the Obama administration to:
Grant Reparations to the Survivors of their Enslaved Ancestors who Built Wall Street & were sold as commodity on Wall St

REPARATIONS NOW!

SIGN PETITION BELOW LINK AND PASS LINK TO OTHERS. THANK YOU.

https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/%21/petition/grant-reparation...

 

Comment by Universal Divine Being Isis on August 6, 2011 at 1:47am

       PART ONE-From The Ramparts   Junious Ricardo Stanton  People Are Waking Up 

            “If anyone in America was still holding on to the idea that we actually have representatives in Washington, or the delusion that we are not in a two-party dictatorship, I believe that the debt ceiling issue shattered their remaining misconceptions. For instance, Senator Joseph Isadore “Joe” Lieberman, a former Democrat and current Independent, has called for the cutting of Social Security in order to maintain our insane defense spending. This is yet another example of the warmongering class warfare waged by both parties against the American people who are unfortunate enough to reside outside of the billionaire elite class to which everyone in Congress and the Senate cater.” - Madison Ruppert www.activistpost.com/2011/08/  

            A recent New York Times CBS poll revealed only 14% of the people they asked view Congress favorably and think their “representatives” are  doing what they are supposed to do. This is the lowest approval rating in decades.  My question is, what type of drugs are the 14%  on that makes them so out of touch with reality?  It should be clear by now to all but the totally brain dead and comatose the US is a banana republic where the elected officials who are supposed to represent the interests of their constituents and the country are either thoroughly corrupt or too cowardly to challenge the plutocratic oligarchy that own and run this country. What’s worse is, during these unsettling  economic times these same officials are busy feathering their own nests, getting filthy rich while the rest of us sacrifice and  suffer because of  their policies. We see them bending over backwards to serve the corporations, banksters and special interests while ignoring our wishes and needs.  We see the partisan bickering over trivial matters, we see their childish and petulant behavior, the gridlock it causes and the partisan self serving positions they take at our expense, while having access top notch health care, life long retirement benefits, perks and opportunities most of us will never even come close to having; has pissed people off, and rightly so. No wonder Congress’ approval ratings on both sides of the aisle have been in steady decline over the last few years. And the Tea Party extremists have made the situation even worse.  

            For years Africans in America and Native American tribes suffered from apartheid type exclusion and to add insult to injury,  taxation without representation even when we had “access” to the political process because our representatives were overwhelmed by the tyranny of a racist majority! Most white folks could bask in the illusion they were part of the in crowd due to their lack of melanin. Now after 9-11 and the shift into a full time, security police state many working and middle class white citizens are rapidly discovering just how callous, oppressive and corrupt this government really is. They are also realizing how much contempt Congress has for them.  

            Their lives have been radically altered based upon  massive governmental malfeasance and incompetence or at worse an inside job that facilitated and allowed 9-11 to happen. Ordinary white folks are experiencing for the first time  (some did go through changes during the social upheavals and government counter insurgency of the Civil Rights and Viet Nam eras) what residents of the ghettos, barrios and reservations in this country have long had to deal with: suspicion, contempt, police misconduct and abuse, poverty, betrayal by the government and the feeling you just don’t matter to the powers that be.  They feel betrayed by the people they trusted to look out for them and do the right thing. 

Comment by Universal Divine Being Isis on August 6, 2011 at 1:47am

PART TWO      From The Ramparts   Junious Ricardo Stanton  People Are Waking Up 

            There is a lot of angst, anxiety and anger percolating out there and I believe  the New York Times CBS poll merely dusted the surface. The recent debt ceiling charade showed just how out of touch with the common people and reality Congress is. They are so far out there they can’t get back, and I suspect most Congress people don’t want to relate to us or share our pain. A white blogger wrote following the release of the poll, “One of the more surprising figures in the poll was the number of people who thought the debt ceiling debate was more about gaining the political upper hand than saving America and the American economy. The vast majority of people, in fact 82% of those polled, said that this was the case. While the poll included fewer than 1,000 Americans, I think that these figures show that Americans are beginning to wake up to the reality of the system in which we live. Our ‘representatives’ do not represent us or our interests as working Americans. They serve their corporate masters and the special interest lobbies that have paid their way into office. If we are lucky, maybe more Americans will start becoming so fed up with our corrupt governmental system that a nation-wide, non-partisan, peaceful uprising could occur. Maybe when police and military personnel realize that their families are getting screwed as well they will stop gathering revenue for their overlords and begin to see what they can do to actually protect and serve their communities.” Madison Ruppert www.activistpost.com 

            Many are waking to the vicious class war raging in AmeriKKKa and the gut wrenching reality that our congress critters are not on our side! There are still many who are in denial, who are unwilling to believe their government is this corrupt, incompetent, heartless or ruthless. The good news is more people are waking every day.  There are people calling for massive civil disobedience, protests and demonstrations at the White House. There are some calling for secession and some are preparing for open conflict with the government.  Part of it is because Obama is biracial, but that does not explain away the overwhelming disapproval of and disgust with Congress on both sides of the aisle. The only question remaining is what form of expression will the people’s outrage and displeasure take?

                                                                        -30-

 

Comment by Lydell Jackson on February 27, 2010 at 10:00am

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