Readers, the reason this post is coming to you so late is largely due to the fact that yours truly, in a rare moment of weakness, opted to keep working on his latest installment of “Explaining American Politics To Americans”. The subject was going to be Democrats, and as the post stands currently, it’s just too…
Even by my standards.
And this is coming from a guy who has likened certain social groups the human equivalent of cancer…
Now that’s left me with the question of what to cover instead, and as I was browsing the internet, I came across these two images:
Old, definitely, but it reminded me of a topic that I’ve touched on a lot without ever actually covering.
…or is that even a fair thing to call it?
I mean, we praise peaceful dissent practically to the exclusion of all other forms of protest. We idolize figures like Martin Luther King Jr. while reviling folks like Malcolm X or Huey P. Newton, largely on the grounds that they advocated self defense.
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Tagged America, BDS, Boycott, british, Disruptive, dissent, Ferguson, gandhi, Hong Kong, India, letter from birmingham jail, Martin Luther King Jr., MLK, nonviolent protest, peaceful protest, sit-in, Swadeshi Movement, traffic, Umbrella Revolution, Violence
I’m sticking with this topic because I was asked, somewhat indirectly, to cover the tactics Hamas has been using. I don’t think I can do that without sounding like an apologist for Hamas- which I’m not a fan of, in spite of my constant proclamations of solidarity with the struggle of Gaza. Still, I wanted to deliver on some level, and the more I thought about it, the more I found myself returning to a quote of JFK’s- that “those who make peaceful protest impossible make violent protest inevitable.”
Whenever any conflict flares up enough in Palestine for the West to take notice, we’re inevitably going to encounter the idea that the Palestinians are to be blamed for not using “peaceful protest”. Such comments usually come from folks who can’t deny the plight of Palestinians but who can’t yet bring themselves to actually take a stand for them- but we’ll get to that in a minute.
At times like these, we tend to cite our own “peaceful protests”, conveniently only talking about the white-washed portions of it. We’ll talk about MLK Jr. all day long, and forget that even such “nonviolent” civil rights luminaries as Fannie Lou Hamer kept herself armed to the teeth. Heck, Hamer herself declared “I keep a shotgun in every corner of my bedroom and the first cracker even look like he wants to throw some dynamite on my porch won’t write his mama again.”
Yes indeed. And only one of many such examples within the “non-violent” movements of the 50s and 60s.
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Tagged Al Haq, Arms, Budrus, Canada, Christian ZIonism, Europe, Gaza, lobby, MLK Jr. Fannie Lou Hamer, nonviolent, organization, pacifist, palestine, palestinian, Palestinians, peaceful, peaceful protest, Protest, Shawan Jabarin, Shin Bet, US, village, Violence, west, West Bank, zionism
Allow me to set one thing straight before we begin.
This isn’t some “let’s not talk about black history, let’s talk about human history” spiel, similar to sentiment put forward by Morgan Freeman a while ago.
I completely disagree with Mr. Freeman, but my reasons for that can be answered better in a different post.
This is a Shame Day post directed against “black history,” or rather, the reprehensible white-washed version we, the people, are spoon fed each February.
Now you all know who this is:
And you could probably tell me who this is:
We’re getting a little more obscure, but the literary-minded among you might even recognize who this is:
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Tagged 60s, 70s, African-American, America, american history, angela davis, Anti-War, black history, black panther party, black panthers, bobby seale, civil rights, congressman John Lewis, Core, economic justic, economy, february, Freddy Hampton, fredrick hampton, George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman, huey p newton, John Lewis, labor, langston hughes, Malcolm X, martin luther king, Martin Luther King Jr., Memphis, MLK, Morgan Freeman, nonviolence, Oakland, peaceful protest, poor people's campaign, poverty, Protest, Rosa Parks, shame day, slavery, SNCC, stokely carmichael, strike, toussaint l'ouverture, union, Vietnam, w.e.b. dubois, worker's rights