Published in Issue 276 of The Black Commentator on May 8, 2008
Republished in Assata Shakur Forums on May 8, 2008
Republished in on May 9, 2008 and archived at
Quoted in Green Politics, the G/GPUSA August 2008 Newsletter

By Larry Pinkney

The acquittal last month of the New York City police murderers of Sean Bell was in actuality also the acquittal by the judicial, legislative, corporate, and military apparatus of Amerikkka for every single past and present atrocity committed against Black, Brown, Red and Yellow peoples in this nation and throughout the world. It represents the very essence of how truly rotten to the core the Democratic and Republican parties [i.e. the Republicrats] really are.

This is not merely about New York City, and the impunity with which the system of the U.S. Empire functions to commit brutal, wanton murder. No, this continues to be about the physical and systemic hundreds of thousands of lynchings in Amerikkka, and the despicable and brutal murders of Emmet Till, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., little Bobby Hutton, Fred Hampton & Mark Clark, and so very many other women and men in this nation. This is about the U.S. genocide against the Indigenous peoples – our Red brothers and sisters – and the avaricious thievery of their lands. This is about “America” as it really and truly is. This is about the systemic terrorism of capitalism against the poor – all of us – Black, Brown, Red, and yes, White. This is about the Republicrats and their treachery, betrayal, bloody lies and hypocrisy – all of them.

One need not turn to Iraq or any other place outside the United States to witness the horrible, ongoing carnage against humanity, carried out and condoned, by the institutions of this nation; for this is 21st Century Amerikkka – the land of the free and the home of the slave.

There is no point in begging you, my people, to understand; for in your hearts most of commit you already do. We, the economically, socially, and politically oppressed and exploited of both genders and every conceivable ethnicity & color must make a choice. This choice will determine the destiny of humankind. This choice will determine for many years to come the course of the human condition.

It is we ourselves who must decide whether or not this insanity of hypocrisy, lies, and injustice on the part of the Republicrats will be allowed to continue. It does not have to continue. It can be derailed and averted. We can build a better world while there is still time.

We can yet build a world of and for people that love and respect Mother Earth. We can yet stand up to and reverse the very existence of the greedy corporate / military elite vultures that ravage this nation and our entire planet.

We can yet say NO to this corporate media sell-out of humanity in the name of materialistic dribble and mindless consumerism. We can yet make a difference. Let us commit ourselves to doing this while there is yet some window of time.

From Harriet Tubman to Assata Shakur, and the great Indigenous warrior Crazy Horse, from Nat Turner and John Brown, to brothers Malcolm X, Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King, Jr., Huey P. Newton, we must recommit ourselves to this struggle for ourselves and the peoples of the world.

There is much work to be done outside the garbage of the U.S. Democratic and Republican parties [i.e. the Republicrats] – who must be uncompromisingly relegated to the dust bin of broken promises, hypocrisy and lies, from whence they came.

Onward then. There is so much to be done.



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