Published in Issue 490 of The Black Commentator on October 18, 2012.
By Larry Pinkney

“To me, the thing that is worse than death is betrayal.”
– Malcolm X [el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz

“We, as freedom fighters, are not weeping for the death of a man, even a man who was a companion in struggle and an exemplary revolutionary…Nor are we weeping for Africa’s betrayal. But we are weeping with hatred for those who were capable of betraying Nkrumah in the ignoble service of imperialism!… True, imperialism is cruel and unscrupulous, but we must not lay all the blame on its broad back. For, as the African people say: ‘Rice only cooks itself inside the pot.’
– Amilcar Cabral

As the first nominally black U.S. president terrorizes, bombs, and uses Predator-Drone missiles to murder children, women, and men in Libya (North Africa), Somalia (East Africa) and in the nations of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Yemen, etc., a large percentage of Black Americans are being misled by a substantial portion of the so-called black intelligentsia in this nation.

Even as this first black U.S. president utilizes a secret ‘Kill List’ (which list includes U.S. citizens), to determine who he will order to be summarily executed without a trial, legal defense, or other such due process; this unprincipled black intelligentsia continues to urge support for Barack Obama. Moreover, even as this first black U.S. president has signed into law the unconstitutional and draconian police-state NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act), which law includes a provision that calls for the indefinite detention of anyone inside this nation (including U.S. citizens) without charge, trial, or legal defense etc.; this black intelligentsia opportunistically still strongly urges support for Barack Obama.

The actions of this black intelligentsia is a heinous betrayal of the hard fought human rights struggle and the political principles not only of Black America, but of everyday people of all colors in this nation and throughout Mother Earth. This black intelligentsia has demonstrated that they are capable of disfiguring, distorting, and betraying anyone in the interests of their own personal status, of opportunism, and of greed. They have given new and horrible meaning to the name Judas, which has come to represent betrayal. In fact, they are the scurvy 21st century little Obamas of the Judas generation.

In this 21st century they, like Barack Obama himself, represent those whom Amilcar Cabral correctly described as “unscrupulous,” and who, in real terms, serve the interests of U.S. “imperialism” and war abroad, and of corporate hegemony and economic austerity against the everyday people at home and abroad. Yes, they are indeed, the scurvy little Obamas of the 21st century betrayer Judas generation!

There is no need to specifically name these scandalous minions of Barack Obama and his Democrat and Republican accomplices. You know or can identify who they are. Their obfuscated and misleading rhetoric cannot for long shield them from the eventual legitimate wrath of the people. You know who these bloody opportunists are by observing what they do, versus the subterfuge, of what they say.

Furthermore, ‘traditional’ so-called ‘civil rights’ organizations in the United States, such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), more accurately described today as the National Association for the Advancement of Corporate Puppets, in the name of serving the people, shamelessly and hypocritically pursue a de facto corporate agenda rather than an everyday struggling people’s agenda. Suddenly it has become acceptable, even fashionable, to make backroom deals with corporations while simultaneously supposedly struggling against these very same avaricious corporations. Suddenly it has become fashionable, even desirable, to support military recruitment, militarism, and the war mongering Democrats and Republicans, in the distorted name of pursuing ‘civil rights.’ The timely warning of W.E.B. Du Bois is being fastidiously ignored, when he said, in relevant part, “May God write us down as asses if ever again we are found putting our trust in either Republican or the Democratic parties.” Suddenly the historical and ongoing struggle on the part of justice-loving people of all colors in this nation and throughout the world has been disfigured beyond recognition by the NAACP and other similiar such organizations and individuals. Suddenly it’s totally cool to be a corporate puppet, a war monger, and a bloody hypocrite. [Reference|BC: Is The NAACP Now Just Another Republicrat Corporate Front?]

The scurvy little Obamas of this 21st century Judas generation can be found today in people of many colors and both genders, spinning their webs of deceit, subterfuge, hypocrisy, and misleadership. Theirs is a “betrayal” of Black America, the ordinary people of this entire nation, and of the everyday people of Mother Earth as a whole.

Undoubtedly, this active and horrible betrayal of the people by the U.S. corporate-stream and much of the ‘alternative’ media, combined with the misleadership of the scandalous pontificating pimps of much of the so-called black intelligentsia, will continue in various forms and guises. Nevertheless, we must have, in the paraphrased words of Amilcar Cabral, when speaking at the funeral of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, a “hatred for [the actions of] those who [are] capable of betraying” the ordinary, everyday people in Black America, Africa, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, the ‘Middle East’ and anywhere else on this precious planet.  Their betrayals must not go unanswered or unaccounted for. They must be exposed and held accountable for their dastardly deeds! Malcolm X was absolutely correct when he noted that, “…the thing that is worse than death is betrayal.”

Sisters and brothers! Ours is a long and protracted struggle for genuine systemic change. This struggle did not begin just yesterday nor will it end tomorrow. No matter the odds – we must serve the people – body and soul! It will be primarily and unsung service, but we do not do this for praise – we do it on behalf of our own humanity and that of all of humankind, past, present, and future! We, people of all colors, must understand and keep the words of the African parable in our hearts and minds: “Rice only cooks itself inside the pot.” Let’s get busy and stay busy!

Remember: Each one, reach one. Each one, teach one. Onward, then, my sisters and brothers! Onward!


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