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Mary Norwood’s Race Politics

Posted in Atlanta Politics, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2009 by marcg

Mary Norwood is a white candidate for mayor of Atlanta, a city that elected the last white mayor in 1970, almost forty years ago. The one thing the election is not short on is pretense. We field negros are supposed to be pretending that race has nothing to do with any of this. With anything, in fact. Barack Obama is president of a white majority Amurka. Norwood can be mayor a Black majority ATL. See? No difference.

The New York Times reports today that Atlanta may see its first white mayor in more than a generation in Mary Norwood. The article is accompanied by many empty-headed slogans, from Black mouths of course, about it meaning nothing for a politician’s race to be Black. This is a slick move that distracts from the point of their article which is discussing a white mayor. Not meaning as much, or anything at all as some would say, that a mayor be Black is a very different thing than having a white mayor. Inductive reasoning perhaps is not required to become a Times writer. Or maybe the ability to manipulate faulty induction to build an upside down argument IS a prerequisite.

Mary Norwood Aims To Take Back Atlanta

Mary Norwood comes from Buckhead the whitest and richest white neighborhood in Atlanta. The political pundits who get their salaries paid by the advertising dollars flowing out of Buckhead won’t talk about her background much. And if you go looking for details and background info over at her Wiki page you’ll be left wanting. These are coincidences.

Anyone familiar with US politics beyond the superficial coding understands the role played by race and that there is a communication grid that operates just beneath the surface of all political talk. As a good auto mechanic would say, Norwood’s recent ad is hitting on all cylinders. As racist as this country and city are it is not your father’s racism and Norwood’s team understands it can’t win the mayor’s office yelling nigger. The operative phrases are crime, accountability and public safety. That’s nigger, 2009 style.

  • Crime is out of control = Black field negros are out of control. Of course with the implication that she will, finally, do some controlling.
  • City Hall is run poorly = Black politicians are corrupt. Duh. Of course they are. And who do they work for? The white men that graduated Emory with Norwood.
  • Everyone should be able to feel safe = White folks and house negros, it’s okay for you to come back into the city. Things are in good hands. Again. Kathryn Johnston types fiend for yourselves.

To be sure, all of the major candidates for mayor of Atlanta are business lackeys. And I don’t advocate for any of them but I do understand the particular threat posed by Mary Norwood, 1) she will give new confidence to white racism and white supremacy and 2) the increased difficulty field negros will have in protecting our civil liberties under a white mayor that does point 1.

Even Atlanta’s white progressives (whatever that means to them) are showing their true colors. The very first time a white mayor is viable in four decades, they are getting behind that campaign. Which doesn’t do much besides illustrate clearly to others what we already knew. When it comes down to it a white that calls himself liberal isn’t much different than a white that calls himself conservative. When it really comes down to it. He or she might not call me a nigger even behind closed doors but she’ll vote with the people who do.

If things keep moving in the direction we’re told they’re moving in (Norwood is supposedly the frontrunner) Black ATL will get to understand this truism up close and personal. And whites will get to turn the ATL back into Atlanta.


Obama Shuts Down Pittsburgh For His Rich Friends

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on September 8, 2009 by marcg

If China were banning train service into one of its cities in preparation for the G20 in order to limit public speech and dissent what would the US press say? The same racist and xenophobic garbage they always come up with in relation to China. Of course nothing when Obama does it? Obamamaniacs will say Obama didn’t do it, Amtrak did it. Or the mayor of Pittsburgh. Or the governor or whatever. Orders like this come from the top. Perhaps as ‘suggestions’.

Kennesaw State University and Corra Harris

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on July 16, 2009 by marcg

Corra Harris was a white supremacist. Read her 1899 letter to the editor of the Independent defending the lynching of Sam Hose and, if nothing else, that is clear. But it isn’t 1899. It’s 2009 and we all know that the Earth rotates around the sun and viruses are real (we can see them under microscopes). But still in 2009 whites don’t think, still don’t think, that the white terrorism and attempted genocide of Black southerners is a big deal. Those who do think what happened was and still is a big deal are called ‘racists’, ‘politically correct’ and other slanders in what should be termed the new 21st century vernacular of white supremacists. This is the terrain upon which the battle over the memory of Corra Harris is being waged.

The story goes that this started when Kennesaw State University was approached and offered this land in 2008 by DeKalb County businessman Jodie Hill. But that story doesn’t really make much sense. Remember, 2008 was the year of the real estate and mortgage industry meltdown. Thus starting with the offer by Hill to KSU is prolly more than a little bit dishonest. It’s difficult to know the real deal because KSU isn’t fessin up on all it knows and what it knows is likely just half the story. There are serious questions that haven’t been answered. And some haven’t even been asked.

  • Hill is attempting to liquidate this asset now-why?
  • Hill is being credited for a three million dollar donation to KSU. How much could Hill have gotten in the private sector for this undeveloped 56 acres in the middle of the subprime meltdown? Three million? Haha.
  • Were all professional and familial conflicts of interest between KSU and Hill disclosed before the deal was done?
  • Does the contract between Hill and KSU stipulate that the Cora Harris landmarks must be maintained by KSU?
  • Is it ethical for an institution serving Black and white students to maintain a memorial for a Jim Crow white supremacist?

These are a few questions that need to have a public forum. And not the public forum administered, faciliated and controlled by the KSU president but a forum with the KSU administration, faculty, staff, students as well as community-at-large present and controlled democratically. A democratic forum would be controlled and faciliated democratically, meaning by students, staff and community members primarily, with administration and faculty playing a minor role in line with their representation.

This hasn’t happened and that is part of the reason key questions haven’t been asked or answered. None of this even begins to deal with the moral and political problems raised by this situation. Problems and issues like this need to be dealt with in order for this land deal to be understood properly but it’s also larger than this piece of land. Whites tend to refer to problems in this realm as ‘racial’ problems. But this doesn’t accurately describe what we’re dealing with. The problem is white supremacy. When we don’t understand or acknowledge that our chances of moving forward narrow considerably.

As we prepare for the opening of the 09-10 academic year, we shouldn’t hope for genuine participatory dialog with all the aforementioned constituencies. It can happen but unfortunately hope won’t do it. We have to organize it. Then and only then will we see real questions asked, real answers provided and finally some light shed on actual machinations of this racist land deal.

Stress Tests Are Complete Joke; Market Optimism ‘Delusional’

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 7, 2009 by marcg

It is most important to note that during this news interview the Bloomberg news anchor doesn’t challenge any of the facts presented. Only the analysts perspective. Sorta like what the Obamamaniacs respond with when he is criticized.

“Don’t be so cynical!”

Analysts Kirby Daley makes Bloomberg News unhappy by explaining why they and every analyst they have brought on has been lying through their teeth. A careful watching of the video reveals just how fundamentally corrupt the financial system and its paid guns, the corporate news anchors and analysts are. Daley is no leftist. He is advising his clients to get in and make a little quick money during what he calls this ‘manufactured’ market rise but then to GET OUT because it is not at all real.

The Bloomberg analysts, Bernard “Bernie” Lo tries to remain composed but is visibly uncomfortable with Daley’s presentation.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

For such an explosive video, it is is not widely posted.

Ideology vs Pragmatism vs you and me: The US Supreme Court

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 4, 2009 by marcg

Sonia SotomayorWith the pending retirement of US Supreme Court Associate Justice David Souter, a predictable media mini-circus (swine flu is the current circus) is opening up over it. Names are floated alongsides particular interests or so-called identity groups that would benefit or ‘like to see’ a certain candidate nominated. Care seems to be being taken to ensure it reads like every other very typical political script. A Latina is by definition progressive and will ‘satisfy’ Latin people, feminists and racial progressives generally. Specifically, Sonia Sotomayor is the Latina being suggested  as a likely Obama nominee. I will assume that since her name is appearing in major media that the Obama administration has suggested she is a frontrunner (it might be true or they might be trying to appear progressive according to the script).

Ethnic media outlet New America Media (NAM) is pushing the idea positively apparently for the simple reason that Sotomayor is of Puerto Rican descent, something we all should find highly dubious ever since that poor Black kid from Pin Point, Georgia arrived on the court almost 20 years ago and has voted with the right wing ever since. NAM supports the nomination writing that

Naming a Hispanic would soothe frayed nerves among Latino leaders

and approvingly of Sotomayor,

She is not an ideologue but has a pragmatic streak

I don’t think the NAM perspective is an isolated one. That pragmatism can be divorced from ideology is a curious notion. A pragmatic or practical way of looking at things within a highly ideological and extreme political context means that you aren’t interested in rocking the boat but going along to get along. I try to imagine a pragmatist in Stalin’s Russia, Hitler’s Germany or Benito Mussolini’s Italy. What does pragmatism mean in a country that leads the largest global wealth divide in human history? What does pragmatism look like in a country waging two imperialist hot wars and dozens of cold and covert wars? What is pragmatism in a country where children hide in the woods while their mothers and fathers are kidnapped off their jobs and ‘detained’? How to be pragmatic in a judicial system that imprisons five times as many Black men proportionally than did South Africa under apartheid? What does pragmatism look like on a court that last year ruled that it was okay for evidence obtained from an illegal arrest to be used against me? What is this non-ideological pragmatism? And is it what people of color need today? No less, should we consider it a victory if that is what we end up with on the Supreme Court? I can hardly think so. If Sotomayor or any pragmatic person of color ends up on the US Supreme Court, should Brown, Black, Red, and Yellow people celebrate?

Obama and the forces he represents (and those that still find themselves supporting him and those forces) would like to frame ideology as something to be avoided, as an obstacle to getting things done in Washington. In reality, extreme neoliberal ideology is behind everything that happens in DC and throughout most of this country. All the while claiming to be everything but ideological.

A Brown/Black/Red/Yellow, non-ideologue is the perfect tool of confusion for Obama and the billionaires whose interests he represents. Obama, of course is a perfect example of this kind of tool. As he gives millionaires and billionaires billions and trillions of dollars he is simultaneously juxtaposed next to Martin Luther King and Malcolm X on t-shirts. If that’s not confusion, nothing is.

To be clear, Sonia Sotomayor isn’t personally the problem. It’s just that under imperialism, to rise as high as she or Obama or anyone like them, you have to be pragmatic. You have to go along with the empire to get along with the empire. You have to be pragmatic.

We don’t need an appointee from Obama. We need a movement opposing the policies of Obama who watches while autoworkers get kicked out of their jobs and unto the streets of Detroit but trips over himself rushing to back trillions of dollars in loans to white guys that are already rich. We need a movement of revolutionary reality supplanting the hypnotic support of Barack Obama. We need it yesterday.

So no to Sotomayor, no to all appointees from the rich who make our lives miserable to begin with. They are the ones killing us, don’t count on them saving us.

Hillary Clinton Won The Election

Posted in Uncategorized on December 14, 2008 by marcg

The public relations nature of everything in the US makes it difficult to discuss much anything with any intelligence.  For everything there is the official line, the perspective of the ruling class,  and then there are the varied perspectives of regular folks.  The same goes for the election that occured on November 4th.  The official line is that change came to the US with the election of the first Black president of the United States.  The official line is, like everything else, bullshit.  Hillary Clinton won the election.

There are several ways in which to understand that last sentence.  I’ll look at a few of them.  Some, are more relevant than others.  I’ll start with the least relevant and work up.

The LA Times performs a cursory examiniation of the president-elect’s administrative selections and with a single page of observations, reflections and quotes reaches a breathtaking conclusion-Obama’s picks, many of them, already worked in the White House for the Clintons.   Is this change, the LA Times asks.  How do you make the wordpress eyeroll emoticon?  Obama’s picks are center and center-right.  Just like the Clintons.  No, not just like the Clintons.  They are the Clintons.  Who won the election?

At the beginning of the 2 year campaign for the presidency, Obama was branded (yes, he’s a brand) as the antiwar candidate.  After he garnered the Democratic nomination he became the war candidate, promising to increase troop levels in Afghanistan and becoming predictably vague about Iraq withdrawal.  In this way, he moved even to the right of Hillary Clinton’s preconvention candidacy but surely right in line with his pimp, Wall Street.  Who won the election?

Finally, the notion that there was any real diffference between any of the candidates deemed serious by the corporations (that means all of the major tv, radio and newspapers of this country) was bullshit that in any other country would have been obvious.  But in the Public Relations States of America, nothing is obvious until a white model holding a microphone blesses it and proclaims it truth.    Barack Obama is a plant.  His candidacy and fake win were engineered by the same people that make the news every night for this country.  Quick thought experiements can help make this more plain.

People are convinced Obama stands in opposition to the interests that have dominated this country since it began.  This is silly.  If he stands in opposition to him then they stand in opposition to him.  If they oppose him, why didn’t they trot out the Jeremiah Wright story/scandal before Obama had any momentum.  Would a no name Black man with the middle name of Hussein have ever gotten traction in a presidential race if the Jeremiah Wright story had hit the headlines a month after he announced his candidacy?  To ask the question is to answer it.   They allowed him to be strong enough to withstand the attacks they had to bring to make the whole thing believable to audiences on the right and the left.  Obama was going to be president but conservative and liberal audiences had to frst be treated with the racial freak show this society is famous for and that its citizens (and non-citizens) have come to expect.  Obama was a made man from the start.

The official line?  Hope.  Change.  Whatever.  It’s all bullshit.  The only serious questio is how long it will be before the offiicial line disintegrates.  It will.  It must.  Malcolm said, America is a prison.   This remains true.  But it is a prison with a public relations budget just as large as the prison budget.  So a situation is created in which very few outside of those actually experiencing the reality of the society understand what the society is.  A country full of Dorothys who can’t see the man  behind the curtain.  Who don’t believe that man or the curtain, are real.  The notion that a curtain even exists or that anyone might be behind it orchestrating anything, is a conspiracy theory.  The domain of fools.

Who won the election?

Believe them?  Or your own eyes?

To Be An American

Posted in Spoken Word, Uncategorized with tags , , on January 29, 2008 by marcg

To be an American is a complex equation rarely scrutinized and often taken for granted. You can live and breathe on the landmass called the contiguous 48 states plus Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico and still not be an American. There are rules you must know and follow. I should emphasize the word follow because even if you don’t know the rules you can follow them, something many if not most Americans accomplish daily. To be an American,

  1. you must believe that the people of this country, the corporations and the govt have the same interest and are all ‘America’.
  2. you must believe that no matter what, America is essentially good.
  3. you must believe the US of A is, was or will one day soon be great.
  4. you must feel that the theft of this land from the native population is something that happened a long time ago and is no longer a big deal.
  5. you must understand that race is something that used to be a big problem during slavery and has since been pretty much taken care of.
  6. you must believe that anyone that doesn’t believe the aforementioned is playing the race card and a racist him/herself.
  7. you must believe that heterosexuality is natural if you aren’t hetero, something bad must have happened to you in the past.
  8. you must believe that while America is good there are others out there that hate America. They are bad.
  9. you must believe those that hate America do so because of jealousy or some other irrational motive. This is important. Those that hate America never have a legitimate reason to do so due to #2.
  10. you must trust the govt.
  11. you must believe that being a member of the Armed Forces is ‘service’ to ‘your country’ and that that is an inherently holy thing, never to be spoken ill of.
  12. you must adopt a white normative perspective on the world.
  13. you must adopt a heteronormative perspective on the world.
  14. you must believe in God.
  15. you must believe God is a man and that he is white.
  16. you must believe, irregardless of your personal or community economic condition that references to the booming condition of ‘the economy’ mean you.
  17. you must believe that Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton or any white male that can loosely be construed as a Founder, was a ‘great man’.
  18. you must like or pretend to like baseball.
  19. you must watch the SuperBowl.
  20. you must be a Republican or a Democrat.
  21. you must believe in the American Dream.
  22. you must recite the pledge of allegiance.
  23. you must believe that the United States of America is a place where anyone can ‘make it’ if he or she tries hard enough.
  24. you must believe that if he/she isn’t successful it is because of his/her own doing.

Some of these things are hard and fast rules. Fall short and you are out of the club. Others are softer and will allow for 2 or 3 cumulative infractions before expulsion. Either way, whether you violate one of the commandments like belief in God or one of the slightly less stringent rules like being a Republican or a Democrat, once you’re out, you’re out. Not to worry. If for one or more of these reasons you’re not an American, you won’t go nameless. There is a status reserved for you.