Revolutionary Critique & Re-Critique
by, 01-31-2008 at 11:51 PM (2012 Views)
Constant critique and re-evaluation is always necessary in order to have a serious understanding of any revolution.
Part 1: A couple of days ago I was at Mukasa Dada's (aka Papa Ricks) house and he brought up a point in passing about how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr taught the SNCC workers about Africa. For those who don't know MLK was invited by Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah to Ghana during its Independence in 1957. I was checking out Dr. King's book The Trumpet of Conscience where he states,
"Let us say it boldly, that if the total slum violations of law by the white man over the years were calculated and were compared with the lawbreaking of a few days of riots, the hardened criminal would be the white man.
In using the term 'white man' I am seeking to describe in general terms the Negro's adversary. It is not meant to encompass all white people.
...It is not the race per se that we fight but the policies and ideology that leaders of that race have formulated to perpetuate oppression."
Part 2: Most of the times I sit and talk with Mukasa one of the things he talks about is critiquing and re-evaluating commonly held positions. One example of this critique was Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee's (SNCC) decision to kick out all white people and Jews. He stated they come to this conclusion because sometimes when Black SNCC workers would try to get a Black person to register to vote they wouldn’t but when a white SNCC worker would try they’d register. They didn’t want to replace one slave master with another. He talk about maybe this position was incorrect because there were legitimate white and Jew workers within SNCC and other organizations. Another point he made was that they could of taken a position against Zionism rather than against Jews because it is not a contradiction to be Jewish and a revolutionary but it is a contradiction to be a revolutionary and be a Zionist. For those who may not know Zionism is imperialism using Judaism as a cover. Similar to how england and other european countries used Christianity as a cover for their imperialism against the world or Arabs used Islam as a cover for their imperialism against Northern Africa.
What do you all think about part 1 & 2?
~ Ona Tutu ~
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