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Wake up, North American Africans and get a healing. Your slothful thinking

has you going backward into neo-slavery. You are being attacked

by white supremacy from Jena, LA to West Virginia to Yuba City, CA



Books by Marvin X

Love and War: Poems  / In the Crazy House Called America / Woman: Man's Best Friend Beyond Religion Toward Spirituality

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The Reactionary Negro

By By Dr. M (Marvin X)


Why does the so-called Negro react to everything in the world? Why cannot he/she learn how to be proactive, to originate an agenda and stay on focus no matter what else goes on around him? Remember that old civil rites song, "I Shall Not Be Moved." And the other tune, "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round." These are songs of the warrior, not the supplicant, and until we don the persona of the warrior we shall continue chasing fires, from coast to coast, like chickens with our heads cut off. What about a general action plan for the next one hundred years—our enemy has one for us, to keep us oppressed for eternity, but what is our plan, for then it doesn't matter what is his plan.

But if we have no plan, then we shall surely follow his, whether it is expending our energy on a white woman for president or a white Negro—this has nothing to do with the ultimate national aspirations of forty million people. It is about submission to the national agenda of white supremacists and their collaborators. The Democrats and Republicans are both white supremacists who will ultimately attempt to maintain white privilege and power around the world, utilizing the power of North American Africans when it suits the agenda of white supremacy—forget about the dream of democracy for it only has relevance when it can be used as a subterfuge for maintaining and extending white supremacy at home and around the world. One need only take a photo of the US Congress and Supreme Court to understand this is a white man’s land, no matter what the demographics say or suggest for the future.

We are caught in a class war where color makes no difference. There shall be blacks as dangerous to our national health as whites, yet they shall be presented as our saviors and we shall go for the sham liberators just as we would go for fried ice cream or be duped into purchasing the Brooklyn Bridge.

Wake up, North American Africans and get a healing. Your slothful thinking has you going backward into neo-slavery. You are being attacked by white supremacy from Jena, LA to West Virginia to Yuba City, CA, mainly because you have been lulled to sleep with nursery rhymes of rappers and pseudo prosperity sermons from preachers with more dramatic techniques than Shakespeare.

You claim to be mature adults and elders with wisdom, yet you appear to suffer arrested development, for your pants sag on your behinds just like your children, adult women have tattoos above the crack of their behinds just as their daughters. Adult men drive cars and SUVs with wheels spinning backwards as do their children and the cars of adults play rap songs unfit for adults with mature minds we would expect to be listening to Miles, Coltrane and Charlie Parker. Thus, you are part of the problem rather than the solution.

So we wonder from who might a solution derive since naturally and traditionally adults are expected to rule their communities. But adults and elders in the North American African communities are terrified of their children, refuse to speak with them or intervene while they practice mayhem and behavior fit for animals. We refuse to hug a thug even when the thug is our own sons and daughters, nephews, nieces and neighbors.

Even when they go to jail, the sons of most men are left to the tender love of their mothers, for the men abandon their sons to the criminal justice system or are themselves victims as well.

And again, reaction is the order of the day, for thinking is confined to the box of Americana, thus the adults in the hood rarely consider taking total and absolute authority over their community, excluding the police, politicians and religious leaders who are mainly agents of pharaoh, Masonic neophytes duty bound to let the blind stay blind.  

But no matter how long it takes, no matter how long the adults linger in passivity and Hamletic indecision, the ultimate solution is for elders to step to the front of the line and represent, take total control over the social life of their community. They must form elder councils of radical men and women who are proactive with ideas fit for the new millennium, integrated with the new technology and wisdom from progressive elements of the global community.

Ideas such as entrepreneurship and micro credit must be presented to our youth so they can envision solutions to their economic woes other than drugs, pimping, prostitution and murder.

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Ours is a sad household. My cousin arrested summer 2006 for the death of his stepson received 35 years this week, no parole. They used his whole life against him. His white wife along with her girls testified against him and she got off rather scot-free. For evidence against him, there were only photos of the dead boy’s body that were of any consequence. No direct evidence of his guilt, that is, there was no real evidence as far as the boy’s death that could be levied against my cousin. In jail without bail for over a year, he was railroaded.

His family hired a $10,000 black lawyer, who we know now did less than the court-appointed lawyer. Worse, the black lawyer talked my cousin into a "plea bargain" that was not a plea (8 years rather than 50 years), but the "plea" was just a court pressured admission of guilt, 2nd-degree murder, without jury trial, urged on by the $10,000 black lawyer. . . . One wonders how often the poor are railroaded into such plea-verdict trials and end up spending the rest of their lives in jail for crimes never committed.

Here indeed was a "reactionary Negro" in the guise of a hustling black lawyer taking advantage of the ignorance of a defendant and his Christ miracle-believing family. There’s a predatory spirit afoot in this country and you can't tell'em by the color of the skin.

I am afraid, Marvin, we are already a defeated generation. We are hemmed in from all sides. We can scream. But few will respond. Injustice in the land is so deeply manifold. One knows not which way to turn. As far as I know there are no "radical elders" ready to speak to or do anything about the insidious criminalization of our children, which has been going on for decades and may indeed be the main issue before us. As far as I know, there are no "radical" leaders willing to go beyond the status quo, whether in urban, suburban, or rural centers. 

As far as I can see the present agenda is getting a Democrat in the White House, whatever stripe, with no demands on them for relief.

According to Bill Fletcher (recent Black Commentator issue) the Congress, including Hillary (Obama didn't vote on the issue) has declared the Iranian government (Revolutionary Guards) a terrorist organization. So though we have an American people who want a withdrawal from Iraq, leading Congressmen/women have signed up for a territorial extension of the war. Security (police) forces are now being used to stymie all protest. With a state of perpetual war, we all became captives of war-making sentiment in Washington and military like forces across the globe.

But none of the facts before us will cause the 10,000 black elected officials in the USA to do anything more than urge the black voting masses to go to the polls and pull the lever for a Hillary, an Obama, or an Edwards. We have been out-maneuvered; beat down by a post-civil rights generation of corporate bought elected leaders.

The only radical action I can see now available is a boycott of the polls, a no-confidence vote. But "radical elders" will find that thought unthinkable. So as far as I can see nothing will stop the great boulder of repression from continuing to roll down hill.

Calling the 10,000 elected reactionaries at this stage may let off some steam but it will not get us much beyond crying into the more horrid whirlwind yet to come—Rudy

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Perhaps the children will step to the front of the line and lead us to freedom. Although presently in a wretched state, we know they are the answer since we are on the way out, but if we can break into their brains with truth then there is hope for the race of the Race.

At my outdoor classroom an older youth cornered younger youth and brought them to my table. He made them ask me questions. A few weeks ago a 16 year old came to my table, saw the book Beyond Religion Toward Spirituality  and said he knew everything about the topicand he did. He had been mentored and was very well read on Afro-centric topics. Yes, he was one in a million, but there are others like him and like the young man did, we must corner them and hold their attention for their heads are like sponges, dry ones at that, ready to absorb the water of truth. peace and love, Marvin

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By Laura María Agustín

This book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work, that migrants who sell sex are passive victims and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest. Laura Agustín makes a passionate case against these stereotypes, arguing that the label 'trafficked' does not accurately describe migrants' lives and that the 'rescue industry' serves to disempower them. Based on extensive research amongst both migrants who sell sex and social helpers, Sex at the Margins provides a radically different analysis. Frequently, says Agustin, migrants make rational choices to travel and work in the sex industry, and although they are treated like a marginalised group they form part of the dynamic global economy. Both powerful and controversial, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the increasingly important relationship between sex markets, migration and the desire for social justice. "Sex at the Margins rips apart distinctions between migrants, service work and sexual labour and reveals the utter complexity of the contemporary sex industry. This book is set to be a trailblazer in the study of sexuality."—Lisa Adkins, University of London

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