I checked this book out from the local library hoping for an education. Instead I received a tragedy.
The book is about how to enable black Americans to enter into the imperialist class, that is to say the American elite. From their position within the imperialist system they will then (as forced to by their new circumstances in order to maintain their position) commit the same global (both foreign and domestic) atrocities that significantly contribute to 20,000 deaths per day (from starvation and related maladies) as well as billions living in poverty. This book is about enabling blacks to become the same mass murderers that some whites currently are.
That’s what “economic equality” means in America. Economic equality requires imperialist equality – to enable blacks to oppress the world instead of merely whites doing it.
The book never once in any way, shape, or form, even breathes a word about revolution. Everything is about working within the system, not overthrowing it.
It’s such a tragedy, such a terrible historical result, for blacks of all people, who have been oppressed, killed, and exterminated for centuries, to turn to the system that did this to them and want to JOIN it. They call joining it a success (technically known as “moving out of the ghetto”) and not joining it a failure.
The only failure is not successfully destroying it. The only success is destroying it. Becoming an Uncle Tom and “moving out of the ghetto” only makes it more difficult to destroy the system – just as it’s more difficult for whites to destroy the system when they become further beholden to it (which is why there is such a thing as the “middle class” in America – to divide the populace and reduce revolutionary tensions).
Beware Tavis Smiley. Beware Jesse Jackson. Beware Henry Louis-Gates. These are not leaders. Leaders are people like Mumia Abu-Jamal, George Jackson, Huey P. Newton, and Malcolm X. There’s a tremendous difference between the two groups, and the difference boils down to their relationship with the state and it’s various appendages. Chomsky’s “Never trust the State” needs to be extended to “Never trust any appendage thereof”. When you see a tool of the state bury it, mock it, or destroy it, as you will. I used to think Cornel West was ok, but he supports Tavis Smiley.
To the people of the world, the people of the United States, and the soul of this nation, nothing but democratic revolution is acceptable. Billions of humans are counting on that revolution to happen.