This week white supremacy and aggression on Venezuela were on your minds. We share your letters for “Affirmative Action for White People” and “Trump Sends Gun Boats to Venezuela While the World Partners to Fight a Deadly Pandemic.”
In “Affirmative Action for White People” Barry Spector challenges White America’s innocence by giving a comprehensive history of white supremacy in the United States.
Viktor Skaggs writes:
“Thank you for this very excellent exposé of some truths I have attempted to explain to many whites, but lacking all the details and myriad facts presented here. I've asked anti-AA whites, "How can I take you seriously knowing that you wouldn't have complained in Jim Crow days about the effective Affirmative Action for whites," yet even in asking this my awareness of the full spectrum of Affirmative Action for Whites was limited.
“I've often commented that "The White Southern electorate is an albatross about this nation's neck," but even in understanding that I had also an incomplete understanding of the full extent and effectiveness of the illegitimate political power of the White Southerner.
Well, there are many examples of my own insufficient knowledge of the full extent of “Affirmative Action for Whites which have been corrected by this article. Everyone should HAVE to read this in High School! I'm ‘white’ and since being a teenager in the 60's have considered myself on the side of Civil Rights and the Black struggle, but there is always so much more to learn, and so much more that needs to be done!”
In “Resistance Growing to Covid-Capitalism” Glen Ford points to growing activism against the ruling elite’s response to the pandemic and calls for full-scale socialism as a goal for organizers.
Kirk Franklin writes:
“The problem with the left is there is no cohesive/unifying analysis of the key driving force behind all this - debt. Neoliberalism, with its atomizing subjective marginal utility fetish, has convinced many people that they actually have some control in their economic well being. Which is somewhat true, yet precisely because it focuses on the self, it avoids any macro analysis of who ultimately gains, and masks the harm it does to community health. It is lying by omission, a financial magician’s trick, the predator psychologically manipulating its prey -- and it works. Western economic academia explicitly teach financial fictions -- the rot is deep.”
“Trump Sends Gun Boats to Venezuela While the World Partners to Fight a Deadly Pandemic” by Vijay Prashad, Paola Estrada, Ana Maldonado, and Zoe PC narrates the recent moves by the Trump administration reminiscent of previous US regime change operations in Latin America.
Rodney Merriweather writes:
“Not to mention fighting a cold war against Zimbabwe, removing any kind of protection for young African Americans trying to get an education in this country. And evil act, after evil act…”
Marco Summaria writes:
“All the better to distract from Trump's failures at home and hope we all rally around a war time president. AND a reminder to the world that the US is still able to bomb anyone it chooses into if not submission, total oblivion. Next shoe to drop, however, will be the reality that so many of our soldiers and Marines begin to fall ill with COVID. While stuck at sea, engaging in combat activities.”
Carlo Parcelli writes:
“And right next door Colombian elites and their beasties in the CIA run coke out of Colombia to the tune of 70% of the world's supply as Wall Street brokers use bailout money to plug their snouts with blow. And Fat Donnie whiteys are oblivious to the whole charade satiated by the corporate media with ignorant, pinhead racism.”
Opposing our government’s war on humanity has only become a more pressing task with the advent of this pandemic. We must double down on our responsibility to the victims of imperialism.
Jahan Choudhry is Comments Editor for Black Agenda Report. He is an organizer with the Saturday Free School based in Philadelphia, PA.
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