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No confidence in the U.S. government, Democratic or Republican, male or female, white or black!

Oct 11, 2016
Nkashama Sankofa, African People's Socialist Party. This editorial also appears in the October 2016 issue of The Burning Spear


Get a room! The Democrats, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton cuddle and embrace at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July.

 

“No confidence in the U.S. government––Democratic or Republican, male or female, black or white! All power to the people! Black Power to the black community!” and “The people must win power with our own hands: Neither Jesse Jackson nor the Democratic party can bring power to the black working class” - from The Burning Spear newspaper, August 1984.

The words ring true today as they did in 1984 when this statement was made. Africans have no confidence in the U.S. government and only vote out of fear of the “white man’s Republican party” and the notion that Africans died and sacrificed for the right to vote with the perception that there are no other alternatives.

We are looking at an election where opposing candidates lack the public’s confidence but are the only choices given. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have over 50 percent unfavorable ratings among voters according to Gallup, Reuters and Bloomberg polls.

Both are criminals and derelicts that can’t be trusted any more than a rattlesnake.

Hillary Clinton claims to be against the parasitic capitalism practiced by corporations despite her receiving upwards of $250,000 each time she spoke to the banksters and wall street gangsters.

She saved UBS, a Swiss bank, from the IRS. In return, they paid over $1.5 million to her husband for speeches in 2009, according to the Wall Street Journal and The Atlantic.

Hillary Clinton took millions raised for Haiti after its earthquake in 2010. She and her husband then sold multi-million dollar contracts to the highest bidder in the form of “donations” to the Clinton Foundation.

One such company was VCS Mining out of Delaware who was awarded a contract and along with Clinton’s brother, Tony Rodham, was allowed to drain the island of much of its gold in 2013 according to The Washington Post.

Haiti had not allowed gold mining in over 50 years for environmental reasons but Hillary Clinton didn’t care because VCS Mining was a Clinton Foundation “donor.”

Donald Trump has built his campaign off of white nationalist rhetoric. He has been both criticized and applauded for threatening to send the Indigenous people of this country back to Mexico and ban Muslims from entering the U.S.

He called Mexicans rapists and criminals yet he uses them to build his properties. He promises jobs and trade but outsources his brands overseas whenever he has the chance. He calls resistance to U.S. imperial thuggery in Arab countries terrorism.

The rise of Trump is the white population’s response to imperialism in crisis and even more specifically, a black president and so-called "post-racial" society. U.S. government and elections have even lost white people’s confidence and they consistently voted for Trump in primaries against traditional Republican candidates.

He has given white people the confidence to speak out in ways they haven’t felt comfortable doing for decades.

This can be seen in their phrases “take back our country” and “make America great again” and chants of “U.S.A., U.S.A.”

This country was never great for Africans and Indigenous peoples since being stolen at gunpoint from its original inhabitants. The thought of the U.S. regressing back to the days that Trump supporters long for reeks of slavery, lynching and genocide.

Neocolonialism: imperialism on life support

African revolutionary Kwame Nkrumah described neocolonialism as the last stage of imperialism.

U.S. colonialism made concessions during the 1970s and ‘80s to suppress resurgence in the African resistance of the ‘60s.

Preachers like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson were elevated to leadership after the U.S. government murdered our leaders.

African politicians and officials were voluntarily used as neocolonial puppets, along with the mass influx of drugs into our communities and mass incarceration, as part of a counterinsurgency to guarantee that Africans would never rise again to challenge U.S. white power capitalism in the struggle for black workers’ power.

Today it is common for cities like Atlanta, Detroit, Houston and Washington D.C. to have African mayors and police chiefs. These black faces still weren’t enough to maintain the confidence of Africans in the U.S. government.

Parasitic world capitalism is an economic crisis that cannot be repaired. The U.S. is in a state of constant warfare in its effort to militarily suppress the people of the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Economic instability, along with the rising up of oppressed people around the world, deepened the crisis of imperialism to the point that the U.S. chose to wrap their white power in black face to regain our confidence.

The election of Barack Hussein Obama was the purest form of neocolonialism. It made it possible for U.S. imperialism to continue terrorizing Africans and other oppressed peoples but behind a black face. Obama gave Africans the illusion of change that was merely skin deep.

We had a significantly lower voter turnout before Obama's election because we understood the fraud that was being ran by the white ruling class. Despite what the face looks like, U.S. capitalism offers nothing but poverty and oppression for African people.

U.S. Democracy is a fraud

Africans in the U.S. have faced the reality that our lives can be ended at the hands of the police or just some random white person without consequences.

We can be poisoned by the government like the Africans in Flint, MI. We are also be targeted by the prison industry and incarcerated en masse.

We have faced the fact that no U.S. president will change the power balance that makes African genocide possible because the system’s foundation is based on it.

The U.S. claims to be the shining example of democracy and will use this moral high ground as an excuse to invade other countries such as Vietnam and Iraq. The U.S. government attacks and destroys democratic leaders, governments and principles all the time.

They murdered democratically elected Patrice Lumumba in the Congo and genuine Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

The U.S. disrupts the political stability of countries when democratic elections don't go the way they want it, like in Haiti when the U.S.-sponsored a coup that overthrew Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 1991 or its ongoing efforts to destroy the hard won gains in Venezuela.

Black self-determination vs. two-party system’s identity crisis

Africans once voted Republican because it was largely seen that it was the Republicans of Lincoln that ended chattel slavery.

It was Democrats that denied Fannie Lou Hamer and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party to be seated at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in 1964. Instead, the Democrats seated the all-white racist Mississippi Democratic party. Now African mothers of children murdered by the State are embraced by Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention.

We’ve never seen 25 candidates running in an election. We’ve never seen candidates behave so desperately for votes. Insults are hurled, profanity used and even family members are talked about.

Bernie Sanders came along with a fake revolutionary narrative that was nothing more than an attempt to reinforce our shackles to the Democratic party.

“I’m not saying Bernie Sanders is a pimp but he got a lot of people in bed with Hillary Clinton.” - Chairman Omali Yeshitela

Sanders was no socialist and his campaign was no revolution, but he represented the large number of white people who have no confidence in Clinton.

The Green Party has traditionally been on the fringe of the electoral system due to the duopoly held by Democrats and Republicans, however, in this year’s election they have seen more publicity because voters are scrambling for alternatives to Trump and Clinton.

Stein and Baraka gave speeches at CNN’s “Town Hall” that were peppered with words of revolution such as “anti-imperialism” and “reparations” but they are still not the answer to ending our captivity in the U.S.

They are running for president and vice president of a criminal organization such as the U.S. and can only operate within that context.

The Green Party candidates have not acknowledged us as a nation of people dispersed and displaced by war and genocide.

None of the candidates are promoting self-determination for African people. We have always been nothing more than political pawns.

Africans have no confidence in the U.S. government for good reason. We realized that self-determination was our way to freedom a long time ago. Malcolm X taught us that “a Democratic is nothing but a Dixiecrat.”

The creation of the Lowndes County Freedom Organization in Lowndes County, AL in 1965 and the Black Panther Party in 1966 was our response to a government in which we had no confidence.

The African People's Socialist Party (APSP), formed in 1972, held onto the idea that the African working class must have the power to lead ourselves despite the Democratic party's hijacking of the Revolution.

African people must look to the Party for political leadership in the forwarding of our own Agenda for self-determination. The U.S. government is played out and must die before we see freedom.

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