Abu-Jamal's Radio Broadcasts
in the Wilderness
4.16 MBs, 5:11
It's been 40
long years since the much-heralded "March on Washington."
Almost 1/2 a century and what is our condition today?
are ravaged from crumbling poverty, crumbling schools, bumbling
politicians and brutal cops. Our culture has been ghettoized by
increased corporate exploitation and the destruction of a sense
of community. While hip-hoppers sing of play gangstas, the State
engages in legalized gangsterism against Black folks.
At the very
time that Rev. Martin King was making a speech about his Dream in
Washington, the FBI was waging a secret war against Rev. King and
anybody else who questioned the status quo. Within weeks of his
speech, FBI agents were plotting how to place a good-looking woman
in his offices to lure him into a sex scandal. In Jan. 1964, the
FBI's #2 man, William Sullivan announced, "We regard Martin
Luther King as *the most dangerous and effective Negro leader in
the country."* They tried to find a "safe" Negro
leader to "replace" him; for they saw him as too 'radical.'
4 years later and he would be gone.
Rev. King perhaps
dreamed of many things as he tried to peer into America's future,
but I doubt he foresaw the grim reality that we live in now; I doubt
he saw this dark, cheapened future that is bleaker than "Blade
Runner" for millions of black youth; who are barely tolerated,
if they are lucky; and all but ignored as they are shuttled into
stationary slave ships (prisons) where ignorance and racism is the
rule; brutality and hopelessness the norm; and where, thanx to the
'good brotha', Bill Clinton (who someone called the 1st Black president!)
education is, under his 1994 Crime Bill, virtually illegal!
40 years later;
and prisons are increasingly the only Black communities where public
housing is maintained; 40 years later, and Death Rows, North and
south, are disproportionately Black; 40 years later and still
white judges and juries sentence Blacks to eternities in Hell; 40
years later and still white (and now Black) cops wild on
Black youth, beating, choking, shooting, and torturing them
male *and* female! with impunity; 40 years and while
there may be thousands of Black politicians, there is precious little
Black political power; and much of that lies trapped within the
cage of Democratic politics, where promises are many, but actions
As Florida proved
overwhelmingly, just 'cause you got a Voting Rights Act, don't mean
you got voting rights. It may have been Rev. King's crowning achievement,
but for tens of thousands of blacks, it's little more than a dead
Under the conditions
of this faltering economy, tens of thousands of Black youth go into
the Army, not to fight, but to find funding for a decent college
education. Instead, they become cannon fodder for insane propaganda
wars, like the Iraq Adventure; in defense of an Empire that doesn't
give a damn about them.
40 years later, and Black America, which once was a deep reservoir
of hope, has become a stagnant pool of despair.
It is not enough
for us to gather to praise the past; our challenge is to mobilize
the People to transform our negative and deadening present.
It is not enough
for us to rap and clap about battles won in the glorious past; it
is necessary to mobilize the people to win the battles that are
facing us today!
It is not enough
for us to erect a monument that marks what transpired here some
40 years ago; monuments have a way of being forgotten, as this new
generation has all but forgotten what came before them; they can't
help it; When you talk about an American Dream, they can't see it,
because of the nature of the American nightmare.
They look out
upon an America that is utterly ready to exploit them, but has never
learned how to love them; they look out on an America that never
wanted to educate them; but will not waste an opportunity to incarcerate
They look out
at an America that is as alien to them, as it was to their forefathers
2 score years ago, who were sharecroppers and dirt farmers, and
didn't have the vote. They suffer from a poverty of the spirit.
They look back
into the mists of time, 40 years ago, and wonder what is
there to celebrate?
2003 Mumia Abu-Jamal
Check out Mumia's
"Faith of Our Fathers: An Examination of the Spiritual Life
of African and African-American People" at www.africanworld.com
The Power of Truth
is Final Free Mumia!
International Concerned Family & Friends of MAJ
P.O. Box 19709
Philadelphia, PA 19143
Phone - 215-476-8812/ Fax - 215-476-6180
E-mail - AND
OFFER YOUR SERVICES!
Send our brotha
some LOVE and LIGHT at:
175 Progress Drive
Waynesburg, PA 15370
WE WHO BELIEVE
IN FREEDOM CAN *NOT* REST!!
© copyright 2003 by Mumia Abu-Jamal.
All rights reserved.
Reprinted by permission of the author.