Blacks and The Iraq War
Yes, I said challenging post, because she challenges all of us.
This challenge is about America's war on Iraq and the lack of
conversation on black blogs about the disguised hypocrisy of America on
this critical issue. Jill recently wrote that she is frustrated like
most African Americans on the continuing failure to set a timetable on Iraq.
She feels that members of Congress and the political blogs are ignoring
African-Americans, in part I think because we have not blogged as much
about Iraq as other issues.
I agree we Jill. Black bloggers should get more vocal about
the war. We need to do what Malcolm and Martin taught us, become more
international in our conversation. We need to comment of the Iraq war
as they did about the War in Vietnam and the war against our people. I
just finished taking another look at my blog(s). At African American
Opinion we have posted on issue of the war many times see below:
I'm reminded of what Martin Luther King said during his Christmas
Sermon back in December of 1967, which reminds me of 2007, just change
the name President Johnson to Bush, Just change the country North
Vietnam to Iraq:
"And the leaders of the world today talk eloquently about peace.
Every time we drop our bombs in North Vietnam, President Johnson talks
eloquently about peace. What is the problem? They are talking about
peace as a distant goal, as an end we seek, but one day we must come to
see that peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but that it is a
means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends
through peaceful means. All of this is saying that, in the final
analysis, means and ends must cohere because the end is preexistent in
the means, and ultimately destructive means cannot bring about
--Martin Luther King, Jr., "A CHRISTMAS SERMON" 24 December 1967
Read more of Jill's thoughts below:
What's interesting is that you don't see a lot of discussion about
the Iraq War among black bloggers. That's because we all agree on it
and solutions seem obvious. If other bloggers are like me, I am just so
sick of talking about it. The difference among black folks is that we
were largely against the war before it started and have quietly been
protesting it ever since.
Most African-Americans can point to someone they know personally who
has been impacted in some way -- negatively -- by this war. Could be a
neighbor, relative, classmate, co-worker, relative of a relative. You
nah mean. Me -- I've had 2 cousins go over to Iraq. And my cousin's
half-sister's husband. This colors our view of those who believe in a
wait-and-see or worse yet, a "surge" approach.
Discussions in the black community tend to focus on Osama bin Laden -- isn't he still at large? -- and on the Money
-- it sure seems like a lot of money is being spent over there in Iraq.
How is it that none of that money was seen fit to spend on helping the
victims of Katrina or re-building New Orleans? Or on better healthcare,
education, poverty, our cities, the environment for folks living right
here in the United States?
Still it's critical to talk about it because Democratic candidates
looking for black votes will need to speak to us on those terms to be
heard. And it also impacts the current national security. Quietly, the
military has been dependent for generations on regular enlistment by
young black soldiers. Why do you think that the educational and career
opportunities are always touted. That's been the lure for young men and
women eager to join (or stay in) the middle class. More HERE