Commemorate Malcolm X, Reactivate his Revolutionary Internationalism

US imperialism murdered Malcolm because his revolutionary perspective and leadership, grown from Black nationalism to internationalist anti-imperialism, was an intolerable threat to US global white supremacist domination. From slavery to racist "anti-gang" police ops. to "natural disasters" in New Orleans, state-sponsored terror is white supremacy's history in the "homeland" and worldwide: racism, the ideological engine driving and 'justifying'' genocidal national oppression, is the lynchpin of amerikan capitalist imperialism.
Major US geostrategist Zbigniew Brzezinski, now an Obama consultant, produced a blueprint in 1978 [excerpted below] for continuing amerikan genocide against the Black nation following the COINTELPRO program designed to destroy the Black Panther Party and the broader mass movement it led.
Malcolm never flinched knowing world enemy #1 would also murder him for not only telling the truth, but leading a revolutionary movement based on it.

There were two kinds of Negroes. There was that old house Negro and the field Negro. And the house Negro always looked out for his master. When the field Negroes got too much out of line, he held them back in check. He put 'em back on the plantation....

"We are in a society where the power is in the hands of those who are the worst breed of humanity."
Malcolm X, Feb. 16, 1965

... in America the seeds of racism are so deeply rooted in the white people collectively, their belief that they are ‘superior’ in some way is so deeply rooted, that these things are in the national white sub consciousness. Many whites are even actually unaware of their own racism until they face some test then their racism emerges in one form or another....
Malcolm X

"No, I'm not an American. I'm one of the 22 million Black people who are the victims of Americanism. One of the 22 million Black people who are the victims of democracy, nothing but disguised hypocrisy. So, I'm not standing here speaking to you as an American, or a patriot, or a flag-saluter, or a flag-waver--no, not I. I'm speaking as a victim of this American system. And I see America through the eyes of the victim. I don't see any American dream; I see an American nightmare." April 3, 1964

"Revolution is never based on begging somebody for an integrated cup of coffee. Revolutions are never fought by turning the other cheek. Revolutions are never based upon love-your-enemy and pray-for-those-who spitefully-use-you. And revolutions are never waged singing 'We Shall Overcome.'...Revolutions are never based upon that which is begging a corrupt system to accept us into it. Revolutions overturn systems. And there is no system on this earth which has proven itself more corrupt, more criminal, than this system that in 1964 still colonizes 22 million African-Americans, still enslaves 22 million Afro-Americans." April 8, 1964

"I believe there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those that do the oppressing. I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the systems of exploitation. I believe that there will be that kind of clash, but I don't think that it will be based upon the color of the skin."
Malcolm X, Jan. 19, 1965 television interview

"It is impossible for capitalism to survive, primarily because the system of capitalism need some blood to suck....It used to be strong enough to go and suck anybody's blood whether they were strong or not. But now it has become more cowardly, like the vulture, and it can only suck the blood of the helpless. As the nations of the world free themselves, then capitalism has fewer victims, less to suck, and it becomes weaker and weaker. It is only a matter of time in my opinion before it will collapse completely."
Malcolm X, Jan. 18, 1965

Power in defense of freedom is greater than power on behalf of tyranny and oppression.
...a nation born in genocide when it embraced the doctrine that the original American, the Indian, was an inferior race. Even before there were large numbers of Negroes on our shore, the scar of our racial hatred had already disfigured colonial society. From the sixteenth century forward, blood flowed in battles over racial supremacy. We are perhaps the only nation which tried as a matter of national policy to wipe out its indigenous population. Moreover, we elevated that tragic experience into a noble crusade. Indeed, even today we have not permitted ourselves to reject or feel remorse for this shameful episode. Our literature, our films, our drama, our folklore all exalt it. Our children are still taught to respect the violence which reduced a red-skinned people of an earlier culture into a few fragmented groups herded into impoverished reservations...
... I believe in anger. I believe it is a crime for anyone who is being brutalized to continue to accept that brutality without doing something to defend himself. I am for violence if non-violence means that we continue postponing or even delaying a solution to the American black man’s problem. White man hates to hear anybody, especially a black man, talk about the crime that the white man perpetrated on the black man. But let me remind you that when the white man came into this country, he certainly wasn’t demonstrating non-violence.
Sitting at the table doesn't make you a diner, unless you eat some of what's on that plate. Being here in America doesn't make you an American. Being born here in America doesn't make you an American. Time is on the side of the oppressed today, it's against the oppressor. Truth is on the side of the oppressed today, it's against the oppressor...
Malcolm X (1925 - 1965), Autobiography of Malcolm X, from chap 4

"The same rebellion, the same impatience, the same anger that exists in the hearts of the dark people in Africa and Asia is existing in the hearts and minds of 20 million black people in this country who have been just as thoroughly colonized as the people in Africa and Asia."
Malcolm X

Black Africa and the U.S. Black Movement
by Zbigniew Brezinski

This Document is Exhibit 10 of U.S. Supreme Court Case No.00-9587
MARCH 17, 1978
Presidential Review Memorandum NSCM/46
TO: The Secretary of State
The Secretary of Defense
The Director of Central Intelligence
cc: The Secretary of the Treasury
The Secretary of Commerce
The Attorney General
The Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff

Objective of our policy toward Black Africa is to prevent social upheavals which could radically change the political situation throughout the area. The success or failure of our policy in the region depends on the international solution and internal issues whose importance to the United States is on the increase.

A multiplicity of interests influences the U.S. attitude toward black Africa. The most important of these interests can be summarized as follows:

If black African states assume attitudes hostile to the U.S. national interest, our policy toward the white regimes; which is a key element in our relations with the black states, may be subjected by the latter to great pressure for fundamental change. Thus the West may face a real danger of being deprived of access to the enormous raw material resources of southern Africa which are vital for our defense needs as well as losing control over the Cape sea routes by which approximately 65% of Middle Eastern oil is supplied to Western Europe.

Moreover, such a development may bring about internal political difficulties by intensifying the activity of the Black movement in the United States itself.

It should also be borne in mind that black Africa is an integral part of a continent where tribal and regional discord, economic backwardness, inadequate infrastructures, drought, and famine, are constant features of the scene. In conjunction with the artificial borders imposed by the former colonial powers, guerilla warfare in Rhodesia and widespread indignation against apartheid in South Africa, the above factors provide the communist states with ample opportunities for furthering their aims. This must necessarily redound to the detriment of U.S. political interests.

Black Africa is increasingly becoming an outlet for U.S. exports and investment. The mineral resources of the area continue to be of great value for the normal functioning of industry in the United States and allied countries. In 1977, U.S. direct investment in black Africa totaled about $1.8 billion and exports $2.2 billion. New prospect of substantial profits would continue to develop in the countries concerned.


Apart from the above-mentioned factors adverse to U.S. strategic interests, the nationalist liberation movement in black Africa can act as a catalyst with far reaching effects on the American black community by stimulating its organizational consolidation and by inducing radical actions. Such a result would be likely as Zaire went the way of Angola and Mozambique.

An occurrence of the events of *1967-68 would do grievous harm to U.S. prestige, especially in view of the concern of the present Administration with human rights issues. Moreover, the Administration would have to take specific steps to stabilize the situation. Such steps might be misunderstood both inside and outside the United States.

In order to prevent such a trend and protect U.S. national security interests, it would appear essential to elaborate and carry out effective countermeasures.
1. Possibility of Joint Action By U.S. Black and African Nationalist Movement.
In elaborating U.S. policy toward black Africa, due weight must be given to the fact that there are 25 millions American blacks whose roots are African and who consciously or subconsciously sympathies with African nationalism.
The living conditions of the black population should also be taken into account. Immense advances in the field are accompanied by a long-lasting high rate of unemployment, especially among the youth and by poverty and dissatisfaction with government social welfare standards.
These factors taken together may provide a basis for joint actions of a concrete nature by the African nationalist movement and the U.S. black community... renewal of the extremist national idea of establishing an "African Republic" on American soil. Finally, leftist radical elements of the Black community could resume extremist actions in the style of the defunct Black Panther Party. ...
Basically, actions would take the form of demonstrations and public protests, but the likelihood of violence cannot be excluded. There would also be attempts to coordinate their political activity both locally and in international organizations.

In the context of long-term strategy, the United States can not afford a radical change in the fundamentals of its African policy, which is designed for maximum protection of national security. In the present case, emphasis is laid on the importance of Black Africa for U.S. political, economic and military interests.

In weighing the range of U.S. interests in Black Africa, basic recommendations arranged without intent to imply priority are:
1. Specific steps should be taken with the help of appropriate government agencies to inhibit coordinated activity of the Black Movement in the United States.
2. Special clandestine operations should be launched by the CIA to generate mistrust and hostility in American and world opinion against joint activity of the two forces, and to cause division among Black African radical national groups and their leaders.
3. U.S. embassies to Black African countries specially interested in southern Africa must be highly circumspect in view of the activity of certain political circles and influential individuals opposing the objectives and methods of U.S. policy toward South Africa. It must be kept in mind that the failure of U.S. strategy in South Africa would adversely affect American standing throughout the world. In addition, this would mean a significant diminution of U.S. influence in Africa and the emergence of new difficulties in our internal situation due to worsening economic prospects.
4. The FBI should mount surveillance operations against Black African representatives and collect sensitive information on those, especially at the U.N., who oppose U.S. policy toward South Africa. The information should include facts on their links with the leaders of the Black movement in the United States, thus making possible at least partial neutralization of the adverse effects of their activity.


The concern for the future security of the United States makes necessary the range of policy options. Arranged without intent imply priority they are:
(a) to enlarge programs, within the framework of the present budget, for the improvement of the social and economic welfare of American Blacks in order to ensure continuing development of present trends in the Black movement;
(b) to elaborate and bring into effect a special program designed to perpetuate division in the Black movement and neutralize the most active groups of leftist radical organizations representing different social strata of the Black community: to encourage division in Black circles;
(c) to preserve the present climate which inhibits the emergence from within the Black leadership of a person capable of exerting nationwide appeal;
(d) to work out and realize preventive operations in order to impede durable ties between U.S Black organizations and radical groups in African states;
e) to support actions designed to sharpen social stratification in the Black community which would lead to the widening and perpetuation of the gap between successful educated Blacks and the poor, giving rise to growing antagonism between different Black groups and a weakening of the movement as a whole.
(f) to facilitate the greatest possible expansion of Black business by granting government contracts and loans with favorable terms to Black businessmen;
(g) to take every possible means through the AFL-CIO leaders to counteract the increasing influence of Black labor organizations which function in all major unions and in particular, the National Coalition of Black Trade Union and its leadership including the creation of real preference for adverse and hostile reaction among White trade unionists to demands for improvement of social and economic welfare of the Blacks;
(h) to support the nomination at federal and local levels of loyal Black public figures to elective offices, to government agencies and the Court.

"The Negro youth and moderate[s] must be made to understand that if they succumb to revolutionary teachings, they will be dead revolutionaries."
J. Edgar Hoover,FBI Chief, re:COINTELPRO against the Black Panther Party

(Counter Intelligence Program)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Federal Bureau of Investigation
In August 1967, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) instructed its program "COINTELPRO" to "neutralize" what the FBI called "black nationalist hate groups" and other dissident groups. In September of 1968, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover described the Black Panthers as "the greatest threat to the internal security of the country."[32] By 1969, the Black Panthers were the primary target of COINTELPRO....the BPP was profoundly influenced by Maoist thought.... They were the target of 233 of the 295 authorized "Black Nationalist" COINTELPRO actions. The goals of the program were to prevent the unification of militant black nationalist groups and to weaken the power of their leaders, as well as to discredit the groups to reduce their support and growth...

“Depopulation should be the highest priority of foreign policy towards the third world, because the US economy will require large and increasing amounts of minerals from abroad, especially from less developed countries.”
Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for U.S. Security and Overseas Interests”
Henry Kissinger, National Security Study Memo 200, 04//24/74

"I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality of the white and black races - that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that because the white man is to have the superior position the negro should be denied everything." -- Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) 16th US President Source: Fourth Debate with Stephen A. Douglas at Charleston, Illinois, September 18, 1858 (The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume III, pp. 145-146.)

Corrections Population Hits 6.6M - nearly half are Black
Six years ago the U.S. correctional system hit a record 6.6 million - more than 3 in every 100 adults- last year, the Justice Department says.
The Sentencing Project:

Malcolm X and the “Pan-African Pantheon”
05/18/2010 — Dr. Jared A. Ball
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR columnist Jared A. Ball, Ph.D.
“Malcolm X represented an incorruptible proponent of revolutionary politics.”
Today would have been the 85th birthday of Malcolm X. It is also the 85th anniversary of the birth year of what living legend Elombe Brath calls our “pan-African pantheon;” Malcolm X, Patrice Lumumba and Frantz Fanon. And in each case the analyses and movements that produced this pantheon are as necessary as ever. Lumumba’s Congo remains mired in a Western-inspired and Western-supported world war costing the lives of at least 10 million Congolese and counting. Fanon’s Martinique remains impoverished, consumed by labor strife and said by the French president Nicholas Sarkozy to forever be the property of France. And despite mythological delusions of progress Malcolm’s Black America is so impoverished, suffering world record-levels of un- and under-employment, a recession said to be “permanent,” and rates of incarceration seen as so systematic as to have that process compared to a modern state of enslavement.
And while there is the annual temptation to ask, “what would Malcolm say or do in response to today’s conditions,” it is best to remember at least of couple of things: First, today’s conditions and a living, breathing Malcolm X are absolutely mutually exclusive. One could not exist with the other. There is not one trace of evidence to suggest that Malcolm X would have, over the last 40 years, found ways to accept or rationalize the loss of a movement and a momentum that was designed to rid us of the conditions faced here and abroad, so we have to conclude, based on all existing evidence, that what exists today is in part the willful result of his assassination. This is, of course, the purpose of political assassinations, to stunt or end movements represented by the target. What do we think those in power killed him to achieve?
Secondly, as we have argued previously, the fact that those who took up the mantle of a struggle defined by Malcolm X remain marginalized academically, omitted journalistically or left to languish in prisons absent any legitimate legal justification, is conclusive proof of the continuity of power and the incompleteness of that movement. This especially after this past week’s release of a man who admits to having carried out the killing of brother Malcolm. If this man can serve his time and be allowed to go safely home while so many others whose efforts were in the lineage of Malcolm X remain incarcerated or exiled there can be no discussion of “progress,” or “completion.”
“Malcolm X had become the international standard by which our struggle was measured.”
And finally, it is as Dhoruba bin-Wahad said many years ago, “If Malcolm were alive today he’d be a political prisoner and we’d be saying nothing of him because we don’t support our political prisoners.” Malcolm X represented an incorruptible proponent of revolutionary politics that defies a single name but combined a kind of revolutionary nationalism, pan-Africanism and anti-imperialism with a grassroots focus that is today as threatening as ever. It is why Wahad noted that as soon as Malcolm X’s image became powerful again among the youth of the early 1990s that it had to be destroyed. This is part of a continuing semiotic warfare Malcolm himself noted when he proclaimed correctly that the United States “had perfected the science of image-making.”
Congressman John Lewis wrote in his memoirs said that in 1964 as a member of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee he toured the African continent on a path that happened to follow one recently taken by Malcolm X. Lewis noted that at each stop African leadership warned his contingent that if they were anywhere to the right of Malcolm no ear would be given them. Malcolm X had become the international standard by which our struggle was measured. Today, that standard has been reset along lines far farther to the right of Malcolm X than Lewis and SNCC represented in 1964 and to our severe detriment.
Lets make yet another call to commemorate Malcolm X by encouraging further enrollment in efforts attempting to continue his work. We have the examples, beginning next week with the release of his missing autobiographical chapters in New York City, as well as, The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, whose Washington, DC chapter will be hosting a Malcolm X Day event May 29 and the Black Is Back Coalition whose work around the country is beginning to reignite and reset the standards of an anti-war movement. In the end Malcolm’s Organization for Afro-American Unity had as part of its mission a Black united front that sought to further the phrase he helped to popularize, “by any means necessary.” That kind of political unity is a missing component to a truly commemorative effort of our “shining Black prince.”
For Black Agenda Radio, I’m Jared Ball. Online go to
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“Ethnic cleansing” in New Orleans
By Ghali Hassan
Online Journal Contributing Writer

"We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did." --Richard Baker (R-La), September 09, 2005.
New Orleans, the city where Hurricane Katrina struck in September 2005, is barely covered in the media these days. The failure to report on New Orleans is a deliberate omission as the city and its people continue to suffer. Hurricane Katrina is the precursor to “clean” the city of its African-American population, and create a resort for affluent Americans and tourists. The aim is to gentrify New Orleans and deny its black poor population their right of return to their city.

The “reconstruction” of New Orleans has become a euphemism for the destruction of the city’s cultural and historic heritage. Major developers and real estate agents are taking advantage of the city's redevelopment at the expense of New Orleans' low-income population. In the current political milieu, economic redevelopment seem to be guided by an extremely narrow vision capable of responding only to big business and tourism.
The Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is planning to demolish New Orleans’ largest public housing developments and replace them with unaffordable housing units disguised as a “mixed income housing” program (Hope VI). The Hope VI program is designed to decentralise poverty according to a neoliberal agenda.

The secretary of HUD, Alphonso Jackson, has announced that more than 5,300 public housing units -- built for low-income people -- were to be demolished and replaced by units for people with a wider range of incomes. It would be the largest project in the city’s history, and would include the sprawling St. Bernard, C. J. Peete, B. W. Cooper and Lafitte housing developments, along with most of the city's public housing. The units have been closed or fenced off to residents since Hurricane Katrina to allow them to deteriorate. The decision was taken despite the shortage of housing to accommodate the over 200,000 still displaced New Orleans residents. Many of those remaining are living in abandoned housing, without electricity and water. It is possible that more than 3,500 families will have no place to return to if HUD goes with its decision to demolish the public housing units.

The Hope VI program allows only about 10 percent of the original population who used to live in public housing to come back. Public schools and healthcare services will be reduced or removed to discourage people from returning. Even if they return, there will be no public housing, no public healthcare and not enough public schools for them and their children.

The reality is that those “who've been planning the recovery process never wanted poor people to return to the city in the first place,” Lance Hill, the director of the Southern Institute for Education and Research at Tulane University, told the New York Times. “And they haven't made it easy” for them to return to their homes. In other words, the victims will be further victimized.

“That’s tantamount to ethnic cleansing,” said Mike Howells, a member of United Front for Affordable Housing. “We know who is going to be shut out as a result of that” added Howells.

Furthermore, the vacancy rate in New Orleans, especially in areas less affected by Hurricane Katrina, is very high, but rentals are beyond reach for low-income people, and landlords are opting to keep their properties closed, further reducing the availability of housing for rent.

In the 2000 census, the New Orleans' population constituted of 67.3 percent black and 28.1 percent white. However, in the four months following Hurricane Katrina; the "New Orleans metro area's population was 37 percent black between January and August 2005 and fell to 22 percent between September and December 2005. The percentage of white residents grew from 60 percent to 73 percent. Households earning between $10,000 and $14,999 annually dropped from 8.3 percent to 6.5 percent; while those with a yearly income of between $75,000 and $99,999 rose from 10.5 percent to 11.4 percent,” according to statistics released by the Census Bureau this month.

The disaster of Hurricane Katrina is being used effectively to artificially change the demographics of New Orleans. The population of the New Orleans metropolitan area has become substantially whiter, older and less poor -- not because people suddenly got richer, but because the poor are being shut out of the city -- and it shrank to less than half its size, according to the Census Bureau. “New Orleans is not going to be as black as it was for a long time, if ever again,” said Alphonso Jackson. It is suggested that only the whites and affluent are encouraged to make New Orleans their home at the expense of African-Americans and their cultural heritage...

“I thought I could weather the storm and I did -- it's the aftermath that's killing me,” Gina Barbe, a New Orleans resident told the Times. The response by authorities has been to deploy the National Guard troops to patrol the streets, pretending to fix the social and economic ill they have created.... if the U.S. government is treating its own people in this way, how can a significant number of Americans be so oblivious to what their government is doing to peoples in far away places like Iraq? Can you imagine how the U.S. is treating the people of Iraq? ...
For peace to success and justice to prevail, mass resistance is the only way against the rise of this anti-human ideology and injustice.
Ghali Hassan lives in Perth, Western Australia. He can be reached at

Racist Genocide in New Orleans Continues: "Like 911 But Add Water"
by liz burbank
[edited article originally published 9/3/05 as "A Catastrophic Success": A Holocaust Shaped by Race]
Katrina was no accident, no surprise, no act of 'mother nature', the 'gods' , or 'bureaucratic incompetence' and 'poor communication'. The human and environmental and impact on New Orleans of a hurricane of this magnitude had been scientifically calculated as illustrated below. Rescue and recovery were deliberately withheld, working class Black people militarily imprisoned, forcibly dispersed and murdered by the armed state's violence.
Katrina and the ongoing brutal aftermath was engineered state terror to serve the u.s. bipartisan agenda in two interrelated ways: uprooting, dispersing and destroying the Black Nation, while simultaneously inflaming reliable american racism and support for the consolidation of a liberal fascist mode of capitalism -- under the pretext of "rescue, relief and recovery” from a "major casualty-producing event”,
Katrina is a major escalation of Black genocide: the premeditated physical and psychological attack on the Black Nation part of a strategy to destroy its strength, pride, historical cultural and political cohesion and influence. A renaissance of Black revolutionary leadership --- the leading edge of revolutionary resistance in . ---the U.S of a movement in the racist 'homeland', in solidarity with international anti-imperialism, to defeat its global "new world order" agenda is the greatest fear of U.S. ruling slavemasters. [...]
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