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Is Obama’s Victory Ours? by Mumia Abu-Jamal
With the attainment of the required delegates to claim the
Democratic Party’s nomination for U.S. president, Sen. Barack H. Obama (D. ILL.) has written a new page in American history.
For by so doing he succeeds where Channing Phillips, Shirley
Chisholm, Jesse Jackson, Sr., and Al Sharpton could not – by
gaining the necessary delegates to demand nomination.
Of course, there have been numerous Black candidates for
president, but these have been third party efforts designed more
to raise issues, to organize or protest than to actually win
Some of the best known have been Eldridge Cleaver (former Black
Panther Minister of Information), Dick Gregory, Dr. Lenora
Fulani, and the former congresswoman, Cynthia McKinney.
But this is a different kettle of fish, for Obama’s candidacy is
the closest to make it to the winner’s circle.
What also distinguishes Obama from his predecessors is he
doesn’t come from civil rights, Black liberation, socialist or
anti war movements.
(He often remarks at speeches, “I’m not against all wars, I’m
just against dumb wars”) Indeed, although his detractors may try
to paint him as a leftist liberal this is hardly true.
On issues both foreign and domestic he would’ve been more at
home in the Republican Party of his senatorial forebear, Edward
Brooke of Massachusetts .
For though he is Black by dint of his African father, he has
studiously avoided Black political groups in his long, harrowing
climb to the rim of the White House.
He has studiously avoided the very real and long standing
grievances of Black America.
In fact, he tried to run a `post-racial’ campaign until Sen.
Hillary R. Clinton (D.N.Y.) (and her rambunctious husband,
former Pres. Bill), brought race front and center during the
Super Tuesday February primaries, by trying to pigeonhole him as
`the Black candidate’.
This primary wounded Obama, and as he won in the delegate count,
he also lost a number of primary states, such as Ohio and
Pennsylvania , which are necessary for a win in November.
Politics is the art of making people believe that they are in
power when in fact, they have none.
It is a measure of how dire is the hour that they’ve passed the
keys to the kingdom to a Black man.
As in many American cities, Black Mayors were let in when the
treasuries were almost barren, and tax bases were almost at
With the nation’s manufacturing base also a thing of history,
amidst the socioeconomic wreckage of globalization, with foreign
affairs in shambles, the rulers reach for a pretty, brown face
to front for the Empire.
`Real change that you could believe in’ would be an end to
Empire, and an end to wars for corporate greed, not just a
change of the shade of the political managers.
That change, I’m afraid, is still to come.