When this writer first heard of the slogan ‘Black Lives Matter’ he winced. Sounded ignominious, humiliating, undignified, embarrassing, pleading, definitely not noble, not appropriate to repeated murdering of innocent folks and children and other inhuman behavior.
Who the hell thought up such a slogan? Martin Luther King or Malcolm would never have made up such a wimpish slogan. Strikes one as beggarly, deplorable like ‘Hey, Blacks are People Too,’ or ‘Please Stop Killing Black People.’ No, centuries long internationally institutionalized racist crime against humanity deserves a stronger slogan.
Mohammad Ali put it straight and strong, “the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over.” Only Ali was talking about both racist murder both in and outside the USA, relating them as in reality, not as in the case of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ only in the US.
Check out what Ali slammed the white world with! “Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on Brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights? No I’m not going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over. This is the day when such evils must come to an end. I have been warned that to take such a stand would cost me millions of dollars. But I have said it once and I will say it again. The real enemy of my people is here. I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality. If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn’t have to draft me, I’d join tomorrow. I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So I’ll go to jail, so what? We’ve been in jail for 400 years.” Underlines by author emphasize Ali’s connecting US overseas racist genocide with racist genocide at home.
And regardless of the US establishment pretending to stop it, it is genocide by the definition of genocide in the Convention on Genocide. Article 2 of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide defines genocide as any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or part a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
Black activist heroes singer Paul Robeson, Prof. W. E. B. Du Bois and William Patterson of the Communist Party USA, submitted one of the first accusations of genocide to the United Nations when the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (CPPCG) entered into force in January of 1951. It concerned the treatment of black people in the United States. The Civil Rights Congress drafted a 237-page petition stating, among other things, that “the lynching and other forms of assault on the lives and livelihoods of African Americans from 1945 to 1951, especially the frenzied attacks on returning black American veterans, amounted to genocide.”
Unless Martin Luther King is wrong, the movement to protect US Blacks from White people will go nowhere while Black GIs help white people kill Africans in Africa and other non-Caucasian people all around the globe.
King warned, in indisputable logic, that ’no progress will be made on issues of social justice at home while Americans are killing the poor overseas. Beyond Vietnam – a Time to Break Silence, 4/4/1967 http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkatimetobreaksilence.htm]
On August 15, 2015, OpEdNews, Minority Perspective, UK, and Counter Currents, India, published:
Slogan ‘Black Lives Matter!’ Not Intended to Include ‘Black’ Lives Taken by GI’s Overseas ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement operates in blatant disbelief of Martin Luther King’s moral and entirely logical warning; “there will be no progress on social justice issues at home while we go on killing the poor overseas at a such an enormous expenditure of social and financial resources that makes such progress at home impossible.”
In her book Capitalism – a Ghost Story, an Indian revolutionary historian writes of the obvious, Arundhati Roy: ‘Civil Rights Movement in US Has Become a War Supporting Movement’ Article bemoans how selective it is to fight for civil rights only for Americas in America, even for those Americans, who return from willingly denying the very right of people outside the US to remain alive in their own beloved countries. [Published July 31, 2014]
African Americans in the US military have participated in Wall Street planned US wars in dozens of innocent nations, illegal and prosecutable wars that have taken the lives of tens of millions of non-white innocent children, women and men. At the same time African Americans at home, especially since the election of President Obama (now long obviously a war criminal ), have been silent about these US war crimes against humanity, that Malcolm, Martin Luther King and Mohammad Ali exposed and denounced. King called this kind of silence “betrayal.” Black Activist Union Theological Seminary Prof. Cornel West: says Obama is a war criminal, a black puppet of Wall Street corporate plutocrats, head of the US killing machine and enjoying it.” President Obama’s former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright has often cried out, “God damn America for her crimes against humanity.”
This author questions, why expect those white people, who tend to be racists, to respect African Americans, when African Americans are willing to them help kill millions of non-Caucasians, including Africans in their own beloved African countries, as often as not in their homes – and accept money for doing it? One can notice that some even do so with pride, in spite of the teachings of Malcolm and Martin Luther King and the example of champion Mohammad Ali.
Twenty-five-year-old African American Micah Xavier Johnson, the man who murdered police officers in Dallas, Texas this week, had been a US soldier, who was ordered to Afghanistan, where a coalition of the military of every single Caucasian populated nation in the world, even tiny Lichtenstein, Andorra and Monaco, have be murdering innocent Afghanistan people for fifteen years in order to protect the drug lord Quisling government it imposed, a government so horrible that even the US-wars-supporting New York Times has over the years written heartbreaking accounts of it having allowed thousands of children to freeze and die of hunger . Micah Xavier was trained to kill by the same U.S. military, Ali had refused to be drafted into, undeterred by his heavyweight being title taken away and the threat of prison. Do any of today’s civil rights leaders try to protect African American GIs from being used in crimes against humanity as Ali, Malcolm and Martin Luther King did?
While In Afghanistan, did Micah Xavier smell a rat, either before or after he received a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal among other awards,? Maybe no one will ever know, and he will never be examined by a psychiatrist to understand what made him snap. Micah Xavier was blown up with a robotic police bomb.
The ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement is no problem for Wall Street’s investors in globalized profitable genocide, who run the USA and most of the world in one way or another. Martin Luther King was a problem. Malcolm was a problem. Both connected racism and poverty with atrocity wars overseas. Hugo Chavez was a problem in Latin America and Muammar Gaddafi was a problem in Africa. Investors in globalized genocide, who run most of the world by controlling most sources of information, saw to eliminating these problems.
King received his bullet to the brain as he was working up his second grand march on Washington. The 2nd march on Washington was to connect poverty at home with wars overseas. Four years after the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, King had added bitter reality to his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech with his nightmarish sermons Beyond Vietnam – a Time to Break Silence and Why I Am Against the War in Vietnam, which were blistering condemnations of America’s atrocity wars and covert violence. [read Martin Luther King, “Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam] King cried out “By now,” (then only half way through the war) “we must have killed a million, mostly children.”
For Wall Street, ‘Black Lives Matter’ is a convenient public distraction from the ongoing profitable genocide in the Middle East and Africa and the profitable genocide being planned for Latin American nations governed by socialists, both of which are prosecutable under the US Constitution and international law. Black Lives Matter’s ‘only-in-America’ protests are also a distraction from the real reason for racism and poverty in America, namely, the global racist neocolonial imperialism that uses poor and jobless African Americans as cannon fodder.
By not getting to the core of the racism, the international genocidal racist neocolonial imperialism, which takes the lives of thousands of non-palefaced human beings for every African American killed by police in the US, the situation is made worse, regardless of good intentions. Chaotic strife is an opening for the ruling elite to further divide and exploit.
Young leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement might be unaware of Martin Luther King’s fierce condemnations America’s genocidal wars “on three continents since 1945.” For fifty years the criminal media cartel controlling 98% of all information has made sure no one ever hears or reads of this outcry by King in its tightly controlled TV, radio, newspapers and magazines. Civil rights leaders, even the ones who held the dying King in their arms have largely cooperated with this complete blackout of King’s last sermons. [Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King , Tavis Smiley] Jessie Jackson, Andrew Young, Julian Bond and John Lewis became prominent members of the wars creating establishment. Even at the unveiling of the King monument in Washington, these civil rights leaders made no mention of King’s condemnation of US atrocity wars in their speeches. So how to expect something different from the leaders of Black Lives Matter.
Nothing to do but wait twenty-five years. Then China, not the US, will be the major influence in the world, and China will lead the East and the South to replace bloody Western racist colonialism-neocolonialism with some of the same genial sanity that homo sapiens display in today’s miraculous accomplishments in outer space and medicine.
When international racist Western colonial imperialism expires, so will domestic racism in a calmer and repentant USA.
Jay Janson is an archival research peoples historian activist, musician and writer; has lived and worked on all continents in 67 countries; articles on media published in China, Italy, UK, India, Sweden, Germany Vietnam and the US; now resides in NYC; First effort was a series of articles on deadly cultural pollution endangering seven areas of life emanating from Western corporate owned commercial media published in Hong Kong’s Window Magazine 1993; is coordinator of the Howard Zinn co-founded King Condemned US Wars International Awareness Campaign: (King Condemned US Wars) http://kingcondemneduswars.blogspot.com/ and website historian of the Ramsey Clark co-founded Prosecute US Crimes Against Humanity Now Campaign http://prosecuteuscrimesagainsthumanitynow.blogspot.com/ featuring a country by country history of US crimes and laws pertaining.
- MIT Prof. Chomsky: “If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged.”
- Union Theological Seminary Prof. Cornel West: “Nixon, Bush, Obama — they’re war criminals.”
- Barack Obama’s former family minister, Rev.Jeremiah Wright: “God Damn America … for killing innocent people.”
- Co-editor Kim Petersen, Dissident Voice: “Justice is required, otherwise what would serve as a brake on future war crimes?”
. here regarding the Nuremberg Principles of International Law affirmed by all member states of the UN.
Principle I “Any person who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible therefore and liable to punishment.” Principle III “The fact that a person who committed an act which constitutes a crime under international law acted as Head of State or responsible government official does not relieve him from responsibility under international law.” The Nuremberg Principles were developed by UN organs as customary international law. To prove that a certain rule is customary one has to show that it is reflected in state practice and that there exists a conviction in the international community that such practice is required as a matter of law. The Nuremberg Trials were a “practice” of the “international law” of the Nuremberg Principles; and that “practice” was supported by the international community. Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark, has stated: The Nuremberg Principles of International Law are an integral part of the US Constitution, the law of the land.
Driven Away by War, Stalked by Winter’s Cold headlined above a photo of children huddled around a fire in the open. Frigid Temperatures Claim Lives of Children in Kabul , NY Times , 2/4/2012.
“KABUL, Afghanistan — The following children froze to death in Kabul over the past three weeks after their families had fled war zones in Afghanistan for refugee camps here:
The United Nations says 35,000 people are living in the Kabul camps, with only tents and mud huts for shelter. It was the coldest January in 20 years. More Photos –
– Mirwais, son of Hayatullah Haideri. He was 1 ? years old and had just started to learn how to walk, holding unsteadily to the poles of the family tent before flopping onto the frozen ridges of the muddy floor.
– Abdul Hadi, son of Abdul Ghani. He was not even a year old and was already trying to stand, although his father said that during those last few days he seemed more shaky than normal.
– Naghma and Nazia, the twin daughters of Musa Jan. They were only 3 months old and just starting to roll over.
– Ismail, the son of Juma Gul. “He was never warm in his entire life,” Mr. Gul said. “Not once.”
It was a short life, 30 days long.
These children are among at least 22 who have died in the past month, a time of unseasonably fierce cold and snowstorms. The latest two victims died on Thursday.
The deaths, which government officials have sought to suppress or play down, have prompted some soul-searching among aid workers here.
After 10 years of a large international presence, comprising about 2,000 aid groups, at least $3.5 billion of humanitarian aid and $58 billion of development assistance, how could children be dying of something as predictable — and manageable — as the cold? ”
This week, after eight years of U.S. troops controlling Kabul:
AFGHANISTAN: “The most dangerous place to be born IRIN Asia Nov. 26, 2009 KABUL, – “The onset of winter means freezing nights, cold-related diseases and more problems for the children”
Religion News: Jan 6, 2009 … Some Afghan women say death by fire is their only choice … “I wanted to die rather than watch my children freeze and starve to death,” said Rezaie, who suffered burns over 30 percent of her body…” .
Astrid Sehl, Norwegian Refugee Council 01.02.2008
“Thousands of men, women and children who have fled the war in South Afghanistan are now struggling to survive the freezing winter in the country’s capital, Kabul.
Heavy snowfalls and temperatures below minus 25 degrees Celsius have caused fatalities of around 70,000 livestock in West Afghanistan. When NRC‘s Secretary General Elisabeth Rasmusson visited Kabul this week, she was met by desperate parents who called for help for their children. People wearing thin clothing and some with bare feet, were hurrying past the simple tents in the city of 1,800 meter altitude. In one of the tents, was the body of a man who had tragically died the night before. In another tent, two young sisters sat on the snow inside while they were starring out in the air.”
– 2002 Same back in 2002: U.S. found no Osama bin Laden. Killed a lot of Afghanis, and let more freeze to death. (No Afghanis attacked anyone anywhere outside of Afghanistan!)
Afghan Refugees Freeze to Death AP, Dec 13, 2002
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — “It has been a cold welcome for many of the 1.8 million Afghan war refugees who streamed home after the fall of the Taliban last year. The luckier ones spend freezing nights in bullet-scarred ruins in Kabul. The unlucky sleep huddled together under frail plastic tents.
Returning after years in squalid camps in neighboring Pakistan and Iran, the refugees hoped for a better life here. But with few jobs and fewer places to live, many are now hoping just to survive Afghanistan’s harsh winter.
“At night the cold is so bad, its frightening,” said Taza Gul, the elderly head of a family of 11 that lives under a tiny roadside tent. “It may get worse, we don’t know. Our fate depends on Allah.”
The U.N. refugee agency estimates 560,000 people will be particularly vulnerable this winter because they lack adequate housing, food and the means to keep warm, the agency spokeswoman Maki Shinohara said.
Many are in danger simply because they live in remote rural areas where roads will likely be cut off by snowfall blocking most emergency aid from getting through.
The United Nations has been trying to head off any crisis by distributing tens of thousands of blankets, wood stoves, fuel and plastic sheeting, Shinohara said.
The U.N. World Food Program has delivered 51,000 tons of food nationwide, 95 percent of its winter target. The rest is expected to be delivered before the end of December.
Authorities hope those supplies will get desperate families through January and February — the harshest winter months.
Shinohara said the United Nations was holding the bulk of its winter stockpile in reserve in case of emergencies, such as a severe drop in temperature or a new conflict that would displace more civilians.
Shinohara said the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was especially concerned about the snowy central highlands, where temperatures could drop to minus 22 degrees.”
The U.S. empire’s armed forces always focus on the killing. The UN World Food Program and UN Refugee Agency follows behind the U.S. carnage and destruction with charity for the victims of U.S. bombings, invasions and overthrowing of governments, disabling them from taking care of their own maimed, freezing and hungry citizens.
-2005 And in 2005: (figure more of the same going on in 2004, 2003, 2002)
Afghans Give Opium To Frozen Kids – CBS News Feb. 19, 2005 “… Cold, Disease Kills 120 Children; Opium Given In Lieu Of Health Care. … (AP) Disease fueled by freezing weather has killed more than 120 Afghan children, … even in the capital have apparently frozen to death in makeshift camps” click here
February 2001: – Five months into the U.S. invasion: (No Afghanis were in the planes with the Saudis on 9/11)
By Ahmed Rashid in Lahore, Telegraph UK, 17 Feb. 2001
“MORE than half a million Afghan refugees are on the move as the worst humanitarian crisis in 22 years of war overwhelms international aid agencies.
At least 150 people, many of them children, have frozen to death in makeshift refugee camps in the western city of Herat where more than 80,000 refugees escaping war, … and famine have taken refuge. With the international community refusing to release funds for UN relief agencies, for weeks the refugees’ only shelter in freezing temperatures has been plastic sheeting.”
Two weeks into the U.S. October 7, 2001 invasion – how many bombed to death?
UN pleads for break in bombing in Afghanistan – Elsevier Oct. 20, 2001Khabir Ahmad 22 October 2001. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR)
“, … these children will freeze to death within weeks”
US Ratification of the Genocide Convention ratified by the U.S. Senate in late 1988, nearly 40 years after its adoption by the U.N. General Assembly and its signature by the U.S.
International Law and Agreements: Their Effect upon U.S. Law
Congressional Research Service
US Constitution, Article VI ; All debts contracted and engagements entered into, before the adoption of this Constitution, shall be as valid against the United States under this Constitution, as under the Confederation.
This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution…
August 8, 1945, Truman signs UN Charter, in 1953
Principles of International Law Recognized in the Charter of the United Nations:
Nuremberg Principles of the Nürnberg Tribunal and in the Judgment of the Tribunal 1950
Text adopted by the International Law Commission at its second session, in 1950, and submitted to the General Assembly as a part of the Commission’s report covering the work of that session. The report, which also contains commentaries on the principles, appears in Yearbook of the International Law Commission, 1950, vol. II, para. 97.
Nuremberg Principles of International Law Recognized in the Charter of the Nürnberg Tribunal and in the Judgment of the Tribunal
The crimes hereinafter set out are punishable as crimes under international law:
- Crimes against peace: (i) Planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances; (ii) Participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of any of the acts mentioned under (i).
(b) War Crimes: Violations of the laws or customs of war which include, but are not limited to, murder, ill-treatment or deportation to slave-labour or for any other purpose of civilian population of or in occupied territory, murder or ill-treatment of prisoners of war, of persons on the seas, killing of hostages, plunder of public or private property, wanton destruction of cities, towns, or villages, or devastation not justified by military necessity.
(c) Crimes against humanity: Murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation and other inhuman acts done against any civilian population, or persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds, when such acts are 3 done or such persecutions are carried on in execution of or in connection with any crime against peace or any war crime.
Complicity in the commission of a crime against peace, a war crime, or a crime against humanity as set forth in Principle VI is a crime under international law.
Oct 17, 2011 – Regarding the Official Unveiling Ceremony of the Martin Luther King Jr. ….