ChickenBones: A Journal
for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes
Six or seven thousand years ago that region was presided over by black-skinned
people who called their culture Sumer. They were a sedentary,
matri-focal society just like the black people in India
Deja Vu All Over Again
By Junious Ricardo Stanton
Now that the war has officially escalated (AmeriKKKan and British forces have been bombing Iraq for twelve years) we will see what AmeriKKKa is really about. I deliberately have eschewed watching the corporate owned media, especially the cable network’s coverage of the carnage. The few times I did channel hop, I was appalled at the obvious glee on the faces of the talking heads on MSNBC, Fox and CNBC as they finally got their war.
When I wrote this I was at a Family Reunion Conference in Columbia Maryland. In one of the workshops someone spoke about the lynching exhibit Without Sanctuary that was on display at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta Georgia (which I saw this past Summer). The looks on the faces of these cable anchors remind me of the looks on the faces of the white men women and children in those lynching pictures as they laughed and posed while hideously mutilated black bodies dangled from trees or the charred remains of black folks smoldered on the ground.
When the Iraqi invasion started a friend of mine said, “they’re doing to the Iraqis what they did to the Indians.” And he is so right. This is Deja Vu — the repetition of Caucasoid cultural patters that go back over five thousand years. Ironically some say, that region the Tigris and Euphrates River Valleys is the cradle of civilization. There is no doubt the region is very ancient, in fact it’s history parallels current events. Six or seven thousand years ago that region was presided over by black-skinned people who called their culture Sumer. They were a sedentary, matri-focal society just like the black people in India known as the Dravidians and the black people of Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Kush, Ethiopia, and Kemet that were even older than Sumer. Sumer fell as the result of the onslaught and after shocks of massive invasions by wild, barbaric peoples who migrated into and settled in the region from the north, people we would call Indo-Europeans or Caucasians the forefathers of the Aryans who overran India, the progenitors of the modern day “white race”.
Human beings are creatures of habit as well as genetics. It seems as though and world history these last five thousand years will bear this out, Caucasians are a war loving, blood thirsty people. The lifestyle choices their ancestors made have forged a history of aggression, and savagery. Living in the frozen climates in Eurasia during the last Ice Age they chose to live a dog eat dog existence, an existence that has been chronicled by their own historians in a way that makes their abhorrent lifestyle and behavior appear “normal” or the standard for human interaction which it is most definitely not! Everywhere Caucasians set foot on planet Earth from ancient times to the present, major social and ecological disruption, war, disease and color (or lack thereof oppression) antagonisms result.
Review Cheik Anta Diop’s Two Cradle Theory to refresh your memory. What does this have to do with the war in Iraq? Everything. This war is a continuation of Europe’s ongoing war against humanity — a reflection of their pathological drive to dominate, exploit rape, pillage and plunder. Five hundred years ago they did it in the name of their rulers, their church and their god. Their ancestors, the Angles, Saxons, Danes, Norsemen, Goths, Vandals and Huns were warmongering barbarians.
Only the strict guilt, fear-inspiring theology, and iron fisted repression of the Roman Catholic Church, while it held sway over the rulers and masses of Western Europe, prevented them from cannibalizing themselves into oblivion. As it is, you’re hard pressed to find a four or five year span in European history when the various tribes and later nation states weren’t at each other’s throats in incessant warfare. The so called “Age of Exploration” was really Europe unleashing its dogs of war on the rest of the world setting the stage for much of what we see going on in the world today.
That was nothing but a larger replay of what their ancestors did in Mesopotamia, India, Africa and Europe (Greece as a European entity begins in 1700 B.C.E. when the Dorians invaded the area.) So the carnage we see in Iraq is all related. In a real sense they can’t help it, it’s their nature; pillage and plunder. Their leadership lacks the inner discipline and spiritual evolution to change. Just as they raped and pillaged the world in the name of “Civilization” and “The White Man’s Burden,” AmeriKKKa continues Europe’s legacy of genocidal imperialism, this time in the name of “liberation”. Just as they slaughtered the Native Americans in the name of “Manifest Destiny” and raped and brutalized Africa in the name of ” saving souls,” these devils have designed lethal weapons beyond the comprehension of most humans on the planet.
Now they gleefully use their advanced warfare technology to destroy Iraq under the justification they are “disarming” it of “weapons of mass destruction.” Is that the epitome of insanity and hypocrisy or what? In reality it’s what Yogi Berra, the master of malapropism, called, deja vu all over again.
posted 15 April 2003
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A Novel by Jesmyn Ward
On one level, Salvage the Bones is a simple story about a poor black family thats about to be trashed by one of the most deadly hurricanes in U.S. history. What makes the novel so powerful, though, is the way Ward winds private passions with that menace gathering force out in the Gulf of Mexico. Without a hint of pretension, in the simple lives of these poor people living among chickens and abandoned cars, she evokes the tenacious love and desperation of classical tragedy. The force that pushes back against Katrinas inexorable winds is the voice of Wards narrator, a 14-year-old girl named Esch, the only daughter among four siblings. Precocious, passionate and sensitive, she speaks almost entirely in phrases soaked in her familys raw land. Everything here is gritty, loamy and alive, as though the very soil were animated. Her brothers blood smells like wet hot earth after summer rain. . . . His scalp looks like fresh turned dirt. Her fathers hands are like gravel, while her own hand slides through his grip like a wet fish, and a handsome boys muscles jabbered like chickens. Admittedly, Ward can push so hard on this simile-obsessed style that her paragraphs risk sounding like a compost heap, but this isnt usually just metaphor for metaphors sake. She conveys something fundamental about Eschs fluid state of mind: her figurative sense of the world in which all things correspond and connect. She and her brothers live in a ramshackle house steeped in grief since their mother died giving birth to her last child. . . . What remains, whats salvaged, is something indomitable in these tough siblings, the strength of their love, the permanence of their devotion.
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By Noam Chomsky
In this urgent new book, Noam Chomsky surveys the dangers and prospects of our early twenty-first century. Exploring challenges such as the growing gap between North and South, American exceptionalism (including under President Barack Obama), the fiascos of Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S.-Israeli assault on Gaza, and the recent financial bailouts, he also sees hope for the future and a way to move forwardin the democratic wave in Latin America and in the global solidarity movements that suggest “real progress toward freedom and justice.” Hopes and Prospects is essential reading for anyone who is concerned about the primary challenges still facing the human race. “This is a classic Chomsky work: a bonfire of myths and lies, sophistries and delusions. Noam Chomsky is an enduring inspiration all over the worldto millions, I suspectfor the simple reason that he is a truth-teller on an epic scale. I salute him.” John Pilger In dissecting the rhetoric and logic of American empire and class domination, at home and abroad, Chomsky continues a longstanding and crucial work of elucidation and activism . . .the writing remains unswervingly rational and principled throughout, and lends bracing impetus to the real alternatives before us.Publisher’s Weekly
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