Sunday, May 4, 2008

Special 100th Edition - Words For Warfare

"Ever since I came to Congress in 1992, there are those who have been trying to silence my voice. I've been told to "sit down and shut up" over and over again. Well, I won't sit down and I won't shut up until the full and unvarnished truth is placed before the American people." Cynthia McKinney

Love her or hate her, this is one brave black woman! She speaks her mind and is willing to take the heat for her words. I would love to hear Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, or John McCain speak the unvarnished truth just once!


wisdomteachesme May 4, 2008 at 4:04 PM  

yeah, sister got some but who of us doesn't!!

i agree with her.. i will not and i won't!

she better go ahead and handle things as she can and leave the rest to Him.

with you fp = AMEN!

faith May 4, 2008 at 5:46 PM  

McCain said the US went into Iraq for control of oil and is now trying to 'clarify' his words! This country was created on a dna of lies so I'm not expecting to hear any elected official tell it like it is. And let's say they did - what truth and what are the solutions going to be? There would have to be some plan of action. You can't just drop a bomb and walk away.

I think a lot of it would fall on deaf ears because a lot of people want to remain willfully ignorant and be absolved from taking responsibility. I'm younger and supposedly one of those people who sees the promise of the future...except I agree with everything Rev Wright said. All of it and more. I'm not cynical or bitter about it. Not even angry really I just look at it as spiritual warfare manifesting itself in the choices that people make. It's not right, but it's not anything NEW. This is who we are as humans. We are destructive...unless we make a conscious effort NOT to be. We are all one and until we recognize that and accept it we will continue to find ways to destroy each other. We cannot control how other people behave though we can try to address things and fight back.

We're never going to have a conflict-free existence or live in a utopia. This is it. Heaven is here right now. I can't live my life focused on all the evil of the world and how certain people seem particularly focused on it. I know the quality of my life would be better if not for racism and a few bad bosses. I walk out my door and there's a homeless person lying on the side of my building. I walk down the street and am asked for change by 5 people in a 4 block radius. There's a multi-million dollar hotel right around the corner and a member-only upscale bar down the street. I am unemployed. I have plenty of reasons to be angry, but I know somebody else is doing worse...and somebody is doing better. We're not guaranteed an easy or 'happy' life, but I try to find peace where I can, do my part to help and hope for a better tomorrow. May 4, 2008 at 7:48 PM  

Hi Professor Tracey!

I changed my views on Cynthia McKinney after seeing her tenacity and convictions in the documentary, AMERICAN BLACKOUT.

I do hope that she changes her PR team because they have failed miserably in presenting her to the American public as a committed stateswoman. She is viewed as a loud angry black woman - which is unfortunate. The WAY the message is framed is vitally important and her team has not served her well in this regard.

Thanks for blowing your trumpet about Cynthia McKinney!

tasha212 May 4, 2008 at 8:01 PM  

I lover her. She is one brave sista.

SheCodes May 4, 2008 at 9:57 PM  


I'm afraid that her pr team is probably nonexistant. She needs to get one, pronto... because her image is jacked up, for sure.

What a doggone shame. The one person who I am convinced will tell the American people the unvarnished truth: villified, scorned, and cast aside.

I don't know what is in her political future, but I sure am glad that she has agreed to be on our side (meaning black female activists). We can learn a lot from her.

Hagar's Daughter May 4, 2008 at 11:06 PM  

Let's say for the sake of discussion that Ms McKinney is "an angry black woman," is her anger not justified? Is her anger aimed at the wrong people / institutions / systems? Is her anger preventing her from speaking truth?

Destroy a person's image - destroy the person's message.

This woman is courageous. I plan to post a tribute to her tenaciousness. May 5, 2008 at 12:53 PM  

@ Hagar's Daughter!

I am so glad that you summed up the tactics of the (white) media. They KNOW that if they destroy the image then the messenger will be scorned. They use this over and over and over.

When, oh when, will we position ourselves proactively before we STEP into the public arena without being fully ready with our ammunition against those we ALREADY KNOW have canons pointed towards us?

As black bloggers, we CAN begin to shape black opinion. We must be more devoted to working with our black public figures in supporting their image-crafting.

When the mess with Dr. Wright blew up, there were black people BELIEVING the (white) media's depiction of this man!

Angela Davis said that when she was in her 20s, the government labeled her a TERRORIST simply because she was a black activist!

Assata Shakur is still a fugitive because this government has put a $1 million bounty on her head.

We MUST use the power of our blogs to shape the dialogue nationally among our people! We must.

Thanks for letting me blow my trumpet!


@ Professor Tracey

If you have time, please stop by my house (blog) and share your perspectives on the most recent post, "LOST ABSOLUTION: WHITE MEN AND THEIR HORRID HISTORY WITH BLACK WOMEN".

I'd love to hear your thoughts on the black solidarity piece as well!

Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!

Anonymous,  May 5, 2008 at 2:21 PM  

Although she is a confirmed member of the Naomi Campbell school of cellphone assault, Cynthia McKinney remains a powerful and important advocate for social justice and government reform.

Thanks for sharing this quote.

SheCodes May 5, 2008 at 3:49 PM  

@hagar's daughter: I can't wait to see your tribute. I'm planning to send a few dollars Cynthia's way and I NEVER contribute to political campaigns.

Sister needs a break, for real.

BLKSeaGoat May 5, 2008 at 11:23 PM  

Okay... I'm done agonizing. I am supporting Cynthia McKinney's campaign...

Don May 6, 2008 at 8:37 AM  

cynthia mcKinney definitely speaks the truth, or the majority of the truth.

although i doubt it would be possible if she were running for the oval office.

wisdomteachesme May 6, 2008 at 9:22 AM  

Hey prof,
On my way to cast my vote this morning here in NC!

lol, we never thought that little
ole' 'north caki-laky' would be this important to the election...haha and i don't think anyone else thought so either.

hollar later!

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