Again - I value "Democracy Now" as a news source. They have a higher commitment in allowing people to talk than they are inclined to interrupt them in mid-sentence and force them to substantiate their claims. In as much as most of their guests are from the left - "Democracy Now" provides a more unfiltered version of how those on the left actually think.
This audio interview from the 45 anniversary of the "March On Selma" provides such an opportunity.
In my view the potential lessons learned by remembering Selma are lost as the annual reenactment becomes ritualistic in nature. The new Philistines are intent on "going through the motions" in their religious practice of worshiping their God of social justice than they are at making note of the ironies contained within.
Yesterday a group of government police men beat them down as they crossed the bridge into Selma as a group. Today they are warned to not cross that bridge alone for the fear of being attacked by a Street Pirate who operate in groups that terrorize the Black community.
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In her interview on "Democracy Now", leftwing activist Fay Rose Toure' fails to see the irony in her words.
She announces the formation of the "Coffee Movement" as a response to the "Right-wing threat to voting rights for Black people". Aside from being a blatant attempt to inject partisan politics into the space of Civil Rights the irony cannot be more gross. The 2010 march in Selma is accompanied by a web site pointing back to the civil rights struggle without a hint of brutal police men beating them as they walk across the bridge.
She ironically blames "No Child Left Behind" as the CAUSE of the present academic ills among Black Americans. Beyond the fact that promises of such reforms is the reason why the present school administrators hold their powers in Black communities - the Obama Administration has adopted the key frameworks of "NCLB". A fact that we will never hear Ms. Toure' directly attack Obama for.
I say - allow Ms Toure' and others to attack.
I believe that Black people are intelligent enough to listen to her words but also to make note about their present condition. It is my tasks as a blogger to connect the dots and show the ironies.