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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Review: South of the Border

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From: Nefertitti Jackmon
Sent: Wed, July 21, 2010 8:30:02 AM
Subject: Oliver Stone's SOUTH OF THE BORDER

I had an opportunity to view South of the Border this past Monday. It discusses the socialist movement that is sweeping Latin America. I was not surprised
by any of the information that I saw in the film, but I was further empowered.
My father (Marvin X) has been sharing with me (and others) much of what was
shown in the film. What it did reveal to me is that revolutionary change is
possible even within my lifetime. It is not an idealistic dream of some people
from the '60's. The seeds of change have been sown, they are growing and they
can either blossom or be destroyed. Our knowledge and our understanding of our
role in this world will either fuel this growth or kill the potential for
positive change fueled by THE PEOPLE.

What you will note in the documentary is that
the countries that embraced changed were empowered by the masses of the people.
There are many who are upset over what has occurred in Venezuela, Brazil,
Argentina, Ecuador, and Cuba, but this is the ruling
minority. The minority who for years have controlled the wealth; they are
afraid that their wealth and their way of living will diminish. This is true
all over the world, even in the United
States. Yesterday I heard a U.S. Senator
discussing his lack of satisfaction with Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. He
said that he is afraid of the change that is taking place in this country (he
was speaking specifically in terms of the changes in the process of how the
Senators agreed on her nomination) but to me it was symbolic of the overall
fear that the wealthy/ruling minority fear will occur if Obama is bold enough
to fulfill some of his campaign rhetoric.

The Latin leaders even challenged Barak Obama
to show his solidarity with the people. They suggested that there were merely
three conditions that must be met to show that he's concerned/unified with the

1) Pull out of the wars in the Middle East
2) Gosh, I'm so old I forgot the second
one, it was good

3) Invite Hugo Chavez to the U.S. (they all

So just two, and when I heard what they said, I
felt that if he would follow through on those he would be worthy of the Nobel
Prize which he has already been awarded.

The challenge is for us to encourage our
brothers and sisters in African and Caribbean nations to look to the few strong
leaders in Latin America who are charting a
new destiny for their people. They have their own unique form of democracy,
socialism and capitalism. Think out of the box, there's more than one way to
get things done.

Go see the film and make your own informed

To the Bolivarian Revolution!

Peace and Blessings,


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