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Senator Barbara Boxer--In Search of My Soul Sister

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Senator Barbara Boxer--In Search of My Soul Sister

In Search of My Soul Sister

After a lifetime of fears, doubts, ambivalence and general paranoia (my essential mental state) about the feminine gender, I recently concluded,
based on six decades of interaction, that the black woman was, after
all is said and done, my friend, and that she has never wanted to be
anything other than my friend, helper, lover and mate, really, for
eternity, if I could have ever been shackled to her that long. Yes,
after thinking about my most wonderful Mother, an even more gracious and
loving Grandmother (Oh, Grandma’s hands!), and after reflecting on my
six sisters who probably more than anyone else helped form my
ambivalence and maybe paranoia too, since I was so traumatized by their
constant chatter and feminine intrigues that I would find it a simple
matter upon adolescence and adulthood to ignore any words from the
feminine gender, especially simple advice or wisdom, which cost me
greatly on the road to success, including several failed marriages and a
kind of psychic distance from my three lovable daughters.

If truth be told and certainly it is time to tell the truth at this stage in my life, I must admit that all the women in my life have been
absolutely wonderful, not one ever treated me wrongly or without
tenderness and unconditional love, yet my response was to dog them to no
end, or rather until the end when they departed broken hearted and

This new recognition on my part was made even plainer when my actor/singer J.B. Saunders presented me with a wonderful song “Don’t Bite The Hands That Feed You.”

J.B., also a dogger of women, perhaps even worse than myself since he had a career of pimping, had also had a revelation that it was time to
reconcile with the feminine gender, or least stop the abuse, whether
physical, mental or emotional. Perhaps old dogs actually do learn new
tricks! J.B.’s lyrics said that our woman was indeed our friend and
supporter, not someone to be dogged at every turn, for in the end we
become the victim, or as another song told us “the hunter gets captured
by the game.”

Of course, one truth about love is that love is a game of victims, for by its nature, love makes the beloved victim of the lover, for love is that state wherein we
willingly accept to be victimized for we submit and declare to all who
need to know and to some who don’t need to know that we are helplessly
under the power of the beloved.

Moving from the personal to the political, we now clearly recognize that love for the Black woman had to move from the romantic to the critical in
deciding who or what she represented on this stage of life. How is she
connected to us and we to her—a question we had to answer about men as
well, with the same if not more degree of political acumen because few
men allow another man to do to us what we allow women to do, after all,
women have the unique skill to get anything from us with a smile, a
glance of the eye, a stride. During my brief academic career, my female
students knew they could get almost any grade from me, especially if
they came at me right, or simply talked right, it wasn’t always about
sexual favors. And two of my students convinced me to marry them, so
much for the wisdom of the professor.

But in the politics of love, we matured to the point of understanding a black face, even of the feminine gender, was not sufficient to gain our
allegiance and respect. We came to recognize that politics was not about
color, contrary to what we “believed” during the 60s, especially with
the call for black power. Forty years later, however belatedly and
detrimentally, we came to see blackness was about consciousness not
color and had much to do about class as well, since class very often
determines consciousness, although not always, after all, we know of
several instances in our history when “house Negroes” plotted slave
revolts, but generally speaking, the house Negro is not to be trusted,
since he/she is more determined to preserve the house than the master.

We are reminded of that scene in the film Amistad where the Africans are being marched into town for mutiny. One African sees a Negro carriage
driver and remarks, “He is our brother.” An African replies, “No, he is a
white man.”

And so it is the class nature of things that must be examined with respect to loving or not loving Dr. Condi Rice—to be or not to be our sister—that is the question! Having
transcended our gender fears, having made every determination to reach
out in sincerity to embrace our sister in struggle, who endured with us
all the horror and terror of the centuries, we must sadly reject her and
everything for which she stands, for we find her political
consciousness an abomination, a betrayal of our racial heritage of
resistance in the face of suffering, in short genocide. Clearly, she
came from us, but is no longer us, she has graduated from victim to
victimizer—while some, perhaps her “classmates” on the right will call
this progress and a point of pride for the “race.” Well, I remember
Elijah Muhammad describing UN Undersecretary Ralph Bunche as “A Negro we
don’t need,” and this most surely applies to Condi, who graduated from
oppressed to oppressor. She stands at the pinnacle of imperialism, the
most powerful woman in the world, yes, even more powerful than the Queen
of England, for Condi literally has the world in her hands. In assuming
to Secretary of State, we are humbled at her meteoric rise from the
slave pit of Alabama to steering the ship of state.

Her brother Colin Powell whom she replaces for the simple reason that he was found disagreeable to the imperial throne, perhaps even in his conservatism too uppity with thoughts slightly to the left of Pharaoh, had to be replaced by
Condi who shares a more amicable relationship with boss man sah, to the
tragic extent that Senator Barbara Boxer voted against confirmation,
saying “…Your loyalty to the mission you were given…overwhelmed your
respect for the truth.”

In the darkest days of my gender fears, I never forgot the teachings of my mother’s Christian Science religion with it’s emphasis on the centrality of truth
in all matters.Indeed what has gotten me in trouble with women even
more than physical and mental abuse is being truthful, especially in
regard to my sexual improprieties.

Condi Rice stands condemned before the world for being a liar and murderer, a person completely and utterly devoid of truth, thus her elevation to
Secretary of State must be a great embarrassment to our ancestors, and
her reply to Senator Boxer that her credibility and integrity was being
impugned is without merit. Boxer pointed out how she contradicted the
president and herself with respect to weapons of mass destruction as the
cause for war against Iraq. Contrary to Dr. Rice, Saddam was not a
threat to his neighbors in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran, Jordan
and Syria. He was contained and therefore not a threat to the “American
people,” who, as Nelson Mandela pointed out, are the greatest threat to
world peace. There was nothing to fear from Saddam but fear itself,
quite similar to my gender fears I harbored for decades when I imagined
female friends, mates, lovers were somehow my enemies, and were, in my
tortured mind, out to get me, when in reality, I was out to get them.

Condi’s advice to President Bush has, at this point, caused the death of 1,366 Americans,10,372 wounded, also over 100,000 Iraqi dead. As Boxer noted,
this is no light matter but a deception of the most despicable kind that
has brought America’s credibility in the world to a new low, yet, like
the President, Dr. Rice is totally unapologetic and stoic in maintaining
her stance that contravenes reality.

I cannot in the name of our shared Africanity go there with her, for she long ago crossed the line of propriety. She cannot have my respect and
sympathy in her dutiful defense of Pharaoh and his meanderings
throughout the world in the name of global capitalism. Imagine, in the
midst of the Iraqi quagmire, they are now contemplating an invasion of
Iran. This American arrogance has no end except The End.

As between Senator Barbara Boxer and Condi Rice, if I had to choose my soul sister, I would rise above color in favor of consciousness, thus claim Senator Boxer as my sister.

This is no time in history to be starry-eyed idealists and continue with romantic notions about blackness. Sadly, we live in a world where what
appears to be black is white and what appears white is black. Get over
it and march forward into the new millennium. I shall never forget how
we banned interracial couples from attending our black nationalist
parties in the 60s. Amina Baraka loves to tell the story of when she and
her husband were at the Black House cultural/political center in San
Francisco in 1967. Amina observed my lady friend Ethna Wyatt (Hurriyah
Asar) tell a white woman she couldn’t come in. The lady replied she was
part Indian. Hurriyah replied, “Well, the Indian can come in but the
white got to go.”

At another party with revolutionary black nationalists, a brother tried repeatedly to convince us his white woman was in fact black in consciousness, therefore should
be admitted. We rejected his pronouncement, but in consciousness his
woman was black and should have been admitted, especially since there
were sisters at the party who harbored thoughts, if only subconsciously,
similar to Condi Rice’s. As a matter of fact, I was recently told of
one sister who was at this particular party who is now such a right wing
fanatic that her in-laws banned her from their house, even changed
their telephone number to avoid her right wing ranting.

I am not promoting interracial relationships, rather, in the tradition of my Mother, I am promoting truth and honesty which is the least we
should expect from human beings with consciousness, no matter their
color. But we understand that class has a way of stretching truth beyond
reality, where it becomes an exercise in arrogance and sick pride, the
stuff of classic tragedy. I am not into hating human beings, especially
my distant sister Condi Rice, whom we must allow history and God to
judge—may they have mercy on her soul.

At least Colin Powell was man enough to apologize to the world for his United Nations pseudo lecture justifying the war. Shall we await the day
when Condi will admit her sins? Let us hope she is not made to do so
before the World Court for crimes against humanity.

Black ain’t black

White ain’t white

Beware the day

Beware the night.

--From Wish I Could Tell You the Truth, Marvin X, BBP, 2005. Reprinted in Mythology of Pussy and Dick, toward Healthy Psychosocial Sexuality, Marvin X,BBP, 2010, $49.95.

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Comment by Marvin X on October 17, 2010 at 10:49am
Condi, Bush, Powell, Rumsfeld, the white house gang, and now Obama included, may one day face the world court for crimes against humanity. The death and destruction in Iraq was totally unnecessary as is the current slaughter in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We see America has created more chaos in Iraq than before Saddam, even though Saddam was an American creation. America supplied and supported his slaughter of the Kurds, Shias and Iranians. And now Iraq is without wanter, electricity, with four million external and internal refugees, with one million dead, untold wounded, and yet the war has not begun. Where is the nine billion mission from the reconstruction fund, how much did Condi get, Bush, Powell, Haliburton?

And now we see the war in Afghanistan is over and done, merely a turkey fight because the Taliban have won, otherwise America would not agree for peace talks. This is Vietnam all over.
We know the sound of a duck when we hear it.

Why would any Army need 30,000 troops to capture and defeat 100 to 500 Al Queda in Afghanistan? What a joke! After ten years of US occupation, the Taliban still control 80% of the country. Karzai is merely the mayor of Kabul, the chief dope dealer. Yet the killing continues because it is good for the US war machines that feeds corporate America.

Don't believe the hype. Don't believe the NY Times, brother, it is part of the Jim Crow media that perpetuates the world of make believe. I predict Condi and Obama will stand before the World Court for crimes against humanity, along with their other white brothers and sisters.

Comment by michael w. caesar on October 17, 2010 at 4:42am
Let me start by saying this:
"had it been the decision of Boxer, Rice would have had to face the World Court for crimes against Humanity".
As it was, her job was to protect the President and advise him on pertinent issues. That she did, and... it very well may have prevented HIM from that fate; as a matter of fact, I'm sure of this. The New York Times doesn't lie, and you can go back as far as March, 1991 and read for yourself the intent of that Administrations plans when it came to Sadaam Hussien. Youu can't blame Condi for that and that's not to say that they would have if they could have , but she was grossly abused in her position for her legal expertise; no question. Her abilities to resolve and not exploit is her forte! and it may have very well saved BUSH from trial as a CRIMINAL, and nothing more......Haiti??????
I will further contend that this brother may not be aware of the fact that what he criticizes about Condi may just very well be the decision that needed to be made BY HER given the scenario she herself was confronted with.Would I have offered Bush ill-advice given the situation was iunder my own jurisdiction, or moreover, I'd ask the author, what would he have done to protect his own reputation, given those same circumstances?
They said that evrything about 9/11 could have been avoided if Condi hadn't overlooked or ignored a directive she rec'd from intelligence. That was Boxer's issue with Condi; she ignored that file that said the Towers would be assaulted. Where was Bush???? Had he been even IN the White House that past 6weeks or so leasding up to that fateful date???? They put Condi's name on one of their big oil barges that floats up and down around here...BIG FUQQ'N DEAL. Then they wanted her to be a FALL GUY for their intent to statr some SH(aving Creme) with Sadaam! Did the jewish people really stay home that day???
Boxer sounds Jewish to me!!! For SHAME for SHAME for SHAME....nothing more...
Somehow thier plan was spoilled and that's where Obama comes in at...he crossed the aisle and offered Condi some assistance; we all should thank GOD that he did! Just think of what a GREAT Secretary of State she would be under this present administration!
At this place in time when Public Education is promoting educational literature that features Black People speaking in broken English, Ebonics, and the like, it is absolutely essential that people like Condoleezza Rice remain as ...larger than life figures in this society unswayed by the whimsical desires or false pretenses harboured by a society that does not care to endure the maximized potential of an ethnicity they fear, or see it as a threat to their own self.
Sometimes it's like (as it is exhibited by their reactions to our successes), that we are not even supposed to be here! And by that I mean, their poise surmounts to say, NO, reek of some sort of revengeful opposition even when they put their nose into someone elses affairs without warrant! How do "THEY" surmise we do it??? After having done all the grimey, slimey, things to deter us as they will always continue to do; the enslaving, lynchings, and murders; and now with the dismantling of the Civil Rights Act of the 1960's, the taking away of those gains we made through the Fair Housing Act (our REAL PROPERTY), with all these attacks under auspices as frivolous as the minds of those greedy beast themselves...and still we endure. After having given to this great society more than any (most and many) other ethnic group we continue to exhume our Humanity, not beastiality, and that's how ...NO QUESTION!
Education as a Constitutional Right is a recent phenomena, and as long as it has not been rendered unconstitutional or an unfair advantage, too costly to maintain, etc. etc. it will remain the great equilizer! Without adding fodder to the evil and wicked intent of the wrongdoer, we must continue to stand head and shoulder above these forces. Being that it has been difficult, and after having dropped our guards and allowed them TOLERANCE we must not loss sight of the fact that it too came at a high cost. Maybe, and I do mean MAYBE our loses can be regained, but we must somehow put an end to the dispair of our own young people and stop allowing others to take from them even things that are rightfully theirs only!
Suffice to say, EDUCATION IS VERY PERSONAL...isn't it?

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