I didn’t vote in the 2016
presidential election. Surrounded by the hysteria of white liberals
(wittingly or unwittingly) neoliberalism’s foot soldiers in
Madison, Wisconsin at the time, those who ignored Barack Obama’s
history in Chicago as the “community activist” yet promoter
waging of “just” wars, I couldn’t bring myself to go to the
polls for Barack Obama. Either in 2008 or in 2012. He would be, I
noted in my Black Commentator and Capital City Hues
columns, a man who would assume become the black face of US
Empire. It didn’t take long before he rewarded his friends on Wall
Street, from the banking and corporate worlds, to join him at the
“The greatest purveyor of
violence in the world today,” said Dr. Martin L. King Jr., is “my
own government, I can not be silent.”
War takes from the economically
poor most of all, King warned. It steals lives too. There are the
dead and those mentally traumatized forever.
Obama served his eight years.
The necessity of war for the US Empire arose many times, with Hillary
Clinton, a hawk, and Democratic presidential candidate in 2016,
running against Trump, recognized, with the expertise of a woman with
corporate friends, “predators” in Libya just as she did years
before in the US. Sounding like the Republican New York Bloomberg and
his “m.o.” for describing “minority” males, prone to the
world of crime.
But who remembers?
King focused on poverty, but it
was for the corporate capitalists about the 1%. It’s just that the
middle-class heard refers to them by the candidates of both parties.
Middle class! Middle class! Middle class!
are photos of presidential
candidate Senator Robert
Kennedy, visiting the economically poor rural and southern
hands with parents and children on the front porches of abodes
without running water or even electricity. Today,
it’s rare to see presidential candidates shaking
hands with the economically
warrants or previous prison
time deems these citizens
less worthy of politicians’ time. But, politicians make their
worthwhile stressing to their base the necessity for law-and-order
policies that general impact the lives of the economically poor.
there’s the often
deliberate inaccessibility of the voting polls making
it impossible for the working class to
vote. The Democratic
National Committee (DNC)
seems to think this inaccessibility is not a priority. And why not?
middle class, on the other
hand, attend rallies
and town hall sessions.
The politicians want to seem
this classat staged events. But,
unless a relative or
long-time friends, the
manager at a local Walmart
or any fifth grade
teacher in Chicago or LA
isn’t a regular
lunch mate with the
billionaire candidate. The
Walmart worker, black and mother of two small childrennot a
the midst of the liberal middle-class
Obama, the local policies of cities and towns in
Wisconsin featured built-in
manholes: you could watch as
black and brown men fell into these holes, otherwise known as
prisons, many so far away from family and their community.
luck locating housing for the newly released from prison. As
the black and brown communities of the economically
poor, working class, and even
middle class can
attest toaffordable housing is
disappearing behind that capitalist necessity
(again) for corporate-sustaining
projects that create
predominately white upper
class citizens, valuable, citizens, because moneyed citizens.
corporate-sustaining projects breed more projects guaranteed to
not just “blighted” urban
areas but also downtown
centers throughout the US which,
in turn, justifies
sprucing up the City Hall, the
Opera House, the university and affiliated medical facilities, the
museums, parks and recreation centers, and high-end fashion as well
as jewelry and accessory stores. And
soon, the whole city isn’t affordable for everyone with less than a
a mid-size city such as Madison, it’s impossible to live downtown
without maybe two “middle class” incomes combined. Maybe. Then
that’s a certain class, isn’t it? And the preferable class
what races of people? And mind you, the supporters
of neo liberal ism
Obama buttons while
Obama their man!
the most part, t he
in whitespaces were (and are still today) black and brown
Indigenous people. If you are “acceptable,” that is, based on
your income, then you are welcomeunless the police think
otherwise, of course. But the merchants and politicians generally
don’t have a problem with the color green.
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