Chris Hedges and Glen Ford on The Con Of Diversity

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On Contact: The Con Of Diversity

Published on 27 Oct 2018

Glen Ford, executive editor, Black Agenda Report, talks to Chris Hedges about the history of affirmative action, reparations, and the con of diversity in America. https://www.blackagendareport.com/



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Things to ponder

While our media prostitutes, many Hollywood celebs, and politicians and opinion shapers make so much noise about the still to be demonstrated damage done by the Russkies to our nonexistent democracy, this is what the sanctimonious US government has done overseas just since the close of World War 2. And this is what we know about. Many other misdeeds are yet to be revealed or documented.

Parting shot—a word from the editors
The Best Definition of Donald Trump We Have Found

In his zeal to prove to his antagonists in the War Party that he is as bloodthirsty as their champion, Hillary Clinton, and more manly than Barack Obama, Trump seems to have gone “play-crazy” — acting like an unpredictable maniac in order to terrorize the Russians into forcing some kind of dramatic concessions from their Syrian allies, or risk Armageddon.However, the “play-crazy” gambit can only work when the leader is, in real life, a disciplined and intelligent actor, who knows precisely what actual boundaries must not be crossed. That ain’t Donald Trump — a pitifully shallow and ill-disciplined man, emotionally handicapped by obscene privilege and cognitively crippled by white American chauvinism. By pushing Trump into a corner and demanding that he display his most bellicose self, or be ceaselessly mocked as a “puppet” and minion of Russia, a lesser power, the War Party and its media and clandestine services have created a perfect storm of mayhem that may consume us all. Glen Ford, Editor in Chief, Black Agenda Report

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  1. It should be remembered that the US was established as a European outpost, a colony to enrich the colonizers. European education or rather lack of education made the conquerors of the ‘new’ continent especially murderous because European exceptionalism (and it has never been sufficiently studied in its cruel form), dictated that anyone who did not ‘belong’ to the European mob, must be made to serve it. Slavery was after all already a substructure that kept the Roman empire’s engines functioning.

    After the first small settlements that in their local separations were somewhat democratic, we find the incorporation of the US state in 1776 by a small group that by its elasticity kept the reins of the politic within firmly established laws. Laws that were made by a group of white male Europeans, fully aware that direct control would be hard to sustain in such a far outlying country, thus making it necessary to propagandize an illusionary angelic purpose of the US, spreading its French named ‘mission ciivilatrice’, i.e. hiding oppression and exploitation, which in fact are its defining corollaries.

    The US before 1776 was simply a European colony comparable to what happened in India and in South Africa. After 1776 it became more so a South African Republic with plantation rule regions for containing diverse populations, which include the mass of African Americans and Hispanic populace. Over time the control machine had to become more sophisticated and institutionalized. The most treacherous are the pseudo-liberal elements who will betray all efforts to open the stringent and absolutist laws to a fierce re-examination.

    That is the shape we find ourselves in at present, a mass of exclusive and contradictory resistance, from the #metoo movement to the many well-meant demonstrations that hobble on a surface of possibilities for real revolt. The more strident the cable television ‘news’ anchors and the headliners in print media become, the farther one gets from such a rebellion. The mass of US citizens appears to be frozen in aspic well-willing but helpless and that is the reverse of pre-revolutionary times in France and Russia. What will wake them up is still in the hands of the gods.

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