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Zawahiri: Obama “House Negro”

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This has been widely reported today, but if you read the actual transcript, Zawahiri is quoting Malcolm X in calling Obama (as well as Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice) “house negroes.”

And in you and in Colin Powell, Rice and your likes, the words of Malcolm X (may Allah have mercy on him) concerning “House Negroes” are confirmed.

Here‘s what Malcolm X was referring to (from Wikiquote, apparently from a speech he gave in 1963):

  • If you’re afraid of black nationalism, you’re afraid of revolution. And if you love revolution, you love black nationalism. To understand this, you have to go back to what the young brother here referred to as the house Negro and the field Negro back during slavery. There were two kinds of slaves, the house Negro and the field Negro. The house Negroes — they lived in the house with master, they dressed pretty good, they ate good because they ate his food — what he left. They lived in the attic or the basement, but still they lived near the master; and they loved the master more than the master loved himself. They would give their life to save the master’s house — quicker than the master would. If the master said, “We got a good house here,” the house Negro would say, “Yeah, we got a good house here.” Whenever the master said “we,” he said “we.” That’s how you can tell a house Negro.
  • If the master’s house caught on fire, the house Negro would fight harder to put the blaze out than the master would. If the master got sick, the house Negro would say, “What’s the matter, boss, we sick?” We sick! He identified himself with his master, more than his master identified with himself. And if you came to the house Negro and said, “Let’s run away, let’s escape, let’s separate,” the house Negro would look at you and say, “Man, you crazy. What you mean, separate? Where is there a better house than this? Where can I wear better clothes than this? Where can I eat better food than this?” That was that house Negro. In those days he was called a “house nigger.” And that’s what we call them today, because we’ve still got some house niggers running around here.
  • This modern house Negro loves his master. He wants to live near him. He’ll pay three times as much as the house is worth just to live near his master, and then brag about “I’m the only Negro out here.” “I’m the only one on my job.” “I’m the only one in this school.” You’re nothing but a house Negro. And if someone comes to you right now and says, “Let’s separate,” you say the same thing that the house Negro said on the plantation. “What you mean, separate? From America, this good white man? Where you going to get a better job than you get here?” I mean, this is what you say. “I ain’t left nothing in Africa,” that’s what you say. Why, you left your mind in Africa.
  • On that same plantation, there was the field Negro. The field Negroes — those were the masses. There were always more Negroes in the field than there were Negroes in the house. The Negro in the field caught hell. He ate leftovers. In the house they ate high up on the hog. The Negro in the field didn’t get anything but what was left of the insides of the hog.
  • The field Negro was beaten from morning to night; he lived in a shack, in a hut; he wore old, castoff clothes. He hated his master. I say he hated his master. He was intelligent. That house Negro loved his master, but that field Negro — remember, they were in the majority, and they hated the master. When the house caught on fire, he didn’t try to put it out; that field Negro prayed for a wind, for a breeze. When the master got sick, the field Negro prayed that he’d die. If someone came to the field Negro and said, “Let’s separate, let’s run,” he didn’t say, “Where we going?” He’d say, “Any place is better than here.”

Written by Homo Œconomicus

November 19, 2008 at 4:49 pm

Praileaitz cave paintings threatened by mining

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An article (see translation below) in GARA about the Praileatiz I site (more info here) which is threatened by mining activities. (It seems like it’s either the miners, the loggers, or the pharmaceutical companies that can’t do anything right these days.)



Lawmakers request Lakua to stop all activities surrounding the Praileaitz I cave

The parliament of Gasteiz has made a unanimous request to the government of Lakua to stop all activities being carried out in the area around the Praileatiz I cave.

12/14/2007 11:58:00

GASTEIZ-. A non-binding resolution to protect Praileaitz has been accepted with the support of the Ezker Abertzale, PSE, EA, and EB parties. The EAJ and PP abstained.

The parties proposing the resolution (PSE, Ezker Abertzale, and Aralar) noted that the work being done in Praileaitz I represents the exploration of one of the most important Upper Paleolithic sites discovered in recent decades in Europe, and that the site is being irremediably devoured as a consequence of the activity in the adjacent quarry, Sasiola.

The parties stated that an “additional safety zone” to protect the vicinity around the cave must be established, thereby also protecting the slope where the cave is located.

The parties request in the resolution that the Lakua government either modify or expand the decree which is already in force, in order to protect the entire slope where the Praileaitz I cave is located, and to conserve in ther entirety the natural surroundings of the cave.

While doing this, they also request an immediate stop to all activities in the area, and at the same time to develop a “more explicit” law as quickly as possible, “as quickly as possible the protection of all such sites which could be achieved through this.” [See Note 1 below.]

In the debate, the EAJ has defended itself by stating that the the cave is “well-protected in a satisfactory manner” by the decree issued in July and by the measures taken by the Gipuzkoa Assembly.

361 experts

Last Wednesday, a document signed by 361 experts from around the globe in support of Praileatiz I and the surrounding slope was made public, on the eve of today’s debate.

Note 1: Doesn’t make much sense? Well, it didn’t to me either. Here’s the original sentence:

Hori egin bitartean, ingurune horretan jarduera guztiak bertan behera utz daitezela galdegiten diote, eta horrekin batera lege “esplizituagoak” garatu daitezela “lehenbailehen, haien bitartez lortu ahal izan dadin horrelako guneak benetan babestea ahalik eta lasterren”.

Written by Homo Œconomicus

December 14, 2007 at 5:11 pm

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