World Politics and Barack Obama: The Risks Of Minstrel Diplomacy.




(  “Whenever you management a person’s pondering you do not need to fret about his actions…He’ll discover his personal “correct place” and can keep in it…You do not want to ship him to the again door.  He’ll go with out being advised.  The truth is, if there isn’t any again door, he’ll lower one for his particular profit.  His schooling makes it mandatory.” – Carter G. Woodson, The Mis-Training of the Negro

There have been defining occasions in historical past-moments, epochs and intervals which might be sometimes marked by notable occasions or specific traits which have modified the world perpetually. Nicolaus Copernicus’ publication of On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres in 1543, postulating the mannequin of the universe that positioned the Solar moderately than Earth at its middle was such a second. The Industrial Revolution (1760 – 1840), was a defining interval within the strategies and processes of worldwide manufacturing that transitioned a lot of the world away from hand manufacturing, in the direction of extra environment friendly and secure mechanical manufacturing processes. In 1957, the Soviet Union efficiently launched Sputnik I, the earth’s first synthetic satellite tv for pc, launching the “area race” that led to America touchdown the primary people on the moon in 1969.

Global Politics and Barack Obama: The Dangers Of Minstrel Diplomacy.

These are only a few examples of moments in time which have modified folks’s perceptions of the world because it was recognized.  The world-humankind, as soon as once more finds itself within the midst of a kind of epochs. Humankind is witnessing the autumn of the Western empire.  The shift is away from the unipolar world, financed by the US greenback and managed by American navy energy projection and hegemony, to a brand new multi-polar geo-political panorama.  This “new world order” is not going to be managed by American pursuits. It will likely be managed by the cooperation of quite a few international locations, with a aim of establishing, “… a extra simply, balanced and secure multipolar world order, firmly opposing all varieties of worldwide confrontation…”

Folks naturally are inclined to suppose {that a} “fall” or collapse of this nature can be extra speedy, dramatic and simply acknowledged. On the contrary, empires are inclined to collapse over time.  It’s analogous to going bankrupt. In Hemingway’s The Solar Additionally Rises, Mike Campbell, a bankrupt Scottish conflict veteran, was requested how he went bankrupt. Mike replied, “Two methods…Progressively after which out of the blue.” When requested what introduced his chapter on, Mike replied, “Buddies. I had lots of pals. False pals. Then I had collectors, too.”

Simply as Mike had “pals”, the US has allies.  As Mike had “collectors”, the US is attempting to finance a number of wars on a number of fronts. Treasury Secretary Yellen’s pronouncements that “…the U.S. can afford to assist each Ukraine and Israel of their respective conflict efforts with out hindering the nation’s economic system…”, reeks of OVERREACH. Monetary overreach and navy overreach are among the many contributing components which have traditionally led to the autumn of empires.

As empires start their decline messaging turns into crucial.  The narrative that’s created to manage folks’s perceptions of actuality are key. MSNBC advised us, the “…U.S. is utilizing intel to combat an data conflict with Russia, even when the intel isn’t rock stable.” Merely put, the federal government is mendacity to you with the intention to preserve some semblance of order. It’s Plato’s “noble lie”. This is essential.  These are the lies that have to be advised so Individuals will imagine that extra US taxpayer {dollars} have to be despatched to Ukraine and Israel whereas American infrastructure disintegrates. We’re advised that the US must reinvade Haiti, that sovereign African international locations must be sanctioned for doing enterprise with Russia and a humanitarian pause in hostilities in Occupied Palestine is a foul concept and solely advantages Hamas. These distortions and lies are a part of the narratives that straight affect the event of our perceptions. These manufactured or misinformed realities then decide the insurance policies put into place and actions taken. This turns into a vicious cycle as within the Easton mannequin of methods evaluation.

In telling the narrative, who tells it may be as vital as what’s being advised. That is the place the minstrel and “minstrel diplomacy” rears its ugly head. Within the nineteenth century in america, a minstrel was a band of entertainers or a person, sometimes white that will blacken their faces with burnt cork known as “corking up”.  They carried out songs, dances, and formulaic comedian routines primarily based on stereotyped and demeaning depictions of African Individuals. Typically, African American performers wore blackface when taking the stage with the intention to make their shows extra acceptable to White audiences.

What was as soon as discovered to be an efficient leisure system, the minstrel present has now grow to be a tool to disseminate the dominant imperialist and racist Western narrative of American international coverage.  Because the phenotype of most of the victims of those insurance policies are folks of the darker hue; the disseminators of the narrative have determined to “cork up” the folks getting used to promote the story. In a nutshell, utilizing Black faces to clarify and rationalize racism/white supremacy with the intention to make the viewers extra comfy with and receptive to the message.  These individuals are simple to seek out.  They’re a part of what the late Glen Ford known as “The Black Misleadership Class”, “…they’ve been busy promoting out Black folks for half a century…”.  The late Amiri Baraka known as them “functionaries of the U.S. authorities”. They know their correct place, keep in it and do their jobs nicely.

Former President Obama just lately revealed an Op Ed entitled, Ideas on Israel and Gaza whereby he acknowledged Israel had a proper to defend itself towards the Oct. 7 assaults and he reiterated the necessity to abide by “worldwide regulation.” I agree that Israel has a proper to exist, however not on occupied Palestinian land! In response to the ADL, the Balfour Declaration continues to symbolize the primary worldwide recognition of the institution of a Jewish nationwide homeland within the land of Palestine. It clearly states, “His Majesty’s Authorities view with favour the institution in Palestine of a nationwide house for the Jewish folks … it being clearly understood that nothing shall be finished which can prejudice the civil and spiritual rights of present non-Jewish communities in Palestine….” Discover, the phrase “State” is rarely talked about neither is the phrase “Israel”.  Why are Zionists allowed to disregard their very own paperwork and rewrite the historic narrative?

Obama’s noncontextual and ahistorical speaking factors are being handed off as substantive evaluation.  Obama goes on to write down, “However whilst we assist Israel, we must also be clear that how Israel prosecutes this combat towards Hamas issues… that Israel’s navy technique abides by worldwide regulation…”.  He doesn’t acknowledge the humanity of the Palestinians. It’s as if Obama thinks that it’s okay to bomb them so long as we’re nicer about it or simply use a nicer type of genocide. Additionally, Obama completely ignores the truth that Israel’s’ complete anti-Hamas technique is predicated on the idea of “collective punishment” and is in violation of worldwide regulation and is itself a conflict crime.  Many ignore the historic realities of this battle.  If Obama is saying it and he’s Black, it might probably’t be racist.

AP reported that the U.S. just lately vetoed Brazil’s proposed U.N. decision condemning all violence towards civilians within the Israel-Hamas conflict. U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield stated the council wants to permit present diplomatic efforts to unfold. She additionally criticized the measure for failing to underline Israel’s proper to self-defense.  It’s arduous to barter the phrases of delivering humanitarian help to a folks struggling genocide when, as was the case with African Individuals, their very humanity is in query.

The US veto of the proposed decision quantities to the U.S. giving Israel as a lot time because it desires to, as PM Netanyahu stated, “…to show them into rubble”. Former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations Dan Gillerman just lately described Palestinians as “horrible, inhuman animals”. Israel’s protection minister known as for a “full siege” of Gaza, describing the Palestinian fighters who attacked Israel over the weekend as “human animals.”  None of this may be thought-about racist if Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield believes that people will be exterminated as a result of she does just like the language in Brazil’s proposed decision. Each Obama’s and UN Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s statements fail to offer historic context regarding the atrocities being dedicated towards the Palestinians in Historic Palestine.

Different examples of “minstrel diplomacy” embrace U.S. Consultant Hakeem Jefferies (D-NY) supporting the World Fragilities Act and the U.S. backed reinvasion of Haiti. Dr. Jemima Pierre writes, “The act and its prologue clearly articulate that the primary targets are to advance “U.S. nationwide safety and pursuits” and to “handle rival powers,” presumably Russia and China.” The U.S. understands the poor optics of it main the invasion into Haiti, so it’s attempting desperately to discover a “Black led” nation or “Black face” to take the lead.  VP Harris and Rep. Jefferies traveled to Nassau in June for the U.S.-Caribbean Leaders Assembly in a failed try and persuade a CARICOM nation to again the play.  They might not. Finally, the U.S. was in a position to persuade Kenya to take the lead on this U.S. misadventure and has agreed to pay Kenya over $100M.  This has additionally resulted in U.S. Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin signing a five-year settlement with Kenya to shill for U.S. militarism on the Continent.  A lot to the U.S.’ dismay, a Kenyan court docket has briefly suspended the federal government plan to ship Kenyan troops into Haiti.

One other instance of this minstrelsy is U.S. Consultant Gregory Meeks (D-NY) championing the Countering Malign Russian Actions in Africa Act that sanctions sovereign African nations that resolve to do enterprise with Russia. The Southern African Improvement Neighborhood (SADC) has vehemently expressed their collective opposition to this regulation.  In a current assertion they stated, “Africa Is Not For Sale. Africa is open for enterprise not on the market or looting. We should defend what’s ours and be sure that nobody takes from us what’s ours…” We should be vigilant and conscious of the Black faces which might be being utilized by the failing empire to promote us on failed raciest, white-supremacist, imperial, neo-colonial militarism.

If we proceed to permit these narratives to go unchallenged, Individuals will proceed to blindly assist cash laundering schemes disguised as navy and humanitarian assist payments for international locations similar to Ukraine, Israel and Haiti. As Woodson acknowledged, “Whenever you management a person’s pondering you do not need to fret about his actions…” The true aim is to pay inventory dividends to traders within the military-industrial complicated and bonuses to the CEO’s of firms like Raytheon and Lockheed Martin with Individuals hard-earned tax {dollars}.

These are simply among the risks of minstrel diplomacy. Because the late Fred Hampton advised us, “it’s a category battle… We all know that so as to have the ability to discuss energy, that what you’ve acquired to have the ability to discuss is the flexibility to manage and outline phenomena and make it act in a desired method…”. Listening to the minstrels we proceed to get confused. We proceed to provide you with, as Fred Hampton stated, “…solutions that don’t reply, explanations that don’t clarify and conclusions that don’t conclude.”

Workers Author; Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III

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