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Reply to "... Of Burning Houses & Pipe Dreams"

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As much as I want to applaud Malcolm's statement because it makes me feel good to do so, we need to face up to the reality that we live in the Master's house.
It ain't about a "feel good". There's a principled position there. Indeed, it's no more rhetoric than the Noble Negro Notion that we can not only Save Ourselves but Save America (and the World) too.

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It won't do us any damn good to put out the fire in the dining room if the kitchen is still ablaze.
And, really, when and where has that actually been suggested? I do think the whole point of a Convenant, etc. is to lay out some priorities. And Malcolm's quote says something pretty specific:
    "If the master's house caught on fire, the house Negro would fight harder
    to put the blaze out than the master would."
That suggest misguided, misdirected or out-of-whack priorities and not just some "feel good" rhetoric. But if it is, then, again, the idea of what's possible tells us that we can't and won't put out America's fire alone, even if desireable.

So it comes down to being realistic no matter what. Things can be as interconnected as they want to be (as they actually are) but when there's a history of limited and sporadic "connections" with others on those things and in areas where we are "interconnected" then it behooves you... us to act accordingly, responsibly and contrary to vague, even noble rhetoric.

It's pretty funny though... In any other instance people would be so quick and clear to talk about "What We Need To Do For Ourselves."

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Look at poor Haiti. That's formally an independent Black Republic and who controls Haitian politics?
You're going to have to do better than that. And don't abandon your "interconnectedness" theme in an effort to buttress your point. Either that means something or it doesn't. And who is talking about a "Black Republic"??
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