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

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This is why even though I believe that the Honorable Minister Farrakhan was ultimately wrong, I understand the orientation. I wake up some days with a lack of hope and say, let it burn.
It has nothing to do with a lack of hope. It is a different orientation though. It's one that draws on a logical conclusion collected from a realistic acknowledgement of the history heretofore.

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I resent being told that I have to sit down with folks who don't have my interests at heart, and beg that my interests be included in their platforms. Thats basically what those letters from the Dems and Republicans represent for me. Sure they are going to give serious consideration to all the issues of the Covenant.
And that orientation, though it expresses some of that same resentment, is still directed or come froms a very different place. But you've expressed why the Convenant as a political instrument, in and of itself, is somewhat of a Pipe Dream. Farrakhan's sentiment, however, comes from a self-help orientation. Why "beg" others for things we should at least be trying to do for ourselves?

Again, after Katrina, an Emergency Disaster Response Agency, at the very least should be something we try to make happen as well as insisting on the US gov't, our gov't better serving us in all aspects.

And one thing I say (and have said for a while), especially since people want to talk about Personal Responsibility particularly in the context of the African American Community... then yeah, if there is any movement to lay a clear, solid and organized demand before the U.S. gov't then by all means let's say to them, "Give us our tax money so we can do for ourselves." That's a democratic demand. IMO, it's a step towards constructive engagement that can transform American Democracy.

The fact that we are interconnected with others in this nation is not lost on me, for one. The fact that we tend to be trendsetters when it comes to political protest movements is not lost on me either.
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