Skip to main content

Reply to "British Black Panthers"

People aggrandize and make mythology. This is maybe okay but seldom practical. Ego is everywhere. That is the problem.  The Panthers, on the E. Coast, liked to show the film, Battle of Algiers in Harlem, a good enough film. I was later in Algeria and met an Algerian revolutionary. He was captured by the French and tortured. Some of his fingernails had been pulled out. Ouch. I never forgot what he said to me; essentially, before the revolution he was a poor man and after the revolution he was still a poor man. That was his conclusion. Eldridge Cleaver was in Algiers at the time. When he finally came back to the US, he designed, no foolin’, “penis pants”. These were pants with a sock on the outside where a man could kind of show his junk. I remember reading about that and thought what an ignoble end. Sad. I knew an old guy who found in the Spanish Revolutionary War to defeat Franco. The Left idolized those people in the Lincoln Brigade. My deceased friend, who’d easily be 100 by now, told me it was all bull. They were not these mythological figures but ordinary folks on a mission. Admirable, okay, but ego is the problem. I always look at ego and so never get awestruck by political movements. That’s why political problems are ultimately spiritual problems. Ego and greed undermine politics. This may sound farfetched but think about how much black people affect the US and the world culture. If Africans could go beyond the ego shite, we could lead the world. Possible? It is a long shot since American blacks are probably the most afflicted African people on Earth. But! 

×
×
×
×