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Clowns to the Left, Jokers to the Right

14-Jul-2008

Extremism is alive and well.

Especially when it comes to racial extremists. We are all aware of the white supremacists and the idiots who march around in sheets. But there exist extremists on the other side of the aisle too. First, let’s talk about the anti-everyone-who-does-not-share-my-inbred-genes groups.

Many people do not realize that white extremists still exist. They still march, still shout, still spew hatred, still try to intimidate. This news story tells of these bigots trying to stage a “rally” in Athens, Alabama last year. According to this news account, the people of the city made a stand against them. I hope that is accurate.

Most of these groups have been rightfully marginalized, and no longer have political clout or the grass roots sympathies they once did. That does not mean we can drop our vigilance of them – it just means that their effectiveness has been muted.

Which brings us to our second group – the black extremist.

In my area, the “International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement”, or Uhurus, has a significant presence. You may never have heard of them. However, they are often quoted in news stories relating to race issues in my area. The politicians here try to appease them, although such efforts are generally rebuffed. And this is why I consider the black extremists more dangerous than the white extremists: these groups are not marginalized, and have the ear of the media and politicians.

In the Uhuru’s own words, they believe every black person in prison is a “prisoner of war” and must be freed. They call the police an “occupying army”, who are stealing resources from African Americans. They state public education amounts to “criminalization of African children” and call for an “end to the white nationalists anti-African curriculum that is being used.” They also call special education “a system of mind control, tracking African children into failure and prisons.” They accuse the public health care system of genocide against African Americans. They call Barack Obama “WHITE POWER IN BLACK FACE“. The list goes on.

The Uhuru followers have been implicated in two riots in the City of St. Petersburg, Florida. And yet, instead of being treated like the terrorists they are, they are quoted by the media, and coddled by politicians who have no spine. In fact, my own work site restricts access to the white supremacist sites, yet allows access to the Uhuru sites.

You will gain nothing trying to appease terrorists.

We need to get past worrying about being called a “racist”, when in fact we are pointing out terrorists. Whether those terrorists are white, black or brown does not matter. Whether they call themselves Ku Klux Klan, Uhuru or Al Queda does not matter. We need to treat them all the same.

How’s that for equality for you?

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6 comments

  1. I hit up the Southern Law Poverty or vice versa once and was astounded by the number of truly well organized bigot groups.


  2. I wish the matter were as cut and dried as you present it. Beyond mere political correctness, there is the issue of motivation. I am not familiar with Uhuru but I think the case can be made that unlike the KKK, which desires to maintain dominance of one race over another, Uhuru wants to break free of that dominance. What the two groups have in common is a gross distortion of the “enemy” and a despicable means to achieve their ends. But when we criticize Uhuru, we must do so in the context of the injustice they are trying to fight. I think it is over simplistic to equate “terrorist” activities of the oppressed to the terrorist activities of the oppressor. It is not simply fear of being called a racist that makes the argument against Uhuru difficult, it is the complex circumstances that lead a group like Uhuru to exist.


  3. I also believe in Uhuru, I am from South Africa and what I heard stunned me, no nummed me to the bone.
    The story is as follow, when Madiba dies it is a sign for all Africans to kill and take out all white people infact I heard this from a friend of mine, who is black. Everyday I pray for this not to be true, please let this not be true, South Africa is my home I am born in South Africa therefore I am African! Ps I googled Uhuru and my suspicions are 100% true.

    Yours Faithfully
    Scared African.


  4. Mista Bass:

    We are talking about two different things. I posted about the “International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement”, a socialist group based in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA. They do have an office in Durban, South Africa. However, they are not related to the Uhuru rumors of South Africa, that you are referring to.

    To me, the Uhuru rumors sound like Urban Legend. Little substance, lots of scary stories, unsubstantiated details, are all hallmarks of Urban Legend. However, South Africa has real and dangerous racial tensions, and my hope and prayers are for your safety.

    rutherfordl:

    Frankly, I think the issue is that cut and dried. The Uhurus have a self-described patterning after the Black Panthers. In the 1960’s, the Black Panthers were relevant since blacks were oppressed as a class. They had few options in addressing this oppression, so vitriol and advocation of violence might be justified.

    Fourty years later, African Americans have political and social standing. It’s not perfect, and never will be. However, there exist avenues to address these imperfections. The Uhurus reject these avenues, promote violence, and spread vicious accusations instead. Rejection of civil means for uncivil ones is the working definition I will use here for extremism.

    The Uhurus reject any black that is successful in mainstream society. They refer to Michael Jordan, Whoopi Goldberg and Barack Obama as front men for the white “colonial” power.

    You have a point in stating the KKK and Uhurus have different goals. However, their means are essentially the same, and we know the oft-quoted saying about ends and means . . .


  5. “You have a point in stating the KKK and Uhurus have different goals. However, their means are essentially the same, and we know the oft-quoted saying about ends and means . . .”

    If I stop playing devil’s advocate for Uhuru for a moment, I’d also add another time honored saying that applies here: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” 🙂


  6. If I hadn’t known Uhuru was a black extremist group, I would have thought them to be Canadians.



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