Tuesday, March 19, 2013
In the Crazy House Called America Revisited
AND MARVIN X AT JOYCE GORDON GALLERY
Since I published the first edition of my essays In the Crazy House Called America in 2002, Black Bird Press, Berkeley, our common mental condition has severely depreciated, from Mild and Moderate to Severe. Madness abounds yet no one has a solution. If President Obama has a trillion dollar defense budget and is president of the number one arm's merchant of the world, engaged in innumerable global wars, we cannot expect a solution from such a sinister individual.
But in a hypocritical manner, the USA offers insurgents and Muslim fundamentalists in Iraq three things: education, jobs and housing, yes, in Afghanistan and elsewhere, soon Syria--but cannot stem the violence in the hoods of America with the same solution that is decreasing violence in Iraq and Afghanistan, alas, the President of Afghanistan claims the USA is in bed with the Taliban to keep America in Afghanistan for the foreseeable future.
Let's focus on the three items: Education, Housing, Jobs. You can offer this and decrease the violence in Iraq, but you cannot offer the same to the boys and girls in the hoods of Chicago, New York, Washington DC, Baltimore, New Orleans, Houston, Los Angeles, Fresno and the Oakland Bay Area.
We call upon President Obama to implement the same program in America that America is employing globally, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan. Don't be surprised if the same offer isn't given to the Muslim fundamentalists if they should somehow gain power in the neo-Syria.
God forbid that Syria should go backward rather than forward!
We are well acquainted with Syria. Our beloved son Abdul El Muhajir (Darrel P. Jackmon) won a Fulbright fellowship to the University of Damascus. He graduated from UC Berkeley in Arabic and Middle Eastern literature, studied at the American University in Cairo, grad study at Harvard.
And then my son suffered manic depression and under medication decided to walk into a train.
My son was the reincarnation of myself. He said he would preach my funeral, yet I had to preach his as many parents are doing these days. Yes, nature is out of order. Children are supposed to bury parents, not the reverse. My father in law is 85 yet has had to bury two of his daughters.
What is the solution?
I have offered you my book How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy, Nisa Ra offers you Black Love Lives and my daughter Muhammida El Muhajir offers you Black Power Babies, surely between Nisa, Muhammida and myself lies the truth!