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    Mississippi Finally Ratifies the 13th Amendment – Here Are Some Other Things that Mississippi Decided to Ratify First.

    By Kamau Franklin

    Mississippi is the poorest state in the union, and the state with the highest percentage of people with African ancestry. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not. But the list of things the magnolia state is first and nearly first in, apart from balmy weather, is not a good one.

    An Ivory Tower Assassination of Malcolm X

    by Kamau K. Franklin

    Although much of the negative reaction to the late Manning Marable’s new bio of Malcolm X revolves around the book’s rehashed allegations of Malcolm’s homosexuality, the recasting of the slain leader’s core political beliefs is more disturbing. “Marable’s backers say he wants to ‘humanize’ Malcolm” – as if the “Black Panther of a Man” is not human enough. In Marable’s telling of the story, Malcolm is finally reduced to merely another “anti-racist social justice soldier” – a character with a striking political resemblance to the biographer.

    Aristide's Return Will Bring Haiti’s Popular Organizations to the Front

     

    by Kamau K. Franklin

    Spirits are soaring among Haiti’s popular organizations, marking the end of former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s seven-year, U.S.-imposed exile. Aristide is a “voice that can be rallied around to challenge the eventual winner of the selection process between two U.S. backed right wing candidates.” Here in the U.S., our duty is to build “a solidarity movement that says 'Hands off Haiti!'”

    Does the Black President Owe Anything to the Black Community?

     

    by Kamau Franklin

    For the first time in generations, a presidential election campaign saw virtually no demands from the Black side of the electorate. Two years into Barack Obama’s term, a code of silence remains in force. “Are we so wrapped up in the symbolism of a black president that we can’t hold him accountable to the demands of a community that voted for him upwards of 97%?” And why this peculiar behavior by Black people?Other communities don’t give up their right to make demands on political leaders they vote for.”

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