Does the 2012 Election Mean Anything To African America?

With the First Black President having put social security cuts on the bargaining table before even being sworn in, ignoring record black unemployment and mass incarceration, and doubling down on every abhorrent Bush policy from imperial wars in Asia and Africa to letting corporate polluters and criminal banksters go unmolested, what is the 2012 election really about for black America? Bragging rights?

Does the 2012 Election Mean Anything To African America?

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Neither Democrats nor Republicans want to prosecute the Wall Street criminals who crashed the housing market and walked away with a fifth or more of all the nation's $401K savings in the last few years. “

A full three years since our First Black President assumed power in January 2009 with thumping majorities in both the House and Senate, and with a full year of campaigning ahead of us, it's time for black America to ask the obvious question.

Once black America gets beyond bragging rights, what difference have presidential and congressional politics made lately? What, if anything is likely to change when Democrats or Republicans win or lose Congress and/or the White House in 2012? Can we really say that who wins or loses this election will really change how and how well we live? The honest answer is probably not.

Neither Democrats nor Republicans will do anything to stop the nationwide wave of foreclosures that have cut the average net worth of black families in half the last four years? Neither Democrats nor Republicans want to prosecute the Wall Street criminals who crashed the housing market and walked away with a fifth or more of all the nation's $401K savings in the last few years. Democrats and Republicans agree that US citizens, and citizens of anyplace else can pretty much be kidnapped, tortured, imprisoned for life or killed without being convicted, or even charged with anything in particular. Neither of the two parties will wind down the oil and resource wars the US is waging from Afghanistan and Yemen to Somalia and the Congo, bring the troops home from 140 foreign countries and spend that money on schools, libraries, transit, job creation and neighborhoods near you. Both parties agree on the runaway privatizations of roads, schools, the post office, public utilities and broadcast frequencies. Neither cares about urban gentrification, the loss of black-owned farmland, or mass incarceration. Both agree on laying off public school teachers an d letting corporate criminals who poison our rivers, our air, our people and environment, and neither intends to protect and expand social security.


Expecting or demanding these things isn't naïve. It's expecting and demanding democracy. It's not “asking the president to wave a magic wand.” It's expecting and demanding reasonable, achievable things a president with or without Congress in his pocket could have done, but didn't. Why didn't Obama even try to do any of these things? Better still, why has the First Black President doubled down on just about every Bush policy from bankster bailouts to wars abroad to ravaging social security, preventive detention, privatizing public education and exempting telecoms, mortgage fraudsters and torturers from prosecution? Why doesn't the First Black President do anything for his base voting constituencies?

...the political bargain black America struck with itself over his career has been to be a sort of black wall around this president and this administration...”

Economist Michael Hudson has a clue. Hudson explains that the job description of modern day politicians is to deliver their voting constituencies to their campaign contributors. The job of Republicans is to deliver the mandate of their mainly white, often upscale rural, exurban and suburban voters to Big Oil, to energy companies, military contractors, telecoms, Big Pharma, real estate lobbies and Wall Street. And the job of Democrats like our First Black President is to deliver the mandate of younger and poorer voters, blacks and Latinos and women to the same players. Thus while Republicans and Democrats sound a bit different on the campaign trail, they govern pretty much alike, with a few important differences.

The biggest difference, in the case of the First Black President, is that the political bargain black America struck with itself over his career has been to be a sort of black wall around this president and this administration, a wall that protects him from his constituents but not from his campaign contributors. It's the guarantee of solid zip-your-lip-or-the-racists-win black support for President Obama, no matter what he says or does, that makes him, and the system he sits at the head of people-proof and democracy-proof. As long as our support is guaranteed, he is free to follow the wishes of his contributors and ignore the plight of his constituents.

It's an advantage a Republican president could never hope to have. By simply placing a black man in the White House, even one who unswervingly follows the Republican agenda, giving the banksters five or more times what Bush did, enacting preventive detention and telecom immunity laws Bush could never hope to get through Congress --- especially a Democratic Congress --- th e interests who finance the campaigns of both parties have shut down nearly all organized black opposition to their policies. It's a neat trick, and it's worked well for the duration of Obama's 2008 campaign and his first three years in office.


Beyond the bragging rights and the pretty pictures, what's in it for us?”

The question is how long will black America muzzle itself for the dubious benefit of prolonging the career of Barack Hussein Obama. Nobody can say for sure. Though strong black support for the president has softened somewhat, the “it's-us-or-the-racist-Republicans” line is still a potent one. It's about all that Barack Obama has left. For the black guy to win this time, the crowd of Republican challengers have to be a gaggle of incompetent racist pygmies and greedheads. And they are. Which leaves black America with the big question.

Beyond the bragging rights and the pretty pictures, what's in it for us? Does a choice between this season's Democrats and Republicans really make a difference to our folks on the ground? Has electing the First Black President improved the living conditions, the health, wealth of our black communities? And if it hasn't, what is the 2012 election about?

Bruce A. Dixon is managing editor of Black Agenda Report, and a state committee member of the Georig Green Party. He lives in Marietta GA and can be reached at bruce.dixon(at)



While the first part of your

While the first part of your comment is true (A broken clock is right twice a day) The conclusion of your comment is foolish ( ethnoitis is not a word). Black disunity and non-conformity is the problem. Also, all nations are formed by homogeneous members (people who look alike). Thus, your use of your "made up word" shows your detachment from reality. 

Africans in America are in a bad situation because they believe racism is not alive and prevailing. A good amount believe they can be friends with the enemy (white people). We need re-education camps and we need them quick. African Centered is the only way. Pan-Africanism can work, we just need more people who believe in it. 


From where will Pan Africanism rise? From the powerless minorities in Brazil or the United States? From those living in the dependant micro states in the Carribbean? On the continent itself, Africans appear to be hopelessly divided by loyalty/subservience to their former colonial masters and to non/anti-African beliefs such as Islam and  Christianity.

Africans attack an already destroyed Somalia whenever America and the West tell them to. Many African rulers signed on to the the violent overthrow of Gadaffey. Nigeria whose "leaders" recently decided to inflict more suffering on their population by raising the price of oil to levels well above what most Nigerians can afford, is awash in oil. Among its many problems is the fact that these so-called leaders refuse to maintain refineries because they prefer to import refined products from overseas and to rake off the profits of doing so.

I love the idea of Pan Africanism, but I just don't know what it would take for a majority of Africans to begin to see it both  necessary, and achievable.

Tell No Lies, Claim No Easy Victories!


Nigeria has three refineries, all owned by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company, NNPC. The Nigerian government has announced its intention to sell 51% of each of the refineries in 2004.

  • Kaduna refinery in northern Nigeria was built in 1980 with a capacity of 5.5 million mt/yr (110,000 b/d). A Lube Baseoil plant was added in 1982, and an LAB plant in 1987.
  • Warri refinery in the south central region was built in 1978 with a capacity of 6.2 million mt/yr (125,000 b/d). A Carbon Black plant and a Polypropylene plant were added in 1986.
  • Port Harcourt refinery in the southeast is made up of two refineries, built in 1965 and 1989. In 1993 they were merged into one, with a total capacity of 10.500 million mt/yr (210,000 b/d). The Eleme Petrochemical plant, which was built adjacent to the Port Harcourt refinery in 1995, has an Olefin production capacity of 483,000 mt/yr, a Polypropylene capacity of 80,000 mt/yr and a Polyethylene production capacity of 250,000 mt/yr.


Pan-Africanism by the contrary is growing outside and within the continent. I can point to Zimbabwe, Malema, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Sudan, Congo, Brazil, the U.S.A.,etc. all filled with young and old Black people who are marching forward and realizing who their enemies are: white, arab and asain. You may consider every story or documentary about Africans done by white people (which I suspect you are or worse a sympathizer) to be objective but any thinking black African knows that this is a ludicrous assertion.

At the same time as Amilcar Cabral said "Tell no Lies, Claim no easy victories!". We have a military and more importantly an educational dis-advantage, that is, a "Pan-African Program Oriented Education" deficiency. There is much work to be done and urgency is lacking from the billions of Black Africans who are currently on the planet even those who are Pan-africanist. Our white, asain and arab enemies are beat able but we are taking to much time to act. We must always be uncomfortable with our current state until we change it.

"Reinforce political work and propaganda within the enemy’s armed forces; Write posters, pamphlets, and letters. Draw slogans on the roads. Establish cautious links with enemy personnel who want to contact us. Act audaciously and with great initiative in this way … Do everything possible to help enemy soldiers to desert. Assure them of security so as to encourage their desertion."


Amilcar Cabral


Working people in all countries and all races, including whites, Asians, and Blacks need to unite against their common enemy, imperialism, which threatens the world.

beverly:I think the word "enthnoitis" is a great word.

Simply great.  It's shorter than the "official"* word and makes more sense. *ethnocentric   I made the word "disabilophobia" this past year because it's better than any existing word for fear and hatred of disability or disabled people. 

Jesus is Satan!

Intreresting argument. Although, I refuse to insult peoples religious beliefs since it usually goes no where, I do agree with the overall point that Christianity is a Semitic religion and is not African, thus Africans in America should not be Christians. Nonetheless, , I will not be voting and I do hope a white person wins so that Black people can start blaming the correct group of people for the problems that Black people across the country and Globe are having, and the problem is white people. Obama is president in name only. He has effectively deflected all criticism since he has a touch of melanin. A white president correctly represents the racist system.

As for the usual white person who comes onto these forums stating "I had nothing to do with slavery". You keep telling yourself that.I know that white man and woman are my immemorial enemies. It seems so called white people repeat the same talking points to avoid the truth. You must pay for the sins of your forefathers.Blacks in turn must focus on the problem, white people and how to develop systems that deflect their attacks upon us. Nonetheless, so called white people must pay for their crimes, period. We just need to focus on doing that and not just talking about it.  


Also, while white people can live in denial and try to convince themselves an anybody who will listen that they are not the major problem on the earth, Black people are suffering because of white people policies. White people have murder millions of Black Africans and committed DEMOCIDE AGAINST African people who live in their political areas. White people have created many enemies. They must pay.

Wondering why this zionist legislation isn't issue numero 1 here

I've always said that that once the Anglo/"Zionist" mafia (familia) in US/UK/ISRAEL tries to subject other white people to stop & frisk, forced inoculations, chemical & biological warfare (air,water,drugs,food we eat), attack on the white family structure, feminization of their males, and JAIL for some of their more aggressive males (so they won't start thinking about opposing the Anglo/"Zionist" mafia that our women are enslaved to).


Obama Signs Martial Law Bill: NDAA Now Law


Why is this website promoting the Zionist-
Leftist toppling of Kabila when he is clearly the uppity candidate opposing western backed enviromentalist trying to halt Africa development and infrastructure...


What does Zionism have to do with this legislation. Also, FEMA concentration camps? Feminizing men? What does Zionist-Leftist mean? I have read some good things about Kabila and his father and I am skeptical about claims of fraud made by the DRC opposition but Kabila's enemy is not the environmental organizations. Environmentalists mainly attack Western multinationals and rebel warlords for environmental degradation and human rights abuses, not the Kabila government. Leftists mainly support Kabila.


What's in it for us, nothing.

Exhibit A:

After some minor face-saving "changes" were inserted into the text, our beloved Overseer in Chief caved in and signed into law an odious decree which leaves the door open for him and his advisors or for any of his sucessors to use the military to seize and to hold anyone anywhere in the world indefinitely, at an unknown location for undisclosed charges.

With the exception of Ron Paul, it's unlikely that any of those running against him for office would have done anything differently. Unfortunately, Ron Paul's libertarianism would simply replace the looming tyranny of oppressive Big Government with that of its evil twin Big Capital.   

Thank goodness that the nations of the "free world" won the Cold War instead of the those commie dictators...

Obama Did NOT 'Cave-In' on Authorization of US Police State Act

Liberal / Progressive Obama critics keep using this term 'He always caves in'. As Glen Ford @ BAR has noted repeatedly- much / most of O-Bomb-em's Deceits can NOT be attributed to him 'Caving in'. O-Bomb-em LIED when he said he would veto this United 'Police-State' of America Act! The first clue was that it was a 'bi-partisan' [every time I hear that word alarm bells go off] effort between so-called 'moderate-liberal' Dim Carl Levin & repug John {bomb-bomb-bomb / Insane} McCain! Levin then in-effect blew the whistle on O-Bomb-em when he said that he was going to put in an exemption for indefinite military detentions for US Citizens BUT the OBAMA Regime insisted that it be removed & threatened to Veto it IF those protections for US Citizens were NOT REMOVED! THUS It was all a poly-trickal game & charade to fool O-bama-bots that he really was against this Treasonous Law when he was really for a more draconian version of it all along! If Obama truly wanted to veto this Treacherous law he did NOT even have to use his Veto Pen. All he had to do was use the Pocket Veto - IE: Refuse to sign it & after 2 weeks [if I'm not mistaken] it would have automatically returned to congress as a Veto!


"Levin then in-effect blew the whistle on O-Bomb-em when he said that he was going to put in an exemption for indefinite military detentions for US Citizens BUT the OBAMA Regime insisted that it be removed & threatened to Veto it IF those protections for US Citizens were NOT REMOVED!"

Carl Levin, is the SOLE-SPONSOR of the NDAA... Obama is a puppet.

Money Power

• Ben Shalom Bernanke, (Chairman of the Federal Reserve) • Lloyd Blankfein, (CEO of Goldman Sachs) • Jamie Dimon (CEO of JP Morgan Chase) • Jacob Rothschild (Largest shareholder of the Federal Reserve.)

These people print the money (at interest) that the US military is dependent on for waging their ceaseless wars on Islam and other countries around the globe.

Legislative & Surveillance Power

• Senator Joseph Lieberman, (Chairs the Senate Committee for Homeland Security) • Michael Chertoff, former Head of Homeland Security) • Senator Carl Levin (Head of the Senate Armed Service Committee and sponsor of NDAA allowing “indefinite detention” of US citizens) • Diane Feinstein (Chairs the Senate Committee on Intelligence.) • Howard Berman and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen co-chair the House Foreign Affairs Committee • Jane Harman co-chair the House Intelligence Committees

These people run our FEMA concentration camps. Both Berman and Ros-Lehtinen are clamoring for war with Iran. (The Body Bag industry BOOMS as Americans DIE… Congress does not send their own sons and daughters to fight their wars.)

Propaganda Power

• Sumner Redstone (CEO of CBS, born, Murray Rothstein) • Robert Iger (CEO of ABC) • Brian Roberts (CEO of NBC) • Edgar Bronfman, Jr (CEO of Time Warner/CNN.) Rupert Murdoch (News Corp)

These people tell us who to vote for.

I Get Your Point But It Does NOT Negate My Point...

Whether O-Bomb-em is just a puppet, is managing this Charade or is in on together w the puppet masters - is in my opinion besides the point. The point is he was NEVER really against this US Police State Act, & LIED when he said he would veto it! 

This move toward a police state has been ongoing since even before Reagan / Mr CIA Skull{duggery}& Bones Bush Sr / Darth Vader Cheney & Rumsfeld's institution of COG [Continuity of Gov't] measures. We can go back to Gay Edgar's COINTELPRO, - Eisenhower's warning about the MIISC & JFK's assassination, or to Truman's authorizing the CIA, or to FDR's mass detention of Japanese Americans on the US' West coast, & certainly Wilson's draconian laws to spy on, silence, & Round up WWI dissenters.

I refer again to Mike Pirsch's Oct 2011 article here @ BAR: 'The US Is a FASCIST State Because It IS [& always has been] RACIST!'


I agree with you, "caving in" is doesn't really describe the behavior of someone like President Obama who is actually doing what both he and his handlers/masters wish to do. I sometimes forget that it is all political theater, carefully crafted to distract and to confuse the public about the true nature of the system that they live under. The President knows that with this legislation, he has given himself and, more importantly, his successors a priceless gift, one which vastly increases powers of the Executive branch in perpetuity, while removing even a shred of accountability for the use or more likely, the misuse of these powers.  And the only thing standing between the people and the full implementation of this nightmare is a so-called signing statement, a document which can be suspended, amended, revoked, ignored, or reinterpreted, by the current President or by some future President as they see fit.    


I am a Black man and I disavow any association and reject any one who states that this non-black man who is president is Black. Since, never in the history of the world has a so called "white woman" had a Black child. 

Once again Black Agenda Report is only Black in the "title". Why won't the writers of this here website focus on the enemy (white people: man and women) and how Black people can create systems to defeat them?  Once again, when ever you have white people involved in the discussion, this is what happens, capitulation that sprouts circular arguments. 

"Ron Paul is Great"?: Capitalism is the problem"; Marxism is a great ideal". All white concepts. How about Pan-Africansim? 

Harry Belafonte had a white

Harry Belafonte had a white grandmother and Frederick Douglas had a white father. Does that mean that they aren't black? How is Capitalism being the problem a white concept?

The only reason Marxism was created in Europe was that was the place where because of historical circumstances capitalism and industrialization first developed or at least was most strongly developed .Therefore just because Marxism was created in Europe, that does not mean that it is a specifically European or white concept. Marxism is applicable to all humanity not just those of European descent.  WEB Dubois, Paul Robeson and others were both Marxists and Pan-Africanists.

Wrong Concepts

I find that only teenagers or adults who have a hard time expressing themselves use "YouTube" video references to get their point across. Nonetheless, Christianity is a Semitic religion, period. It is not of African origin. Furthermore, influencing a concept and a concept actually being of a certain origin are two different things. Have African cosmogonies influenced the formation and the conceptualization of other religions? Yes. However, that still would not make them African. Thus, any sane person of African decent would not be a Christian, especially with the amount of information available for one to understand why one should not practice a white supremacist religion. Once again, when somebody has the wrong concept, they come to the wrong conclusion.

Euro-Christianity is NOT Shemitic- Nor is it African

Although Euro-Chritianity refers to the Hebrew Bible [mainly the so-called New Testament which much / most of it wasn't even written in Hebrew], the establishment of what we now know as the Christian Church [IE: Roman Catholicism] was formulated under the auspices of Roman Emperor Constantine & his mama Helena- circa 325 ACE at the Council of Nicaea [FYI: Constantine &/or his mama Helena sanctioned the building the 3 Great Christian Churches of antiquity IE: Church of the 'Holy Sepulcre {which most likely is NOT the actually tomb of Yeshua the Nazorean}, Church of the Nativity & St Peter's Basilica at Vatican City- ROME]. The whole point of the Council of Nicaea was, to officially establish Christianity [IE: Roman Catholicism] as the Roman Empire's State controlled religion & to SEVER all Ties of Euro-Christian Doctrine from its Hebraic roots [thus effectively severing it from historical reality]. From this point on, as you indicate, ROMAN Catholicism [the Mother of ALL other Euro-Christian Churches] was essentially a Euro-concept w a bit of a Hebraic flavor.

Ancient Hamitic-Semite [KHamitic-Shemitic] languages & cultures IS Also referred to as AFRO-Asiatic - so what about the ancient people who spoke these AFRO-Asiatic Languages & practiced these AFRO-Asiatic cultures! Although many today use the term so-called 'Mid-Eastern'- actually the term Mid-East has no ancient historical & cultural roots. This term was invented by the British East India Co circa 1860ACE about the time of the building of the Suez Canal & was later popularized by an Anglo-American Naval strategist for US & UK geo-political interests in the region - in conjunction w what UK geo-polical strategists termed the 'Great Game' Strategy. Look at a map of the so-called 'Mid-East' & you'll see that the Sinai is part of Egypt [aka: Ancient KHem- whose Biblical fore-father was KHam], Yet Egypt is in Africa so does it make historical & geographical sense that the North-Eastern tip of Eygpt is some place else other than Africa? - Especially when the Suez Canal was only built about 150yrs ago?! And is not southen Israel-Palestine connected to the Sinai? But Maybe you may want to Wikipedia the Great Rift Valley [aka the Great Syrian-AFRICAN Rift], to further establish this point! But if you have some difficulty w the implications of the term AFRO-Asiatic- consider that the so-called 'Middle-East' is sandwiched between Africa [Africans are/were predominately Black & Brown folk w woolly hair] & India [Indians were/are predominately Black & Brown folk w straight jet black hair- {& further note that most indigenous people of South Asia & Australia / New Zealand were/are Black or Brown skinned folk w straight or curly jet black hair]. So what do you think the Ancient peoples in this region between Africa & India probably looked like?!  


The Gospels of the New Testament were first written in Aramaic, a semitic language which was the main language spoken by the people of Palestine during the first century AD, including likely Jesus himself.

You are Correct about the Similarity of Aramaic to Hebrew

But if I'm not mistaken much of the so-called New Testament was written in Greek & even Latin [many of aristocrat class in Judea-Palestine had become Hellenized &/or Latinized by, or even prior to- the advent of Yeshua the Nazorean {aka Jesus of Nazereth], though I'm sure that the some 'New' Testament Books [IE: The Epistle to the HEBREWS] was likely written in either Hebrew &/or Aramaic.  

Nice try...

The "concept" of one god, and the "concept" of a Lord Saviour Jesus Christ comes out of Africa.

Then you have to deal the nagging fact that Pan-Africanism itself was a vision pushed by a lot of Christian raised, African American and/or Afro-Caribbean Marxist/socialist?

Then you have to deal with the fact that Religion is what you make of it IN YOUR OWN MIND.

There is Christianity with African characteristics, and there is Islam with African characteristics (The Moors? NOI?). For example, one would say that the Obama administration is supporting the Arab Islamic/Al Qaeda revolts in Northern Africa & the Middle East, while continuing the "war on terror" (the persecution of Muslims) in Oil rich Black African countries like Nigeria, Somalia, Kenya, and South Sudan.

We now have Black "Al Qaeda" in Nigeria:

"Boko Haram" in Muslim Northern Nigeria. The New York Times admits that the Boko Haram hysteria might be a psyop:

"Al Shabaab" in Muslim Somalia.

Now 3,000 people from the Murle tribe have been slaughtered in South Sudan:

The United Nations sent in peace keepers and South Sudan's security force, the SPLA, not TO STOP the massacre, but to warn residents in Pibor to flee!

I guess the Muslim population in "Christian" Kenya, "Christian" Ethiopia, and Uganda are to be considered dangerous "al Qaeda" affiliates by the West as well.

The fact that people are promoting the Freemasonic/Zio-Atheist hatred of Islam and Christianity, pushed by the media and academia, speaks volumes.