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Bill to Head Off U.S. War Against Syria

It has actually reached the point that presidents don’t give a darn about the Congress,” said Harlem Democrat Charles Rangel, one of six congressional signatories to a letter urging President Obama to ask Congress’s authorization before waging war on Syria. Rangel appeared at a Capitol Hill press conference held by North Carolina Republican Rep. Walter Jones, author of legislation calling for impeachment for unauthorized presidential war-making. Patrick Lang, a former head of Defense Intelligence Agency operations in the Middle East and North Africa, said “the government of the United States has embarked on a course which, if followed, will lead to military intervention in Syria.”

American Revolution was a Racist Revolt

Dr. Gerald Horne, professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston, said, the American revolt of 1776 against British rule “was basically a successful revolt of racist settlers. It was akin to Rhodesia, in 1965, assuming that Ian Smith and his cabal had triumphed. It was akin to the revolt of the French settlers in Algeria, in the 1950s and 1960s, assuming those French settlers had triumphed.” Dr. Horne explores the racist roots on the American Revolution in his new book, Negroes of the Crown. “It was very difficult to construct a progressive republic in North America after what was basically a racist revolt,” said Horne. “The revolt was motivated in no small part by the fact that abolitionism was growing in London…. This is one of the many reasons more Africans by an order of magnitude fought against the rebels in 1776, than fought alongside them.”

Black Soldiers Crucial to American War of Independence

Black soldiers “were the most experienced fighters” at Yorktown, comprising a quarter of the soldiers under General George Washington’s command in the decisive battle, said Alan Gilbert, author of Black Patriots and Loyalists: Fighting for Emancipation in the War for Independence. Gilbert disputes estimates that only 5,000 Blacks fought for American separation from Britain. However, far more Blacks served with the British, who promised freedom, while Washington’s Continental Army did not.


Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network is hosted by Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey. A new edition of the program airs every Monday at 11:00am ET on PRN. Length: One hour.



Only Americans, and many of their "historians" actually believe that slavery was irrelevant in a rebellion led largely by slave masters which left chattel slavery intact.

Yeah sure...

If British & French capitalism was going to free the slaves, why then did they finance the confederacy, and then let British born Judah P. Benjamin flee to England (and then France) after his confederacy lost the war?

"Benjamin fled America, taking multiple bales of cotton with him in order to finance his life in exile. After the war, he used his slave-picked cotton profits to invest in a new start-up organization—a terrorist group known as the Ku Klux Klan!"

The British and the French just wanted 100% of the profits from the colonies they helped to found...

And what about what the British were doing in India and Africa at the time?

How diverse is Great Britain's power structure TODAY? They don't even have a system of tokenism like we have here.


The American revolution, like the Rhodesian unilateral declaration of indepedence in the 1960's, was a revolt by and for White reactionaries. During the American revolution, both (all) sides used, or attempted to use both Blacks and Indians because the two groups of people made up too large of a percentage of the total population of the 13 colonies to be ignored. While none of the the White factions really had the best interests of Black people in mind, the British colonialists, unlike the American "freedom fighters" offered freedom to those who fought on their side, and, unlike Americans who made similar promises, kept their word. There are reasons why many thousands of Black people voted with their feet to flee to Canada instead of remaining in the new, allegedly free United States. Washington's act of setting up a picket line along the shores of Yorktown in order to prevent Blacks from leaving with the defeated British is yet another act which  proves that in comparison to Britain, America offered nothing to the vast majority of Blacks other then the continuation of a very raw deal. Washington and his slave owning cronies were more interested in perserving their souce of wealth, race based chattel slavery and in maintaining the existing racial hierarchy than in remaking the society into something which matched is revolutionary rhetoric. Whatever the intentions of British and French captitalism in the Americas or elsewhere, it is a fact that Britain and France abolished slavery decades before it was abolished in the United States, and that they did so without having to fight a civil war. 

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