Race Politics

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Anonymous Comrade writes "There have been 2 firebombings of Pakistani run deli's and a shooting murder of a Yemeni deli worker over the past two months. This is in addition to scores of other harassment incidents that have not been reported officially but are shared among "brown" people on the island.

Staten Island has been a place that the far right has targeted for recruitment and developing bases. In the early 90's the local Staten Island Advance reported the establishment of a KKK chapter on the island. Since then there has been neo-nazi activity of the Aryan Nations, Aryan Brotherhood, USA Nationalist Party, just to name a few that I've heard of or run into. Staten Island of course is Giuliani country and Mafia country and cop country.

Louis Lingg writes: "CounterPunch has posted the following interview with Norman Finkelstein (author of The Holocaust Industry):

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People

By Don Atapattu

Professor Norman Finkelstein is one of a dying breed of American mavericks that relentlessly defies any attempt at easy categorization. He is the son of Holocaust survivors but an unremitting critic of Holocaust reparation claims; a Jew but is a life-long anti Zionist; and though very much a Leftist, he is often praised by far Right revisionists of the Third Reich, such as Hitler-admiring historian David Irving. He initially made his name by revealing Joan Peter's massively successful From Time Immemorial (a book heavily promoted by the Israeli lobby, that claimed there were no native Arabs before Zionist immigration into Palestine), as a colossal fraud, and for 10 years he was a Professor of Political Science at New York University.

Holding Terrorists Accountable? It Depends on the Color and the Cause...

November 04, 2001

By Tim Wise"

Members of his terrorist organization and network have killed Americans, on
American soil. Those inspired by his message have engaged in a mass
atrocity: blowing innocent people out of their offices as the building where
they worked crumbled to the ground.

He himself has called for total war against the enemy in an effort to
"cleanse" the United States. He has said that although innocent people will
die in such an effort, "it is necessary, and because it is necessary, it is
good." Seven years ago he warned of potential pending attacks when he wrote:
"New Yorkers who work in tall office buildings--anything close to the size
of the World Trade Center--might consider wearing hardhats to work..."

Osama bin Laden? Not even close.

The website Focus on the Global South has posted a piece by Walden Bello (Executive Director of Focus on the Global South and Professor at the University of the Philippines), Endless War, in which he asserts that Osama bin Laden and the WTC attackers were motivated by "the subordination of the interests of the peoples of the region to the US' untrammeled access to Middle East oil" and U.S. "unstinting support for Israel."

Louis Lingg writes: "By e-mail I was forwarded the following request for assistance from the The Arab-American Family Support Center on Atlantic Avenue in

Dear friends,

We are really swamped here at the Arab-American Family Support
Center. We have kids scared to go to school, mothers to scared to
leave their homes to buy food for their families. People are being
attacked, Arab children have reported this afternoon, teachers who
attacked them verbally.

There are now 4 reported attacks in Bay Ridge. Families are
contacting us because they are too scared to talk to the American
Children are at home scared.
The media is calling us from all over the world every minute.
Please help.This is what we need:

--volunteers to escort women to go buy food and to walk kids to and
from school.
If you can help, please send me your phone number, name, and the
neighborhood you live in and work in [to the e-mail below].

--I need a list of Arab professionals and intellectuals and
university students that I can give to all the media who keep
calling. If you can speak to the media, please send me your name, number, and
profession, major etc.


"Anarchist People of Color Website is Live

The new Anarchist People of Color website has launched, and we welcome your
comments, links, etc.

The Anarchist People of Color site is at:
http://www.illegalvoices.org/apoc/>http://www.illeg alvoices.org/apoc/

The National Action Center Newsletter contains a call to action to commemorate the historic Civil Rights March on Washington:

Keep the Dream Alive!"
A Movement for Civil and Human Rights World Wide

"Demonstrations have served as unifying forces in the movement; they have
brought blacks and whites together in very practical situations, where
philosophically they may have been arguing" - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
"Showdown for Non-violence" 1968

Last year Rev. Sharton and Dr. Martin Luther King III led the Redeem The
Dream demonstration on the anniversary of the historic March on
Washington. Tens of thousands gathered, highlighting the national plague
of racial profiling and demanding that the US federal government address
the issue. As a result of this and other efforts of community activists
across the country, racial profiling became a national issue and all the
2000 presidential candidates addressed it and pledged to make efforts
toward change. This year Rev. Sharpton and the National Action Network
have decided to again mark the anniversary of the March on
Washington with a rally-this time, at the United Nations.

Robin D.G. Kelley writes: "'The Debt' Calls for America to Pay Up

More than 38 years ago, singer/composer Abbey Lincoln
proposed to the powers that be to "let the
restribution/ match the contribution." In his
remarkable new book, The Debt: What America Owes to
Blacks, Randall Robinson extends Lincoln's wry lyrics
to compose a veritable literary symphony, poetic tour
de force whose voice shifts easily from blues to
shouts, sorrow songs to field hollers, moaning to the
trance-mutations of free improvisation.


Anonymous Comrade writes: "American Prospect

Intellectuals' Inaction
by Steven Biel

Divided Minds: Intellectuals and the Civil Rights Movement, by Carol
Polsgrove. W.W. Norton, 296 pages, $26.95

W.E.B. du Bois's statement that "the problem of the Twentieth Century
is the problem of the color-line" has been quoted, cited, and
paraphrased so often that, by the century's end, it had passed beyond
bold prophecy into the safe realm of Great Thoughts. But has anybody
pointed out the historical irony of Du Bois's famous line? Here was
one of the century's most important American public intellectuals
emphatically announcing the problem, which other important public
intellectuals proceeded to ignore. John Dewey, Walter Lippmann, Lewis
Mumford, Reinhold Niebuhr, Edmund Wilson, Lionel Trilling, Hannah
Arendt, Mary McCarthy--for all of them, race was at best an
occasional topic, hardly central to their work.

A U.N. conference against racism is in danger of being derailed by
arguments over the term Holocaust and disputes over reparations for slavery and colonialism,
Amnesty International said Wednesday.

In a report released Wednesday, the human rights group detailed U.S. federal and state justice
systems, which it said are ''riddled with racial discrimination,'' and called on the Bush
administration to resolve disputes that have marred preparations for the racism conference.

In meetings ahead of the conference, member states have argued over whether Holocaust
should refer specifically to Nazi atrocities against the Jews, or genocide in general, Amnesty's
international program director Claudio Cordone said Wednesday.

Preparations for the Aug. 31 opening of the World Conference Against Racism, Racial
Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance have also been bogged down by disputes
over how to deal with the legacy of the slave trade and colonialism, he said.

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