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An Open Letter to a Young “Progressive” Friend

Posted in My Struggle On the Left!, Playthell on politics with tags , on July 25, 2017 by playthell

Challenging the History Department at U-Mass 1969

 

On the “Wall of Heroes” in Philly Circa 2008

Honorees on the Wall include Mao Tse Tung, Dr. King and Malcolm X
 

Yo Richie!

I find your response to my critical comments on some of the political stances taken by the political trend among young people who define themselves as “Progressives” to be compassionate and well meaning, but misguided.  While I admire your stamina and commitment to helping them become politically educated and channel their activism in more productive ways, I have no patience or sympathy for their pouting, arrogance and often appalling ignorance of realpolitique.  Hence, rather than being careful and solicitous of their delicate feelings, while nudging them toward a correct understanding of our political realities, I say: They need to grow that fuck up in HURRY!!!

I don’t feel either the NEED OR THE DESIRE to coddle them! I was confronting evil red neck crackers in Florida with bloody murder on their minds when I was 17 years old!!! Most of these people have NEVER been in a racially hostile situation with their life on the line!!!! They who have won no battles have neither the intellectual gravitas nor moral standing to SIT IN JUDGEMENT ON MY GENERATION!!!

Rather it is we who have the right – earned by the actual role we played in advancing black people at home and abroad through disciplined dedicated struggle, sacrifice of career paths, and even our lives – to critique them! To ask what have they done after we handed the baton off to them??? How far have they advanced it???? These are fair questions, and people who have spent half a century in the struggle creating the opportunities they now take for granted have a right to ask!

They act like they are pissed off because we didn’t make ALL THEIR DREAMS COME TRUE…the same kind of self-absorbed, silly, muddled headed, asshole ideas that led them to sit at home and allow the Tea Party to elect 66 members to the Congress and take over the Congressional agenda, halting the visionary program of President Obama in its tracks. I bet most of these pompous ignoramuses can’t even describe either President Obama’s great, historic achievements or his visionary, humane, plans for the future.

Their silly childlike belief that Bernie Sanders has the answers to the problems that confront this nation and can actually WIN a presidential election billing himself as a “Democratic Socialist” would be hilarious if it were not so tragic!   I think there are sound reasons to believe Bernie Sanders would have been beaten far worse than Hillary in the campaign against Trump.

Alas, Bernie is a gentleman and a principled politician who prefers an intellectual approach to discussing complex problems, rather than bombast and hyperbole. Yet the untutored mob that voted for Trump obviously prefers the latter: and Donnie Dimwit is the master of hype and bombast!! If you think the label “Crooked Hillary” was effective, even coming from a mobbed-up megalomaniac crook who had been sued for screwing customers and clients 3,500 times, what do you think would have happened when Trump, a compulsive liar and reckless verbal arsonist, started calling Sanders “OLD COMMUNIST, ATHEIST, BERNIE”?

Imagine Bernie trying to explain the difference between “Communism” and “Socialism” along with his unorthodox position on religion –
i.e. “a non-practicing Jew” – to the pugnacious, anti-Semitic, untutored mob that elected Trump!!!!! Furthermore, Bernie’s ideas about economic policy are as inept as Trump’s: Both are like generals preparing to fight the last war, rather than the coming war. The ideological differences – Left vs. right – constitutes at best a DISTINCTION WITHOUT A DIFFERNCE!!!!

I would love to debate ANY of these politically disabled people that you refer to as “Progressives.” These useful idiots that help to elect Trump!!! Such an encounter could have several positive outcomes. First it would reveal that they have their heads so far up their pompous asses they can’t tell their rectum from a hole in the ground….and those who listen to the debate will get a GREAT EDUCATION IN THE ART AND SCIENCE OF POLITICS!!!!!! WHICH ABOVE ALL ELSE THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE!!!

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Playthell Talks with Dr. Fulani

On Politics and the Inviability of Third Parties

 

In Defense of Black Women

Watch Playthell Take on Scheharazade Ali

 

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Playthell G. Benjamin
Harlem, New York
July 25, 2017