Friday, August 7, 2015

NAGASAKI COMMEMORATION/Chris Hedges Interviews Cornel West: 'White Supremacy's Roots Are in Capitalism'


 For the 31st year, the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee will remember the atomic bombings of Japan on August 6 & 9, 1945, which killed more than 250,000 people.  Other organizations involved in the commemorations are the Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice Committee of Homewood and Stony Run Meetings, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility, Crabshell Alliance and Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore.

The HIROSHIMA COMMEMORATION on August 6 was a wonderful event starting with a demonstration against Johns Hopkins University’s weapons contracts, including research on killer drones, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and the nuclear energy disaster at Fukushima, Japan. Then we marched to Homewood Friends Meetinghouse to hear two Hiroshima Hibakusha [survivors],  Mr. Goro Matsuyama [86] and Ms. Takako Chiba [73].  Both stories were mournful and hopeful. Then Ms. Yukie Ikebe, on piano, guided the Heartful Chorus in a soaring medley of songs, including Amazing Grace. More than thirty of us enjoyed dinner and conversation at Niwana Restaurant.  Before leaving, the Chorus led us in singing We Shall Overcome.

The NAGASAKI COMMEMORATION takes place on Sunday, August 9, 2015 at Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles Street.   It begins at 6 PM with a potluck dinner. At 7 PM some members of “By Peaceful Means” city camp, led by their teacher, Taleah Edwards, will perform. Then the organizer of this camp, Ralph Moore, will speak.  The death of Freddie Gray ignited a movement to seek positive social change. Ralph, a civil rights icon, once said “Economic justice is the one [issue] I’ve focused on most over the years. Various issues spill out from that; it’s been housing, it’s been hunger, it’s been education, it’s been jobs and it’s been anti-war.” 

After Ralph’s address, there will be a Q & A.  Then participants can share through verse, poetry or song how to cure the ill of poverty in Baltimore. The suggestions will be sent to the mayor and the City Council. Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at


Excerpt: "'There is no doubt that when you wrestle with the vicious legacy of white supremacy that you're going to sooner or later engage in a critique of capitalism and imperialism.'"

Cornel West and Chris Hedges. (photo: TeleSur)
Cornel West and Chris Hedges. (photo: TeleSur)

Chris Hedges Interviews Cornel West: 'White Supremacy's Roots Are in Capitalism'

By Chris Hedges and Cornel West, teleSUR

06 August 15

  Speaking to Chris Hedges on the premier episode of teleSUR's “Days of Revolt, Cornel West described the essence of the Black Prophetic Tradition. Black Prophetic Tradition is a movement that does not only include political calculation but expands to a deep moral and spiritual form that keeps in mind compassion and deeper connections with humans, Dr. Cornel West told Chris Hedges on the premier episode of teleSUR's original show “Days of Revolt”.

Dr. West gave a glimpse of what the Black Prophetic Tradition movement is, which he profiles in detail in his recent book “Black Prophetic Fire”.

“When you look at the genocidal attacks on the one hand and the enslavement of Africans on the other hand, you have the two pillars from which constitute the lens from which you would look at the history of this nation, and that's is the best of the prophetic black tradition,” he told Hedges.

He added that some black public figures wrongly refer to the enslavement of Africans by the founders of the United States as “America's biggest sin.” He said that the violation of the humanity of th4e indigenous people was in reality the United States' biggest sin.

“The white supremacist beginnings of this nation really had to do with the indigenous people, the violation of their humanity, the dispossession of their lands and so on. But it is true that enslaved Africans would become the generators of wealth based on exploited labor that would become the precondition for American democracy.”

Commenting on the origins of the white supremacy, he said that one would have to see its roots in capitalism and imperialism, which the Black Prophetic Tradition clearly comes against.

“There is no doubt that when you wrestle with the vicious legacy of white supremacy that you're going to sooner or later engage in a critique of capitalism and imperialism.”

Calling his book a love letter to the youngsters in the U.S., Dr. West went on to describe his opposition to Wall Street and its supporters, calling on the younger generation to turn away from the propaganda of the mainstream media.

“The neo-liberals who dominate corporate media, they want to financialize, privatize and militarize. Lo and behold, the black prophetic tradition says, ‘No, we’re critical of pro-Wall Street policy to generate more capitalist wealth and inequality,’ when it comes to privatize. ‘No, we want public life. We want a sense of what we hold in common…”

He concluded that loving those who were and still being oppressed around the world, including the poor, Black people, the Palestinians under the Israeli occupation, Jews persecuted for their faith, and the LGBT community, was not just political resistance, but was also spiritual and sustainable resistance.

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