Date: Sat, 16 Jan 1999 01:03:39 -0600 (CST)
From: Marpessa Kupendua <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: !*MLK Day Statement by Sundiata Acoli-New Afrikan POW
Thank you SCLC for again selecting me as a Co-Chair of the Kansas City
MLK Day Celebration whose theme this year is
Diversity: Which Will You Teach?
I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will
have the final say in reality. He was also fond of quoting James
Truth crushed to earth will rise again. i
agree, so with respect to the question
Adversity or diversity,
which will you teach?, my response is
The unadulterated truth is that the only solution to the problems we’re faced with today is to change the structure of the system we live under or break away to form our own independent nation(s).
Diversity generally means an
inclusive process that provides
people the opportunity for meaningful participation in all aspects of
society that determine the quality of their lives. The problem is
that we live under a racist capitalist system. Its very
nature/existence dictate that there always be a certain percentage of
people who are
excluded, locked-out and without access to
decent jobs, schools, housing, healthcare, etc. Otherwise the system
couldn’t keep us competing and fighting with each other instead
of it. There always has to be enough poor, hungry and wretched people
living hand to mouth so that those of you who are a little better off
can exploit, despise and persecute them in order to feel good about
yourselves because you’re not them.
You see it happening daily in the whipping up of hysteria about
Blacks, immigrants, crime, welfare, terrorism and who knows what
tomorrow. And you know it’s a con game, a little truth mixed
with a lot of lies, to cover the fact that a war is being carried out
against people of color and increasingly against the poor period. Yet
many of you and our leaders keep quiet about it because none or few
have the heart to stand up to the government like MLK did against the
Viet Nam war and say that it’s wrong. So even though
Diversity’s aims are noble, it’s not possibe to obtain a
inclusive society under a racist capitalist structure.
It’s a contradiction in terms—if a society is truly
inclusive then it’s not, or can’t be, racistcapitalist.
Does that mean i’m anti-diversity? No, because it’s a move in the right direction, and where successful it will provide selected benefits to selected areas. But the powers that be will never let a Diversity Movement include all the people who would benefit from it because that in itself would change the structure of the system.
MLK warned that
Structures of evil will not crumble by passively
waiting. If history teaches anything it is that evil is recalcitrant
and determined, and never voluntarily relinquishes its hold short of
almost fanatical resistance.
So what i’m really saying is that if Diversity plans to extend
until it includes all the people then at some point it must be
prepared to confront this evil structure we live under with
fanatical resistance. And if that be true, then either way it
comes down to revolution as the solution, or breaking away to form our
own nonracist noncapitalist and humane independent nation(s).
Free Mumia and all PP/POWs!
Sundiata Acoli—New Afrikan POW
USP Allenwood, White Deer, PA