The United States presents itself as a fighter for democracy and an advocate for freedom but behind this façade is a history full of corruption and violence. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the story of the humble banana. It is a tale of greed, war and imperialism that is a microcosm of what the Western Empire does on a global scale to dominate and extract wealth from developing countries.
The United Fruit Company aka El Pulpo
Gil Scott-Heron wrote this poem in 1970, criticizing the 1969 US moon landing as a waste of resources that could have been better put to use helping people confront the everyday costs of living on Earth. Gil Scott-Heron’s masterpiece, Whitey on the Moon is as relevant today as it was 51 years ago:
A rat done bit my sister Nell.
(with Whitey on the moon)
Her face and arms began to swell.
(and Whitey’s on the moon)
I can’t pay no doctor bill.
(but Whitey’s on the moon)
Ten years from now I’ll be payin’ still.
(while Whitey’s on the…
Overseas, yeah, we try to stop terrorism, but we still got terrorists here livin’ in the USA, the Big CIA.
You may recognize the Black Eyed Peas singing truth to power in Where is the Love.
The “Big CIA” is a shadow agency within the US government that operates across the world, above the law and with impunity. Think of them as the Ray Donovan of the ruling white elite.
If this were a Mafia movie, then the Central Intelligence Agency, and its global counterparts, would be the “garbage collectors” — the henchmen who execute rivals and clean up crime…
Imagine the trajectory of Elon Musk’s life had he been born a Black man in 1970’s South Africa. Where would Black Elon be today?
Elon Musk. Billionaire. Late night TV host. Tech Bro. First (or second) richest man on earth.
I have a three things in common with this man—1971, South Africa, California. We were both born in South Africa in the year 1971. I reside in California and so did Musk until he threw a tantrum and moved to Texas — the favored destination for corporate welfare queens.
I have not used the Nextdoor app much, except to maybe welcome new neighbors or sympathize with someone who had lost a cat. I was browsing the app recently with the intention of listing unwanted items for sale when I came across Those Posts.
The headline looked quite harmless – where can I get a MAGA cap at a reasonable price?
I was curious so I clicked on the comments.
The level of hatred and vitriol from my own neighbors was something I was not prepared for. Here are some example:
- Don’t vote for Joe and the Hoe.