July 26: Speak Out For the World….and Against Ugly America No. 1 Chauvinism
“American Lives Are Not More Important Than Other People’s Lives”
Don’t get me wrong, I love most sports. But I’m going to have my TV remote (with mute!) at the ready for the upcoming summer Olympics. You know the drill—soaring, beautiful feats of heart, talent and skill by athletes from around the world will be twisted into training people in flag-waving “USA, USA, USA” jingoism and rooting for “our” country—with the occasional “human interest” bit on non-U.S. athletes thrown in to help the chauvinist poison go down. No matter where the U.S. ends up in the ever-present medal count, all this will prove—once again—that this imperialist system works to turn everything it touches—no matter its human potential—into something oppressive and ugly.
July 26: Speak Out For the World….and Against Ugly America No. 1 …
Correspondence from the New York and Beyond Leg of the BAsics Bus Tour
By Alice Woodward
The volunteers were busting up laughing at another volunteer mocking in a shrill speechified satirical voice like BA does in his REVOLUTION talk after walking through the reality of how this country has been founded on slavery and genocide with the horrific oppression of Black people an integral part of it, he walks through the visceral reality and systemic nature of this and then poses that all the while as this system and its enforcers carry out these brutal crimes they proclaim, “This is the greatest country in the world. This is the homeland of freedom and democracy!” The volunteers continued in this vein, “You can be anything you want in this greatest of all countries, pull yourself up by your bootstraps!”
Another volunteer started in, “If you don’t like this country, go live somewhere else.” More laughter.
“You wouldn’t even be able to have this conversation in a communist country, that’s what makes America great! Freedom of Speech! God Bless America!”
The next joined in the mockery. “Communism! That was a nightmare, don’t you know Mao killed one billion people!” We were literally rolling on the ground of our crash pad for the evening in an area of Brooklyn with a lot of Caribbean immigrants donated by a local small business that supports the revolution. This crew is seriously dripping with contempt for this system, they’re irreverent towards illegitimate and arbitrary authority, and they’re seriously funny.
Responses to two quotes from BAsics
1. “Even though some Americans think they themselves are superior and treat people in other countries, including immigrants, as second-class people, that’s wrong. Because America oppresses other countries, people there have no way to survive except to come here to find jobs. I think everyone’s life is precious and everybody should be equal, and there should not be someone’s life being more important than others’… In Mexico, the country where I came from, people have no work in the fields and they’re forced to go to the cities. But they cannot find jobs in the cities. That’s why they risk their lives to cross the borders. I fully agree that the whole world should come first – that’s a very good orientation. Only 1% of the American people are rich and they control everything, even other countries. I used to have dreams when I first came here, but after my son was killed, I’ve lost my dreams…. Revolution here? Yes…but there needs to be revolution in Mexico, too.”
–a middle-aged unemployed Mexican immigrant worker whose son was murdered by police a few years ago
2. ”It’s really wrong for the US to oppress other countries for the sake of making money. It’s really wrong for the US to wage wars to dominate other countries. They do air-strikes and kill people. US rulers are the real terrorists!”
–a black man in his 50’s who attended a meeting in the ‘hood about the BAsics bus tour to NYC
3. “People need jobs but the government has not provided that. Instead, wars and wars have been waged on other countries. We need to do something – we need revolution. But we cannot let leaders got killed like what happened to Malcolm X, Fred Hampton, and MLK.”
– Black woman in her 40’s met inside a laundry mat
4. “I absolutely agree with these quotes. I’m against ‘my country first’ mentality. It’s a class and social problem we are dealing with. Some people would say that their class is first and their country comes first, but poor people have nothing and so they have nothing to say about being first or better. For poor people, yes, the whole world should come first.”
–Black woman in her 30’s met in a pizza joint
5. “I agree with the quotes and I think we have to educate people and children about how the system works in oppression, like how the police murder people and how they carry out the ‘Stop and frisk”. We also need to educate people on how the system carries out wars against other countries in order for the US to be number one. I really think every person’s life should be equal.”
–Black woman in her 40’s met at Walmart
6. “I like these quotes. The President says ‘God bless America and nowhere else’. That’s selfish! The US does many, many bad things to people of other countries. Like wars. The US does these to keep its power over others. No more of this.”
–Middle-aged Black man met at Walmart
7. “America is the real terrorist. America hits you with a bat and then gives you some crumbs.”
–immigrant in his 30’s met at Walmart
8. “The American-trained troops killed my grandfather in a village of 3200 people, in my country. Then after they burned his corpse, they hanged it on the tree.”
– a young man from Central America
THURSDAY’S NEWS & HOW YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE to the BAsics Bus Tour on the ground in NYC
Who Says Revolution Can’t Happen Here?
In just two days the BAsics Bus Tour is kicking off in New York City! The following video captures just a glimpse of the profound connection and revolutionary energy and potential that has been opened up through connecting the work of Bob Avakian, leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party, with sections of the most bitterly exploited and oppressed people living in this country.